How to Increase Free Testosterone
Bound testosterone, that is not Free of carrier proteins, is like having a fistful of dollars, with nowhere to spend it. But Free Testosterone, that is not bound up by carrier proteins, is available now for whatever it is you want to buy… Be it women, wealth or world domination.
This explains why a man with total testosterone levels in the 700’s can still be slammed with all the brutal symptoms of Low T.
He’s got the money, but he can’t spend it.
The carrier protein that binds up your testosterone is called Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and if you have too much, you’re definitely going to feel it. Most of the SHBG in your body is produced by your liver; but your brain and testicles produce it as well.
The SHBG produced by your testes is called androgen-binding protein; and it has a strong affinity for your testosterone. But it also has a relationship with estrogen, so when E levels go up, SHBG goes up too. And it’s this combo of elevated estrogen, and elevated SHBG, that is pushing many men’s free testosterone levels way down into the danger zone. Fortunately, there are a some fairly simple solutions to this problem; that will take your testosterone that is currently bound, and free it up so your body can use it. Let’s take a look at a couple of my favorites…
HIIT Exercise And Free Testosterone
Anthony Hackney, out of the University of North Carolina took a group of males and tested their hormones before and after two different types of exercise. In round one; he had these men run at a moderate pace for 45 minutes, at around 60 of their VO2 max.
Hormone testing was done before and after these long cardio sessions. He then took the same group of men and had them run sprint intervals (HIIT exercise) on a treadmill going at 100-110 percent of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max).
Hormones were tested before and after these routines as well. After the trial the blood tests confirmed that the sprinting routines increased free testosterone in the mens blood in the hours after the sessions were completed; much more than the slow steady state cardio did.
These findings suggest IE (high-intensity interval exercise) produce a more pronounced turnover of Free Testosterone by androgen sensitive tissue than the SSE (steady state endurance exercise) form of exercise.
This is an important study, because everyone seems to focus on human growth hormone when discussing HIIT exercise; but now we know that testosterone is impacted as well… And even better, the testosterone that is impacted is of the free variety, the type most of us need more of. So if you’re looking to increase your free T levels; this is one of the easiest ways to get it. Next…
Nettle Root works by attaching to the SHBG in your blood,;which locks it up and prevents it from binding to your testosterone. Not only that, but it also takes your T that is currently bound and releases it, making it free again. But it’s important to remember; we’re talking about nettle root here, not leaf, an important distinction.
Nettle root has other hormonal powers as well… For example, it also blocks the action of the enzyme aromatase; the agent that takes your testosterone and converts it into harmful estrogen metabolites. So not only does it release your bound testosterone; but it prevents that T from being converted into estrogen as well. It has also been clinically proven to reduce cancerous cell proliferation in the prostate gland and to reduce symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
But before you rush out and start taking it; I need to warn you…. If you use nettle root on a daily basis, for weeks at a time, it will actually reduce your sex drive, possibly by taking your estrogen and DHT levels too low: although there may be other things at play here as well. I just know that chronic supplementation with nettle is not the way to go and that in most men dosing up 3 to 4 times a week works much better than daily usage.
I usually take mine when one of the flowing circumstances come up…
1: When a T-Booster hit me especially hard, I use it to prevent T to E conversion. 2: When I have trouble getting my urine stream going at night, as this is a clue that I have too many estrogen metabolites and DHT in my system; which nettle does a good job of knocking out. 3: When I start noticing hair in my kitchen sink or on my computer keyboard; as this is another clue that I have too many estrogen metabolites and DHT in my blood.
If my sex drive starts to decline for no apparent reason; I’ll take nettle to free up some of my bound testosterone. If I experience a bump, I’ll know I’m on the right track. But if I feel nothing, I put it away for 48 hours and place my focus on other things like chemical avoidance, fat soluble vitamins, and muscle building exercise.
Here’s the best way to look at it… HIIT exercise only requires physical effort; but nettle root requires the involvement of your mind. Both will lead to elevated levels of free testosterone, but with nettle you need to throw in some testing, monitoring and planning, otherwise you may wind up hurting yourself. But once you get it right; you’ll see for yourself how potent this herb can be.