Testosterone – the hormone you’ve heard of but aren’t really sure what it does. The latest trend vogueing the male physique is that of the Dad Bod—where six-pack abs find themselves hidden behind less-than-toned torsos and pecs and biceps suggest they group train on the weekends—lifting beers, pizza slices and kiddos that is…
Technically, you don’t even have to be an actual parent to have one. Even squishy 20-something men are happy to bare it all on social media platforms thanks to women declaring that this non-threatening, comfortable-to-cuddle frame suggests these men are more natural and humane.
So, is this new movement in all its glory the male version of social acceptance? Or is there a bigger health issue at hand?
Signs of Low T in Men
While physicians can’t measure mojo, they can measure testosterone, the male sex hormone most responsible for masculinity—and studies show testosterone levels in men have been on a substantial decline for the past two decades.
Low testosterone can have an unfavorable impact on sex drive, bone mass, fat distribution and muscle mass—symptoms many men may not always connect the dots to or feel inclined to discuss with their doctor.
Testosterone levels naturally drop as men age, but what makes the newest studies so alarming is the discovery that younger men today have significantly less testosterone than men used to have years ago at the very same age.
Aside from masculinity and sexual health being a concern, other unfavorable symptoms accompany T regression–insomnia, infertility, low libido, weight gain, low energy, depression and trouble concentrating go hand-in-hand with this issue. It’s easy to see why men would want (and deserve) the quickest fix possible to correct these ailments.
Leave it to pharmaceutical driven TV commercials and magazine ads to have you believing that “low T” affects every man on the planet and the only way to handle this issue is to get to your general practitioner to write a script for hormone replacement therapy.
With several options available like injections, skin creams, pills and patches, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can be highly effective, but with this treatment come potential side effects.
According to a sexual health article posted by Mayo Clinic, TRT can increase the risk for heart disease, deep vein blood clots, pulmonary embolism, enlargement of the prostate and growth of existing prostate cancer if the condition goes undiagnosed.
Rest assured that improving your lifestyle choices often can result in testosterone boosts that are both safe and inexpensive. Addressing the root cause offers your body a natural way of healing minus all the risks of synthetic hormone therapy.
4 Tips to Boost Testosterone Naturally
- Prioritize sleep management. Total evening sleep time, especially in older males, is connected to higher morning levels of testosterone. Aim for 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep on a nightly basis.
- Shed those extra pounds. While not every case of low testosterone is directly linked to being overweight, many are, and in that case the excess body fat must come off to see improvement. Declining testosterone levels in overweight men are linked to the conversion of testosterone into estrogens within fatty tissue.
- Lift weights. Resistance training at a moderate to high intensity, combined with short bursts of intense sprinting have been shown to elevate total plasma testosterone.
- Eat your veggies. Increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and dark leafy greens because their sulfur compounds are great at helping the body detox excess estrogen.
Natural Support for Healthy Male Sexual Desire
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Ingredients in this formula support the efficient production and utilization of several male sex hormones, including testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and DHEA sulfate. Maintaining healthy levels of these hormones is key in managing occasionally low sex drive. This product also includes botanicals that promote blood flow and erectile function.
All Dad Bod jokes aside, opting for TRT without first addressing the root cause of low levels could lead to other unfavorable underlying health issues. When low testosterone levels are the result of poor diet, lack of exercise or high amounts of stress, if left unaddressed, there’s potential for more significant health risks—making “low T” and any social media-approved body shape the least of a man’s concerns.
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Escasa, M. J., Casey, J. F., & Gray, P. B. (2010). Salivary Testosterone Levels in Men at a U.S. Sex Club. Arch Sex Behav Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(5), 921-926. doi:10.1007/s10508-010-9711-3
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