Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the body. In men, testosterone is mostly produced in the testicles and is responsible for stimulating sperm production and sex drive, as well as building muscles and bone mass. As men age, testosterone production decreases.
Signs of low testosterone (low T) are often subtle and are mistaken as a natural part of aging.
Here are some of the symptoms of low testosterone:
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty achieving an erections
- Fatigue and Lack of energy.
- Hair loss
- Muscle loss
- Increase of fat mass
- Decrease in bone mass
- Mood changes
Ok so now we know what exactly Low T in men can do. Lets talk a bit about some strategies on how to prevent or even reverse low T.
If you're overweight, shedding the excess pounds may increase your testosterone levels, according to research presented at the Endocrine Society's 2012 meeting. Overweight men are more likely to have low testosterone levels to begin with, so this is an important trick to increase your body's testosterone production when you need it most.
Strength training is also known to boost testosterone levels, provided you are doing so intensely enough.
Vitamin D, a steroid hormone, is essential for the healthy development of the nucleus of the sperm cell, and helps maintain semen quality and sperm count. Vitamin D also increases levels of testosterone, which may boost libido. In one study, overweight men who were given vitamin D supplements had a significant increase in testosterone levels after one year.
Focus some efforts towards decreasing your stress. When you're under a lot of stress, your body releases high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone actually blocks the effects of testosterone, presumably because, from a biological standpoint, testosterone-associated behaviours (mating, competing, aggression) may have lowered your chances of survival in an emergency (hence, the "fight or flight" response is dominant, courtesy of cortisol).
Limit or eliminate sugar. Testosterone levels decrease after you eat sugar, which is likely because the sugar leads to a high insulin level, another factor leading to low t.
Adding in a supplement by Magnum Nutraceuticals called Thrust. This is a way to boost natural testosterone. http://www.hardmagnum.com/product/thrust Here is a link to further read about how this Pharmaceutical grade formula can help.
Lastly but not least increasing your healthy fats can also help decrease low levels of Testosterone.
I hope you found this article helpful and if you think you might be experiencing any of the symptoms of Low T its best to book an appointment and get your levels checked by a physician.
If you are in need of guidance on what to do at the gym or nutritional advice on how to increase your levels of T. I would be very happy to book a free consultation.
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