Things You Might Not Know about Inflammation and Low Testosterone

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

Many have found that when a man has inflammation, it can often times be due to low levels of testosterone. This can hinder a man’s life in a number of ways, starting with the inability to carry out sexual functions or having complications with reproducing. There are methods that men can take to help alleviate the inflammation that they might have. This will help them to increase their testosterone levels. So, what are some of those methods?

 

One way to reduce inflammation is to drink cranberry juice. This can reduce any systematic inflammation that a person might have. And this is not the only benefit. Researchers have found that it is great for health as it has all sorts of antibodies that flush out bad elements from our system. And it does not have to be cranberry juice. Just look for the juices high with antioxidants.
Another thing that can be done is to look at how much alcohol that you drink. While too much isn’t good for your liver, there are some good qualities of consuming moderate levels of alcohol. This has been said to actually reduce inflammation. However, there have also been some links between the amount of alcohol that men drink and low levels of testosterone. So, do keep a tab on the amount of alcohol that you consume.

 

In order to lower inflammation which will then help to increase testosterone, it is recommended that a man goes for regular exercise. There have been many studies done to prove this. The things that experts have learned from research are quite interesting. They have actually found that exercise actually reduces the level of TNF alpha as well as C-Reactive protein.

 

Looking at your diet is something that some men need to look at if they have inflammation and are experiencing low testosterone counts. The one thing that men want to avoid is high protein diets. This has been seen to be part of the reasons why men have high levels of inflammatory markers. Certain protein foods have been said to increase the amounts of fibronigen and C-Reactive Protein. Low Glycemic foods should be avoided as well. These foods contain insulin activated enzymes and this causes the body to create more of what is called arachidonic acids. The one thing that you want to get more of is omega 3 as this has been said to have some anti-inflammation benefits to it. One last thing to cut out would be saturated fats. This actually allows the inflammations to inhabit the body.

 

With careful study, you will find that there are many ways to reduce the amount of inflammation. This might help you to improve your testosterone levels so that a man can feel good about himself. These are just a few things that they you can try. In addition, you should discuss such things with your doctor to see what he or she would recommend. They might have other solutions for you to try.

Side Note: I had someone do a guest writing series with this blog and a few others, so let me know what you think!

 

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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Drop the Thanksgiving weight FAST

Happy weekend! Hope that thanksgiving was well if you when out shopping you survived the mass hysteria of black Friday.

I’m going to do something at bit different than most fitness sites do for the holidays. Most personal trainers and fitness gurus try to tell you what you can and can’t eat over the thanksgiving holiday and this usually results with a person attempting to deprive themselves at festive gathering. Usually two things happen: you did make it though the holiday without too much gluttony or you didn’t and now you feel guilty because of it.

For a number of my clients I do try to help control what they can and can’t eat due to food intolerances (up to 60% of people have an food intolerance and don’t even realize it) so they can still enjoy the holiday without a feeling of being left out, but let’s face it no matter how much we try to prepare for this in our fit lifestyles we are going to go overboard.

This happens and I don’t want people to beat themselves up about it so what I’m doing today is going to give you a workout that will help your body recover from the bender and be right back on track by Monday J

What we are going to do is a glycogen depleting workout. Glycogen is the storage form of energy from food that they body keeps in the liver and muscles for energy at later times; now after a thanksgiving meal it’s pretty safe to say that we have stored up quite a bit of energy lol. More so than most times of the year and when we go back to our typical eating habits that normally do fill our glycogen stores (which are already full at this time due to the holidays) they have no other place to go but be converted to body fat.

Glycogen depleting workouts are typically total body circuit training in a rep range of 15-20 with little to no rest. This may be different than what you currently do but trust me on this and just do this ONCE and continue with your regular workout routine and you’ll be back on track in two days time.

I’ll give examples of exercises that I would typically assign to my clients for post holiday you pick the exercise that feels best to you.

 *** A barbell complex is 10 reps of RDLs, Bent Rows, Hang-cleans, Standing Overhead Press, Back Squat… all back to back ***

So here is the routine!

 

Ok so for the Metabolic Finisher do two rounds of 60 sec of work except for the barbell complex or 2mile timed bike ride.

 

A few key points to remember:

  • Do free weight, cable or band work (minus the leg press)
  • Pick a weight that you still have a few reps left in the tank. This is a metabolic workout not a muscle builder or death race
  • Expect to sweat… A LOT!

This may seem like a lot of work but I can assure you that you have PLENTY of energy… honestly you’ll be quite surprised how much energy you have 🙂

Do this one time this weekend and if you still feel that you need more work the following day do 45min of steady state cardio, otherwods you pace should be about 50% of your max effort.

I can assure you that if you do this you’ll be back on track with minimal scale repercussions from the weekend in no time!

 

 

Here is a supplement that I have been using that has made this process a lot easier! Now this isn’t the fast loss or metabolic lotery ticket but it does make a difference 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Health and Fitness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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