Low testosterone symptoms causes: a list of things to avoid to prevent androgen (male hormone) deficiency and increase your available T levels. This benefits male and female sexual health.
In addition, healthy testosterone bestows a long list of health benefits to both. men and women. Cardiovascular health, beautiful skin, strong bones, joints and muscles and brain health are just a few.
Low Testosterone symptoms can affect women as well as men. While women produce far less Testosterone than men, T is as vital for female orgasmic response as it is for male erectile potency. The same things that compromise hormonal balance in men are important for women to be aware of as well.
If you suffer any of the low testosterone symptoms below, you will want to find out the causes. Achieving peak male potency or female responsiveness in most cases consists of changing your lifestyle. Boosting your T hormone levels happens when supported by desire, knowledge and commitment.
Obvious Low Testosterone symptoms: in men, erections are not full and hard; in women, poor orgasmic responsiveness; in both sexes, low or no libido, difficulty building muscle no matter how much you exercise, loss of muscle, excess fat, lack of muscular strength and endurance.
Less obvious Low Testosterone symptoms: low energy, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, increased blood pressure, lack of concentration, poor memory, depression, low thyroid, insulin resistance, vascular disease (shown to have a direct correlation with sugar handling problems (insulin resistance) and erectile dysfunction.
Aging: We ride the wave of full hormone production during teens through late 20's. It is easier to 'get away with' poor diet and lifestyle choices. This is less true the older we get. To maintain vitality, healthy libido and sexual response as we get older requires knowledge, care and consistency in avoiding T-killers and embracing healthy habits.
Alcohol consumption: More than very moderate drinking is a very common cause of low testosterone symptoms. What constitutes 'very moderate drinking?' A few beers or a glass of wine couple times a week - you get the idea.
For peak erectile power or womans' orgasmic capacity, relegate alcohol consumption to the 'back of the bus,' and use your strength of will and desire to pursue a superbly healthy lifestyle.
The next item, insulin resistance, also relates to alcohol, since all alcoholic beverages are 'super-carbs' and therefore more devastating to male potency than sugar.
Insulin resistance: Blood sugar problems are closely associated with lack of potency and sexual difficulties in women. Many men and women find that closer adherence to a Paleo diet with healthy animal protein and fat is a major factor in recovering sexual health.
Low protein, low fat, high complex carb diet: More of the same - not a good idea for most of us. However, we all vary in our individual needs, so more complex carbohydrates are OK for some people who are 'Fast Metabolizers.'
To find out if you are a Fast or Slow Metabolizer, you may want to consider a Hair Analysis Test.
Fasting: Yes, you read that right! While clean eating is good, fasting is not as 'healthy' as advertised. There are many reasons for this, but one is that it compromises hormone production - thyroid and testosterone in particular.
Fasting by any name is voluntary starvation. Your body wisdom tells it to conserve energy, so it 'lowers the thermostat' by cutting thyroid hormone and testosterone production. I have fasted extensively in the past, so am no stranger to the idea that it is healthy. However, upon meeting many others who had been fasting longer than I - I was surprised how many of them were sorely lacking in real vitality.
Testosterone production is curtailed in extended (more than a day or two) fasts. Since Testosterone is necessary for the efficient burning of body fat, the lowering of testosterone during a fast actually defeats the purpose of the fast, leaving you with less ability to lose weight.
For most people, fasting is not really a good idea - except on a very limited basis.
Prescription drugs: Especially SSRI's such as Prozac and other drugs that interfere with normal neurotransmitter function, statins, blood pressure medications - and many others, can result in low testosterone symptoms. You will want to research side effects of such drugs and discuss lowest dose and natural alternatives with your doctor.
*Also, it can be dangerous to suddenly stop taking certain drugs. Again, this is something you want to research and discuss with your doctor.*
Recreational drugs: Despite heated arguments to the contrary, the ultimate effect of long term recreational drug use is compromised libido and erectile potency.
The huge outpouring or neurotransmitters such as Dopamine and Serotonin typical of drug 'highs' drains your neurotransmitter resources. Neurotransmitters play a huge part in sexual health. The consequences of drug abuse are very similar to adrenal fatigue, in which stress drains adrenal hormones that help us cope with emergencies and stress - until we are so depleted we can no longer handle ANY stress.
In addition, sugar handling and metabolic balance tend to become deranged with drug use.
Poor sleep habits: Staying up many hours after sunset with artificial light and overstimulation of computers, TV and other such devices is not what you want to do if peak testosterone is your goal.
In an ideal world, you would go to sleep shortly after sunset and wake at dawn. Getting to sleep by 10:00 pm and shutting off internet, TV and i-Pads etc. at least 40 minutes prior to lying down may seem a strange idea. If so, you probably need to do this more than most people.
Environmental Toxins: Many toxic elements compromise our hormonal output and can cause low testosterone symptoms.
Detoxification contributes greatly help restore male potency and enhance female libido and sexual response. You will want to explore the many options from mild to wild, which I explain in depth in other sections of this site.
Low Testosterone Symptoms can become a thing of the past with the foundation of healthy lifestyle and the addition of some specific protocols suited to your individual needs.
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