TESTOSTERONE AND GENETICS
We have discussed previously simple steps
to get the body prepared to raise testosterone:
- Reduce stress -time alone, hobbies, scheduling time for you
- Reduce sugar intake -high sugar intake can lead to low testosterone
If you already do these things and your testosterone still stays low, then you need to look at two things.
- Your Genetics
- Low lying infections
In genetics the CYP gene is responsible for detoxifying the blood through the liver. This is known as the cytochrome p450 pathway. It has 3 phases of detoxification within the liver. Essentially it processes and breaks down hormones, infections, and chemical toxins.
If there is a defect or variant within the gene that we get from our parents, it can cause a back up or “stall” in processing of our hormones, especially testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
If your journey takes you to get a genetic test done, please check the CYP gene, to see if you are recessive in the gene. This is a good indicator of why you have low testosterone.
Supplementation that I have seen support the CYP gene: (these are suggestions, you can research and find your own brand. Please ask opinion of your health care professional. These are just what I have seen make a big impact.)
- Liver Support (Designs for Health: LV-GB Complex or Nutriwest: #3 GB LIV, Total Protect, Total Liver Detox, DIM Renew)
- Antioxidants (Designs for Health: Ultimate Antiox Formula, Stellar C, Ultra Gamma E)
- Vitamin B (B1, B3, B6, and B12)
Supplementation for directly enhancing testosterone:
- Elk/deer Antler – Lu Rong Supreme (Supreme Nutrition Products)
- Velvet Bean – Macuna Supreme (Supreme Nutrition Products)
- Maca Root
- Suma Leaf
Chronic infections such as Lyme Disease, Mono, EBV, Herpes Simplex, Flu can hide within the body for years even without full blown symptoms. If you have had one of these ever in your life and experience low testosterone, I suggest finding a kinesiology practitioner or being more aggressive with blood testing for infection. I have a post about what labs to look at for these kind of testing. If you have questions, message me.
These infections can stay within your body at low levels, and can continuously cause your thyroid and immune system to overwork trying to keep them from spreading. The thyroid will ask the adrenals and reproductive glands for extra help which could lead to Low T output.
This is a lot of info, and hopefully not overwhelming. Just want you to have tools in your belt to help identify and resolve low T!
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