What makes a man a “real man”? What defines “manliness”?
Men are hairy. Men are muscular. A “real man” is well-hung. (Insert caveman noises here.)
Okay, but what if you’re losing your hair?
What if your muscle mass is being ravaged by age — and I’m talking an age of more than 30?
And what if you’re NOT well-hung?!?
Check out this issue of the “Just For Guys” newsletter for answers to these very questions — real answers that you can put to use today.
The Bald Truth About Hair Loss
… By Dr. Z, N.D.
Are you losing your hair? If you are, you’re not alone.
More than half of all men are affected by male pattern baldness by age 50, and baldness treatments are estimated to be a $1 billion per year industry.
The naked truth is that the only way for a man to be guaranteed a full head of hair at any age over 30 is to — hang on — entirely remove the testicles, and instead administer the female hormone estrogen.
You would sprout lovely hair and even grow breasts as an additional bonus!
Okay, okay, put down that scalpel and let’s talk about some of the gentler methods that may help to slow down hair loss 😉
Why Bald Really IS Beautiful
We hear talk about hair loss and what it means for men all the time — mostly in the media, and mostly from people trying to sell you stuff.
You are told that losing your hair affects your manhood, making you feel less confident, less virile, less sexy. But here’s the great paradox about hair loss — the irony that no advertiser will ever tell you:
Hair loss is caused by testosterone.
Yep. That manly hormone that makes men who they are, that makes you tough, burly, and, well, manly is ultimately responsible for male pattern baldness.
From an evolutionary point of view, baldness may actually have evolved as a status symbol, indicating an older, successful, and virile male who is more desirable as a mate than a younger, less mature individual.
And the modern-day translation seems in keeping with this evolution. These days, having no hair on the crown of your head is regarded as sexy by many women.
Some balding men may even be proud of their baldness, perhaps feeling a kindred relationship with famous charismatic bald men such as Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or my personal all-time favorite, Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek fame.
But the powers of advertising now try to convince young men that it is hotter to have hair on their heads than their chests. So in a complete reversal of the natural laws of the jungle, men are shaving and waxing their hairy chests and buying into lotions, potions, and transplants for their beautiful, balding heads.
But If You Really Love Your Locks…
Before we start attacking testosterone, let’s clarify what we’re talking about here… Hair loss is actually caused by a form of testosterone called “dihydrotestosterone” (DHT), which is more potent than plain testosterone.
The obvious solution to the problem of baldness is to block DHT.
Prescription drugs like Finasteride (Propecia) prevent conversion of testosterone into DHT, reducing the overall level of DHT in the body and preventing hair loss.
However, synthetic chemical drugs have a number of very nasty side effects (like erectile dysfunction) and their use is not recommended.
But there are some changes you can make to your lifestyle that can reduce your levels of DHT — and help prevent hair loss:
- Huff and Puff.Daily, vigorous aerobic exercise (as opposed to short workout periods or sporadic exercise) has been shown to reduce the testosterone that gets converted to DHT. This may help to slow hair loss.So, in other words, use up that testosterone for what it was designed for: vigorous activity. And keep it up!
- Drink Green Tea.Green tea contains compounds called catechins, which can lower DHT levels to some extent.
- Take Saw Palmetto.Saw palmetto is a plant extract that’s an even better known herbal DHT inhibitor, also blocking the testosterone-to-DHT conversion.
- Maintain Good Liver Function.The faster DHT is broken down by your liver, the sooner your body can eliminate it. Good liver function is vital. For good liver function, try pumpkin seeds and milk thistle. And AVOID alcohol, since it will slow down your liver function.
And if all that vigorous exercise and downing pumpkin seeds with green tea and saw palmetto are just not your bag, you can always decide to become one of those sexy bald men who pull it off with great panache!
Do Penile Lengthening Devices Really Work?!?
… By A.J. Alfaro
Anyone who’s been reading this newsletter probably knows that I am an expert in male enhancement exercises.
So why do I want to talk about lengthening devices?
Typically, there are three groups among men who practice PE (penis enlargement): The “devices” group; the “manual exercises” group, and the “combo” group. Personally, I’m in the last group, although I tend to favor manual exercises just a little more than using devices.
The Main Catalyst for Growth in PE is Tension
Whether that tension comes from your hands or from a device is irrelevant. What’s most important is the intensity and volume of tension.
