Natural Ways to Improve Testosterone
Testosterone can be found in both men and women though it’s usually associated with males as a demonstration of masculinity. In fact, testosterone is vital in the man’s sexuality and reproductive system (most of his testosterone is produced in the testicles). It also impacts muscle mass and hair growth.
As a man enters his 30s, testosterone levels will begin to drop and will do so throughout his lifetime. This can lead to a number of things, including decreased sex drive, mood swings, erectile dysfunction and losing focus and memory.
There are ways to deal with low testosterone. Here are five that can boost testosterone levels in a natural way.
- Watch Your Weight. Being overweight can have a major impact on testosterone. Obese individuals secrete an enzyme called aromitase that converts testosterone to estrogen. As aromitase is produced, the metabolism decreases and so does the natural process of burning fat, only making things worse. Design a weight loss plan with a doctor, nutritionist or trainer.
- Zinc. Zinc is important in producing testosterone. Men suffering from low levels have seen a marked improvement in a month to six weeks after supplementing their diet with zinc. You don’t simply need pills. Good sources of zinc include raw milk and cheese, yogurt and foods high in protein like fish and meat.
- Get Some Sleep. Like you needed a reason. Studies do show that men who sleep an average of five hours in 24 hours have seen a testosterone drop in the vicinity of 10 to 15 percent. You should look to get in seven to eight hours of sleep a night every night. A nap during the day could help if you fall short.
- Consider Bioidentical Hormone Therapy. This needs to be undertaken under the guidance of a qualified physician. Speak with your doctor about boosting testosterone with hormone therapy. Studies have demonstrated an effective balance in levels and improved overall health.
- Fool Around More. German studies found that simply having an erection tends to boost testosterone. Doing something with it is even better. As we get older, we tend to spend less time getting sexually aroused which can be a factor in reduced testosterone. (Note: these should be natural and not chemically induced stimulations.)
Maintaining testosterone levels is going to take a little effort as we grow older. Yet, adjustments to nutrition and behavior can do wonders for our mental and physical well being.