Belly Fat is a Problem

strong men stay youngYou can’t solve a problem by ignoring it. If you ignore the problem it continues to grow. That’s pretty elementary stuff.

Why is it then that most middle aged men when that ‘spare tire’ surfaces and continues to expand ignore the problem that has surfaced as though it did not exist and just give in and act as though it’s supposed to be there?

Belly fat is a problem. There’s no beating around the bush, if you have belly fat and you are not paying attention to this ever important symptom that your body is sending you, you are dueling with danger. [Read more…]

8 Warning Signs of Low Testosterone

Guys like to make jokes about testosterone, but testosterone deficiency is no laughing matter. The latest research suggests that guys without enough of the hormone face a higher risk of several serious illnesses, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.

Health Worries

A lack of testosterone can sometimes have long-term, serious effects on the body. In men with low levels, the bones can become weak, potentially causing a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis makes people considerably more prone to injury.
One study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism also linked low testosterone to a higher risk of death from heart disease and other causes.

Testosterone helps maintain a number of important bodily functions in men, including:
• sex drive
• sperm production
• muscle mass/strength
• fat distribution
• bone density
• red blood cell production

Because testosterone affects so many functions, its decrease can bring about significant physical and emotional changes that can be distressing.

A simple blood test can reveal whether a guy has low “T,” but there are plenty of other clues that a problem exists, as you will see.

Low Sex Drive

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Testosterone is what fuels a man’s sex drive. If he is low on “T,” he is likely to become less interested in having sex. Testosterone is what’s responsible for “the grrrr” factor.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erections are triggered by the body’s release of a tiny molecule called nitric oxide. But testosterone is what’s needed to trigger this release, and if there’s not enough of it, well, nothing much happens down below.

Fatigue

It’s perfectly normal for any of us to feel tired at the end of a busy day. But guys with low “T” feel completely depleted, and feel like their “tank is empty.”

Decreased Energy

In addition to feeling severe fatigue, guys with low testosterone can lose their drive, motivation and initiative for life and living. Often these men who used to be up and at ‘em’ all day long are sidelined on the sofa.

Mood Problems

Even if they are not experiencing clinical depression, men with low testosterone often feel down or ‘blue’. They feel less optimistic than they used to feel and life just seems to lose its sparkle. Some men with low testosterone also have trouble with memory and concentration.

Irritability

We can blame low testosterone for causing men to be grouchy and irritable. Sometimes the problem is more apparent to friends, family members and colleagues – than to the men themselves. A man might say he’s fine, but the people around him know otherwise.

Reduced Muscle Mass

It’s not like they become weaklings, but guys with low testosterone often feel that they are not as strong as they once were. Some men actually notice shrinkage in their arm and leg muscles, and in their chest. One way to check this is to stand side on to a mirror and look at your upper thighs. Do they look thinner than they used to look?

If so this is one of the signs of lost muscle mass. It’s why aging men (women too) can take on the look of a spider with a big abdomen and thin arms and legs.

More Body Fat

Low testosterone often results not only in reduced muscle mass, but also in increased body fat. Some guys add weight around the middle; others can develop chest fat, a.k.a “man boobs.”

It’s the fat INSIDE the abdomen that is so very dangerous. It wraps itself around the inner working machinery spewing a cocktail of nasty chemicals into them causing them damage and setting the stage for disease.

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Even if you still weigh the same on the bathroom scales or are slim and trim you can still have this fat hidden inside your abdomen. If you eat the wrong types of foods and too much of them and don’t do enough muscle building and maintaining activity you are very likely to have it.

The Good News

The very good news is you can deal to this fat with the right type of exercise and ditching the processed “non-nutrient foods” and reduce your disease risk after just a few months.

Dietary and exercise changes, particularly limiting sugar/fructose, (research shows glucose (sugar) decreases testosterone levels in the blood by as much as 25 percent), eating healthy saturated fats and engaging in strength training exercise can be very effective at boosting testosterone levels naturally.

