Disclaimer – this post is up for historical purposes, but no longer endorse forcing yourself to drink a gallon of milk daily. It turned out to be too much liquid for me. This was post “Testosterone Part 3” in my three part series on raising Testosterone.
Now that we’ve covered general ways to increase testosterone, I’m going to get into some dietary specifics and supplements worth considering. You should have labs done before you experiment with anything so you can learn what works for you and what doesn’t.
Buy the following ingredients:
1. Buy fat free gallon of milk – contains low glycemic carbs, lots of calcium, low tryptophan, and slow digesting BCAA-loaded protein. Even though milk fat is highly saturated, it still contains enough unsaturated fats to slow your thyroid hormone production and fatten you up. This is why I recommend low fat or no fat milk. Either way, the calories pile up quickly with full fat milk.
2. Buy half gallon organic orange juice – contains natural vitamin C (not ascorbic acid) that helps the body detoxify heavy metals, and citric acid which is part of the ATP production citric acid cycle and therefore, helps with energy production and digestion.
3. Buy Great Lakes Hydrolyzed Gelatin – Gelatin is low in tryptophan, cysteine and methionine. These three amino acids are believed to be responsible for inhibiting thyroid hormone production. Gelatin is very high in glycine which is very anti-inflammatory and can help heal your gut.
4. Buy Morton Canning Salt – Because aldosterone is created from cortisol to retain sodium, increasing sodium intake can suppress both aldosterone and cortisol. The chloride portion of salt also helps improve digestion.
5. Buy cane sugar – This can be honey if you prefer. The point of this is to repair metabolism. Excess sugar without nutrients will make you fat so use sparingly or as needed to target pulse rate and temperature.
Mix gallon of milk, 1/3 cup gelatin, 1tbsp salt, and 1 tbsp sugar. Consume this mixture daily. After two weeks, increase to 2tbsp sugar. After four weeks, increase to 3tbsp sugar. Your pulse and body temperature should be rising by this point reflecting an improvement in metabolism and hormone production.
Consume quarter gallon of orange juice daily split evenly throughout the day. The fructose in orange juice will help your liver generate cholesterol which is the precursor for all steroid hormones. OJ is also high in the important minerals potassium and magnesium. Drink the salted milk following the orange juice as it will help protect your teeth by neutralizing the acid on them.
Eat oysters two times a week. The highly digestible zinc and selenium found in oysters are essential to hormone production and balancing.
Eat beef liver two times a week. The copper and Pro-Vitamin A found in liver are essential for metabolism and pregnenolone formation. Copper is essential for cytochrome oxidase activity which is key to increasing the body’s metabolism in response to red light or sunlight. Copper also balances out increased zinc intake.
Eat shrimp two times a week. Shrimp is high in cholesterol which is the precursor for all protective steroid hormones. Shrimp is also high in copper, iodine and selenium.
This is a pro-thyroid diet which is anti-inflammatory and hormone balancing so it won’t drastically change levels the way some of the one off options listed below will.
More dopamine, more testosterone. More testosterone, more dopamine. Serotonin opposes dopamine in the brain. Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) deplete tryptophan in the brain which will lower serotonin, and therefore, raise dopamine. I recommend doses of 43 mg per kg of body weight spread throughout the day. To do so, mix it with the milk or orange juice. You need to ensure you’re still getting enough protein to keep phenylalanine and tyrosine levels high as they will support dopamine formation, and are also depleted by BCAA.
Small doses (10mg) of vitamin B-6, in Pyrodoxine HCL form, have been clinically shown to reduce prolactin and act as a dopamine agonist.
More specific options – herbs
Herbs may “work” by stressing our body through the process of hormesis. Because they are not “nutrients” per se in terms of vitamins or minerals, they should be cycled because the body builds up a tolerance to them.
One option often pursued is increasing the activity of the pituitary gland to create more LH which signals to the testes to create testosterone. The problem with this is that it isn’t conducive to overall health. I recommend keeping the pituitary as quiet as possible as it is part of the HPA stress axis. High levels of the pituitary hormones LH, FSH, and TSH typically mean that the body isn’t responding adequately to these hormones.
PDE inhibitors such as Cialis and Viagra can drastically increase testosterone in the short term. The three PDEs that seem to have the most effect on testosterone production are PDE-4, PDE-5 and PDE-8. Nitric oxide production is generally associated with testosterone, but according to Ray Peat, high levels of NO are toxic to cells.
The mechanism is not clear for some of the following common libido boosters, but the following is what I’ve found.
Maca Root – No significant changes shown in LH, FSH, total testosterone or estrogen levels. Potentially positively changes lipid levels and increases free testosterone. Roots are considered safe if cooked and this is more of a food than a supplement.
Ginseng – Contains phytoandrogens, PDE inhibitor, boosts nitric oxide, helps control blood sugar. May protect against cancer. Has been safely used by many Asian cultures for years.
Muira Puama – Increases LH to increase libido. May not be ideal.
Tribulus – Increases libido and nitric oxide in males with low testosterone or hypogonadism. Some studies show efficacy in increasing testosterone. Some don’t. May not be the best to use.
Longjack (Tongkat Ali) – Unsure of mechanism. One study shows increases in testosterone. Researchers claim it may inhibit estrogen’s negative effects on testosterone. Some studies show possible toxicity. May not be the best to use.
Handling Excess Estrogen Production with Nutrients
Because you will be raising testosterone levels, you will also be raising the opportunity for it to be converted into Estrogen. Using magnesium, aspirin, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E, you can reduce this conversion. Anything called an “aromatase inhibitor” performs this function.
For removing the estrogen that still gets created, you need to remain regular by eating carrots and peeled apples, sleeping well, and getting adequate protein. Protein should be covered by the mixture of milk and gelatin listed above. Beyond staying regular and reducing testosterone to estrogen conversion, one can help their body metabolize estrogen by using supplements like DIM or Calcium D-Glucarate.
Featured Image is from the Motion Picture, Sunshine.