Why do you train? It’s a question many of us don’t dig deep enough on…
We simply go to the gym because it’s become what we do, or we don’t go because we just don’t feel like going.
When, however, you have a deeper, more significant reason to train that has to do with your virtues, and your idea of why you’re here and the finite nature of your existence, the gym becomes something you do because it’s who you are.
The pain you put your body through is incurred because you’re afraid of regression, of becoming soft.
And, well, we’ve never been more soft. We’ve never been more weak, dependent, or impotent.
As men we’re seeing this in the population-wide decline in testosterone that we’re experiencing. And man, this has to stop, and the only way to really end it is to do it as individuals.
But, where do you begin?
First, pick up a copy of my new book ‘The Man Diet’ that I’m giving away for free, just cover a small shipping cost so I don’t break the bank.
In the book you’re going to learn about a lot, but it’s stuff you can actually take action on. I do my best to simplify as much as humanly possible so you don’t get bogged down by a sea of primarily useless information that comes at you when you set out to increase your available testosterone in your body.
The two primary battles we’re facing, or the two enemies we’re trying to defeat when it comes to testosterone, are our cortisol and estrogen levels…
… And there’s a lot you can do to reduce both, but here are two that you can do immediately:
Eat enough of the right kind of carbs.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes and yams should be a staple in your diet. Carbs that have gluten shouldn’t disappear, but high gluten diets have been shown to lower T – but the controls on the studies weren’t perfect.
A diet where you’re consuming 35% of your calories from carbs will lower your cortisol levels, which will have a massive impact on your testosterone levels.
The second battle we face is a more insidious one in that there are chemicals all around us, in things we use everyday, that chemically increase our estrogen levels and make it impossible to have high, thriving testosterone levels.
Do a chemical audit of all of your deodorants, soaps, and cleaning products.
What to look for in plastics (though you should just remove all plastics, or at least as many as you can:
- Bisphenol A (monomer for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin; antioxidant in plasticizers)
- Phthalates (plasticizers)
- DEHP (plasticizer for PVC)
- Polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (flame retardants used in plastics, foams, building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles).
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
In skin care products:
- 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) (sunscreen lotions)
- Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben commonly used as a preservative)
- Benzophenone (sunscreen lotions)
- Triclosan and Triclocarban, both of which are antibacterial agents found in many antibacterial soaps, lotions, hand sanitizers, etc. Not only are they highly ineffective at reducing bacteria, they also have direct mechanism in lowering testicular testosterone production.
These chemicals are everywhere, thankfully options without these chemicals are becoming a lot more abundant.
As capitalism does what it does, and the market for these non-chemical products grows, they’re also drop in price (which is already happening).
This is big….
…This decline in testosterone seems to align with our increasing dependence on such chemicals.
We go over it a lot more in the Man Diet, so make sure you pick up a free copy.