When it comes to hormones, testosterone is considered the king hormone. In males, testosterone is produced mainly in the testicles. In women, testosterone is produced in the ovaries although in much smaller amounts. Testosterone production in the body begins significantly increasing in the late teens and starts to decline after the age of 30. Testosterone is the primary sex hormone, and it has a huge effect on your muscle mass and bone density, body fat levels, mood and red blood cell production.
Low testosterone levels can cause a wide variety of symptoms including weight gain, low sex drive, low energy, depression and low self-esteem. While testosterone levels naturally decline as you age, there are multiple ways you can boost your testosterone levels to maintain optimal levels of this critical hormone.
Signs & Symptoms of Low-Testosterone:
- Little interest in sex (low libido)
- Unable to sustain or get an erection
- Unable to build muscle
- Lethargy, weakness & overall low energy levels
- Inability to concentrate
- Low motivation
- Unexpected weight gain
- Hair loss
- Decreased strength during exercise
- Signs of gynecomastia, an abnormal increase in breast tissue size
- Declining muscle and bone mass
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
- Painful intercourse
If you’re experiencing at least 3 of the above symptoms on a consistent basis, meaning they’re present daily, and you’ve been experiencing them for more than a few weeks, go see your doctor for a testosterone level blood test, then adopt the following steps…
How to Boost Your Natural Testosterone Levels:
- Reduce Your Stress Levels
In today’s fast paced, hurried society, reducing your stress levels can be easier said than done. We worry about our jobs and children and we stress over finances and relationships. Research has shown that being chronically stressed out increases your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that your body releases in small amounts during the day in response to different stimulus. However, chronically elevated cortisol levels can quickly cause your testosterone levels to plummet.