Testosterone is a hormone primarily associated with traits such as strength, libido, muscle mass, hair growth, and so on. If you feel as though your testosterone levels have gone down you may be experiencing symptoms related to either one of those traits. When that is the case, it only makes sense to go looking for natural low testosterone treatment.
Testosterone levels begin to naturally decline when a man is around the age of 30, and will continue to do so as he ages. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t treatments out there which can mitigate the drop in testosterone levels and help keep them at an optimal level for your age.
What Are the Options For Natural Low Testosterone Treatment?
You may be seeking natural low testosterone treatment because you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low mood
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle weakness
If this is the case, in order to know for sure if your testosterone levels are below optimal it’s best to get tested by a doctor who specializes in hormone treatment. If it turns out you do have low testosterone levels, there are a number of treatments available to you. Before you go the route of hormone replacement therapy, try some of these methods for boosting your testosterone naturally.
Top 5 Methods of Natural Low Testosterone Treatment
One of the number one culprits of low testosterone levels is being overweight. According to research presented at the Endocrine Society’s 2012 meeting, losing excess weight may be an excellent method of natural low testosterone treatment. Going hand in hand with weight loss is following a good diet, which means it’s important you cut out things like processed sugar, unhealthy fats, and refined carbohydrates from your diet in order to assist with the weight loss process. For more information about weight loss options please see what we offer as far as weight loss services.
If you’re following the suggestion above and trying to lose weight, don’t get in the habit of doing nothing but cardio vascular exercise in order to burn off the calories. Add some strength training into your routine as well. When participating in strength training for the purpose of increased testosterone levels, it’s important to keep the weight high and the repetitions low. Any kind of endurance exercise is not as conducive to increasing testosterone levels naturally.
You may be surprised by the supplements we recommend in this section. We’re not talking about your usual mass marketed fat burning supplements displayed in the window of every health food or supplement store in the city. Here are four excellent supplements for natural low testosterone treatment:
- Zinc: Adding more zinc to your diet for as little as a six week period has been shown to increase testosterone levels in men with low testosterone. Conversely, restricting zinc in your diet has been shown to lead to a decrease in testosterone.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D is a natural supplement known to increase testosterone levels. One study has shown that when overweight men were given vitamin D supplements, their testosterone levels increased dramatically after one year. The easiest and best way to get more vitamin D in your diet is just to spend more time outside in the sun. You can also get them in capsules or as part of a multivitamin
- Healthy Fat: Saturated fat can hurt testosterone levels, but healthy fats can help them. Your body requires certain types of fat from animal and vegetable sources in order to maintain optimal testosterone levels. Research shows that a diet with less than 40 percent of energy as fat (and that mainly from animal sources, i.e. saturated) lead to a decrease in testosterone levels.
- BCAAs: Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) may result in higher testosterone levels, according to research. BCAAs are available at any health food store either in capsule form or in a powder to mix with water.
When you’re stressed, everything in your body stops functioning optimally, including your testosterone production. Not to mention when you’re stressed your body releases the stress hormone cortisol which blocks the effects of testosterone. If you routinely experience elevated levels of stress it could be adversely affecting your testosterone levels. Be mindful of your stress levels and do what you can to keep it manageable in order to keep your testosterone levels in an optimal range.
These are just a few of the many ways to increase low testosterone levels. If you’d like to look into other options, please see look into our hormone replacement services. The time to get healthy and stay healthy is NOW. Don’t suffer any longer. Inquire about bioidentical hormone therapy by scheduling a consultation. Call 973 218-1199.