Stud or Dud?
During these trying times, physical intimacy with your partner is especially vital for good emotional health. But therein lies the rub. The most prominent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2007, revealed a “substantial” drop in U.S. men’s testosterone levels since the 1980s, with average levels declining by about 1% per year. Testosterone levels affect women as well. However, women create lower levels and are more sensitive to androgens than men. So, what gives?
Especially now during these difficult times. Stress is our reaction to our external, as well as our internal environment such as pain, inflammation, even thoughts and feelings. Stress is our body's natural response to dangers, commonly known as our "fight or flight" mechanism. This response involves a complex biochemical/hormonal process, including our stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a direct relationship with our sex hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone etc.
When we are under stress mother nature decides that it is not time to breed, it’s time to fight or take flight. Unfortunately, classic medicine seems to focus only on the total testosterone. But it’s not just about total testosterone. You could have normal levels of total testosterone, which includes both free and bound testosterone. But it is the FREE testosterone that really matters, and free T is what will affect one’s symptoms!
So, what’s the difference between free hormones and bound hormones? Think of hormones as keys, and the hormone receptors on the cell, as locks. When it’s time to fight or flight our body secretes cortisol and binds our testosterone keys in a sheath made of a sex hormone binding globulin, SHBG. Only those hormones that are not “sheathed” by a binding globulin can be used. Symptoms of low T do not necessarily mean you have low testosterone, but rather too little free testosterone and too much bound testosterone, that is not usable. Low testosterone in general is not just about sexual drive or performance. Low T may cause other symptoms, such as:
· Weight gain
· Memory loss
· Loss of muscle, strength, and stamina
· Declining desire for intimacy
· Insufficient drive and ambition can make you feel tired and weary
· Feeling obsolete and depressed
· Sleep disturbance
· Stiff and achy muscles and joints upon arising
Male Support Formula (formerly known as Andro Enhance) by Neurobiologix works by naturally optimizing the body’s own free testosterone levels. Dr. Kendal Stewart, designed this formula to help maintain healthy testosterone levels and youthful function and provide libido support.