Testosterone is the most important male hormone, interfering with the development of the so-called secondary sex-characteristics, but also with the muscle growth and, very important to your sexual health, with the libido.
While in the absence of specific medical conditions and an inappropriate lifestyle its levels only begin to decrease starting with the age of 30, as a natural ageing process, more and more men suffer on this chapter long before the threshold is reached.
Researchers have identified hormonal levels of up to 970 ng on dL of blood in youngsters of 16-19 years, 1.080 ng/dL at men in their 20s to their 30s and a decrease to 890 ng/dL in between 40-59 years respectively 720 ng/dL after the age of 60. Note that all these define the upper level and that values can also be considerably lower, depending on numerous factors.
It is fair to state that a lack of testosterone can affect almost all the processes and functions of the male body, not solely the development and health state of his genitals. Symptoms of this condition consequently vary a lot. Erectile strength and sex drive are the most obvious signs, but losing weight, muscle mass and facial hair, together with concentration problems, anxiety, impaired memory and the incapacity of experiencing pleasure in numerous daily activities are all telltales that your body does not produce enough of this male hormone.
Testosterone therapy is a common approach that doctors choose for treating their patients, after one or several blood tests have been performed. If you have not come to that stage yet but you suspect having this problem, there are several natural strategies that you can try, as it follows:
Adopt a healthy diet
Once again what you eat can make a significant difference. As a rule, you should try to maintain your weight on a regular level, the fact that body fat affects testosterone production already being proved by scientists. Surprisingly, a study made public in 2005 within the pages of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, signed by a team of researchers from Harbor University of California, revealed that a diet with fat intakes exceeding the ones of fiber positively influences this male hormone. Therefore, one should include fats in the menu but pay attention not to gain too much weight because of it. Healthy fats are more advisable, with nuts, fish and vegetable oils included.
As a more or less attractive bonus, onion is known to accelerate the production of a hormone called luteinizing, which, in turn, boosts testosterone levels.
Train your muscles
The correlation between testosterone and muscular mass considered, it becomes natural that working the muscles will have an effect in this direction. An impressive number of studies have been conducted for this purpose and the conclusion was that the more challenging an exercise is and the more muscle groups it solicits, the higher will be the increase of testosterone in the blood. However, forcing your body too much may have the opposite effect therefore it is recommended for the exercises to be established by a fitness trainer.
Cut off the alcohol
Another incontestable fact is the drop of testosterone within 24 hours after alcohol consumption. While this is a transitory effect in men who only drink occasionally, making a habit of alcohol consumption will affect your body on long term. In this circumstance, the idea that alcohol helps people potential who find it difficult to initiate intercourse is no longer very desirable.
Increase sexual activity
It may appear odd that loosing sex appetite is treatable by making sex more often, but as researches go, a simple erection leads to an increase of the male hormone. As a consequence, intercourse, the more often is experienced, the more will stimulate the body to produce testosterone.
This is probably by far the most appealing strategy to balance your hormones, but do not forget that a medical consult is necessary and the sooner you undergo it, the better it will be for your overall health.