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Hack my boyfriend...please...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM

The question: what natural supplements or foods could my boyfriend focus on to help his energy and libido?

Background: He's 52 years old. I think he's the walking poster child for low testosterone. Everything I read about the symptoms screams his name. It may not just be low t that's the problem either, could be cortisol and thyroid - I don't know...all I know is that no matter how hard he tries the man cannot keep his eyes open past 8:30pm...he does get up everyday at 5am for work but no matter how much rest he gets he cannot stay up late or even close to late. He just shuts down literally. The past 6-7 years I've seen his libido crash as well, the want, the desire, the physical signs: falure to get and maintain an erection...it's all very frustrating to him and to me. I'm very understanding and just want to help him.

He recently underwent a complete physical: all blood work came out normal, BP is normal, everything was NORMAL!! I know I know...it was just a basic blood profile and I do understand I should take that with a grain of salt. I do know that his testosterone, thyroid levels were not checked and I'm not happy about that.

He's not overweight. Tall and skinny but has developed somewhat of a belly but you can hardly tell. Muscle has definitely declined and he's as bald as they come and has been since his early 30's.

He does eat primarily paleo - but does throw in the occasional sugar dessert but for the most part he's a meat and potatoe kind of guy.Doesn't drink or smoke but also does not work out.

I've been reading all morning about testosterone replacement...not sure he would go the medical route. I've also been reading up on all kinds of different "natural" testosterone enhancers:Catuaba Bark

Mucuna Pruriens

Tribulus Terrestris

Rhodiola Rosea

Horny Goat Weed

Tongkat Ali Extract

Passion RX

Ok, can any one help? Offer advice? anything, I'm desperate. I care for this man and love him, but his low energy levels, mood, lack of libido is starting to become a problem. He bought a multi-vitamin the other day to see if it would help, I laughed inside...bless his heart he's trying. He's not one to research and try to figure stuff out...really an old school kind of person. I'm the one who made him go and get a physical a couple of months ago...first time to EVER have blood work donw, cholesterol checked etc.. He's 51 but some days he reminds me of an 80 year old.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I always thought that jokes were meant to be funny. Or are you from backwards world where jokes are not funny and everyone laughs at funerals?

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on March 10, 2012
at 11:04 PM

here's another PH post that may be worth a read http://paleohacks.com/questions/99104/foods-to-promote-healthy-sperm-production

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on March 10, 2012
at 10:37 PM

ExtraIdentity, I went on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This is the digestive health diet I was talking about in my post. Warren D, the T-raising diet that I learned about all comes from the Kindle book linked here: http://www.amazon.com/testosterone-increase-naturally-according-ebook/dp/B0053TRGU0. While it was not the answer for me, I think it's a fantastic book that could help a lot of people.

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on March 10, 2012
at 10:29 PM

"(link to a book for this diet below)" ?

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on March 10, 2012
at 09:54 PM

Can I ask what changes you implemented in your diet to see improvement? I am also 20, and experimenting with different things like healing my gut to try and improve my libido.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:50 PM

If you are wanting to top up the minerals of the food save the cash and just add ground liver to your ground beef and try Beef hearts. They taste like fine-grained steak, are dead cheap and have a lot more mineral to the ounce when compared to other beef cuts. Personally I question how absorb able pills really area.

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:18 PM

We live in Texas, so yes he does get sun but now that you mention it probably not that much in the winter. No, did not check hormone levels and I'm wasn't happy about that. I've also been reading up on supplementing on zing and magnesium. Definitely will push the short lifting sessions and look at Rob's site. Thank you!!

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Did they check thyroid function or hormone levels? Does he get much sun and are you in a sunny area? (D3) Is he willing to workout? 2-3 short lifting sessions can help a lot if it's just age-related decline (manopause). Fwiw Rob Wolff has some male hormone articles on his site. I can also tell you that being very low-carb, low-calorie can screw you pretty good in this regard.

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on March 10, 2012
at 11:21 PM

ZINC!

Along with VD3, I also would ensure that he is getting enough zinc which is really important for the endocrine system. You can suppliment & also eat zinc-rich foods like seafood (oysters, shelfish etc) as well as dairy (if tolerated) & raw pumpkin seeds.

Also, make sure his Omega 3/6 ratio is good (by adding more seafood you can corrct this & add zinc).

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:47 PM

He needs to have his testosterone checked.

ON top of that, Vitamin D and more calories - I find my own libido completely crashes on low calories.

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on March 11, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I plan on showing him the responses and then go from there. Hopefullynwe can find the right combination. I imagine starting wit D3,zinc, a good fish oil and starting a lifting program is a good start. Love paleoacks...jokes and all.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 10, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Natural test enhancers may add a quick pick me up, but if they "work" they may postone a real cure to the problem. You need to test vit d, saliva adrenal hormones, complete thyroid panel, as well as testosterone. But even deeper than that you(he) needs to fix his gut issues. Also,at some his(my) age working out is NO LONGER OPTIONAL. Doesn't(shouldn't) have to be too taxing, but it has to be there. Find a good "holistic" doctor/healer. They don't have to be Paleo.Just don't listen to they diet advice. Just get the tests. Good luck.

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on March 10, 2012
at 10:23 PM

I'd put emphasis on nutrient deficiency.

liver brazil nuts oysters

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on March 10, 2012
at 09:36 PM

Run262, I've dealt with these issues personally, and I am only 20 years old. Five testosterone tests over the period of about 6 months all came back very low (average about 320 ng/dl range).

How is his digestion? I am a big believer that digestion can cause all sorts of issues. I went on a diet (not related to T issues) that I think has helped me tremendously (no test to prove, but a big difference in symptoms). What I mean is there can be other issues that you need to work out.

I went on TRT for 8 weeks. Scary, right? A 20 yr old on testosterone replacement therapy. At the same time I started this diet. 8 weeks in I was feeling great and I felt that the issue may not have been from the T but may instead have been from the diet, so I took a huge risk and dropped the T altogether, which, if the T had been what was causing me to feel better, I should have crashed BIG TIME. And yet, I didn't crash! It's been relatively smooth sailing ever since.

My recommendation - do not use herbal products (they are unstudied and unregulated - IMO it would be safer to just go on TRT). Talk to him to see if he is willing to go on a diet that may help raise his T (link to a book for this diet below). Ask how his digestion is, if it is off, I could recommend the diet I went on (to clarify we are talking about two different diets here - one specifically to raise T, and one to help with digestion issues--what I am on now). All in all, he is 50 yrs old. It makes much more sense for someone his age to consider TRT. And if nothing else works (or if he does not even want to try diet answers), he HAS to go on the TRT. He will re-gain his life.

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on March 10, 2012
at 10:37 PM

ExtraIdentity, I went on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This is the digestive health diet I was talking about in my post. Warren D, the T-raising diet that I learned about all comes from the Kindle book linked here: http://www.amazon.com/testosterone-increase-naturally-according-ebook/dp/B0053TRGU0. While it was not the answer for me, I think it's a fantastic book that could help a lot of people.

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

(730)

on March 10, 2012
at 09:54 PM

Can I ask what changes you implemented in your diet to see improvement? I am also 20, and experimenting with different things like healing my gut to try and improve my libido.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 10, 2012
at 10:29 PM

"(link to a book for this diet below)" ?

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on March 11, 2012
at 12:04 AM

** BEGIN JOKE **

Hacking your boyfriend might put me in jail. You might check your local dive for a hit-man? Then again, you said please. Small Ax or Great Ax?

** END JOKE **

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I always thought that jokes were meant to be funny. Or are you from backwards world where jokes are not funny and everyone laughs at funerals?

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