In this episode with Naked Talk with Jess, we are chatting with Dr Chase Banks, the owner of Finish First Injury Prevention in The Woodlands, Texas.
Dr Banks discusses how improving your lifestyle can help your testosterone levels and gives us great insight on managing testosterone levels naturally.
Referenced previous episodes can be found here:
Men's Sexual Wellness with Dr Chase Banks from Finish First Injury Prevention
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Hey, y'all welcome back to naked. Talk with Jess. I have Dr. Chase banks back with us. So excited about this. If you have not already be sure to check out our first episode where we get to meet Dr. and he shares all the good stuff, especially about men's wellness. I will leave a link for that in the show notes. So today we're going to be talking about testosterone. So if you're, if you're wanting to know about that, And, or you have that man in your life that can really use that and make sure that you share this so welcome Dr. Banks, and they could talk with Jess. Thank you for having us back again. I appreciate it. Wonderful. So let's talk a little bit about, well, first introduce, give a brief introduction about you and where you're at and, and basically what you help your clients with.
So I've been in the Woodlands on and operating finished first for almost 13 years. Now we're fixing the head up in our 14th year, but basically, you know, we are a, a health advocacy practice that focuses on a lot of functional nutrition. We do a lot of chiropractic work, mostly on the sports side, but we do traditional chiropractic work as the same, a lot of rehabilitation. A lot of exercise, injury prevention work just based upon what the patient needs. We're not. Systemic like, like millage of a practice that basically takes everybody through that one specific program. We designed what programs are needed around the person, the lifestyle that they have at the point that they come in to see us, what risk factors they have and really what goals that they want to achieve. And we'll get. Yeah, and I think that's so important. And for one I met you because I'm a client of yours as is my husband. And just like I share about bio-individuality right. And every body is different. It's so important to take that approach because we all have a different backgrounds. And so I love that. You really take that approach and it's functional and holistic. So, all right. Well, what can you share today about testosterone? I'm sure our listeners either have heard about things or they're struggling with it. And as we share, and I know you're in alignment with me here as well. We don't just look at symptoms. We want to get to the root cause. So what would you say to someone who's just like. Hey, I'll fill in certain way. And I think it might be my testosterone. You know, obviously if you have a symptom of really decreased energy, mental acuity, what I consider executive management, if you're one of those type of people that makes decisions around the household or decisions at work, and you just feel like that those getting to those, you know, solutions for a few you're presented with a problem or harder as you get older. That's a big reason. We see a decline in testosterone to cause that, and estrogen plays a factor in it as well, but, but you know, everything from drive endurance obviously your, your sex performance sex life the ability to want to get up and go. Obviously if you're seeing more joint aches and pains just typical things that you just overall sense of wellbeing, just isn't what you would want it to be. Sure. I mean, that's one reason why we do so much lab testing at the office is to basically as a routine test, just to see where they're at. It does not mean that it, depending on where you are at a stage in life that you rushed to get on hormone replacement therapy, whether it's synthetic are about identical. There's a lot that you can do from home lifestyle alteration improving your sleep making sure that your diet is in alignment with basically a low inflammatory. You know, lifestyle there's some supplements that are very effective, especially from a verbal standpoint. There's a lot of things that you can do from a B-vitamin standpoint. A lot of people don't realize how important B five is as a, just an anti-stress factor. So there's, there's a lot of things to look at. And I always tell patients, if you haven't really aligned optimal sleep patterns, you're not really reducing stress in your life. You're not getting physically active. I would not prefer that you rushed to do hormone replacement therapy because the balancing act of that and the side effects associated with it, even though it can be a very, very good, very healthy thing. But if you're not doing the, I would say the 90% which has all those other things that I just mentioned, I don't think that you're going to get the response that you would like to see. And I think that that's why when you see a lot of these clinics, these low T centers, won't throw those names out there. These testosterone clinics that are everywhere, their, their, their, their main focus is obviously to get people's testosterone levels at or above their natural limits. And you do feel really good, but if you're not managing it correctly on the lifestyle standpoint, there's side effects associated with that. And as those side effects are what give the medical community, unfortunately, when they start seeing those. As they come in, meaning if they see patients, let's say, if it's a urologist and internist and they've got a patient and that an individual physician is not doing hormone replacement therapy, it doesn't really kind of, it's not within their specialty. So they, they look down upon it. And so that they start educating their patients about how bad it really is. So, but, but managing it from a lifestyle perspective on both ends, whether you want to take it from the conservative route or go to the more, I would say, traditional medicinal route, whether it's bioidentical or synthetic, you really need. To manage it from a from a lifestyle perspective. Yeah. Thank you for sharing that because one of the things I that's what I tried years ago, I think it was only 39 in this before I met you. I'm 44 now, but I had actually things I wouldn't have. Probably wanted to undesirable things from that. But I think looking back now, I understand I wasn't addressing looking at it from the big picture. So once again, you know, I'm the same way we want to present these things. We're not saying, you know, anything good or bad, it's just make sure you're looking at it. And you're putting in the other 90%, and that gives you. Your health care provider and your functional doctor, a clear view of where you're at. So thank you for sharing that. So if I want to go to spend a little bit of time, what are some things that someone says, you know, Hey, yes, Dr. Banks that's me or that's someone I love what is something they can do right now? Because it is such a stressful time