As a functional health practitioner, I’ve seen a huge decline in men’s testosterone over my career. This could be due to environmental factors, high stress, toxic chemical exposure, sedentary lifestyles, or piss-poor nutrition. Ultimately, the health of our hormones dictates our motivation, physical and mental performance, and graceful aging.
Using the #DUTCHtest to test stress and sex hormones, I have seen how diurnal cortisol patterns can vary widely between test subjects. Some men, even athletes and outwardly healthy individuals, have high metabolized cortisol, but low free cortisol, or completely erratic cortisol output throughout the day.
Further, some men aromatize their testosterone into estrogen due to excess training, drinking, smoking, partying or lack of sleep. I tell my clients it’s vital to “test not guess.” Trying to raise testosterone levels by means of anabolic steroids or shady supplements is a fool’s act. There will always be a downstream effect. After all, there’s no free lunch.
I’ve become passionate about diagnostic lab testing and the DUTCH test is a great place to start. I encourage you to consult with me about how we can enhance your health through a DRESS (diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, supplementation) protocol. Once you know the problem, you can begin to solve it in an intelligent and calculated way.