Men’s Reproductive Health Protocol from James LaValle, RPh, CCN
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Supplementing to Support Male Reproductive Health
It’s probably safe to say that most men are concerned about their reproductive health and are increasingly seeking and embracing effective natural approaches – including botanicals, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients – for support. Sexual function, fertility, prostate health and hormonal balance are susceptible to the effects of environmental toxins, smoking, poor nutrition and other lifestyle choices. A healthier lifestyle and metabolic optimization with botanicals and nutrients can help minimize some of these concerns.
Age-related declines in testosterone is normal, but taking measures to support healthy testosterone levels throughout the lifecycle is important for men. Fortunately, a combination of lifestyle habits and supplements can go a long way to optimize testosterone and support overall metabolic and reproductive health.
The following lifestyle guidelines help support men’s reproductive and metabolic health:
- Adequate sleep. Get at least seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly. Studies show that short sleep duration can reduce testosterone levels by 10 to 15 percent.
- Stress management. Stress wreaks havoc on testosterone production. Increased cortisol from stress leads to lowered testosterone in men by reducing gonadotrophin-releasing hormone. Stress can also impair estrogen metabolism and lead to metabolic imbalances.
- Exercise. Working out at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week, is one of the best ways to improve testosterone levels. Resistance training is particularly effective.
- Diet. A high-glycemic diet contributes to oxidative stress and plaque in the arteries, which is the number one cause of erectile dysfunction. Replace sugars and refined foods with low-glycemic and high-fiber foods. Because zinc is needed for testosterone production, aim to include good dietary sources of zinc, such as oysters, beans, beef, pork, pumpkin seeds, and nuts.
Jim LaValle (Clinical Pharmacist and Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist) has developed a supplement protocol for supporting men’s reproductive health. Your Wellevate account gives you access to the Wellevate Protocol Library’s catalogue of expert protocols from today’s thought leaders, including James LaValle, RPh, CCN. Log in to your Wellevate account to get started. Don’t have a Wellevate account? Visit wellevate.me to get started.
James LaValle, RPh, CCN, is an internationally recognized educator and author in integrative and precision health. He is currently affiliated with George Washington University as a clinical instructor in the Masters of Integrative Medicine Program and is a faculty member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), where he has taught for over a decade and serves as educational co chair. Mr. LaValle is the founder of the Metabolic Code, a cloud-based software that gives clinicians a road map for creating personalized, targeted care plans. LaValle is also a thought leader in drug-nutrient depletion issues, and has published four books and three databases on this topic. He has over 35 years of experience incorporating natural and integrative therapies into various medical and business models. Author of 19 books, his most recent –“Your Blood Never Lies”–was released in 2013. Jim’s book–“Cracking the Metabolic Code”–released in 2004, was a breakthrough publication in understanding overall metabolic function. His latest research is in drug-induced microbiome disruption.