This is a guest article written by Roberta Stringer, the CEO and co-founder of men’s health company and worldwide first testosterone health supplement Dynamic Nutrition Academy (DNA). Roberta is proudly trailblazing the right for men to have as many natural hormonal health solutions as women. With a qualification in Naturopathic Nutrition from the College of Natural Medicine (CNN) in London, Roberta understands the science behind the ingredients and how to formulate blends to provide functional benefits to the user. This led to two years in recipe development and the creation of three revolutionary products designed solely to promote positive natural hormonal health balance in men.
Women have had a relationship with their hormones from a young age. From puberty to pregnancy, periods to menopause, polycystic ovaries to PMT, and everything in between, thankfully women are able to talk about and seek support for their hormonal challenges. Most of us are also lucky enough to have a sisterhood of fellow females we can discuss our hormonal issues with and don’t face the fear of being judged for doing so. Far from it – it often brings us closer together as we share similar trials and tribulations.
Unfortunately, the same is not true for men. The truth is men mostly suffer in silence because of the long standing and outdated notion that somehow admitting to testosterone deficiency or hormonal related problems emasculates them. In 2021, its crazy to think that men aren’t freely able to talk about the very thing that makes them men in the first place, namely testosterone.
The fact is that Low T / Testosterone Deficiency (TD) is an enormous issue impacting men of all ages around the world. It’s estimated to be an issue for 1 in 4 men. Therefore, the chances are at some point your partner, friend, father, brother or other male in your life will be suffering with TD or Low T.
Due to lack of information about the symptoms its likely they either can’t recognise what’s going on, or dismiss the signs and reluctantly put up with them. Imagine if women felt compelled to do this during peri menopause and onwards. For those men that do realise they have a problem, then the chances are, they won’t seek medical help until it’s become much more of a serious issue.
None of these options are good for men’s health, nor their relationships as the sexual difficulties and mood swings that often come with Low T tend to negatively impact both.
What To Look For
As women, we accept that our hormones impact just about every aspect of our lives. From mood, to libido, to weight and energy levels, from our hair, skin to bones, our hormones impact how we look and feel on a daily basis.
It should come as no surprise that men’s hormones have the same impact on them. Yet they aren’t as in touch with theirs as we are with ours. Therefore, it’s our duty to help the men in our lives out by keeping a watchful eye on them.
Kim Kardashian credits herself with spotting the signs of TD in sister Courtney’s on / off partner Scott Disick. Having taken Kim’s advice, the 37-year-old was diagnosed last year with Testosterone Deficiency which he is supporting naturally.
“Lately, I’ve just had no energy to do anything. I wake up and I’m just shot. I don’t have the drive to get up and run around with my girlfriend and my kids. I just don’t have the energy. I don’t know if I’m getting old or I’m just not in great shape, but I just want to see if there’s anything wrong with me.”
Sound familiar? Most men and women can relate to this.
We know now how perimenopause is impacting women from their thirties onwards, and how the age-related hormonal decline creates symptoms. Testosterone deficiency in men is happening at much younger ages than our parent’s generation.
When you discover that testosterone peaks at 19 it’s easy to understand how this is possible. When you add in increasingly negative lifestyles, you can see how this negative trend is spiralling out of control.
8 Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For
Testosterone levels should remain healthy throughout the twenties with decline starting in the thirties. By 40, testosterone levels start declining significantly and often cause the following symptoms.
- Loss of morning erections (chances are he’ll notice this before you do but this is one of the first and most obvious signs of declining T levels).
- Loss of Libido – Men describe losing the desire to have sex in the same way that many women do during menopause.
- Low Mood – We know how important hormones are on our mood and decreasing T levels can significantly impact men’s mood. Many describe being irrationally annoyed or irritated.
- Weight Gain – Hormonal imbalance can lead to weight gain and / or the ability to lose weight.
- Loss of Muscle Mass – Because testosterone plays a role in building muscle, men with low T often notice a decrease in muscle mass.
- Extreme Fatigue / Low Energy Levels – Are reported by many men which interferes with their usual routine.
- Erectile Dysfunction – Whilst this often involves more than just Low T, lack of libido can cause a downward spiral where erections become an issue.
- Hair Loss – Commonly stems from low levels of testosterone.
What You Can Do To Help
- Communicate – Broach the subject sensitively. It may take time for your man to open up but be persistent – it usually pays off.
- Encourage exercise – This helps with mood, weight, muscle mass and boosts T levels.
- Remove or reduce alcohol – It depletes testosterone levels.
- Get his T Levels Checked – Nowadays, there’s some brilliant home testing kits which you can do in the privacy of your own home avoiding any uncomfortable GP visits
- Don’t Internalise – Loss of interest in sex due to Low T rarely has anything to do with the men’s feelings towards their partner. However, as women, we often blame ourselves and mourn the loss of active sex lives. If you are used to your man initiating this, don’t misplace his lack of drive for lack of love or desire. He may simply just not have the energy he used to. Make sure you show empathy, talk about your feelings and be patient.
- Balance Nutrient Deficiencies – These are really commonplace now and are the foundation of good health and happy hormones. Get levels checked (GPs will test Vitamin D, and B12 – home kits can do the rest) and rectify where necessary.