More good news is that exercise not only can rebuild lost muscle mass but also improves mood and stimulates brain chemicals that help you feel happier and more confident. Exercise also boosts energy and endurance and helps you sleep better. All that can help with your sex drive and sexual performance, too.

So, I hope you can see how just a few lifestyle changes may be all you need to re-energize body and spirit. If I can help you achieve this health upgrade just go back to the home page and get started on the Strong Men Stay Young program. I can promise you, with hand on heart that you and the people that love you will never regret it for an instant.

Human Growth Hormone And Why It’s Important To You

hgh-testosterone-boostersHuman Growth Hormone (HGH) is an anabolic hormone naturally produced in the human body. It is created in your brain by the pituitary gland which is responsible for the various outputs of hormones which are our chemical messengers giving instructions to our body systems and cells.

HGH stimulates the growth of muscle, cartilage and bone. Referring back to its given name, human growth hormone, it literally makes the whole human specimen flourish in stature, fitness and overall general health. [Read more…]

Grab Yourself Some DIY Stem Cell Therapy

iStock_000004026768XSmallThere is a new kid on the block in 21st Century medicine called “regenerative medicine”.

This term is used to describe techniques that use cellular components such as stem cells along with various hormones (our chemical messengers) that stimulate stem cells to self heal or “regenerate” from within to address a range of degenerative diseases.

This technology brings exciting and promising alternatives to the more traditional solutions that have typically involved surgery or multiple drug cocktails (or in some cases no solution at all).  Although still in its infancy, regenerative medicine has received intense interest and research over the last 20 years and is destined to revolutionize mainstream medicine within the next decade. [Read more…]

Don’t Let Low Testosterone Feminize Your Manly Body

There always is a lot of talk about women’s hormones and not so much about men’s hormones.  It does not help that many men do not like to talk about these things so do not seem to seek or share this information as freely as women do. It is hard to imagine men sitting around having coffee with their buddies and talking about their hormones isn’t it?

Yet a man’s hormones – particularly testosterone has a huge influence on a man’s physical, mental and emotional health and if that balance is altered it can have detrimental health effects. Many people mistakenly think of low testosterone as only affecting older men, but men in their 30’s and 40’s can also fall prey to low testosterone counts.

You could think of a hormone like the remote control for your television. In much the same way that you change the channel using the remote control hormones are chemical messengers and give instructions to the body’s cells and tissues.

Having a healthy balance can determine how fit or fat you are, whether you have muscular strength or become weak, how much energy and vitality you have or whether you stay well and healthy or succumb to disease.

If a man becomes overweight it lowers his testosterone levels and increases his estrogen levels which is the predominant female hormone. It is when this balance is altered that men can develop chest fat sometimes known as ‘man boobs’. The female hormone instructs that fat is stored in places where a woman’s body would store fat… thanks to the shift that throws the hormonal balance toward a higher estrogen level.

The higher the level of body fat in a man the higher the estrogen level will be. This of course is a self induced situation as men who have an unhealthy body composition (muscle/fat ratio) have created it themselves.

To reverse the situation it is vital to rebalance the hormones to shed the fat while rebuilding and re-toning precious muscle tissue. There is only one way to do this and that is to get started on a proper strength training program. Muscles need to be worked directly with adequate resistance to reboot the metabolism and rebalance hormones.

Exercise triggers natural male hormone release, so the more you can get those muscles back in shape the higher the testosterone levels will be and the quicker you will restore the natural manly hormonal balance and stop the feminization that no man would seriously want.

Get results quicker by ditching the processed and refined foods from your diet and your life and replace with natural whole foods that you cook from scratch. Those two strategies will get this problem sorted and get you back in the game.

 

Hey Guys Are You Maintaining Your Testosterone Levels?

Maybe you are a man whose is past 30 years and noticing unwelcome changes in your body. Your waistline might be expanding and where there used to be firm muscle there is now soft fat. You might even feel out of breath after slight exertion such as climbing a flight of stairs.

