Men Over 30 – is Your Testosterone Declining?
Science says “Yes! It is!”
BY BRAD KING, M.S., MFS
Testosterone levels in men begin to diminish around age 30. In fact, by the time men are 60 years old, they typically produce 60% less testosterone than they did at age 20 (a man’s sexual peak). As testosterone levels decline, men tend to notice a loss in muscle mass and strength, and a gain in body fat—especially in the abdominal region (the old “beer belly syndrome”). Abdominal fat also happens to be the most dangerous place to store fat due to its proximity to your vital organs. Conversely, as testosterone levels rise, lean body mass increases and obesity decreases.
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The Various Benefits of Maca
Maca is a well-known and powerful adaptogen, which means that it is a substance that helps to increase the body’s natural resistance to environmental stresses. Recent human clinical studies have provided convincing scientific evidence supporting supplementation for healthy mood balance during menopause.
How Maca Works
Maca is loaded with vital nutrients in bioavailable forms which assist the body in its on-going process of regeneration, ultimately helping to replenish and recuperate from different problems and providing ultimate balance and wellbeing. Its actions focus mainly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, assisting the body in balancing hormones. This is where the main benefits associated with maca can be noted (e.g. mood balance).
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- Sabalasan Prostate 1 prevents and relieves BPH symptoms.
- Herbal medicine to relieve urologic symptoms associated with mild to moderate benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) such as weak urine flow, incomplete voiding, frequent daytime and nighttime urination.
- May provide modest relief of symptoms of sexual dysfunction in men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
Sexual dysfunction is common from age 60 onwards. 50% of men between the ages of 60 and 69 can no longer achieve an erection or can achieve only a reduced erection.
In the same age group, 49% state that they have no or only a reduced ejaculation.
The standard medical therapy for BPH can further exacerbate these sexual dysfunction.
Sabalasan Prostate 1 Saw Palmetto caps can help!
There are an almost overwhelming number of factors that contribute to the build-up of modern day stress.
And let’s face it, who behaves at their best when they are under stress? Perhaps you recognise yourself in one or more of these classic behaviours…
- Stomp around angrily looking for trouble with the first person who might provoke you?
- Leave a trail of mess and chaos around the house?
- Isolate and withdraw not wanting to reveal your vulnerable feelings?
- Blame yourself and have to listen to a never ending internal diatribe of critical dialogue?
- Overcommit and run around like a headless chicken?
- Reach for the biscuit tin, a large coffee and a glass of wine when you get home?
- Get the credit card out and shop until you drop?
Whether you stressed out defaults are like those listed above or special and unique to you, the chances are you don’t feel at your best when under stress and would benefit from doing things differently.
Interestingly, studies in the last few years have revealed that men and women do have different stress defaults. Apparently this is partly due to the hormone and neurotransmitter oxytocin, which is released along with cortisol and other hormones when we are under stress. Oxytocin levels generally rise when we hug, nurture and bond with another, leaving us feeling happy more relaxed.
It seems that women naturally release more oxytocin than men giving us an instinct to ‘tend and befriend’ when under pressure. If you consider the days of our ancestors when ‘fight or flight’ meant literally running for your life, it’s easy to imagine that women would seek to protect their offspring and stay close to others, while men went out to fight off the threat. These days our stressors tend to be more emotional or psychological but the response from men and women apparently is still likely to reflect these varying instincts.
Stress reaction in men and women
Men may naturally:
- Withdraw and find communication challenging
- Tend to want to be alone in their ‘man cave’
- Tend towards fight (getting angry, competitive or looking for someone to blame)
- Or flight (wanting to escape into a distraction)
Women may naturally:
- Feel a whole range of difficult emotions
- Want to talk, seek reassurance and nurture
- Seek to keep relationships harmonious even if it calls for going into overdrive and self-sacrifice
So for those of you left wondering why it can be challenging being around the opposite sex when under stress it seems my husband had a point when he claimed, ‘women look for empathy and men look for solutions’.
What you need to know
If you are wrestling a whirlwind or hoping to help a loved one manage a maelstrom here are some tips:
Stressed men may benefit from:
- Being given space (to be alone or out with the boys)
- Subtle suggestions to talk but only if required
- Physical or competitive exercise
- Pursuing a hobby
Women may benefit from:
- Talking to a friend, family member or support network
- Indulging in a nurturing activity
- Taking a relaxing bath or getting a massage
- Saying ‘no’ to going into overdrive and ‘yes’ to self care.
Need an extra help?
