There are a number of troubling symptoms associated with low testosterone levels, or Low T. These include mood swings, fatigue, decreased sex drive and irritability. Many men considering testosterone therapy may not realize that, in addition to following a hormone replacement program, there are a few things you can try at home to keep T levels high.
1. Ditch the Stress
Like so many other health concerns, stress levels are a major factor when it comes to hormone production. When the body is under stress, the fight-or-flight response kicks in and cortisol levels increase. Higher cortisol levels actually block the effects of testosterone in the body. Playing a little hooky to relax and enjoy the gorgeous San Diego beaches can help help augment the hormone treatment provided by our bioidentical hormone doctors.
2. Lose the Six Pack
No, we’re not talking about getting rid of your abdominal muscles… quite the opposite, in fact. Drinking too much beer can lower your testosterone levels. Hops, one of the ingredients used for brewing malt beverages, has an estrogenic effect that boosts estrogen levels. That’s the opposite direction you’d like your hormones to go. Switching to wine instead won’t affect your hormones, and might even help your heart health.
3. Get in Shape
If you’re overweight, then you already know you’re not in optimum health. Carrying around all those extra pounds can contribute to a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. In one study, up to 40 percent of obese men had low testosterone levels.
Taking care of yourself is really the best way to keep your testosterone high. Make health one of your top priorities, and you’ll be amazed at the changes you experience in your body.