everyone's busier than ever. We're bombarded with all these messages about health and wellness. What is something that someone could do right now? Maybe a few things that they could just work into their life were listed glee. So is speaking in terms of like improving their testosterone. Okay. So first and foremost, I think, and I said this on our last episode was we talked so much about sleep. If you're not. Getting your, what I would consider sleep training in no different than your other physical fitness. If you're not focusing on that or you feel like that, Hey, I've always been able to go on four hours or five hours or even six or seven hours of broken sleep. It will catch up with you. And I would say if you can start focusing on improving. The sleep cycles and there's four stages of sleep. And we won't go into a lot of detail that, but we need to get a considerable amount of the Delta wave sleep. That's where all the recovery is happening. That's where a lot of testosterone is where all the growth hormone is secreted from. And obviously as we age, it's a little bit less, but the point is is that those are some things that you can do naturally free. Yeah. Free being, and keep going to start proving those. Cause the neuro-transmitters that you will get re-established. Rejuvenated so that you can recover from that day stress, but also be able to accommodate to the next day stress over time. You'll start to see natural rhythms of those hormones pick up. Yeah. And, and we'll, we'll have 'em on our men's wellness series. We'll we dive a little bit deeper in our sleep segment for that. And then, like I said, if you haven't heard the first one where we introduced Dr. Banks, be sure to check that out and yes, for sure that what is something that you would say I know for me when I was on my health journey, I thought, oh yeah, I'm pretty active. And yeah. Drink tons of water and then you really start tracking it. What is something physical wise? For that person who is, is noticing they're having maybe low testosterone, their libido's kind kinda low, like you said, they're, they're not able to make those clear decisions. What's something a starting point for that. So if it's, if it's more than you say, okay I'm still feeling this way and I'm getting pretty decent sleep or I'm already getting good sleep. And especially if you ask your spouse and you don't have sleep apnea and you're not snoring and those types of things, but if you're already doing that, then the next space, we'll basically just start looking at all the different stress impacts of your life. So if things at home aren't going that well, and you're not communicating that well, if you don't have. A good basis of what you, you, you put your heart and soul in meaning what, what faith you have. If you're living this through this world, especially the, what they're in right now, and a form of you're trying to control everything. It will chew you up and spit you out. And so if you're not working on the mental component of your day to day or. Just work-life balance. You need to start doing that after sleep and those are again, that's another free thing. Okay. But when you look at basically things to change in nutrition you start reducing as much of the trans fatty acids as much as possible, the impact that they make. And a lot of these processed oils and vegetable oils and things like that. I'm not talking about olive oil or avocado oil or anything like that. But some of these hydrogenated oils impact our cholesterol health so much and they impact our liver. And it, a lot of people don't realize is that the base molecular structure for your testosterone and your estrogen. Is cholesterol. And if you're not improving that, and I'm not talking about just getting your cholesterol levels lower, that's not the answer either. It's optimizing ratios, the metabolism of those lipids, because that's what your body's going to use to have a base structure, to make the testosterone. So your diet will really have to come into play as far as optimizing those healthier fatty acids. And then secondly, on top of that, you need to start really looking at sugar. Processed sugar, processed foods, food, additives, flavorings, colorings, things like that. Taking those big key things and just let's reduce those. And if you can do that, you start taking out a lot of foods that are just going to cause a reduction in overall testosterone production. And then you can start working on the big areas, which are the toughest, I think for everybody, which is going to be buried. Yes. And that's something that when I first saw you, we did a meal plan and you really helped me get those kinds of things down too. So I think it's so important to say, yes, these are starting points, but there's so many things you can do for free, but when you need that extra step, that accountability and someone to go to that you can trust. It's so important. And I know that that helped me on my journey as well. Especially around that 40 year old age. I think a lot of people are like, oh, I'm 40. I mean, you know, now what? And I just, I refuse to accept, oh, I'm 40. I should fill these certain ways. Right. Right. And some things are, yeah, I need to be addressed, but some are definitely lifestyle. So well I want to kind of wrap this portion up of the men's wellness segment or series. Hmm. Let's leave them with, if they want to learn more about you, how can they reach you and what is something that they can expect when they can, when they set up a consultation or what does that look like? So if you wanted to reach out our office is you can go to WW dot, finish the numeral one.net, and that's finished one button. You can get our contact page off of that. And we have you can reach out to email@example.com as well. Melanie is our office manager. She can answer any questions that you have. 8 3 2 8 1 3 8 4 5. One is our, our, our office line. But basically, you know, it really comes down to asking Melanie, you know, You know, services that you're looking for many. Okay. These are the things that I am challenged with, or these are the lifestyle changes that I would like to see or make, or what are my goals are. And she can kind of give you a design of what the specific I have. Some people that consult, like right before I came here. It was a 15 minute consult over the phone. Somebody just had some health questions about COVID gave her the answers that she wanted and gave her a couple of links. And that was it. And I have some people that have a two hour consult, you know, face to face, depending on just the length and the breadth of worldly, what they're trying to work with. And so it just really depends. And, and our services. You know, very affordable. It's all based upon time. And like I said, there's not anything that's templatized. And so if you want something that's specific to you just give us. Okay. Well thanks Dr. Banks, and thanks for joining us again. And the next episode, we're going to dig into that sleep. So we will talk to you soon.