There are many devices on the market today designed for the sole purposed of enlarging the penis. Most of them are a complete waste of money — not to mention dangerous!
However, there are a few good ones. We’ll talk about the devices I personally recommend in a minute.
The Pros and Cons of Penile Extension Devices
There are pros and cons to using penile extension devices — which is why I recommend that you combine your workouts with manual exercises as well. But let’s have a look at the best and the worst of extension devices:
- The Pros: The good penile extension devices are easy to use and require only that you put it on, monitor it from time to time while it’s on your penis, and take it off.That leaves your hands free and allows you the convenience of not having to concentrate on counting reps and sets. You also get exact tension level reports with a stretching device.
- The Cons: Some of the devices on the market today are prohibitively expensive. On the flip side, the mediocre ones do almost nothing for girth.More importantly, the potential for injury is fairly high. Injuries happen if you’re careless about putting the device together and securing it to your penis correctly. Another reason that some men get injured is due to the restriction in circulation that some of these devices cause.Also, most devices don’t use a very high amount of tension (which can actually be a good thing if you’re an overzealous beginner). You can control tension more effectively with manual exercises.
NOTE: It is imperative that you monitor your penis at least every 15 minutes while wearing your device!
The Penile Extension Device I Personally Recommend…
Like I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of devices out there, and many of them are not only a waste of money — they can be downright dangerous.
The device that I personally recommend is called the ProExtender Penis Lengthening Device (www.proextendersystem.com).
The ProExtender works by using adjustable spring-loaded rods to create constant and even tension on the penis.
The load may be adjusted by simply turning the thumbscrews at the base of the rods.
The tension created by the springs stretches the suspensory ligaments of the penis (the same ligaments that are SEVERED in a penis lengthening surgery!), as well as the spongy bodies (corpora and corpus) of the penis itself.
I tried out the ProExtender myself, so I can give you the full “insider’s perspective” on using it.
First, I have to say that even the packaging is impressive — and discreet. And the manual gives easy-to-read instructions on the assembly, use, and maintenance of the extending device and its attachments. I had everything ready to go in less than five minutes!
At my length, I was required to use all 3 of the big rods (there was still a set of inch-long small rods left). The tension was definite, but pleasant.
Its main advantage over similar products is that there was absolutely no discomfort where the attaching loop meets the head of the penis. After several minutes of use, I forgot that I was even wearing it!
After about an hour, I removed my ProExtender and found that there was no loss of circulation from the binding of the loop. My penis hung low all day, and I could swear that it looked bigger when erect after only a day’s use.
Although this device may be worn under loose clothing, I do NOT suggest trying to wear it under anything tight or restrictive.
In my opinion, the ProExtender is truly an engineering marvel, and it far surpasses any similar tension stretching devices that I have come across in my 11 years of male enhancement research.
You can read more about it at: www.proextendersystem.com.
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“Just For Guys” Fun Fact…
A man from Saudi Arabia had a male enhancement device custom-made of gold, diamonds, and rubies, worth over $35,000.
How to Combat Loss of Muscle Mass — At ANY Age
… by Mike Wonnacott
Today I want to take some time to answer a very good question that I recently received from one of our readers. Here’s Gary’s question:
I am 47 years old and in good shape. I easily run three to five miles a couple of times a week, and I lift weights twice a week as well.
However, my muscle size has decreased since about the age of 35 and I would obviously like to slow down this process as I age. Are there any safe supplements that actually work to help meet this goal?
Thanks for your question, Gary! The answer is, there are actually a number of things you can do to meet this goal.
Age-related loss of muscle mass and strength is now termed “sarcopenia,” a relatively new buzzword in the medical field but one that is garnering plenty of research.
Scientists today are evaluating the effects of age and a sedentary lifestyle on lean muscle. They are finding that disuse, rather than age, can lead to sarcopenia.
“As an individual ages and activity levels decline, muscle atrophy occurs,” says Beth Ribblett, fitness director at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation’s Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans. “This reduction in muscle size slowly begins at age 25 and by age 50 represents a 10 percent loss. A more rapid loss occurs from age 50 to 80 during which an additional 40 percent is lost.”
In other words, it’s natural that as you age, your ability to grow and retain lean muscle mass becomes more and more difficult.
However, there are ways in which you can slow the process of losing the muscle you had in your thirties.
The following techniques will provide a basic game plan for hanging on to what you’ve got left!
