Testosterone: Its Purpose, and How to Increase a Low-T Level Naturally

Testosterone: Its Purpose, and How to Increase a Low-T Level Naturally

Testosterone level boost naturallyTestosterone is the male sex hormone, affecting a man’s appearance and sexual health and development. Often, we associate testosterone with aggressive, angry, competitive behaviour. However, many of the stereotypes about testosterone are myths. Testosterone plays many vital roles in men’s health.

Testosterone’s Role

Testosterone plays a crucial role in more areas than many realize. It is associated with virility and strength, and men need the proper amount to function normally.

What Testosterone Does

  • Regulates sex drive (libido)
  • Helps bone growth and strength
  • Distributes fat
  • Promotes muscle mass/strength
  • Produces red blood cells and sperm
  • Gives you facial hair and pubic hair
  • Helps maintain normal mood

On the other hand, when testosterone levels are low, men can experience a range of symptoms. Once men reach age 30, testosterone levels drop gradually, about 1-2% per year. Low testosterone can be the culprit for low sex drive, difficulty getting and maintaining erections, hair loss, loss of muscle mass, mood changes, and a host of other problems.

Common Side Effects of Low Testosterone

  • Low libido and impotence
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Depression, irritability, and poor concentration
  • Loss of body and facial hair
  • Decreased bone mass (increased risk of fracture)
  • Low blood counts
  • Fatigue
  • Obesity

Men with low-T levels frequently experience the above side effects; however, if you are experiencing any of these specific signs and symptoms, it may not be linked to your testosterone level. Testosterone levels vary greatly among men, especially when you compare age and lifestyle choices. A 20-year-old’s testosterone level will likely not be the same as someone’s T-level at age 70. If you think your testosterone levels are low, schedule an appointment with your doctor, as a blood test is the only way to know, with certainty, if you have low testosterone.

Five Evidence-based Ways to Boost Your T-level Naturally

Low-T level increase testosterone naturalTestosterone levels will decline as you age, but there are scientifically proven methods of slowing, or even reversing, that process. Read below to learn about five natural ways to increase your testosterone level.

Eat Healthily

What you eat, as well as calorie intake, significantly impacts your testosterone level. A well-balanced diet full of protein, fat, and carbs will help tremendously with boosting your low-T level.

Stay Active

Several studies have shown a link between exercise and testosterone levels. What studies show is that the more active an individual is, the more testosterone they will have—within reason. Long-distance runners, for example, may experience low testosterone levels. Perhaps the takeaway here is to increase physical activity if you are inactive, but don’t overdo it.

Get Adequate Sleep

Restful, high-quality sleep plays a role in muscle growth, tissue repair, and your body’s ability to heal and repair blood vessels as well as your heart. Sleep also affects testosterone levels in a big way. Research has shown that getting only five hours per night of sleep for one week can cause a man’s T-level to drop by up to 15% (where 1-2% per year is the average). Research suggests that 7-10 hours of sleep is ideal for long-term health.

Reduce Stress

Do your best to minimize stress because stress is a fast track to testosterone reduction. When your stress levels increase, your testosterone level decreases. High stress not only negatively affects your testosterone level, but it also exacerbates many other health problems, including depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

The odd drink is okay, but the abuse of drugs and alcohol is linked to low testosterone. Alcohol causes hormonal reactions and cell damage in the body, and this can affect the glands and hormones that are key in male reproductive health.

The Takeaway

Research has shown a link between low-T and obesity, increased disease risk, and premature death. Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone because it plays so many vital roles in your overall health and well-being, so we recommend doing what you can to keep your level in a normal and healthy range.

By |2020-05-05T10:47:02-07:00April 6th, 2020|Men's Health|Comments Off on Testosterone: Its Purpose, and How to Increase a Low-T Level Naturally

About the Author:

Jack Chang, MD, is a graduate of Yale University and the University of British Columbia Medical School. After completing his postgraduate training in Prince George, BC, he started his career serving rural and remote communities in BC, Yukon, and Nunavut before joining Pollock Clinics in 2014. Dr. Chang is a veteran of multiple No-Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI) medical missions, providing free vasectomies in developing countries such as Haiti, Kenya, and the Philippines to alleviate poverty through family planning. Dr. Chang also trains international physicians from around the world as part of the NSVI missions. He performs circumcisions using both the Pollock Technique™ and the Shang Ring technique. Dr Chang trained in China with the developers of the Shang Ring method and directed the licensing of the Shang Ring through Health Canada and performed the first case of Shang Ring circumcision in Canada. He continues to lead the introduction of this adult circumcision method in North America. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents.