Men: Balance your hormone levels—naturally

Dr. Marc Micozzi has long said that low testosterone—commonly called Low-T—is not the out-of-control epidemic Big Pharma makes it out to be.

In his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate Health, Dr. Micozzi explains that it’s entirely normal for men’s testosterone levels to decline with healthy aging. In fact, testosterone drops about 1.6 percent every year after age 30.

But that’s not to say you can’t naturally balance your testosterone levels and boost your performance. You can—and you should. But only by using natural, safe, and drug-free approaches. And Dr. Micozzi has a few simple recommendations you can start following today…

As your vitamin D rises, so does your T

Vitamin D has a clinically verified positive effect on testosterone levels. Dr. Micozzi shares a study where researchers analyzed blood samples of more than 800 men. The results revealed:

  • More than two-thirds of the men had insufficient vitamin D levels (below 30 ng/ml).
  • In men with sufficient vitamin D, average testosterone levels were significantly higher (342 ng/dL) than in men who were D-deficient (319 ng/dL).
  • Men with low vitamin D levels had borderline Low-T.

And an earlier German study of overweight, but otherwise healthy men found that the men who took just 3,000 IU of vitamin D a day had a significant increase in testosterone levels after 12 months.

That’s an impressively high dose for a clinical trial, given that the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D is well under 1,000 IU. But in Dr. Micozzi’s opinion, 10,000 IU per day is often necessary for a therapeutic effect. He also notes that this dosage has been shown to help prevent many types of cancers—including prostate cancer.

The 7-hour “sweet spot” that combats Low-T

Dr. Micozzi also says one of the most basic natural approaches to balancing testosterone is sleep.

He says, “One recent study reported that men who got only five hours of sleep per night for just one week saw their testosterone levels drop by 10 to 15 percent. And other research shows that men with sleep apnea also have lower testosterone levels.”

Research shows that insufficient sleep boosts the stress hormone cortisol, which can lower testosterone. But Dr. Micozzi notes that during REM sleep, your body secretes more growth hormone. “The higher your growth hormone” he adds, “the lower your cortisol.” But he cautions against taking growth hormone supplements because excess amounts can boost blood pressure and blood sugar.

“Instead,” he says, “simply aim to get seven hours of sleep a day—and napping counts toward your total. This total seems to be the ‘sweet spot’ for maintaining optimal health.”

Along with this advice, Dr. Micozzi several additional natural strategies for improving prostate health in his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate Health. Click here to learn more about his comprehensive protocol.