Posts Tagged ‘hormones’

What’s the Connection Between Sleep and Weight Loss?

Friday, December 21st, 2018
Sleeping girl on a bench

It can be a difficult challenge to strip off the last layer of lower belly fat. That’s because it seems to cling to your body forever. You’ve probably come across different tips on the best diets to lose the extra weight. It is very likely that you are also taking plenty of exercises. This is supposed to boost your metabolism and help you lose belly fat. Nevertheless, you keep coming up short every time.

If your workouts and diet didn’t yield fat-burning results, think about sleeping! There is no question here that how you exercise and what you eat affect your success rate. However, you shouldn’t neglect other factors that also have an influence on your progress. Sleep is one of those factors for sure. Most people don’t regard sleep as a success factor though.

There are quite a few strong connections between weight loss and sleep. Let’s examine the fundamentals of that relationship.

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Testosterone and Muscle

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Increase Testosterone Levels to Add Muscle Mass

The human body is a complex machine, one that operates using a wide variety of linked and correlating systems. We all like to keep our bodies in the best possible shape – perhaps you work out, or you might simply exercise lightly on regular basis – and there is plenty to know about if you are to get the balance right.

Diets, exercise, and basic healthy living all come together, but what about testosterone? This is a hormone that is essential to the male exercise regime, and one that is helpful in keeping your body in the right shape, but what is it all about, and why should you be conscious of the link between testosterone and muscle mass?

Let’s talk a little more about what testosterone is, and why it is essential that you understand its place in the body.

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3 Important Reasons Why Plastics Can Kill Your Testosterone

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The hidden endocrine disruptors found in plastics

plastic fitness health

2011 was a momentous year for global awareness in terms of the harmful effects of plastic on human health. Following a number of reports from national health and safety agencies, the European Commission outright banned the use of BPA in the manufacture of bottles intended for baby feeding. The evidence for the harmfulness of this substance, particularly in infants, became simply indisputable. Not one year passed and the U.S. also took major steps towards the elimination of BPA. We’ve been using plastic materials for selling and storing our food for quite some time now, which makes the legal action all the more worrisome. It begs the question: just how did we get to a place where we have to ban manufacturers from using toxic substances in their products?

Bisphenol A (or BPA, for short) is a compound widely used in the production of resins and plastic materials. It’s been around ever since the 1950s and, granted, it is a blessing for construction. In terms of chemical importance, BPA is vital to obtaining hard, yet flexible polycarbonate plastic products. In terms of human consumption, however, its effects range from slightly detrimental to outright poisonous, especially in young children and elderly individuals. BPA’s impact on human hormones can yield anything from diabetes, developmental issues, heart disease, genital abnormalities, obesity and, unsurprisingly, infertility.
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Another Reason To Hit The Gym: Make Your Natural Pheromones More Attractive

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

popeyeWe all know that going to the gym not only makes you feel better, it makes you look better too. Even if you don’t have a chiseled 6-pack, massive guns, or lady-swooning glutes being a gym goer can give you a more shapely body, higher energy and mood levels, and help you be enjoy life to the fullest.

But there’s another aspect of being fit and healthy that’s not discussed often:

The scent of your natural pheromones (or your natural body odor), can actually become more attractive to the opposite sex.

If you don’t know what they are, or you imagine sleazy internet ads promising you they’re the secret to attracting gorgeous women… then you’ll probably roll your eyes. But on a scientific level, it actually makes sense.

What are Pheromones?

First of all, the word “pheromone” actually comes from the word “pherein” – which means “to carry”.

The second part, “mones” is from the word hormon(e).

As you already know by now, hormones (e.g. testosterone), are responsible for pretty much all the important functions of the human body… from regulating sleep, our testosterone balance, and even our moods.

Of particular interest is testosterone, which is an androgen, and typically what pheromones are derived from.

The most interesting part about all this, is that pheromones are actually derivatives of testosterone. And because they are released in sweat, there are steps you can take to actually make your pheromones all the more “attractive” – especially to women. (more…)

Does Coffee (Caffeine) Help You Build Muscle?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Your QuestionsI get plenty of questions in various comments throughout the website, but I also get comments and questions via the contact form.

In the past I have address those questions through e-mail, but often I do not have the time to reply to each and every question personally. I want to take a more proactive approach to answering Your Questions by posting them in the blog. This way we can be sure that everyone benefits from the Q & A.

Joe wrote:

“I have heard that too much caffeine can be detrimental to muscle growth because of its tendency to increase cortisol which has catabolic effects. That being said, it also stimulates testosterone production, so its actual effects are a little unclear. Here’s a little medical study I found on the web to back it up:

Dose effect of caffeine on testosterone and cortisol responses to resistance exercise.

Just curious if you’ve heard anything along these lines and I’m interested to hear your take on it.”

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Understanding Your Body – What is Testosterone?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

old man bodybuilderWhen you’re trying to make the most out of your body (as you only ever get one!), there’s a lot of different stuff that gets thrown into the mix. You have to watch out for your chemical imbalances, as well as anything else that could throw you off of your normal routine.

So, What Exactly IS Testosterone?

Testosterone is a chemical messenger that takes its place amongst other androgens – it’s also the primary sex hormone in males on this planet. It’s produced primarily through the Leydig cells, which are located in the testicles of men (although women do also produce this hormone in their ovaries), a small amount is produced in the adrenal glands as well.

Testosterone is there to help sway the two different genders into their sexual development phases properly; it adds to the aspect of desire, as well as producing sperm. Testosterone has many other functions, and even professional athletes are using it to get an edge above the competition; but why is that exactly?  (more…)

6 Natural Testosterone Boosting Ingredients

Monday, March 7th, 2016

How to Boost Testosterone Naturally to Make an Impact on Your Training 

Low testosterone manWe hear about it all the time in commercials for “Low-T”. We certainly have read about it many times in the context of fitness articles, considering we are always reading fitness articles. I am talking about Testosterone. Something that affects each of us deep to our core, forms the foundation of our health and makes us…. well, Men!

Recently I’ve noticed TV commercials dealing with class action suits against medical testosterone replacement therapy products. So steroids are illegal and unsafe, and testosterone replacement products may or may not be dangerous, so what recourse do we have to boost our T? At least you should learn the most effective strategy to boost your Testosterone levels naturally through food, exercise, and intelligent supplementation.

What’s The Deal With Testosterone?

Testosterone, what is it? I mean, we know what it is, but… what, IS it? Let’s get scientific here for a moment. Testosterone is a steroid hormone. Hold on, before we go on… The term steroid here is referring to natural hormones produced in the body. These are the things that help control metabolism, inflammation, immune system, and sexual characteristics. Ok, now back to where we left off.
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