More testosterone and better health @ christmas.

Christmas time, more testosterone and better health!

Christmas time; rich foods, alcohol, bad TV, lots of homemade cakes and puddings (they say they are homemade anyway) – after a week or so of that we often find we have added a little bit of weight around our middle. We feel tired, run down and, if you’re a male, it’s quite likely you have lowered your Testosterone levels to quite a degree.

Firstly, part of the reason is that we tend to fast leading up to big meals, slowing our metabolism down and triggering our body to go into storage mode. Now, don’t get me wrong, fasting is very beneficial; it causes higher amounts of growth hormone to be released, which in turn lowers blood pressure, protects your body against cholesterol, burns fat, and increases collagen turn over in the skin. So what’s the problem? It sounds like a good thing to do, and it is, but not leading up to an eat all you can late afternoon/evening meal.

Why?

Fasting before a meal changes your body from fat burning mode, or using the calories you’re consuming as fuel, to storage mode where your metabolism slows and you prime yourself for an insulin spike. This increases your cravings for sugary foods and your appetite increases, causing you to each much larger amounts of food as the hormone Ghrelin peaks.

If you were to fast for 15-20 hours a few times a week the benefits would be huge; you would burn a lot more of your fat, increase your metabolism and growth hormone levels, lower cholesterol and improve insulin resistance. But fasting just so you can eat more at night doesn’t allow your body enough time to really start digging into its fatty reserves for fuel; the various fat burning hormones such as epinephrine don’t really get a chance to start working.

Contrary to popular belief, in most HEALTHY MEN alcohol may actually increase testosterone levels, but only in the kinds of amounts that cause intoxication; this may be part of the reason why many men who get drunk become aggressive or rowdy. The department of Neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute showed these findings in the ACER report, stating; “alcohol oxidation is directly linked to testosterone biosynthesis”. In particular, a direct link between alcohol administration and the level of the neuroactive steroid testosterone in the brain showed an increase of 4x the baseline level. But, and it really is a big but, alcohol will cause suppression of testosterone through another pathway.

Long term consumption will suppress testosterone levels although this is negligible on a daily count. Over time, however, the large amounts of calories contained in alcohol, and the way alcohol slows the metabolism along with the fat storage that ensues, in particular around the stomach area, will cause an increase in oestrogen and lowered testosterone levels.

Belly fat converts the male hormone DHT and DHT changes as a result into 5alpha-androstane 3alpha 17beta-diol and 5alpha-androstane 3beta 17beta-diol; these have potent binding to oestrogen receptors which leads to the fat belly or pot bellied look that some slim guys who drink alcohol have. This is despite alcohol consumption actually lowering oestrogen upon administration, along with lowering growth hormone which is a potent hormone in fat burning.

So you have fasted before your Christmas dinner thus slowing your metabolism. You are going to have some alcohol, and we’ve just looked why that’s a bad idea, especially as it will slow your already sluggish metabolism even more, and you’re going to eat processed foods, sauces, more phytoestrogens, and some xenoestrogens from plastic packaging. Add that to a massive consumption of calories all in one go and you’re going to be feeling more stuffed than that turkey – and about as useful.

Foods for Increased Testosterone and Libido

The good news is it doesn’t need to be this way. It’s not all doom and gloom; its Christmas, New year and a time of happiness! It really is, if you can try not to think about how much money you’ve spent!  Cholesterol is converted into testosterone, and red meats such as steak are high in this important nutrient. Healthy fats are also important, for example monounsaturated fat, which can be found in foods such as olives, seeds, nuts, whole fat dairy products and avocados.

Foods like broccoli and those gorgeous tasting Brussel sprouts (yes, I was joking) contain indoles which lower oestrogen and help raise testosterone levels.

Zinc is a mineral that can be found in high amounts in oysters, beef, pork, turkey, chicken liver, pumpkin seeds and in lesser amounts in foods like almonds and sunflower seeds. It boosts immunity, lowers oestrogen and increases testosterone. Amazingly, zinc deficiency in women is responsible for many having a lowered sex drive or even none at all – wait guys, don’t run off to buy a tonne of zinc just yet; there’s more.

Dark chocolate contains both serotonin, which boosts your mood, and phenylethylamine, which mimics oxytocin, also known as the ‘Love Hormone’.  Plus its full of antioxidants – see, I said it wasn’t all bad news.

There is also asparagus which, being rich in B-vitamins, improves your production of histamine, proper levels of which play an essential role in sex drive for both men and women.

Nuts are very important in supporting a healthy libido as they contain high levels of essential fatty acids that increase the production of the hormones we all need to stay amorous. They’re also rich in L-Arginine which is great for improving circulation and enhancing erectile response; in some countries it’s actually used to treat erectile dysfunction. What’s more, the smell of almonds is actually purported to act as an aphrodisiac that attracts women. Furthermore, pine nuts are packed with zinc – critical for healthy sperm and increased testosterone levels, as well as pycnogenol a powerful antioxidant that increases nitric oxide helping with strong erections.

The point here is to choose your foods wisely; don’t fast before a meal, just eat little and often. The huge array of foods will provide your discerning eye ample opportunity to choose a testosterone boosting and healthy meal. As a result, you won’t feel so tired and your increased testosterone will lead to an increased libido which will probably lead to more calories being burned in the long run. Testosterone is vital for health; it is anti-aging, lowers cholesterol, prevents heart disease and bone damage, increases immunity and it improves body composition.

