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High estrogen and fat loss, is pine pollen effective? Liver king nonsense

My estradiol level is 69 pg/ml and I am finding it difficult to lose body fat. Is this connected to the high estradiol levels?  It’s definitely a factor for why you’re having a hard time losing body fat as the ideal range for estradiol is around 20-30 pg/ml for most. Of course, it really depends

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Hormone consults, is Tongkat Ali effective? EC on TRT

I heard on a recent episode of the LLA show that you offer hormone test results consults. Can you tell me more?  Thanks for the interest and yes I do. It is not promoted on my website at this time but I often take on clients who ask me if I am available to review

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ASC 55: Dr. Mark Gordon on Clomid vs Enclomiphene, pregnenolone benefits, pain meds and hormones

My favorite hormone optimization expert Dr. Mark Gordon returns to deliver another episode stacked with incredible information. In this episode we discuss

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ASC #54 Jerry Brainum on Turkesterone, is GH overrated? Finasteride and ED, heart health supplements

My favorite expert to talk to on all things supplements Jerry Brainum returns to discuss

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Train with optimal testosterone levels to maximize progress

While many still propagate the myth of workouts that increase testosterone and growth hormone, the reality is whatever increase you derive in anabolic hormones from training is short-lived. An increase in testosterone for example for thirty minutes to an hour after training is not long enough to have a profound impact on low testosterone levels.

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LLA Ep #302: TRT, Psilocybin, Adderall, & Only Fans in The Age of Easy Access

The internet is becoming a wild place. We are in an age where we have easy access to certain things that were once (and still, in certain cases) illegal and frowned upon, or required the administration from a qualified professional. However, not in today’s digital world, which is slowly becoming the wild wild west. Imagine

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Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for life?

One of the primary reservations many men have to initiate a testosterone replacement therapy protocol is fear of having to be on TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) for the rest of their lives.  I have heard doctors who are completely clueless about hormone optimization reinforce these fears by stating that starting TRT is a big decision

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LLA Episode 301: Ozempic vs Mounjaro For Fat Loss

On this episode, we discuss the popular weight loss drugs de jour: Ozempic & Mounjaro, what are the pros and cons of each, who should take them, and how both are affecting two major drug companies’s bottom lines in the current financial market. Links & Resources:

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Why fat burners cause more harm than benefit

Most fat-burning supplements on the market are stimulant-based, thus they work by increasing the neurotransmitter/hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. Norepinephrine and epinephrine are catecholamines, secreted by the adrenals, which trigger the “fight or flight” response (also known as an adrenaline rush) providing an energy and strength boost by way of the central nervous system for 2-15 minutes.

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If Bulbine Natalensis is so effective, how come it’s not in more products? 

First, you’re being presumptuous in assuming the vast majority of supplement companies care about designing effective products. The reality is the preponderance of supplement companies care foremost about maximum profit and tend to put 90% of funds into marketing and only 10% if even that into product development. Whether a product works or not is

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The ASTB Origin story! The one that actually works

The first herb I ever tried that resulted in a large increase in testosterone was the cornerstone ingredient in ASTB the one and only Bulbine Natalensis. I learned about Bulbine from my friend Anthony Roberts (Not to be confused with Anthony Robbins!). Anthony has written books about anabolics and is very well-researched in ergogenic aids

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Blood tests for comprehensive hormone optimization

Last time I covered recommended tests to acquire before engaging in any testosterone-boosting protocol. As important as testosterone is, it is one of many hormones that need to be addressed for comprehensive hormone optimization. Here are the other important hormones to test.   Pregnenolone is a master control hormone manufactured by the adrenal gland and

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Recommended tests before testosterone boosting protocols

Unlike other supplement companies that sell natural testosterone boosters and estrogen control supplements, I actually encourage my customers to get before and after blood work, as I know my products in contrast to most of my competitors actually work. This is why we have so many testimonials for ASTB where customers detail the significant improvements

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What do you think of Andrew Huberman’s hormone optimization information?

From what I have seen his understanding of hormone optimization is very antiquated, to say the least. While he may be an expert on Neuroscience, I don’t know enough to know either way, he is definitely not an expert on what is viable for hormone optimization a field I have been studying since 2005. For

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Excessive estrogen levels are a problem for men

The hormone optimization world is similar to any other world. There are many dissenting opinions and always some who purposely take contrarian views to whatever the current narrative is. When I first got interested in hormone optimization around 2005, I remember going to an anti-aging doctor in Santa Monica, CA who specifically stated the goal

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How does fish oil compare to Restorezyme for reducing excess inflammation? 

Fish oil lowers inflammation by suppressing the immune system. This can be useful if you have an overactive immune response. However, if you don’t then suppressing the immune system is as negative as it sounds. Restorezyme lowers cortisol levels, more specifically it lowers the need for a cortisol response to inflammation which will in turn

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Recovery is everything! Restoration must be prioritized

Recovery is everything. Without adequate recovery not only will your training performance suffer greatly, you will place yourself in a rapidly aging state and increase the likelihood of health issues. Your hormonal profile for sure will be negatively affected which is why sex drive and function are obliterated when stress levels remain too high for

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The best supplement for training recovery

Essential fatty acids, ginger, and curcumin are all useful to mitigate inflammation and support healing. However, they are not even close to the power of systemic enzymes for improving workout recovery and pain relief. I started using systemic enzymes in the early 2000s. It took a few weeks to find the activation dosage but once

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My journey to find effective supplements started in the 90s

I developed a fascination with supplements soon after I began weight training when I was 17. The notion that you could take something and accelerate strength and muscle gains was captivating. I was obsessed with getting bigger and stronger and wanted to believe there were effective natural things I could take to acquire results faster.

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Unlike Tribulus, ASTB is the one that actually works

Growing up in the 90s, the first supplement that we all had high hopes for improving the natural production of testosterone was the Bulgarian herb Tribulus Terrestris. Of course, it was marketed in a hyperbolic manner like everything else at the time in the 1990s a practice that continues to this day. One company said

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ASC: 54 Mirella Carlucci on why hormone optimization is impossible without gut and liver health

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Efficacious methods to optimize your testosterone levels

Testosterone is a principal hormone that enables men to be at their best. While the common narrative is testosterone causes men to be aggressive, quick-tempered, and violent, the reality is men with optimal testosterone levels are more likely to be assertive, calm, and have protective instincts. When your testosterone levels are ideal, you feel strong

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My favorite supplement stack to improve sleep

Which supplements do you recommend to improve sleep quality?  My favorite supplement stack to improve sleep quality is the trifecta of Taurine, Inositol, and Magnesium. All three help with inducing relaxation, reducing, anxiety, and putting you into a deep sleep state. I could write a book on the wild dreams this stack provokes!  I take

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ASC #53 Jerry Brainum on HIT, Mike Mentzer, Finasteride, TRT, DHEA, Arimidex, and influencer idiocy

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BCAA supplements are overrated

Similar to many training enthusiasts I have wasted a great deal of cash on BCAA supplements to no avail. I never saw an increase in performance, building muscle, or improved blood work. Even with very large amounts such as 20 grams plus per day. They may be useful for competitive bodybuilders during the dieting phase

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Mushroom coffee is garbage! Stop whoring yourself out by endorsing garbage products

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ASC 52: Fitness expert Alan Levi on how he recovered fully from Lyme disease

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ASC 51 Elite strength coach Vince McConnell on effective training as you age and rest-pause training

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ASC #50: Author Dan Austin joins to discuss testosterone myths and thriving as a vegan powerlifter

I had a great time talking with Dan Austin author of “The Way Of The Vegan Meathead” Dan is a high-level competitive powerlifter who has thrived on a vegan diet for over a decade. Now in his 40s, he continues to get stronger and his best lifts remain ahead of him. Check out Dan’s website

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ASC#49 Dr. Gordon on brain inflammation and hormones, Clomid with TRT, most healing Peptides, DHEA

It is always a pleasure to talk to the super-knowledgeable Dr. Mark Gordon. In this episode we discuss  Check out Dr. Gordon’s site  https://millenniumhealthstore.com Follow Dr. Gordon on IG https://www.instagram.com/drmarkgordon/

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ASC #48 Will Chung on being in the pocket, training, hormone optimization, real networking

Make sure to follow Will https://www.instagram.com/willfulmuscle/

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ASC 47: Christian Thibaudeau on training to failure, rep speed, and dopamine desensitization

It is always a pleasure to chat with my friend and one of the best strength coaches in the game! Every time I talk to Christian I pick up useful tips to improve my training and performance and I know you will as well. In addition, this episode will always be special as it marks

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LLA EPISODE 286: The Rise of Online Fake Hormone Optimization Experts

I have been delivering information on the importance of optimizing hormones for over a decade and while it has become much more mainstream in the last several years, I am astonished by how few realize the importance of improving hormone balance for overall health and quality of life. It is something that everyone should prioritize but like

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