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So recently I went to my doctor for a quick blood pressure check, who knew that we’d end up discussing aging and testosterone count. I hadn’t been feeling well, and it turned out that I lowered my medicated blood pressure medication too much. Long story short, I’ve lost weight, since I was getting dizzy, we cut my prescription down from 100mg to 50mg. It turns out that with my improved health, I didn’t require the former dose.
As I dropped some more weight, and felt dizzy once or twice, I figured the same thing was happening, and I cut it down to 25mg. That’s when I started to feel uncomfortable, and my head started to hurt again. When I went in, she said that my pressure was elevated again, and I explained to her what I did. I went back to 50mg and it’s all good again.
In any case, since I was in there, and it had been over a year, she wanted to check my blood work. I agreed and specifically requested that she check my testosterone levels. She asked me if I was having any issues with my soldier coming to attention, I assured her that this was not the case, the soldier is still pretty functional. However, I’m getting older, and I train a lot. My results, though impressive have been much slower than before, and have stalled at times. I attribute this to the aging process, and I wanted to make sure that my testosterone levels were up to par.
Today I received my results. The minimum “normal” testosterone count is 241 as per this test, I came in at 226. As you can see here, it’s listed as “Abnormal Low.” The funny thing about this is that if I am the way that I am at “low,” I can’t imagine what I’ll be like as I raise this damn thing up! Oh boy, someone’s in trouble!
Again, the doctor asked me what prompted me to want to specifically get my T-count checked, and once again she hinted towards the performance of my soldier down low. She said, “Men are embarrassed about these things, and you strike me as a ‘tough guy’ Angel.” Once again, I stated that the soldier still stands at attention. The man tool is still very much functional, if it wasn’t, trust me, I’d tell her!
The main reason I wanted to check is because I was merely concerned about getting older. I’m trying to be proactive about keeping myself youthful and virile. She finally accepted my answer and said that if I don’t have any symptoms of low testosterone, that I need not worry. However, if I want to pursue this, I should see a urologist.
I’m going to do my best to stay away from any medical options for this. I still get erections, and I can still go pretty hard in the paint if you know what I mean. I’m strong at the gym, I still grow hair, and I’m still becoming the old version of me. Sure, it’s slower, I’m not as big or lifting as heavy, but I’m doing alright, I think.
For some time, I have been eating foods that are listed as natural testosterone enhancers. So, it is quite feasible that my eating these foods to increase T-count may have actually made it higher. It is possible that it was lower, and is increasing, but I’ll have to monitor it. I’ve done a lot of research on how to up T-count, while keeping estrogen at bay. But I do not have a gauge to work off of, except my current exam. So this will have to be my starting point for monitoring purposes. I’ll have it examined again in about 3-6 months.
You’ll notice I picked up some cruciferous vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. There are many others, but I went with these for now. I found that prepping the broccoli was the easiest, so that one will remain on the list. Cauliflower was a bit messier, but still acceptable. The brussel sprouts where the biggest pain in the ass of the three. I like them, but I don’t have the patience to clean, cut, and prep those on the regular. I’ll have them on occasion, but I won’t be getting those all the time.
These veggies are allegedly best taken at night, and are supposed to be really good at removing any excess estrogen from the body. Raw is best, but it may make you fart a lot, so there’s that.
I’ve also continued taking Pomegranate, Ginger, coconut oil, brazil and macadamia nuts, as well as supplemental garlic in hopes of naturally jacking up the t-count. These are berries and foods that may increase testosterone naturally in aging men.
For sometime I was taking Tongkat Ali, along with L-Arginine, and L-Citrulline. My doctor, who happens to be a kidney specialist told me that those companies are probably fleecing me. We had a good discussion about the medical and supplement companies and how they profit off of us. I decided to back off some of those, but I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing on this one.
When I took L-Arginine, I felt like I was slightly more stimulated in the man area, and I may have felt something similar with Tongkat Ali. Once I shifted to try L-Citrulline, I didn’t feel any difference in the man desire. Allegedly L-Citrulline turns into L-Arginine in your kidney, and when I mentioned this to my doctor, she just shook her head and laughed. “You are being fleeced, Angel.” Remember, she’s a kidney specialist, and there I was talking to her about kidney processes.
In any case, I think I may revisit L-Arginine, but I’m not sure about the other two. I’ll consider Tongkat Ali. But for now I’m trying to keep it solely food based. I don’t want to hurt my body with unknown products.
Do you have any tips for aging men to naturally increase testosterone? Please share them with us here!
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