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Low testosterone is a huge concern for many men. We’re still discovering the best science for diagnosing and treating this issue. With so many different voices and studies out there, it can be hard to know just where to start when approaching low testosterone.
Good thing we have Dr. Ralph Esposito in here to demystify this topic. He is a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist, and functional medicine practitioner. It’s not every day we come across a practitioner with this much experience in so many different fields.
As he puts it, “I have a soft spot for hormones.” I’d say he also has an incredible amount of knowledge. One of Dr. Esposito's most impressive skills might just be his ability to explain complex concepts in a way that we can all wrap our head around.
Today we discuss many of the common, and not so common, causes of low testosterone, how to diagnose it, and some effective yet seldom used methods for treating it. If you are a man, or even if you just know one, this is an important episode.
Are you concerned with how low testosterone could impact your health? Leave a comment on the episode page!
In this episode
- The importance of managing stress in order to have healthy hormone levels
- How testosterone affects muscle growth and why androgen receptors are the key element in this
- Why he bucks the traditional option of supplementing testosterone as a first resort for treatment
- The top three things that men are doing that contribute to low testosterone
- Why getting regular full nights of sleep is perhaps the most important thing you can do to maintain healthy hormonal health
- Why socializing and forming healthy personal connections is more important to your hormonal health than many realize
“So I realized that naturopathic medicine is the way to genuinely cure and heal the body using nutrition, diet, lifestyle, supplements, pharmaceuticals when necessary, surgery when necessary.” [5:41]
“You can’t understand male hormones without also understanding female hormones. But you need to understand the differences in them.” [9:42]
“Sleep over everything. You do more damage if you wake up an hour early to try to get an extra hour of training in. If the end goal is to exercise more, then go ahead, wake up early and exercise more. But if the end goal is to improve performance and body composition, then get the extra hour.” [40:40]
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