What, if any, treatments are there on the market?
Like female imbalance, you have pharmaceutical interventions and natural ones to support. This is the same with men, however there are much fewer solutions for them to choose from. At DNA we are trying to lead the change for better awareness and understanding as with T levels being half the level’s in men today than they were forty years ago, interventions are needed urgently to avoid a men’s health crisis.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is offered by Doctors if they find a clinical diagnosis and its personal choice if this route is taken. Like HRT it has pro’s and con’s that should be explored.
Unfortunately, many men choose to combat the symptoms not the cause. Due to easy access now to Viagra and ED meds, men often take this route. Whilst this may provide a short-term fix, it’s not a holistic solution.
These online routes also pride themselves on offering men “discreet solutions”. This keeps reinforcing the unhelpful message to men that personal hormonal male issues should be kept on the QT and down-low. A lot of the time men will be taking products that their partners are not even aware of.
At DNA we are trying to bring men’s hormonal health issues out in the open. In the same way menopause and peri menopause wasn’t talked about five years ago, we want TD, Low T and Andropause to be a mainstream conversation. Men have had a stigma associated with men’s health for too long now. It’s 2021, things really need to change and for the gender playing field to be levelled in terms of approaches and attitudes to men’s hormonal health.
What makes DNA different to other brands?
I’d like to think everything is different about our products.
We are proud to have the world first powder to liquid solutions that contain professional grade nutraceuticals included for their proven health benefits.
Each daily shot (the powder is activated in 150ml of water so the ingredients do not degrade and can be activated for potency), provides men with a powerful dose of herbs, minerals and vitamins that offer over 100 legal health claims in one shot. Try getting that into a tablet or capsule! You would need to take 25-30 tablets each day to get the same benefits and then the absorption would be limited due to having to undergo digestion.
The decision to go into powders was 100% strategic. Many of the nutrients in our blends are water soluble (including Vitamin C and all 8 B Vits). They want to be in water and liquids are able to get to work much more quickly as they go straight into the blood stream and don’t get stuck in the digestive track. This also means we can cut out all the fillers and binders that other brands use to coat their tablets. No nasties at DNA!
No one else has managed to achieve what we have by getting this many bioactive ingredients into a powder. We know that many people don’t like taking tablets and this gets more challenging for the ageing population. They can repeat on you and are inconvenient. DNA powders are one sachet, per day. Maximum benefits, minimum fuss.
DNA powders are designed to be taken daily as part of men’s general wellness routine as the body can’t store many nutrients and they need replenishing daily. At DNA we call this “Man Maintenance”!
Aside from our revolutionary products, I believe it’s our attitude and approach to men’s hormonal health that sets us apart. We truly are on a mission to shine a spotlight on testosterone deficiency and andropause. This is why we chose the strap-line, Because Men Matter.
We genuinely care and want to make a difference. Anyone can make a basic testosterone product and flog it on Amazon and make crazy claims that have no basis or foundation. It’s making some people a lot of money but that’s not our approach.
We spent two years developing our products. We looked at all the natural hormonal health / testosterone boosting products globally on the market and found consistent problems (of which there were many) and made sure we resolved them.
Our research found that nearly all men’s hormonal health natural products are entrenched in sports nutrition. To us this is nonsensical as it simply assumes that only men into fitness care about their testosterone levels. All men in the world have testosterone and it’s what makes them men in the first place! With one in four men suffering from low T or TD, these issues impact millions of men of all ages from all walks of life. No brand was offering solutions for them.
Also, brands were only offering a one size fits all approach which again makes no sense and isn’t helpful. Our nutrient needs in our twenties are not the same as in our forties, fifties onwards. We also understood that like women’s transition in age related hormonal decline, there are distinct biochemical changes that take place and we’ve researched how best to support this using only natures arsenal of ingredients. This is why we have three unique and different blends for different age groups.
How do DNA’s products work?
Our three blends target the different needs of men and the blends of nutrients have been strategically designed to address and combat the challenges they are facing at that point of life. We use a combination of herbs, vitamins and minerals that are included for their solid scientific research into their hormonal health properties.
Each blend supports the three different and distinct biochemical phases of age related testosterone decline.
As a Naturopathic Nutritionist, when formulating the blends, I had to acknowledge the rise of nutrient deficiencies and the impact they are having on health, particularly in men. This exacerbates hormonal imbalance as testosterone (and the other 16 male hormones) require key nutrients at a cellular level to work optimally.
Therefore, it was important to me that our blends firstly ensured that there was a solid foundation of nutrients that could address common deficiencies. All of our blends are additionally designed to address the important issue of nutrient deficiencies which are the underlying root cause of many serious health concerns.
This then enables the additional hormonal health specific ingredients, which are different in each three blends, to be able to do their jobs efficiently and effectively, providing maximum benefits to our men.
This is why all of our three blends, have a core base of 12 nutrients that are crucial for optimal health and wellness. Vitamin D – its estimated over 1 billion people globally have sub optimal levels, Vitamin C, Zinc , Magnesium and we are the only brand to include the whole family of B Vitamins. B12 deficiency is increasing as you can only get this from animal products and veganism is on the rise.
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