Give yourself the best Christmas present and eat your way to increased testosterone levels and ultimately better health

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Anavar a potent fat loss agent, But how?

Anavar is a well known steroid used by the fitness and bodybuilding community, but there are a few aspects that make Anavar a truly unique and special Anabolic steroid.
Oxandrolone is an orally modified version of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) its  C 17 Alpha-Alkylated steroid, that means its been refined and altered to survive first pass through the liver and therefore deliver its affects, its assimilated very quickly and becomes active straight away.
Its half life is around 9 hours, so splitting up the dosing is more important to get an even blood level.
Why does Anavar have distinct cutting properties.
Firstly we need to remember Fat deactivates DHT, And it causes DHT’s conversion into 5alpha-androstane 3alpha,17beta-diol and 5alpha-androstane 3beta,17beta-diol. This isn’t good, Even though in small amounts they can protect against high arterial cholesterol, they have high affinity for the estrogen receptors. The more adipose tissue around the waist, the greater this conversion, more water retention and fat gain inssues.
Now Anti-estrogens cant help with this, they have no affect as their mechanism for action doesn’t prevent DHT’s conversion into these hormones.
However Anavar has a unique way of reducing adipose tissue.
Anavar up-regulates  the AR, Anavar also antagonizes the catabolic actions of cortisol, Cortisol as we saw in my last article slows down lipolysis, and decreases free test, Coupled with an up-regulated androgen receptor, less estrogen is able to bind.
Anavar doesn’t easily convert to DHT and so it doesn’t get affected the same way DHT does by adipose tissue, This allows Anavar to be able to take affect, unhindered by deactivation or conversion.
Whats important here, is that the AR gene has different affects in every individual, The AR gene provides instructions for making a protein called an androgen receptor. The AR gene, a DNA segment known as CAG is repeated multiple times, In most people, the number of CAG repeats in the AR gene ranges from fewer than 10 to about 36.
Everyone has varying degrees of whats called Androgen insensitivity syndrome,
And there are over 600 different degrees of mutation, causing a  weakness towards Androgenic alopecia, or even prostate cancer.
Anavar upregulates the AR gene, and the Androgen receptor, so if you are genetically predisposed towards Prostate cancers, or Androgenic Alopecia, your more likey to speed up that process, despite it being mildly androgenic itself.
Along with that though comes its unique effect on fat cells.
The increased Sensitivity of androgen receptors causes more nutrients to be directed towards muscle cells and away from fat cells.
It cannot be deactivated by fat cells as we have already seen, and its able to cause lipolysis, the breakdown of triglycerides into Glycerol and Fatty acids.
Anavar Activates a very important enzyme called Hormone sensitive lipase (HSL) and this triggers Noradrenalin and Cyclic adenosine monophosphate into action.
After Anavar is taken, and its active in the system, its up regulation on the androgen receptor and its ability to cause Noradrenalin to bind to adrenoreceptors in fat cells, then Guanine nucleotide proteins cause the enzyme Adenylate cyclase to convert ATP into cAMP. (This is why creatine and Anavar work so well together as creatine increases muscle ATP)
cAMP then binds to the protein kinase A, Then protein kinase A release its catalytic subunit, This subunit phosphorylates (HSL ) it then becomes an active enzyme, called HSL-P, Then finally a 3 step action catalytic action takes place wich causes the breakdown of tryglycerides, they are then released into the blood system and exctreted.
Because the body tries to prevent fat breakdown via negative feedback loop, one way it does this with Anavar is to try and prevent the accumulation of cAMP within cells, Caffeine can be used here as it prevents that, inhibiting phosphodiesterases within the cell. It also can prevent the actions of adenosine, which make it very useful when used along side Anavar at a dose of 60mg -90 mg, pre workout. As too much adenosine can cause the negative feedback on cAMP and reduce its affects even though cAMP is increased.
Anavar dosing is entirely dependent on the size of the individual and the goals, its a much stronger anabolic than many believe, and its affects on fat loss seem to last, as it seems to have the ability to re-set Homeostatis, and allow for much lower bodyfat levels, This could be because its molecules can be contained within the fat cell for long periods, perhaps preventing the re-uptake of fat, or causes noradrenalin to stay bound the the receptor.
Why does anavar cause muscle hardening
Even though it is mildly androgenic, it causes up regulation of the androgen receptor, causing the muscle to take on a much harder appearance, the nitrogen retention that anavar causes, Makes it highly anti-catabolic, so muscle recovery is increased, its activation of certain enzymes burn adipose tissue but also target fat that is in and around muscle bellies, stripping away fat, revealing cuts and stirations within the muscle. The increased vascularity it causes is partly to do with there being less fat, Increased nitrogen retention, and increased blood cell count. Which is why it causes dramatic increases in endurance as well as strength.
Using Creatine with Anavar is important as Anavar can cause ATP to be reduced in its method of burning fat, but it also has the ability to store creatine to a much greater level, And consuming creatine along with Anavar will cause far greater strength increases and fat loss.
As fat is broken down, and nutrients are forced into the muscle, think of the Androgen receptor being like a vacuum, it causes nutrients to be sucked into the muscles, and away from estrogen receptors, Which is another reason why its a great fat loss aid, Anavar is a very potent nutrient repartioner.
All in all Anavar is one of the safest, mildest, but most effective tools for getting that beautiful physique you have dreamed of, Coupled with the right nutrition and training, its results can be nothing short of dramatic.
Just use caution and make sure you have the right PCT and liver protection on hand.
Until next time Russianstar.