Testosterone can be considered the most important male sex hormones and is vital to overall health and well-being. Low levels of testosterone can have a negative effect on several physiological factors, including body composition. As men get older, reduced testosterone levels can cause weight gain, and affect sexual function which can lead to reduced sex drive, impotence as well as infertility.
It isn’t unusual for testosterone levels to decline as a person gets older, however, there are ways to slow down or reverse the process. The best way to improve testosterone levels is by adopting some healthier lifestyle habits that improve one’s overall health and well-being. Here are a few ways you can help boost testosterone naturally.
- Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can negatively affect hormones levels that are necessary for the body to function correctly, including testosterone. It is recommended that we get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, and it is important to make sleep a priority in general to allow the body to recuperate . A sufficient amount of sleep every night may help maintain testosterone levels. If you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, you should consider consulting with your doctor.
- Maintain a balanced diet
Not only is eating a well-balanced diet essential for maintaining one’s overall health and well-being but it is also essential for maintaining testosterone levels as well. Low levels of testosterone and being overweight may be a contributor to a number of inflammatory conditions and impaired neurological function. Overeating and “yo-yo” dieting has also been known to disrupt hormone levels, this is mostly evident in athletes and people who are very active. The most beneficial diets are those that include whole foods and offer a healthy balance of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can support optimal endocrine function and promote long-term health.
- Reduce stress
Long-term/chronic stress is dangerous and can be detrimental for overall well-being. Stress can elevate cortisol, the hormone responsible for managing a variety of processes, including immune response and metabolism. Elevated cortisol negatively affects testosterone and ultimately body composition and/or athletic performance. Managing stress is extremely important and is often overlooked in today’s busy lifestyle. There are several therapeutic techniques, and even supplements that may assist to reduce stress.
Several vitamins and minerals are essential for normal hormone function. It has been suggested that vitamin D might help correct a testosterone deficiency as well as contribute to increased total testosterone levels. Getting at least 15 minutes of direct sunlight each day can also help maintain vitamin D levels in the body. Food sources high in vitamin D include salmon and other fatty fish or fortified milk and cereal products. DHEA is a hormone that helps produce testosterone as well as other hormones that affect the body’s composition. As one gets older, DHEA levels drop (as do testosterone levels). Incorporating healthy fats found in fish as well as flax seed may help the body utilize the DHEA it produces. Certain supplements such as creatine, ZMA, and/or Tribulus – to name a few – may promote testosterone production in most people. However, those who exercise are more likely to experience a significant increase in testosterone levels than those who are not very active.
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