Testosterone, its benefits and natural ways to boost it

Testosterone plays a vital role in normal bodily functions. Whether it be males, females, athletes or the average joe. Having normal levels of testosterone is crucial to your health.

It is a lot more than a sex hormone, its receptors are located throughout our bodies including the brain and heart.

Benefits of a Normal Level of Testostrone:

  • Maintains muscle mass
  • normal formation & stabilization of bone density
  • Improves oxygen uptake
  • Regulates blood sugar control
  • Maintains normal levels of cholesterol
  • Supports neurological functioning including memory & concentration
  • Mood regulation
  • Regulates & improves libido
  • Helps to maintain heart health
  • Improves competitive drive
  • Prevents alzheimer and dementia

Testosterone Deficiency

As men age around after their 40s their testosterone levels drop about 1%-2% a year. There are fewer signals from the pituitary gland to produce test and a protein called SHBG increases. In simple terms too much of SHBG means less free testosterone available to your body.

Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Low libido
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Brittle bones
  • Small testes, infertility

Natural Ways to Maintain and Boost T-Levels

  1. Loose fat & Start working out: As your waist size goes up your testosterone goes down. Carrying excessive body fat actually raises your estrogen levels, 2 or 3 extra pounds is not a big issue but if you are carrying 20-30 extra… Men who lift weights regularly experience a 49% boost in free testosterone.
  2. Have morning sex: Pretty self explanatory. Morning sex = testosterone boost and its a sure way to burn off some extra calories while you are at it.
  3. Make nuts a daily snack: Eating nuts is good for your nuts. A study published in the International Journal of Medicine revealed that men who consumer monounsaturated fats which are found in nuts and fish had increased amounts of testosterone levels.
  4. DO NOT OVER-TRAIN! Over-training can become a serious condition where you are actually not helping your body or mind anymore but damaging it. Over-training can lead to serious injuries and depression. Among other things. If you do not allow your body to recuperate and regain its energy back in-between training sessions your T levels can plunge by as much as 40%
  5. Avoid Alcohol: Conducted in a Dutch study, men who drank excessively have experienced a 7% decrease in their testosterone levels. This is due to the fact that alcohol affects the endocrine system causing your testes to decrease the production of testosterone. If you drink 1 or 2 drinks a night you’re fine.
  6. Avoid STRESS: Physical or mental stress can quickly depress your testosterone levels. Stress causes cortisol levels to surge which suppressed the bodys natural ability to make and utilize testosterone within tissues. If you are constantly stressed about work, girlfriends or whatever else…change it.

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