Increase the Frequency of Your Resistance Training
Resistance training such as weight lifting becomes even more important as we age.
Lifting two times a week when you were younger may have kept the muscle on you but more frequent lifting may be required as you age.
Note that you don’t actually need to increase the amount of weight you lift — just the frequency.
I recommend that you do resistance training 3-4 times a week for no longer than one hour. Do 4 sets of each exercise, with 8 to 10 reps per set. And always rest at least a minute between sets.
Focus on your big muscle groups like your legs, back, and chest. Some good exercises for this are lunges, bench presses, pull ups, bent-over rows, and dead lifts.
Studies indicate that focusing on these larger muscle groups increases the release of testosterone, which in turn increases the body’s chances of building and sustaining muscle.
Decrease Your Level of Cardiovascular Training
If you are doing cardiovascular training at the same time — like running or swimming — consider dropping at least one session per week.
Even when you’re young, combining cardio with your resistance training program inhibits your ability to develop and maintain muscle mass. As we get older this situation even gets worse. But there are some ways around this…
One method is to incorporate endurance into your weight training program by resting for a shorter time between sets.
Another option is to work in “super sets” every other day. A super set is when you do back-to-back sets of opposing muscle groups without resting in between.
So, for example, do ten reps of bench press, then immediately do ten sets of a back exercise. This way you are still doing your resistance training while at the same time keeping your heart rate up in the cardio zone.
Pay Attention to Proper Diet
It’s important that you are putting the right things into your body to ensure that you are giving your body what it needs to retain muscle mass — and NOT hindering your own progress.
The key is to make sure you are getting enough proteins to help build up that muscle. Protein is the building block of muscle; a lack of protein will prevent you from sustaining lean muscle mass.
Also, depending on your fitness level and routine, the right carbohydrates can be your best friend, since you need them to sustain energy.
Brown rice, vegetables, yams, and sweet potatoes all help increase your energy and allow you to perform at your best each and every workout session.
Consider A Good Supplement
There are some supplements that can help in the quest to hang onto muscle mass at any age.
A product like GenF20 is a great supplement to add to your diet. GenF20 assists in the release of HGH (human growth hormone) to the body, which is is very important in the development of lean muscle mass — even more so as we age.
As we get older, our production of HGH diminishes substantially, contributing not only to loss of muscle but also low bone density and hair loss — just to name a few.
GenF20 stimulates the pituitary gland to help produce higher HGH levels throughout the body. This will help you retain the muscle mass of your youth, as well as improving your health in a variety of other areas.
Dr. Chein of the Life Extension Institute studied 202 patients that he treated with HGH. Patients reported improvement in the following areas:
- Healing of injuries 61%
- Wrinkle disappearance 61%
- Overall life outlook 78%
- Emotional Stability 67%
- Exercise tolerance 81%
- New hair growth 38%
- Healing capacity 71%
- Skin thickness 68%
- Back flexibility 83%
- Muscle size 81%
- Body fat loss 82%
- Hot flashes 58%
- Memory 62%
- Duration of penile erection 62%
- Resistance to common illness 73%
- Skin & hair care, skin texture 71%
- Strength & body fat, muscle strength 88%
- Energy, emotions & memory, energy level 84%
- Sexual function, sexual potency/frequency 75%
You can read more about GenF20 at www.GenF20.com
By combining all of the approaches we’ve discussed here today, you will be doing all you can to grow and sustain lean muscle mass as you get older.
Don’t forget that it is the frequency of your resistance training — rather than the amount you lift — that will have the greatest impact. And definitely try cutting out at least some of your cardio workouts — I guarantee this will make a big difference to your muscle mass.
It’s always important to watch your diet, but making sure you get enough protein and the right carbs will go a long way toward maintaining that muscle mass. Adding a supplement like GenF20 is the final touch that will help keep you strong, healthy, and fit, now and into the future.
See You Next Time!
The truth is, there are lots of things that make us feel like men, and a good sweat is sometimes all it takes.
But when your body starts changing on you, you need to know how to take control of your hair loss… your muscle loss… and yes, your penis size. Because in the end, these areas are about more than feeling like a man. They’re about our health, vitality, and well-being.
We look forward to receiving more questions from our readers like the ones answered in this issue. Email us any time at email@example.com, or contact our experts through our website at www.justforguys.com.
To better living,Craig JacksonEditor, JUSTFORGUYS.COM