Your mood may have changed and you have become more irritable or depressed and may feel a general loss of energy and tiredness and you may have little desire to be physically active.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is possible that you are suffering from low testosterone levels.

Testosterone is the male hormone that makes a man ‘a man’. Studies show that more and more men are experiencing lowered levels and the blame is being put on our modern sedentary and inactive world. After all men are supposed to ‘work’ physically and they have been designed for this just as they have been doing since time began.

But these days’ men spend most of their time sitting – in the car, at the desk and back home on the couch in their leisure time. They can literally get through entire days (even weeks) without having to ‘move a muscle’. Add unhealthy diets to this full of processed foods and the poor food choices many men make and you have a ticking health bomb.

 

The end result is that men are aging at an accelerated rate. As levels of testosterone decline both visible and invisible signs of aging including loss of muscle and bone strength, an increase of body fat especially inside the abdomen, a decline in the efficiency of major body systems such as the heart/lung system, joint degeneration and right down to the transfer of oxygen and nutrients from the blood to the cells is compromised.

Testosterone is the male hormone that makes a man ‘a man’. Studies show that more and more men are experiencing lowered levels and the blame is being put on our modern sedentary and inactive world. After all men are supposed to ‘work’ physically and they have been designed for this just as they have been doing since time began.

But these days’ men spend most of their time sitting – in the car, at the desk and back home on the couch in their leisure time. They can literally get through entire days (even weeks) without having to ‘move a muscle’. Add unhealthy diets to this full of processed foods and the poor food choices many men make and you have a ticking health bomb.

The end result is that men are aging at an accelerated rate. As levels of testosterone decline both visible and invisible signs of aging including loss of muscle and bone strength, an increase of body fat especially inside the abdomen, a decline in the efficiency of major body systems such as the heart/lung system, joint degeneration and right down to the transfer of oxygen and nutrients from the blood to the cells is compromised.

This downward health spiral leads directly to an increased risk of disease and men are dropping like flies all around us. These men are someone’s father, brother or spouse and their shortened lives have a huge affect on those that love them.

How easy it is to take some action and crank up levels of testosterone so a higher quality and maybe more quantity of life is achieved. Firstly get started on a strength training program and reclaim lost muscle tissue so the metabolism (the body’s engine) is boosted and testosterone levels are rekindled.

Add to this a healthy eating plan that contains a protein rich diet with as few processed foods as possible. Whole natural foods cooked from scratch are the way to go. Hint – foods that do not have a food label.

These two things are key contributors to help you maintain healthy levels of testosterone.

Men absolutely need to do regular and intense physical activity if they wish to keep their manliness along with a disease free life. You will produce more of all the good hormones like testosterone and growth hormone (the youth hormone) for the ongoing repair and maintenance of the human body.

You surely wouldn’t just drive your car without ever maintaining it till it stops would you so you need to maintain your body with both proper exercise and healthy eating if you wish it to keep working for you.

 

Are You Being Robbed Of Your Manly Male Hormone Testosterone?

There is a silent epidemic happening that is affecting our men. Our modern day warriors are living a lifestyle that is sapping their strength and vitality, increasing their disease risk and aging them at a premature and accelerated rate.

 If you are a man maybe you are experiencing some of the classic symptoms. An expanding waistline, loss of strength, have become irritable, depressed, lack motivation to be active, problems with the love life, feeling tired and lacking energy you could be living the sort of lifestyle that is suppressing your natural male hormones.

Too little activity combined with poor nutrition

It is a common lifestyle that an estimated 80 percent of males live. One that includes too little intense exercise and poor nutrition mainly but you can add in too little sleep, too much stress, alcohol, too many sugars and unhealthy fats as well.

This way of living life could be negatively impacting on the positive, life-force sustaining hormonal expression of your body. The end result is that this situation will gradually drain your energy, vigor, vitality and eventually your life.

