Testosterone Receptors: The Other Half of the Story

Testosterone, TRT

For men with lower than ideal testosterone, supplementing with Vitamin T (T for testosterone) is possibly the single best action they can take to improve their quality and quantity of life. For these men, properly done testosterone restoration therapy will improve their mental, emotional, physical, and sexual function and health. For men, this quite literally means they’ll make more money more easily, have more and better sex, have more and better friends, and have a better and longer life.

But restoring ideal testosterone levels is only part of the equation. Your body also needs to USE the testosterone. This means that in addition to giving us the opportunity to show you what properly done testosterone (and other hormone restoration) looks like, there’s a lot that you can do to make sure you maximize your benefits from the therapy. You can develop a lifestyle that improves your number and sensitivity of testosterone receptors, so that your body can best receive and put to work your testosterone, so that you can get more of the benefits of testosterone that you want.

The following is a list of actions you can take to help you maximize your benefits from properly done testosterone restoration therapy at Full Potential Men’s Clinic:

Eat Paleo: Paleo diets, high in easily digested and absorbed animal protein and fat, as well as other less sexy foods like nuts and seeds, vegetables and fruits, and LOW in sugar and carbohydrates are awesome for improving your number and sensitivity of testosterone receptors. One example is L-Carnitine, which is found in MUCH greater concentrations in animal products. In general, the redder the meat, the higher its L-Carnitine content. A study by William J. Kramer conducted back in 2006-2008 showed that after just 21 days of L-Carnitine supplementation that there was a significant increase in the amount of androgen (including testosterone) receptors during rest. In addition, after exercise the L-Carnitine supplementing group had an even greater amount of androgen receptor activity, and resulting androgenic intracellular activity. This meant the L-Carnitine group enjoyed more muscular growth from and faster muscular recovery after working out. Check out the “Primal Blueprint,” to learn more about why a “Paleo Diet” will increase your number and sensitivity of testosterone receptors.

Lift Weights: Muscle tissue is the number one tissue in terms of concentration of testosterone receptors, compared to all other tissues of the body. Lifting weights is a great way to pull more testosterone into your muscles, so that you get more benefits from the therapy. It’s also a great investment in your long-term ability to pull testosterone, since when you lift weights, your muscles are so strongly signaled to do all they can to pull more testosterone inside, that they also create more testosterone receptors, further enhancing your long-term ability to benefit from testosterone restoration therapy.

Take Iodine: Every cell in your body requires iodine for various functions, but even with iodized salt, iodine deficiency is extremely common, even ubiquitous, because we need quite a bit of iodine. Iodine deficiency means poor thyroid hormone production and metabolism. Your body’s ability to get the benefits of testosterone is highly HIGHLY dependent on normal and healthy thyroid metabolism. Unfortunately, not only are people not getting enough iodine, they’re also inadvertently poisoned on an ongoing basis by non-iodine halogens that out-compete iodine for receptors in our body, which exacerbates iodine deficiency. These other halogens include fluoride, bromide, and chloride (think water supply, for example). If you’re hypothyroid, you must address your hypothyroidism in order to get the benefits of testosterone therapy that we rave about.

Manage your Estrogen: Estrogen is great for outcompeting testosterone for testosterone receptors in your body, and making sure you don’t get the benefits of your testosterone. Estrogen, specifically, estradiol, does this through many mechanisms. Here’s the two most important mechanisms: 1) Estradiol is simply better able to land on the receptors, and it’s lazy, so it doesn’t move. It just sits in the way like a bastard, 2) Estradiol increases your liver’s production of sex hormone binding globulin, which permanently binds your testosterone and makes it permanently unavailable to give you its benefits. This is why poperly done testosterone restoration therapy must include the management of estradiol, competing estradiol in its normal and healthy, most ideal range, so that you can get all the benefits of your testosterone.

There are LOTS of actions you can take to maximize your number and sensitivity of testosterone receptors, so you can maximize your benefits from testosterone restoration therapy, but these are the most important actions you can take. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can adjust your lifestyle to get more benefits from your testosterone therapy, just ask us during your next appointment.

All our physicians consider the whole person and their life picture. We are experts at making sure you do all that you can to maximize your benefits of properly done testosterone restoration therapy.

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