Insights on Testosterone, Libido, and Sexual Function (Breather Episode with Brad)

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Don’t let the title of this show make you think this episode is mainly for male listeners: you will learn a lot about sexual function and libido that is relevant for women as well.

I’ve really been diving deep into research as I work on writing my new book about testosterone function and delaying the aging process, and I have already discovered so many compelling insights that I’ll be sharing some of them with you today.

You will learn what it is about visceral fat that makes it so harmful to the body, and also why it becomes a slippery slope that is hard to escape once you add a little bit of this kind of fat to your body. Did you know belly fat is actually classified as an endocrine organ of its own because of the inflammatory chemicals it secretes? This also puts your system in a constant state of inflammation, which inhibits testosterone production and a whole host of other issues relating to metabolic health. And, this all leads to even more belly fat accumulation! And when you have too much belly fat, any testosterone your body is making (or receiving through supplementation) will actually be converted into estrogen.

You’ll also learn about the connection between working out too much and libido levels and the importance of napping. Training yourself to unplug and actually shut your brain down is such an important practice to commit to making daily. Remember the goal is not to fall asleep but to rest and check out. If you have trouble falling asleep or feeling really rested, use a blindfold to help your body relax, and your mind will follow.

I also share the Taoist theory that posits that (for males) orgasms deplete your essential life force and the importance of preserving them. The idea is to have sex frequently, but not ejaculate frequently. But interestingly, Taoists believe frequent orgasms have the opposite effect on females! Read The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity: A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient Way for more info.

My shows with Dr. Wendy Walsh are also a great resource to check out on this topic.

TIMESTAMPS:

Both women and men, let's talk about testosterone libido and sexual health. Is there something we can do besides taking medications? [01:49]

The first and foremost symptom of trouble is the spare tire. Belly fat is inflammatory and puts you in a state of chronic or systemic inflammation. [04:15]

Surprisingly libido and testosterone do not have a direct relationship that we’ve always assumed. [08:09]

Teach yourself how to relax, and then you will optimize your sexual health. [09:36]

Taoism believes women should have as many orgasms as possible. This is the opposite for the male. [14:46]

There are three energy sources: Qi, Shen, and Jing. [15:36]

It is a much different story for females in the society of thousands of years ago. [16:32]

It takes about 72 hours for sperm and seminal fluid to regenerate. [19:24]

In modern society, the female is in a different role and can easily deplete her hormone balance. [21:41]

The Taoists want males to withhold their orgasms frequently. [22:28]

Science differs from the Taoist theory. Many studies talk about frequency of once a week as being the maximum. [27:44]

Pornography is a real problem leading people to believe they are having real sex and interfering with their hormone stabilization. [29:12]

Testosterone is not directly connected to libido. [30:59]

We must get that life stress and balance and give yourself a fighting chance at being a good lover here with your partner. Develop a sense of humor. [33:26]

Supplements: A lot of these products are actually targeting libido rather than testosterone. [38:34]

The topic of testosterone replacement therapy has produced some highly disturbing statistics. Look at lifestyle changes first. [42:09]

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