The most important reasons other than getting older that suppress male hormones like testosterone in a man are most definitely the negative effects of a bad diet and no proper exercise lifestyle. Not eating enough quality protein or simply not eating enough while overindulging in unhealthy processed foods will also inhibit production.

Testosterone is what makes “a man, a man”

The powerful male hormone testosterone is what makes ‘a man a man’ and what fuels them. It gives them drive, energy and motivation to take on the day. When levels are low a man will likely feel tired, flat, depressed with little desire to be active and likely have low self esteem.

If you are a man past thirty this is likely happening to you at this very moment. Your body is quietly stockpiling fat, your lean muscle tissue is dwindling, you are losing strength and your energy is plummeting. The longer you fail to recognize this demise of your body the harder it will be to put the brakes on the momentum that has been happening for years (maybe decades).

Doing enough muscle building and maintaining exercise is critical to keeping male hormones flowing. Proper strength training exercise directly stimulates the testosterone producing glands and men who work their muscular system properly will have higher levels of testosterone and other important ‘growth and repair’ hormones that will keep them healthier and more youthful.

Just implementing 2-3 sessions each week of a strength training program will help restore your maleness along with your general health. Add to that a reduction in processed foods and an increase in natural whole foods cooked from scratch and you will have a formula that will have your body humming again in just a few months.

As a society, we are raised to believe that getting older brings with it declines in our physical function and aches and pains. But this is simply not true. These declines are not related to age at all but to an overall unhealthy way of living.

A no exercise lifestyle can do way more damage to overall health and vitality than anything the aging process can throw at us. When you disrespect your body this way your energy is drained, your mind fogs and your confidence will crash. You are in fact hammering your very manhood and life-force. But you do not have to follow the others, you can take action and refuse to be part of this silent epidemic that is robbing our modern day warriors of their manliness.

 

 

 

Boost Your Testosterone Levels Naturally

testosterone-influenceOur own testosterone levels play a very important role in our male/female metabolic function.  Lowered testosterone is a chronic epidemic that is threatening lives all around the world and in the United States alone an estimated 5 million men have below normal levels of this vital “youth” hormone.

If you think you are in this category of men the best way to boost your testosterone levels is naturally through healthy lifestyle measures.

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid hormone that although it plays a critical role in metabolism and muscle building and maintaining it also is responsible for memory, mood regulation, and cognitive function.  Normal testosterone levels play a huge role in maintaining optimal weight as well as reducing risk of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and dozens of other ‘lifestyle’ diseases. [Read more…]

Your Testosterone. Don’t Take It For Granted! (Part 2)

Our last article discussed how andropause – a decrease of the testosterone responsible for much of your physical and mental wellbeing – causes an alarming decrease of your masculinity. It can make it difficult to get and maintain a strong erection, cause loss of muscle mass and strength, and increase your body fat. And as if these things weren’t bad enough, your decreasing testosterone can also alter your brain chemistry – causing a loss of sexual desire, feelings of depression, and mood swings.

What can be done about this decrease in testosterone? Read on to find out!

Build Muscle Through Strength Training
If you think the solution to your decreasing testosterone is a prescription drug, you’d better think again! In reality, exercise is one of the most important things you can do to rebuild your testosterone. The physical activity of strength training will stimulate testosterone production and cause your body to pack on fat-gobbling muscle, as well as lowering the level of estrogens in your body.

Besides being a natural way to build testosterone, there are a great many other benefits of packing on muscle. More muscle means more calories are burned every day, even when you are not engaged in physical activity. Maintaining a healthy body weight becomes much easier, and you will sleep better because the added muscle pads your body. Imagine eliminating your tossing and turning at night to relieve yourself of discomfort from sleeping in positions that can only be tolerated for short periods of time!

Step Up to the The Deadlift
The king of all exercises for developing total overall body strength and building your masculinity is the deadlift. This exercise is the most basic of essential human movements. Achieved by lifting a barbell off the ground from a bent-over position, the deadlift is unrivaled in its simplicity and impact. It is also unique in its capacity for increasing head-to-toe strength.

The dead lift works wonders for stimulating the production of testosterone. This is because of the full-body nature of the movement. It stresses muscle groups all over the body, and the more fatigue your muscles experience the more your body generates testosterone to repair and strengthen those muscles. The result is that your body adds muscle. Thus, when you perform the exercise again, you get even more out of it. This is because there is more muscle to stress, which leads to more of a demand for testosterone — so your testosterone increases to meet the demand.

The deadlift also strengthens your cardiovascular system and raises your metabolic rate so that your body goes into a state of fat burning rather than fat storage. The result is weight loss, plus all the male health benefits that go along with having high levels of testosterone.

Diet
In addition to using activity to elevate your testosterone levels naturally, diet also plays a key factor. This topic can’t be dealt with fully in this short article. What can be said, however, is that it’s important to avoid eating estrogen-enhancing foods and feminizing substances in your local environment. A couple important tips are to skip processed foods, eat plenty of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables (preferably organic,) and to choose free-range and grass-fed meats to help avoid toxic chemicals.

Take Control!
You have more control over your masculinity than you realize! The things you eat and your level of strength-building activity have powerful effects on your well being. The choice is yours. Will you let yourself become feminized, or will you rise up and take charge of your manhood?

Your Testosterone. Don’t Take It For Granted! (Part 1)

If you are older than about 40 years of age, the prognosis for your penis size is not looking good. You and your sexual partner may not see signs of its shrinking just yet, but by the time you have reached your 50th year it will be pretty clear. And, as if this disappearing act isn’t bad enough, the prognosis for your sexual performance isn’t looking so great either. The bottom line is that your body is betraying you when it comes not only to your love life, but to pretty much every other aspect of your masculinity as well. Why is this happening?

Your Testosterone Isn’t What it Used to Be
You can thank “andropause” for your diminishing masculinity. Andropause is a decrease of the testosterone responsible for much of your physical and mental wellbeing. How much of a testosterone decrease? From the age of about 30 years you will lose around 10 percent of your testosterone every decade if you don’t take action to correct it.

Besides your shrinkage, what are some of the other negative results of low testosterone? There are, unfortunately, consequences that effect both your mind and your body.

Decreasing Testosterone Affects You Physically
How many of these symptoms do you recognize in yourself?

•    Trouble getting and maintaining a strong erection
•    Loss of muscle mass and strength
•    Stubborn body fat, especially around the mid section
•    Aches and pains that seem to indicate the early arrival of old age
•    Lack of energy

But there’s more. One of the byproducts of abdominal fat (the third point in the above list) is the increased production of an enzyme called aromatase – which enhances the conversion of testosterone to estrogens. Estrogens, of course, are the hormones that promote female characteristics, like breast tissue. This is why belly fat and “man boobs” often develop together.

Decreasing Testosterone Alters Your Brain Chemistry
Testosterone is the “conquest” hormone. It drives a man’s ambition, making him feel ready to take on all obstacles that may get in the way of his goals. It makes men in their twenties feel like supermen, but unfortunately that feeling does not last forever. Decreasing testosterone levels create in you:

•    Loss of sexual desire
•    Depression
•    Restlessness and the inability to concentrate
•    Irritability and mood swings

Decreasing testosterone levels can result in a decrease of the passions you had in your younger years. Music may no longer fill you with the inspiration and emotions it once did. Movies seem less spectacular than before. Gone is the ache to achieve goals that once set your mind on fire night and day. In short, life just does not seem to hold the potential it once did for you.

What Can Be Done?
Don’t Give Up Yet. You’ll be happy to know that you can get back what you’ve lost! So don’t merely accept your loss of masculinity or blame your symptoms on your age. Instead, read Your Testosterone. Don’t Take It For Granted! (Part 2) and get ready to work on changing some lifestyle habits. Your manliness may depend on it!