5 Items Every Man who Cares about His Hormones Should Own
There are many everyday items that we can use in our advantage when boosting testosterone levels naturally. In this post I’m showcasing 5 of them, and one of them that is going to quite literally revolutionize the whole field of natural hormone optimization.
Some of these things might seem quite obvious, but they’re still very useful in your journey to naturally high testosterone levels.
Here’s the list:
1. Metal Flask
Yet, most of us continue to drink from plastic bottles on a daily basis. Some even use plastic bottles in the gym, which is the last place on Earth where you’d want to feed your body with estrogenic chemicals.
Plastic bottles might be convenient, but as weird as it sounds, they also leak estrogenic chemicals into the liquids they’re holding. And this negatively impacts testosterone production. (study, study, study, study, study).
“Although BPA is the most notorious chemical with estrogenic activity used in plastics, it is not the only one, nor does it have the highest biological effect,” – George D. Bittner, a neurobiologist at the University of Texas, Austin.
How to avoid this chemical exposure then?
Simple, just drink from metal flasks/bottles (affiliate link). The first one to change from plastic to metal, should be your gym bottle.
What about BPA/phthalate-free plastics?
In my opinion they’re a big scam. Researchers constantly find phthlates and BPA from these products, despite the fact that they’re labeled “free” from them. And if the manufacturers claim that they don’t use Bisphenol A (BPA), they often substitute that with Bisphenol-S (BPS), which is pretty much the same thing, but with a different name…
…Take this study as an example: out of 445 common plastic products (including BPA-free and such), 95% induced significant estrogenic activity when altered to “real life” conditions, such as: heating, diswashing, etc.
In other words, get a metal bottle/flask. It’s a stupidly cheap protection from extra estrogen exposure.
2. Loose Boxers
Yes it might be fashionable, but it also means that your balls are being squeezed into a small space, so that they can’t hang freely.
When that happens, your testosterone production is at risk. Because of two factors:
1. Your balls will heat up, as they’re in a small space and probably pressed against your thighs. This effectively suppresses T production. Mainly because testosterone is produced in the gonads, and your testicles need to be a tad bit cooler than the rest of the body is for optimal functioning (hence why they hang in a pouch outside the body).
2. Tight boxers negatively impact the circulation of the gonads. Do I need to even say more? Poor circulation to the balls -> slower transportation of luteinizing hormone from the brain -> negative impact on testosterone synthesis in the leydig cells.
Just get yourself some loose boxers (affiliate link). They don’t have to be super-loose, just enough so that your balls can hang freely, and that your body can adjust the height of the sack accordingly to the temperature. So that your balls can function optimally, which means that your testosterone synthesis can also function perfectly.
3. Cue Health Tracker
When I first heard about the Cue Health Tracker, I was so excited that I instantly pre-ordered 3 of them.
That little box on the image will literally revolutionize the field of natural testosterone optimization. And that’s because for the first time ever, we can actually measure our testosterone levels at home, along with some other health indicators (inflammation, vitamin D levels, etc).
How it works is very simple. You spit/take blood into a cartridge, and then insert the cartridge into the Cue box. The box then calculates the health indicators from your sample, and sends the results to your phone via Bluetooth.
The first version of Cue, which should be released in December 2015, can measure free-testosterone from saliva, which is awesome. However it can’t measure total testosterone from your blood (which would be more accurate). But still, it will change everything.
No more costly doctors appointments for simple saliva testing. No more home testing kits and the hassle of sending your spit via mail to the lab. You can literally test your free-testosterone levels everyday with this thing. At the comfort of your very own home.
At first I expected the prices in this sort of technology to be sky-high, but no. The damn box is going to cost $199. I would of have paid at least $1,000 for it. Which in my opinion would be a more reasonable price for something this awesome.
Here’s their short advertisement video for men:
4. Non-Plastic Containers
Therefore it’s smart to drastically reduce your exposure to plastics.
After plastic bottles, the second major source for plastic exposure is containers.
You know. Tupperware et al…
You put hot foods in them, you put them to dishwasher, you can even be as crazy as microwaving foods in them. All of that, will make sure that the chemical estrogen mimics will contaminate the contents.
Simple solution to this mess? Metal containers (affiliate link).
5. High Quality Multi-Vitamin
I was thinking of not putting any supplements on this list. However, a high quality multi can be so damn important that I just couldn’t resist.
There are so many vitamins and minerals that are crucial for optimal testosterone production…
…And quite frankly most men are deficient in those key nutrients (especially if you’re from US where most of the common foods are just processed goo).
You want your multi-vitamin to at least have the following pro-testosterone nutrients:
NOTE: If you’re buying a multi-vitamin specially tailored for men, check the ingredients and make sure that it doesn’t contain saw palmetto. Many manufacturers add this as “prostate support”, when in reality it’s an anti-androgen that hammers your DHT and makes you feel like shit.
There you go. 5 things a man who optimizes his natural testosterone production should own.
These are very simple additions to your daily items/gadgets that can bring major hormonal health gains.
Thank you for reading!