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testosterone replacement therapyIf you’ve been reading Hormone Therapeutics blogs and testosterone replacement therapy eBooks, you’re probably already completely aware of just how important testosterone is to male health. It boosts mental energy, physical energy, alertness, strength, sexual vitality, and just generally helps us live our lives better.

You might be wondering just how exactly it provides all these benefits, though. What’s the actual mechanism? What, precisely, does testosterone do?

The fact is, testosterone does all sorts of beneficial things in just about every part of the body. It’s a key hormone to maintaining our body systems, especially in men. Women actually also have small amounts of testosterone, but their bodies rely more on estrogen.

The importance of living with a fully functioning endocrine system has only really mattered this much in the past century as people are living longer due to improved medicine, sanitation and many other factors. 100 years ago the average life span was 48 and today it is 78 years. Many areas of the body do not hold up over time as well as others and require assistance like eye glasses, hearing aids or Lipitor. The same is true with balancing and optimizing the endocrine system through testosterone replacement therapy.

We now understand that a properly balanced endocrine system leads not just to the vanity aspects of it’s benefits but a healthier, happier, more eff­ective and longer life.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy – How It Works

So to satisfy your scientific curiosity, here’s a high-level rundown of what testosterone does in men, across each main part of the body.

testosterone-replacement-therapy-2The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is where our bodies produce hormones. It’s a series of glands distributed around various parts of the body that, as a whole, keep our hormone levels at their proper levels.

Testosterone is a hormone, so it’s also produced by the endocrine system. The process starts in the brain at the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus tells the pituitary gland what the body’s overall level of testosterone should be. The pituitary gland then directs the testicles and, to a lesser extent, the adrenal glands to actually produce the stuff­. This is called the HPA axis.

This is where Testosterone levels can be thrown off­. Typically, hypogonadism is to blame for low testosterone levels, and can cause a multitude of health problems. Although it’s normal for testosterone production to peak at 19 and drop gradually over time, about 1% per year after age 30, for some people it can fall too fast. In those cases, testosterone replacement therapy is indicated.

testosterone-replacement-therapy-3The Reproductive System

Testosterone production starts in male children surprisingly soon after conception. A seven-week old fetus has already developed enough to begin producing the hormone, as well as sperm.

If testosterone levels are too low later in life, a man can suff­er from erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, and even prostate problems. Its bad news, and it’s why testosterone replacement therapy is so important under the right circumstances for men in need of hormone balancing and testosterone supplementation.

testosterone replacement therapyPuberty

Testosterone is responsible for male puberty, as well. It’s the reason we start growing hair in new places, our voice (and other things) drop, and our muscles start to develop.

When boys start to notice girls, that’s the work of testosterone, and it carries through later in life. Low testosterone levels can impact our libido, and it’s actually a two-way street. Periods of minimal sexual activity can actually cause testosterone levels to drop in response, which can cause erectile dysfunction and lowered libido. It’s a snake that eats itself, and it’s best avoided.

testosterone replacement therapyThe Central Nervous System

The central nervous system is how our body communicates with itself. It’s a network that lets glands and organs communicate to trigger production of hormones, among other things. Hormones, including testosterone, have all kinds of e­ffects on the body and mind. Testosterone drives our competitiveness and self-esteem.

That means lowered testosterone levels can make us lose our motivation and spark. It can literally make us sad. Like sexual desire, it’s a two-way street. Engaging in competitive activities like sports can spike our testosterone, which in turn makes us more motivated to strive for success. Lowered testosterone can make us lose our motivation, and sitting around can further lower the testosterone levels.

testosterone replacement therapySkin and Hair

It starts at puberty. Hair starts growing in new and disturbing places. Pretty soon, we’ve got manly, hairy chests and armpits, as well as hair on points further south.

Testosterone is responsible for that, and lowered testosterone levels can have the opposite e­ffect. Our body hair might actually start to fall out if testosterone gets too low!

