9 EVIDENCE-BASED WAYS TO INCREASE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS
Gaining weight or feeling tired, weak and unmotivated can be symptoms of many things. Most people might guess they have something wrong with their metabolism or that they are just getting older. These guesses, however, may be quite incorrect – especially if the symptoms are attributed to “getting older.” Aging, it turns out, isn’t a simple process. It involves the slowing down of many of the body’s systems and the reduction of its hormone levels.
A deeper look reveals that the effects described in the first sentence of this article are actually symptoms of low testosterone levels rather than general aging, and these can be brought back up to par in a variety of ways if they aren’t too low. Once they’re back to their optimal levels, the symptoms disappear.
Here are some evidence-based ways to get them up to where they need to be:
Exercising, specifically involving lifting weights or doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) increases natural testosterone production. This works for the obese as well as those who are more fit. In fact, in obese people, exercising raises testosterone more than losing weight. That said, any weight loss efforts should continue to be pursued if they are needed.
Stress causes the body to produce cortisol, which is inversely connected to testosterone levels. That is to say that when one rises, the other falls. Cortisol also causes other issues that reduce testosterone in their own right, such as poor sleep and weight gain. Make sure to take time to unwind and let those cortisol levels drop.
Eat a Balanced Diet:
In recent years, the idea of choosing a balanced diet has tended to fall by the wayside. Omitting fats or carbohydrates from the diet is still the “in” thing. Raise your testosterone by ignoring these fads and making sure to consume carbs and fats as well as protein. All three play roles in optimizing testosterone levels.
Get More Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is essential for many bodily functions, yet deficiency of this nutrient is common. Take a supplement or increase your unprotected sun exposure (within reason) to raise your Vitamin D levels. Optimizing your D levels can raise your testosterone levels by up to 25 percent.
Take Other Common Supplements
While the benefits of multivitamins are subjects of heated debate, these debates usually center on things like whether or not they extend life. When it comes to testosterone and other male attributes, however, they may have more benefits. One study said that the zinc component of a multivitamin can boost both testosterone and sperm quality. Others say that vitamins A, C, and E play parts in testosterone production. Take a multivitamin to get all of these nutrients at once or subscribe to a custom vitamin service like Vitality Box to make this easier.
Get Plenty of Quality Sleep:
For some, this is easier said than done. Things that help include shutting off all alertness-increasing sources of entertainment, such as the TV and computer, a couple of hours before bedtime to let your mind become quieter. Also, be sure to use the bedroom only for sleep and sex. Having electronic entertainment or “active” distractions connected with it can cause you to automatically become alert thanks to prior mental associations with these things.
Avoid Estrogen-Like Compounds and Live a Healthy Life
From soy to BPA and parabens, it seems like the world is full of estrogen-like substances. While it is impossible to avoid them all, try to minimize your exposure to those that aren’t really necessary. One easy way to avoid some of the artificial ones is to minimize your use of plastics, harsh shampoos, and other sources of man-made estrogen-like compounds. When it comes to lifestyle, you’ll be glad to know that one suggested way to optimize your testosterone levels is to have more sex. Laughter, happiness, and success also boost the hormone. There are still some fun things that you should moderate, though. Too much alcohol or drugs – whether recreational or medical – can dampen testosterone production.
Take Natural Testosterone Boosters
Certain herbs are believed to increase testosterone production. The herb ashwagandha has had plenty of study, and is known to increase levels of the hormone in some men. The men in the study also had a large increase in sperm count and a decrease of cortisol. Other herbs, such as horny goat weed, shilajit, and ginger are also promising, despite having fewer studies involving them.
Get Testosterone Shots
Testosterone shots bring about an immediate boost in levels since they are injected right into your body. Our service makes it easy to get these shots than ever before. This saves you from having to take the time to visit a clinic every week. You also won’t have to keep track of pills like you would with herbal supplements. Because the dosage of our testosterone injections is tailored to meet your needs, you also won’t have to worry about whether or not you are increasing testosterone levels safely.
Getting started with our service is easy. Just make an appointment for a Vitality Rx nurse practitioner to come out and give you a physical evaluation. This evaluation includes a blood test, so we’ll know exactly what your current levels are and how much of an increase you need to reach your optimum level. Then, our medical director will look over the results and decide which dosage and length of treatment to prescribe. After that, we’ll send you a treatment kit once a month with everything you need right there in the package.
It is important to note that when we look at your blood test results, we don’t go by the answer to “what are normal testosterone levels for men.” Instead, we aim for the optimal level for you personally. This is essential to making you feel your best.
Take the first step to raising your testosterone levels by calling us at Vitality Rx here today. It’s time to turn the clock back on aging and regain your youth and vitality.