Why are hormone levels low?

First, let’s clarify a bit about hormones and how they help your body.?

What is a hormone?

In the simplest terms, hormones are chemicals created in your body that allow one set of cells to communicate with others.? Flooding through your body, they work similarly to the way the way mortar holds together bricks.? They keep things tight and stable in the human body – growth, metabolism, sexual development and general function. Consequently, when the levels of hormones in the body decrease, the various parts of the body just don’t communicate as optimally as they have in the past. When that happens, just like when mortar starts crumbling, things start to weaken.? Obviously then, any drops in hormone levels can have detrimental effects in both men and women.

Why DO they drop?

Now that we have an idea of the role that hormones play in your body, what causes those levels to drop over the years? And perhaps more importantly, why are overall decreases in hormone levels being seen generation after generation?

First, hormone levels have always naturally declined as the human body ages. Men have an ongoing drop in their testosterone levels from the 20s onwards. As the testosterone drops noticeably in the 40s into the 50s, doctors have started referring to this as “andropause” – rather the male equivalent to menopause. And as is more commonly discussed, menopause occurs for women.? When menopause occurs, a woman’s hormone levels will drop dramatically. Women do also experience the downward trend in testosterone and estrogen over the years, but when menopause occurs, estrogen drops to zero. That obviously will be a major influencer in the physiology of a woman.

That said, we can expect to find an ongoing drop as the body ages, but what about the generational drops?




Generational Hormonal Drop Causes

There are a number of causes – and a number that likely haven’t even been identified. Straight from Dr. Brannon’s book, Back to the Basics, he identifies 6 particular causes that he equates with these long-term hormone decreases.

1. Environmental Causes – Plasticizers such as those found in PVC pipe that is likely in your home right now.? When this type of tube breaks down, foreign substances from those pipes enter the body. These particular chemicals actual interfere with the formation of testosterone in the body. Worse, they are being found in all types of populations.

2. Popular medications – Statins have the effect of dropping testosterone levels in 35-50% of men. That is significant – particularly as our population seems to get “sicker” over the years – and will be potentially using even more and more medications.

3. Prevailing diet – The typical American diet is absolutely loaded with sugar. It is a given that eating too much? sugar is going to contribute significantly to weight gain. This in turn will end up resulting in lipid issues, high blood pressures and more. High sugar consumption is a direct contributor to Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes in turn show a 57% decrease in their free testosterone.

4. BPA Plastics – an industrial chemical used in certain plastics and resins since the 60s.? Dr Brannon urges his patients to seek out BPA-free products, avoid microwaving them or putting plastic food containers in the dishwasher. As these plastics break down, they will leach into your foods.

5. Lack of sleep – DIRECT contributor to low testosterone levels. Lack of sleep hinders the body’s production of testosterone. Sadly, testosterone is required to enter REM sleep smoothly and GETTING better sleep. This is obviously a downward spiral.

6. Various other “Modern life” type chemicals – An English study found a chemical known as atrazine – an herbicide – near some lakes. It was later noticed that there were no more males frogs in these lakes. In the embryo-genesis phase of development, all had been converted to females. And these chemicals end up in regularly used foodstuff such as corn, sugar cane and more. Things that we just don’t think too much about – Roundup? in the environment, vaccines, fluorides in our water. Artificial chemicals are all around us. How they will affect us in the long term is still unknown.

Our Bodies and Hormones are under assault

No matter how you slice it, there are obvious issues facing us from a hormonal front. From poor diets to the chemicals that enable our society many of the advances and convenience that we all so crave. Only in a few decades or more will we likely be able to point to some of these causes with any certainty as to the final contribution to hormonal declines in our population. It likely will not be just a single factor regardless.? All we can really say for sure at this point is that hormone levels are decreasing and our bodies are under regular assault by new elements in our environment.

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