Stress often interferes with sleep, which is vital for allowing the body time to heal and restore tissues to prime functioning order, but also for processing the events of the day – good therefore for mental/emotional health. Some natural substances can be helpful during turbulent times:
- Magnesium to calm the nervous system and relax muscles
- Vitamin B to strengthen the nervous system against stress, both physical and mental/emotional
- The combination of Passiflora incarnata and Avena sativa is great. Both are wonderfully calming remedies that can be taken long term or short term to help reduce the effects of stress. Together, they relax muscles and make it easier to sleep well. They can be taken alongside any other medication.
That said we humans are complex beings with aspects of the masculine and feminine whether we are male or female. Therefore the most important thing is to create a personal self-care kit that works for you and be sure to call on it and communicate it to all those who need to know.
When you think about it, energy is perhaps the most valuable commodity on the planet. Humans go to extremes to make certain that they have an excess of it on hand, whether it’s to fuel their economies, their vehicles, or themselves. Just consider what you’ll do to make sure you have your morning coffee or your pre-workout energy booster—and what you’ll be able to achieve once you’ve consumed them. Cordyceps is a strange-looking fungus with a bizarre back story and a hard-to-pronounce name, but don’t discount it without reading this!
But while our complex modern lives run on energy, the sources of that energy are often things that are ancient and elemental-think wind, sun, coal, or oil. Fitness supplement manufacturers also tend look backward, to ancient healing traditions, to find the next great performance booster. One such discovery is the cordyceps fungus.
Cordyceps has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine, despite being extremely difficult to harvest. After all, it is normally found on the surface of high-altitude caterpillars, leading to its nickname of the “caterpillar fungus.”
For most of the 20th century, it was a highly prized, expensive, and elusive nutraceutical. However, after a couple of high-profile success stories and the development of an effective way to produce cordyceps in the laboratory, it has been earning fans around the world.
Here are a few compelling reasons that athletes of all types should consider supplementing with this potent fungus.
1 / Cordyceps Increases ATP Levels
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the energy currency of your muscles. It is also the go-to fuel for any short, explosive activities like jumps and sprints. One of the active ingredients of cordyceps is adenosine, a nucleic acid that is a crucial component of ATP.
According to a 2007 study out of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, cordyceps can significantly boost up your body’s ability to produce ATP, which can help anyone from elderly people looking to stay active, to elite world-class competitors.
What does this mean to you? Part of the reason you “fail” during sets is because your body can’t generate enough ATP to keep up with the intense demands you place upon it. By boosting ATP generation, cordyceps can extend the length of time you can lift heavy weights. This means more personal bests, as well as enhanced growth through greater muscle stimulation.
2 / Cordyceps May Help Boost Testosterone Levels
It’s no secret that the testosterone hormone is crucial for supporting maximal muscle growth. Cordyceps has been shown in a handful of animal studies to boost T levels by stimulating the body’s natural T factory (the Leydig cells in the testicles).
The ancient Chinese were hip to this one, even if the precise anatomical pathways weren’t hammered down and named just yet. Cordyceps has been used commonly as a treatment for sexual dysfunction, as well as an energy enhancer. Today, many studies have shown us that the two go hand-in-hand.
Improved testosterone levels increase the ability to add muscle mass, but they also enhance a sense of well-being in many guys, as well as promoting reproductive capability.
Yes, cordyceps can help both you and your swimmers get stronger.
3 / Cordyceps Improves Oxygen Utilization
That’s a complicated way of saying this mushroom has the potential to decrease your suffering while you struggle to reduce body fat. If performance is your priority, it may help there, too.
Just ask Chinese Olympic Athletes Wang Junxia, Qu Junxia, and Zhang Linli, who smashed five world running records at the 1993 games. Authorities were suspicious, but the athletes passed all drug tests. Their secret, they said, was an extract of cordyceps.
In the last decade, a number of Chinese studies have backed up the performance benefits of this mushroom. One, published in 2004 in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found that cordyceps improved athletes’ oxygen utilization by as much as 50 percent.
Another study published in the same journal in 1999 found that elderly patients taking cordyceps experienced a nine percent increase in aerobic capacity.
A number of studies have also shown that supplementing cordyceps can lower your heart rate, which explains why people report being able to train harder for longer periods when taking this supplement. Another study published in 1999 in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine also pointed to long-term cardiovascular health benefits from cordyceps, indicating that it can lower total cholesterol by 10-20 percent and increase HDL by a quarter.
4 / Cordyceps Boosts Perceived Energy Levels
Herdsmen in ancient Tibet supposedly noticed that their yaks seemed to become energized when they grazed on cordyceps mushrooms. This helped build the reputation the mushroom has carried to this day of being an effective stimulant.
Users say that in supplement form, cordyceps gives a boost similar to caffeine, but without the side effects of jitters or an inability to sleep several hours later.
