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Diet for Anti-aging & Sense of Well-Being
 

You are what you eat! If you want to keep hormone balance and reduce effects of aging, it is extremely important to follow these dietary guidelines.

Eat moderate amounts of protein. Protein in Latin means "above all else." Protein stimulates the hormone glucagon and the anabolic (muscle building) responses important for adequate testosterone release.

Eat more vegetables and fruit and limit excessive carbohydrate intake especially of simple sugars and starches (grains, potatoes, pasta). Excess intake of carbohydrates especially those that raise blood sugar rapidly create chronically elevated levels of the hormone insulin and cortisol. These two hormones oppose the action of testosterone and diminish itís production.

Eat Fat! The reason Jack Sprat was so lean was he ate no fat. Essential fats such as the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed as well as saturated fats are essential for normal testosterone production. All steroid hormones are produced from cholesterol and when fats are deficient in the diet, this process will be inhibited.

Research indicates that low fat diets results in lower testosterone levels while those higher in protein, lower in carbohydrate and moderate in fat cause the greatest sustained levels of testosterone and growth hormone.

After exercise , those men who are on a diet with a higher protein/carbohydrate ratio and percent fat content have the largest increase in testosterone and the smallest rise in cortisol.

You must exercise and eat smart to minimize the catabolic and maximize the anabolic effects of exercise. If your diet is very low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates and fiber, your testosterone levels may remain very low and you will never make the changes in muscle mass and strength that you desire.

During activity stress hormones such as adrenaline, nor-adrenaline and cortisol are released. These hormones that are released to protect our lives have catabolic activity. This means they catabolize (breakdown) body stores of fat and protein to be used for acute resources of energy and immune response. They go even one step farther and inhibit all anabolic processes has well. Because in life or death situations the body does not need to build muscle, eat, have sexual thoughts etc. processes that require vital life energy, all anabolic (building) processes including testosterone are shut down.

The brainís thermostat (the hypothalamus) decides if enough testosterone is present in the blood in a large part based on how much estrogen is present. Since estrogen in one pathway is made from testosterone, the brain reacts that if estrogen is high, testosterone must be as well. Unfortunately, in today's modern world of nutritional deficiencies, obesity, foreign drugs and chemicals that cause abnormal increases in estrogen, this feedback system can be faulty. So high  estrogen can be a double edge sword. It is not only harmful in itself, but it also causes decreased testosterone production.

Elevated triglycerides in the blood have been positively linked to proneness to heart disease, but these triglycerides do not come directly from dietary fats; they are made in the liver from any excess sugars that have not been used for energy. The source of these excess sugars is any food containing carbohydrates, particularly refined sugar and white flour.

Saturated fats are anti-microbial fats. U use expeller-expressed oils. They have less heat in process so less damage.

Zinc competes with copper, iron, calcium and magnesium for absorption, if you are taking extra zinc, it is important you also take a good quality multimineral supplement which includes these.

Folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and choline are nutrients that lower serum homocysteine levels. That is good.

This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or condition. It is strictly for educational purposes.

About the author: He has a PhD and is a researcher, scientist, author, lecturer, forensic investigator, and university professor who is recognized in numerous Whoís Who.