Your Testosterone is Under Attack
Fortunately, there are natural ways to defend it
Even before the aging process starts catching up with us, our bodies are bombarded by estrogen-mimicking compounds in our water, food, and ecosystem – and getting out of shape compounds the problem.
By twenty years-old, testosterone levels start their age-related decline and eventually, potentially contribute to ED and other issues. Prescription drugs, such as painkillers and statins, can further complicate testosterone production.
Fortunately, many men can slow or reverse the decline in testosterone without resorting to supplemental hormonal therapy.
7 ways to naturally increase testosterone production
Sometimes, simple changes in lifestyle are all it takes to optimize your body’s testosterone production:
- Weight – and sugar – management. Being overweight is known to lower testosterone levels. In particular, excess abdominal fat has a negative impact. Sugar consumption results in elevated insulin levels which can reduce testosterone – and excess consumption of refined sugars is thought to play a key role in the skyrocketing rates of obesity.
- Be active. Starting out, a 20-minute daily walk at a brisk pace can help introduce exercise to your routine. For those already involved in a fitness program, adding high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and/or strength conditioning to your regimen may improve your testosterone levels. Remember, consult with your physician before starting any drastically different exercise program.
- Sleep! Sleep deprivation can have a dramatic impact on a spectrum of hormones, including testosterone. Making time for sleep is also essential for your overall health.
- Healthy fats. Avocados and raw nuts are excellent sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. In addition, saturated fats, such as animal fat and some oils, may contribute to testosterone production. Totally avoid “hydrogenated” fats.
- Manage your stress. Cortisol – the “stress hormone” – restricts testosterone creation. Make time for relaxation and exercise.
- Supplements and vitamins. Supplements such as DHEA are unlikely to have much of an effect on testosterone levels. Vitamin D on the other hand, is thought to give testosterone a lift – and a little time in the sunshine (as little as 15 minutes, several times a week) can usually give your body all the Vitamin D it needs.
- Talk to your doctor about your meds. Opioid painkillers, glucocorticoids, and other prescriptions could affect testosterone levels. Never stop taking medications without talking to your doctor, however.
When testosterone levels aren’t the issue
For many men, looking into the possibility of low testosterone is based on a broader concern: sexual dysfunction.
While impaired testosterone production can certainly cripple a man’s libido, circulatory problems can also decrease sensation, drive, and the ability to maintain or achieve an erection. And the physiological causes of ED can lead to psychological barriers, further complicating the issue.
Until recently, individuals who were unwilling to take medications such as Viagra or have invasive surgeries had few, if any, options. Shockwave therapy from GAINSWave® has been shown to not only effectively improve ED, but also optimize sexual function in men who aren’t experiencing erectile issues.
If you’d like to learn more about shockwave treatments, take a look at this previous blog: “Does Shockwave Treatment for ED Work? And How Long Does It Last?”