One of the reasons for this is that cordyceps attaches to the same receptors as caffeine, providing a noticeable feeling of enhanced energy. This is one reason that it’s popular as an anti-aging supplement in China.
One study from that country in 1993 found that among elderly patients suffering from fatigue, an amazing 92 percent reported an improvement in their symptoms in 30 days.
Gleaned from: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/magic-mushroom-what-cordyceps-can-do-for-you.html By Steven Stiefel, Apr 09, 2013
Research suggests that a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein is an efficient way to replenish muscle energy in the form of glycogen, and to kick start the healing process to build stronger and healthier muscles. This process also requires a good intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, including plenty of antioxidants, to stave off damage from the free radicals generated by increased metabolism during exercise.
Post-Workout: The Importance of Protein
When choosing post-workout foods, aim for between 6 and 20 grams of protein, depending on factors such as the intensity of your workout, your body weight, and your weight management goals. This helps feed your muscles without overtaxing digestion or overloading on amino acids that won’t be used.
A smoothie with a scoop of plant-based protein, such as PGX Protein*, is an easy and convenient way to get a good amount of protein, along with beneficial fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
In addition to choosing foods with a good amount of protein, it’s also a good idea to keep your fat intake low immediately after exercise, as fat slows down digestion. However, including a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids can help support your body’s natural inflammatory response.†
6 Post-Workout Foods
Not a fan of smoothies? Not to worry! Keep the following foods on hand for a delicious, beneficial post-workout snack or meal:
1. Nut Butter and Banana Sandwich
PB & J, without the J! Try eating a banana, almond butter sandwich on whole wheat bread for a quick way to refuel after a session at the gym or after a big competition.
The almond butter and bread provide protein, and the almonds are a source of vitamin E, magnesium and calcium, which support healthy muscle function. Bananas contain easily digested carbohydrates to restock glycogen stores, in addition to a range of beneficial antioxidants. They also contain tryptophan, the amino acid that is converted into serotonin, so bananas could be the ideal post-workout snack for anyone who struggles to enjoy exercise!
2. Lentil Soup
A rich source of protein, iron and fiber, lentils are a great choice for any post-workout meal. They have about 2.2 grams of carbohydrates to 1 gram of protein, so adding in kale, spinach or chard to a basic lentil soup is a great way to meet that 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein, all while stocking up on vitamins, minerals and a range of phytonutrients.
Mix in onions, leeks, shallots and/or garlic for additional sulfur compounds that help the body to produce glutathione, a key antioxidant enzyme that helps support muscle health.
Chickpeas are a versatile whole food that can be boiled, roasted and salted for a handy post-workout snack. They can also be included in a vegetable stir fry with soba (buckwheat noodles) to round out the protein for a heartier meal, or processed into hummus as a simple, tasty dip to enjoy alongside fresh vegetables or pita bread.
Chickpeas have a 3:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein, barely any fat, and when you combine them with a little lemon juice (rich in vitamin C), they’re a good source of iron.
4. Chia-Tofu Pudding With Blueberries
Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids required in our diet. They’re also a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. When whipped up with some silken tofu, blueberries, and a dash of maple syrup, chia seeds transform into a delicious pudding that is high in antioxidants, protein and fiber.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates, beta-carotene, vitamins C, B2, B6, B5 (pantothenic acid), folic acid, copper and potassium. Team a sweet potato with a good source of protein, like hummus or beans, and you’ll have an excellent antioxidant-rich post-workout meal.
This root vegetable is a rich source of nutrients and is traditionally used to support adrenal gland function, helping the body to cope with stress. Maca may also help keep cortisol levels in check, which can support healthy blood glucose regulation already within the normal range and support a healthy inflammatory response.† Powdered maca can be added to any smoothie, or even to soup for convenience.
Developing Good Post-Workout Eating Habits
It’s important to eat well after exercise so as to not leave yourself vulnerable to injury and to support a healthy immune system.† Exercising without giving your body enough time and the right nutrition to repair muscles can increase the risk of muscle soreness and injury, as well as making you susceptible to fatigue and less than optimal support for your immune system.†
If you find it hard to eat after exercising, try a protein shake or soup. Liquids are easier to consume, digest and assimilate, meaning that you can pack in more good nutrition without expending energy chewing and breaking down the food. Save the serious whole foods for about an hour after exercise so your body has time to ready itself to focus on digestion.
Remember to make your post-workout foods fun! That way, you’ll be more motivated to exercise and won’t be tempted to skip the important window of opportunity to restock those glycogen stores and help your muscles to start healing.†
*Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX®.
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.