“There’s a lot of testosterone in this room.”
It’s often said by annoyed women in rooms filled with mostly men… locker rooms, boardrooms, my living room when my husband and his friends watched football with a Corona in hand… clearly before the time of coronavirus.
But truth be told, there’s probably not nearly as much testosterone in those rooms as there should be. And it shows…
Why the testosterone shortage?
New research suggests that one out of four men over 30 have low testosterone (low T) levels. But only one out of every 20 men have clinical symptoms linked to such a deficiency… things like erectile dysfunction and a decreased sex drive. But low T puts you at risk in more places than the bedroom…
Testosterone is the elixir of life, an antidote to the worst health issues that plague us today — heart problems. You might think it’s just men who need to protect their testosterone levels as much as possible. But women need it too… but only about 1/10th as much.
Unfortunately, modern medicine sets the acceptable range for men’s testosterone between 270 and 1,070 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL)… regardless of age. That’s a very wide range.
Following this logic, you could be in your 40s or 50s with a testosterone level of 280… a number that should only be acceptable for a man in his 80s or 90s… but because you’re in the “normal” range your doctor will tell you you’re good to go.
This is not unlike thyroid hormone… just because you’re in the normal range according to your doctor doesn’t mean it’s enough to get the job done. And here’s why…
A very protective hormone
Testosterone, a very protective and anti-aging hormone,
Testosterone reduces the tendency of blood to clot, reduces cholesterol and triglycerides, reduces blood glucose levels and decreases visceral fat mass. It is also an antagonist to estradiol (estrogen), preventing it from causing feminizing of the male body and bone loss in women.
You already know testosterone, for men and women, diminishes with age unless we protect it with supplementation.
But that natural decrease isn’t your only concern: Our highly acidic western diet supplies us with too many estrogen mimics, which lead to the need for protection from estrogen dominance.
So, you can see, with everything you’re fighting against, why it’s not in your best interest to just settle for levels that are “in range” … but to strive for optimal levels. For men, the goal should be testosterone levels closer to 800 than 300. For adult women, the levels should be closer to 70 ng/dL.
Natural testosterone booster
DIM, short for di-indole-methane, is a plant compound that works against estrogen mimics by binding to excess estrogen in your body and flushing it out.
DIM also protects men from loss of testosterone by eliminating the fake estrogens that can lead to man boobs and belly fat, soft, flaccid muscles, fatigue and sexual dysfunction.
The good news for women… DIM doesn’t block natural estrogen production. Instead, it makes fake estrogens more soluble in your urine. It won’t upset levels if they’re already normal. For those who are living with Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism, estrogen dominance can aggravate your uncomfortable symptoms. That’s why I take it every day in addition to my thyroid support supplement.
The best part is, you can get more DIM through diet or supplementation…
Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy and Brussels sprouts contain DIM. But as always with “modern” food production, there are fewer of these nutrients in our mass-produced “produce,” eliciting the need for supplementation with DIM for the protection of testosterone.
I get mine in Peak Maximum Endurance™. This special formulation includes 100 mg of DIM, but also a unique form of arginine, which also helps boost testosterone, plus it increases nitric oxide which helps maintain blood vessel and heart health.
100 mg is a good amount of DIM. In order to counteract the constant pressure of the forces pulling testosterone from your body, I recommend you take DIM every day for peak protection.