You may be surprised to hear that the best testosterone booster isn’t something you take – it’s something you give up!
About one in five men experience low libido at some point in their lives. For men who aren’t on anti-depressants or having relationship issues, the most likely cause of low libido is low testosterone. And it turns out that what you eat or drink could have the biggest preventable impact on your desire.
Let’s start with how you know if you have low ‘t’:
Signs of Low Testosterone
Signs that you are losing testosterone range from loss of muscle, the appearance of “moobs” or “man-boobs”, and increased weight gain around the middle. Other signs include feeling tired – even after a good nights’ sleep – and a lack of concentration. Additionally, losing body or facial hair is a warning sign. An estimated 4-5 million men in the US are affected by the condition†, most often in the over-65 age bracket.
Causes of Low T
Hypogonadism or low testosterone can be caused by a number of factors. Injury to the testicles or chemotherapy / radiation cancer treatments can affect levels. As previously mentioned, certain medications can trigger low t, such as antidepressants, pain medications, or steroids. Being overweight is asoht to contribute. In a study published on PubMed in 2013 , scientists discovered that that glucose ingestion results in a significant reduction in testosterone. Glucose ingestion is the rate at which your body processes sugars. Too much glucose resulted in a measurable decrease in testosterone in the majority of men tested in the study.
Insulin Resistance And Desire
Insulin resistance occurs when your body produces more insulin than it can use. This condition causes glucose (sugar) to build up in your blood rather than being used for energy.
This stored glucose can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Insulin resistance results in reduced levels of testosterone (in both women and men, incidentally) and testosterone plays a role in sex drive, among other factors that contribute to well-being in men.
What’s the Easiest Sugar to Give Up?
To avoid or correct insulin resistance, the best testosterone booster might be to limit consumption of refined carbohydrates. What are those?
- White flour, found in everything from crackers to noodles. Flours break down into sugars, causing insulin resistance.
- Sugars, both the white table version, but also anything ending in ‘ose’ – dextrose, maltose, fructose. You’ll be surprised at how many of these ‘hidden sugars’ are lurking in otherwise healthy-looking foods in your cupboard.
- Soda. A 12-oz serving of Coca Cola has 37 grams of sugar. Mountain Dew has 42.9 grams.
- Fruit juices. Think swapping out your Pepsi (39 grams of sugar) for a Tropicana Orange Juice is a better decision? The OJ comes in at a whopping 35.3 grams of sugar! Apple juice and grape juice are even higher. Eat the fruit, don’t drink the juice. The fiber will help to regulate your sugar.
- Starchy vegetables. Potatoes, carrots, acorn squash, beets and other root vegetables store glucose, which we learned earlier was a form of sugar. Many people are sensitive to these starchy sugars.
For more information on preventing or correcting insulin resistance, see the infographic at the end of this post.
Energy and Desire
You’ve probably had the experience of eating a candy bar at 3pm to help you over the afternoon yawns . . . And it does, for a few minutes. But once you’ve experienced the insulin spike from the sugar, you’re probably also familiar with the resulting crash. This up-and-down cycle is hard on your system and it zaps your energy. Lack of energy is a sign of hypogonadism, which can also mean you have problems getting or keeping an erection.
By regulating your sugar and evening out the peaks-and-valleys of energy throughout the day, you may prevent one cause of lack of desire.
Sugar, Stress and Sexual Desire
Stress itself can be a root cause of lack of desire, but we can’t always avoid stress in our everyday lives. What we can avoid is increasing levels of cortisol in our bodies. Cortisol is the regulator of stress in our bodies: too much, and we put on weight. Too little, and we’re always tired. But if we get the right amount, it helps our body function at its peak, dealing with both physical and mental stress by shutting down things that aren’t in use for a short period of time (for example, you reproductive system), in order to direct energy toward calming the source of stress.
One of the ways it does this is by stopping the movement of insulin into your blood cells. And as we learned earlier, this can lead to conditions like insulin resistance.
Stress in itself is healthy when it helps us to fight off enemies or find energy for a tough goal; however, too much stress makes too much cortisol that may not get burned off, resulting in a lack of desire, among other symptoms of low testosterone.
The Best Testosterone Booster? Taking Charge Of Your Health
If your sex drive is low, check to see if your sugar consumption is too high, resulting in the not-so-sweet decline of your sex drive. Follow the steps in the infographic below to get your insulin under control. Find a good supplement to help with your energy, stress, and peripheral circulation.
If you need help with your testosterone, talk to your pharmacist about manMED Performax. It contains special ingredients that help combat hormonal imbalances and increase your energy, helping you to feel like yourself again.
Here’s an infographic from www.diagnosisdiet.com to help you stabilize your insulin resistance: