1. **NEW Mini Body Light** MBL1 - Orange & Red Light Therapy Mini Body Light
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Cholesterol Powder
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Pau D'arco Bark
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Metabasoap - Handcrafted Soap
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice
  5. Cocoa Butter - Organic & Fair Trade Certified
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice
  6. Charcoal Soap - For Deep Cleansing
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice
  7. Orange & Red Light Therapy Device - LGS1
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice
  8. Cascara Sagrada Powder From Farmalabor In Italy
    CLICK HERE!
    Dismiss Notice

Sex And Thyroid Hormones, Iodine, Cortisol, Low Libido

Discussion in 'Blood Work, Labs' started by healthnut123, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    Ferritin takes quite a bit of time to fall low again. It could definitely happen if you don't consume enough iron, exercise a lot, drink a lot of coffee, take aspirin, take supplemental zinc. But I believe that once your ferritin is high you will absorb iron easier again from food just because your thyroid will improve so much and your stomach acid will also improve become stronger which is needed for iron absorption as well. But again don't take iron supplements unless you tested your ferritin and have clear that you could need some. I think men should aim for 150-200 as this is what I've seen optimal for thyroid and dopamine production but still low enough to not risk any dangers


    Inhibition of food iron absorption by coffee. - PubMed - NCBI
    Supplemental zinc lowers measures of iron status in young women with low iron reserves. - PubMed - NCBI
     
  2. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    I personally believe taking mineral supplements can do more harm than good. The only one I take now from time to time is magnesium and then I tend to split a 300mg pill in half because I heard absorption is strong up to 100 something. Otherwise I rely on getting it from food and it's quite easy

    Calcium from dairy
    Iron, Zinc, Copper, Selenium from meat, liver, shellfish
    potassium from orange juice and coconut water
    iodine and sodium from iodized salt

    the other like manganese and chromium you get enough by just eating your calories from these foods.

    I eat nuts from time to time since they quite high in minerals but it's quite rare since the high PUFA content I also tend to choose nuts with the highest vitamin E and most MUFA like example Almonds.

    If you gonna supplement stick to vitamins not minerals
     
  3. Lurker

    Lurker Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2017
    Messages:
    302
    What’s not true? That supplements can be dubious? My liver suggestion may not be the best way to increase iron levels but that doesn’t make it “untrue”. I’m glad you and your GF are feeling better after taking the iron supplements. Which brand and protocol did you use?

    Personally I’ve been the other way with high ferritin (non-hemochromatosis) and only after seven blood draws has it come down in range. I’m to the point where I need to decide whether to continue to donate next week or just hold off for a while. So I appreciate your low iron experience and will take this under consideration.
     
  4. Lurker

    Lurker Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2017
    Messages:
    302
    Wait...what?!?! Do you think iron supplements are good or not?
     
  5. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    Yes thank you, you checked you're ferritin first which is what I ultimately recommend. What were your levels now and then if I may ask? I was not in anyway trying to discredit you either
     
  6. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    I believe taking minerals without knowing if you have a deficiency is bad and a common problem. Sure if you go test yourself and show you have low magnesium or zinc you should obviously try to fix that. But takin multi-vitamins and other minerals supplements without knowing I believe are dangerous. Another thing regarding multivitamins is that they usually contain 15mg of zinc and 0 copper and 0 iron. I understand the reason for this but people should understand that taking a multi-vitamin like that for a prolonged time will screw up your zinc, copper and iron ratio
     
  7. Lurker

    Lurker Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2017
    Messages:
    302
    Last check a couple weeks ago at 174 ferritin. Some people here recommended aiming for the low end around 50.

    Fair enough. Multi-vitamin can’t be good for anybody.
     
  8. dbh25

    dbh25 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2016
    Messages:
    632
    Gender:
    Male
    My doctor recommended 100. You can definitely go too low. I supplemented liquid iron for a few months to get back into the 50s, and tried to increase through diet. But 6 months later, ferritin is still in the 50s.
     
  9. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    Yes it can be very hard to get it up for some people. 100 is fine but Ive hear a lots of people feeling more energy and benefits from going up to 150. Specially for thyroid health. I feel fantastic now. Energy i havent had for years
     
  10. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    I know some people here aim for 50. I dunno but i had 50 before and i felt so ***t. But what ever floats your boat as they say. I think between 100-200 is where you wanna be. You can alwayd supplement vitamin E from time to time to protect from any oxidation caused by iron. But i dont believe oxidation is a problem as long as you dont go over 200 or even maybe 300
     
  11. dbh25

    dbh25 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2016
    Messages:
    632
    Gender:
    Male
    I may supplement iron again for a month since my ferritin hasn't moved. Iron overload is mentioned often, but I was too low for too long. And I can tell you, it was awful.
     
  12. stsfut

    stsfut Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2017
    Messages:
    140
    Gender:
    Male
    Douglas Ek...Ferritin value is not always indicative of iron stores. It can be raised by inflamation. Testing ferritin along with CRP and a full iron panel gives you the full picture.
     
  13. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    Yes i did mention this earlier that inflammation can raise it. For sure its better to get full iron panel and an inflammation marker. But ferritin is the most reliable out of the iron markers. Ive probably done 15 ferritin tests and mine has never been elevated by inflammation or affected by any other factor
     
  14. Frankdee20

    Frankdee20 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1,995
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Intensive Case Manager
    Location:
    Sun Coast, USA
    Wow ! You shot up from 100s to 900s ! How ?!
     
  15. boxers

    boxers Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2018
    Messages:
    179
    Gender:
    Male
    Ferritin of 50 is good...serum iron 125, tibc 250-300, sat %. 38
     
  16. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    Not exercising too often. Eating nutrient dense foods with a focus on carbs and fat. Doing blood tests and correctin nutrient deficiencies. This helped me sleep better. My levels didnt shoot up. It took 2 years of changing my lifestyle. I was previously smoking, doing drugs and not eating enough for my body type. I was a skinny guy. On top of that i over exercised a lot. From me just quitting exercising for 3 months and eating more food it went from 114 to 650. Just eating foods like coconut oil, butter, white rice, potatoes, steaks, eggs, liver, fruits, honey, dairy. From time to time i take some vitamin A, vitamin K2, vita E and D. I dont take minerals except calcium and magnesium from time to time. Not regularly. I did take copper and iron because i was deficienct. I also take vitamin Bs. Its the only supplement i take regularly now. Still dont exercise. But i work 10-14 hours a day walking all day so dont think i need a lot of exercise on top of that. But yeah last time i tested my testosterone was 926 i believe and that was over the reference range with like a warning sign on the lab test. There was also an explanation how people get over the lab reference range and it basically said only with anabolic steroids thought that was a bit funny coz they proven wrong
     
  17. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    Nah ferritin in 50 made me feel horrible and slow metabolism. Once i hit 150 i was like a new person
     
  18. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    But im 26 years old dunno if that probably makes a difference and like i said i was a skinny guy if youre a big bloke then my diet wouldnt probably help you have to adapt your lifestyle to whats optimal for you. Unfortunantly theres not a frame that fits all. Same goes for supolements. Some people cant just take zinc to raise their T. Its a balance and homeostasis. Thats why i always recommend doing as many lab tests as possible to find out as much as possible what might be your problem
     
  19. baccheion

    baccheion Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2017
    Messages:
    500
    Gender:
    Male
    Did the increase result in any physical changes? Bone size/structure? Muscle?
     
  20. Douglas Ek

    Douglas Ek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    590
    Gender:
    Male
    Obviously a lot of mental benefits and energy. Im 26 and 24 i couldnt grow jack .... for a beard. Think i did have low testosterone all the way back from the age of 19. I would say thats when my health deteriorated at first place. Since fixing my testosterone ive managed to start growing a beard and chest hair just poping out new hairs all the time now. Also my muscles and shoulders have gotten bigger specially biceps without even lifting weights at all. I feel the strongest ive ever felt before. My posture is automatically better dunno about bone changes. Nothing ive thought of and nothing very noticeable. Oh and my testicles have almost doubled in size it feels like
     
Loading...