When middle aged men experience low energy, depression, lower self confidence and/or a decrease in libido it's usually referred to andropause or more commonly, Male Menopause. Unlike menopause for women (when hormone production stops), testosterone in men GRADUALLY declines resulting in a slower progression of the symptoms.
Symptoms include (among others) increased body fat, reduced muscle mass and a feelings of physical weakness.
A wide range of chemical exposures including prescribed drugs like statins, adversely impact testosterone production. At the same time, estrogen levels typically increase due to widespread exposures to estrogen-mimicking compounds in food, water and environmental toxins.
So how do you recover your mojo?
The obvious is to subscribe to a supplementation system that incorporates a full body cleanse yet maintains nutrition.
In addition; lose weight. Try intermittent fasting and short intense exercises. Both have been shown to boost testosterone.
The entire workout is only 20 minutes.
Within those 20 minutes, 75 percent of that time is warming up, recovering or cooling down. You're really only working out intensely for four minutes.
Keep in mind that you can use virtually any type of equipment you want for this – an elliptical machine, a treadmill, swimming, even sprinting outdoors - as long as you're pushing yourself as hard as you can for 30 seconds.
But do be sure to stretch properly and start slowly to avoid injury. Start with two or three repetitions and work your way up, don't expect to do all eight repetitions the first time you try this, especially if you are out of shape. When you're done, Whew! Now you're ready for a shake.
Having a whey protein meal after exercise can further enhance the testosterone boosting impact.
Quality protein is an integral part our diets, especially if you're experiencing male menopause.
For over 14 years, I’ve been using an undenatured whey verses denatured. My experience is that men who incorporate this type of whey into their diets have better results with their weight loss.
The difference between undenatured whey vs denatured is in the bio chemical process.
Denatured loses its protein structure due to high heat and other external stressors during processing. Losing its structure means that the amino acids have been broken down.
Undenatured whey maintains its amino acid structure due to the fact that there is no high heat used in the processing.
Undenatured whey has many other benefits,
- It increases muscle building due to the easily digestible amino acids.
- Increase in muscle strength and size
- It still has all the nine amino acids needed to produce new muscle fibers.
- Boost in immune system.
60% of our
body is made up of water. It helps transport
nutrients and aids in digestion and more.
The brain and heart is composed of 73% water, the lungs are 83%, skin is 64% and muscle and kidneys are 79% water.
Science is still out on how much to drink. It all depends on age, activity level and whether you are drinking other forms of liquid from sources such as fruits and vegetables.
That's Ron and I repelling for the first time. Scared? You bet.
We love exploring activities that challenge us and at the same time have lots of fun.
Incorporating healthy foods in your diet is crucial in maintaining a healthy weight.
The good news is that it's never too late to change. You can begin by eating more vegetables and fruits, preferably organic.
If you live in a cold country for 6-7 months out of the year, access to organic can be very challenging. This is one of the reasons I am a huge advocate for quality supplementation.
Supplementation with vitamins and minerals are a sure way to fill in the gap that you aren't getting it in your diet. However, it's important to be aware of the quality of supplementation you use. Many supplements have fillers in them that reduces the quality and it's effectiveness.
A good rule of thumb at dinner time is to ensure your plate consist of at least 51% vegetables. It also aids in digestion.
If your weight gain is a result of male menopause, it doesn't have to be permanent.
Over the last 14 years I’ve coached hundreds of baby boomers maintain a healthy weight, feel great and look younger. Now who doesn’t want that? We live in a society where the majority of people think that it’s natural to gain weight and feel more tired as we age. That’s a MYTH. I’m living proof of that and so is my fiancé.
When I met Ron, sometimes he would experience night sweats.
He also had a few unwanted pounds that he just couldn't seem to get off even though he was going to the gym 4 times a week and ate relatively healthy.
With several recommendations from me, Ron lost body fat and increased muscle mass. He added the undenatured protein, quality vitamins and minerals to his diet, and lots more loving. Any signs or thoughts that he may be experiencing male menopause was a thing of the past.
So if you're in your midlife years and find yourself adding a few notches in your belt and think it could be from male menopause, know that with some lifestyle shifts, you will once again feel that energy and vitality you once felt when you were younger.
Life is just Beginning at 50…Why not choose to be in your BEST health.