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It’s hard to find a better example of a true alpha male in the animal kingdom than the lead male in a pride of lions. A singular male leads a community, is responsible for mating and protection, all the while getting first dibs on food. Sounds like a great life, but it comes with an expiry date. As that alpha male ages, he’s challenged by younger, stronger males in battles that leave the loser wounded and alone – almost like a form of social castration.
The alpha male of a pride of lions is always the strongest, biggest lion in the territory. The alpha male in human circles is dramatically different.
For male humans, brute strength is rarely the only prerequisite – nor is it nearly the most important attribute we can posses. Even if the human alpha male was determined by hand to hand combat, size and strength is of little importance; skill in a martial art would take precidence. Size, strength, and skill in a martial art, rather than serving as a direct attribute of an alpha male, heighten a male’s confidence – with confidence being a much more important factor in being an alpha male amongst humans.
Social stature plays a hefty roll in determining the alpha male of a group, but it isn’t the determining factor. A boss, for example, may be of higher stature economically, yet still get pushed around – physically, verbally, or on an emotional level – by his employees. Rather than stature – physical, social, or economic – assertiveness, strength, passion, ambition, and purpose are much more relevant characteristics that a guy has to have as an alpha male.
The alpha male in human circles, looks others in the eye, he’s unafraid to voice his opinion – often because he’s well-versed in many topics, but also because he’s firmly aware and committed to his values. Wealth doesn’t make you an alpha male, although it can help. Position doesn’t give you the birthrite of being an alpha male, though it may give you a head start. Being the alpha male isn’t merely about possessing one trait, like it is in the animal kingdom; rather, it requires of us balance, both in characte and personality.
I was going to write one all-ecompassing article about how to be an alpha male, but after writing the introduction I see it’s going to need more devotion (i.e. a series). Today we’re going to cover testosterone – but from a different angle. We’re going to look at how men can lower estrogen and cortisol levels, factors that correlate to higher T levels. Then, in a couple days we’ll cover how to naturally raise T levels, continuing with training, attitude, and the rest of the series in following articles.
Testosterone: the Elixer of the Alpha Male
Testosterone is a necessary but declining hormone in the human male. Studies are showing a consistent decline in T levels, not just due to age, but changes in diet, physical activity, and environment. As a society, our men are becoming less and less manly. We have less testosterone – on the whole – than did our fathers, grandfathers, and especially our great-grandfathers. I find it a logical correlation that the assertive, confident male of yesteryear is being replaced by the sobbing weakling or the over-compensating douchebag of today – yes, I speak of extremes.
The low T levels that many of us are experiencing result in low sex drive, a diminished ability to recover and repair tissue (such as muscle), it raises the risk of cancers, and diminishes assertiveness. The correlation between testosterone and agression in males is being disproven. Rather, higher testosterone levels correlate to diminished chances of being depressed. High natural T levels in men has also been shown to improve mood and positivity.
Just like our food – our beef, produce, and poultry – aren’t what they used to be, neither are we. Our food is pumped full of chemicals that directly effect us on a hormonal level. That fact asside, we – men – aren’t the men we used to be. On a hormonal level – forget about social issues, standards, or mood – we’re moving further and further away from the men we are meant to be. It’s an unnatural move, and one we need to stop, immediately.
First Step: Lower Cortisol + Estrogen
The first way we’re going to bring back the alpha male, is to correct this hormonal transformation. The first step of this transformation is to eliminate, or at least diminish, two of testosterone’s greatest enemies: estrogen and cortisol.
They are to testosterone what kryptonite is to Superman, baldness are to Samson, or what daylight is to a vampire. They oppose eachother. The problem is that chemical estrogens are everywhere around us, and cortisol levels are so easily raised – all we have to do is “feel” a certain way. Today, I’ll give you the weapons you need to fight back. Read the rest of this entry »