Episode 190: Dr. Ben House - Optimizing Testosterone

This episodes guest is Dr. Ben House from Functional Medicine Costa Rica

This is Ben's second appearance on the ATSW podcast, having been previously on the show back on episode 119.

Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP). House was accepted to medical school without an undergraduate degree, but rescinded because during this time his father was fighting for his life with debilitating diverticulitis. The conventional medical model prescribed him pain killers, antibiotics, saltine crackers, and white bread. This pushed House to question the sick care model and look for the underlying lifestyle and dietary factors that could be the reason why his father was in so much pain. Lo and behold his father had Celiac disease and within a week of removing all grains and diary from his diet he was symptom free. This was Dr. House’s first taste of Functional Medicine and he knew at that moment that this would be his life’s passion. Since then he has studied under some of the best in the world and continues to regularly attend and present at conferences and seminars around the world.

As a strength coach, House has worked at both the high school and collegiate levels, including time under Coach Wright at the University of Texas Basketball. Besides practicing Functional Med, coaching, and writing articles for Functional Medicine Costa Rica, House has numerous publications in peer-reviewed, high-impact scientific journals. House blends his knowledge of research and Functional Medicine with years of experience working directly with a variety of different clients.

On this episode Ben and I discussed:

  • Ben gives us a brief background and introduction
  • Ben and I discuss how much hypertrophy is necessary for health 
  • I ask Ben to discuss how to optimize testosterone production
  • I ask Ben what testing does he like to use to assess someones testosterone levels - blood, saliva, and. or urine?
  • I ask Ben what interventions does he like to utilize to enhance testosterone production
  • I ask Ben about about how concussion can lead to a leaky brain and gut barrier
  • I ask Ben - would he ever recommend someone to decrease their daily step count to help enhance hypertrophy gains?
  • I ask Ben how does he set an individuals caloric needs and macro-nutrients? 
  • I ask Ben about the polarized topic of energy in and out and hormonal regulation when it comes to weight and body composition management 
  • Finally I ask Ben - if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - functionalmedicinecostarica.com

Facebook - Ben House 

Twitter - @ApachAthlete

Instagram - drbenhouse


Podcasts Mentioned:

Dr. Bubbs - Episode 12 - The Low Testosterone Epidemic, Root Causes of "Low T" & Evidence-Based Solutions w/ Dr. Ben House

Dr. Ruscio Radio - Episode Adrenal Testing, Mitochondrial Health, Testosterone, Stress, Calories, Body Comp, and Much More with Dr. Ben House

Legendary Life Podcast - Episode 244: 9 Steps to Optimum Health, Fitness, and Longevity with Dr. Ben House

People and Resources Mentioned:

Phil Heath 

James Kriger 

Dr. Jack Kruse

Dr. Datis Kharrazian

James Fitzgerald 

Danny Lennon 

Joseph Agu

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