The other thing about puberty, acne, is also an eff­ect of testosterone. For that reason, you might need to stock up on some acne cream or gel when you’re undergoing testosterone replacement therapy. It’s a small price to pay for the benefits you’ll receive.

testosterone replacement therapyMuscles, Fat, and the Skeleton

Testosterone is a major factor in the development of our muscles, both size and strength. Testosterone levels work to improve our muscles in a few di­fferent ways.

  • It stimulates neurotransmitter production, which in turn tell our muscles to grow.
  • It tells the nuclear receptors in our DNA to synthesize protection.
  • It increases growth hormone levels

What that means overall is that testosterone makes strength training more e­ffective. If you’re been hitting the weights and not seeing much gain, low testosterone levels might be to blame. The male hormone is also important to our skeleton. It increases bone density, and it’s what makes our bone marrow manufacture red blood cells. If you have low testosterone production, you might actually become more brittle and prone to fractures.

Finally, testosterone is important to burning fat, and low levels can be responsible for a higher body fat percentage.

Overall, testosterone levels are vital to your physical health.

testosterone replacement therapyThe Circulatory System

Finally, testosterone is crucial to the health of our blood. As mentioned, it improves our red blood cell count, which is a positive because it carries more oxygen throughout our body. However, a physician needs to monitor and manage red blood cell and hematocrit levels to ensure blood does not get too viscous.

Some studies have shown that testosterone replacement therapy can also make our hearts healthier. These studies suggest that the hormone is eff­ective in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. It can even help destroy harmful clots.

Although testosterone replacement therapy shouldn’t be undergone lightly and without the advice of a medical professional, its benefits are becoming more and more apparent. If any of the symptoms and problems mentioned in this article ring a bell for you, get in touch with a doctor today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The proper, healthy Man Diet is absolutely key to not only good, sustainable health and longevity, but also to maintaining a viably productive and powerful testosterone level. And we say Man, because the nutritional facts are that we males require a distinctly di­ffering amount of similar foods than the fairer sex, while also requiring a diff­ering variety of the best testosterone boosting foods for our optimal testosterone health.

Seven Testosterone Boosting Foods You Should Include In Your Diet

Of course our Top 7 Superfoods are healthy and nutritious for everyone, but men in particular should pay special attention. Introduce these foods to your diet regimen, and you’ll feel the results right away.

testosterone-boosting-foods-1Testosterone Boosting Foods #1: Garlic

This Old School herb and Paleo-Superfood is perhaps one of the healthiest overall ingredients you can add to any diet regimen. Excellent as an immune system booster, garlic is an all-natural additive that has been shown to boost testosterone levels. In addition to its many health benefits, garlic is just plain delicious!

Pills and powders are OK, but eating real garlic is best.

 

testosterone boosting foodsTestosterone Boosting Foods #2: Coconuts

A key source of healthy monounsaturated fats, the delicious coconut will help boost your testosterone levels without packing on the blubber. In addition, you need not worry over any negative cardiovascular eff­ects from this hard-shelled, hairy nutrition monster. In smoothies, with desserts, in milks, coconuts are a reliable testosterone booster.

And don’t forget coconut oil as a cooking additive!

Testosterone Boosting FoodsTestosterone Boosting Foods #3: Avocados

A very simple equation is less cholesterol equals more testosterone, and the awesome avocado is a full of cholesterol-busting good fats that will allow the testosterone to grow, as well keep your arteries in good working order.

 

Testosterone Boosting FoodsTestosterone Boosting Foods #4: Grapes

Grape skins are loaded with all-important resveratrol (a plant-based polyphenol), which plays a crucial role in overall sperm health and motility with a corresponding increase in Testosterone levels. In addition, emerging research is finding that resveratrol, taken in large amounts, just may be a longevity super-additive. So eat grapes and live longer and healthier.

 

Testosterone Boosting FoodsTestosterone Boosting Foods #5: Red Meat

A very simple equation is less cholesterol equals more testosterone, and the awesome avocado is a full of cholesterol-busting good fats that will allow the testosterone to grow, as well keep your arteries in good working order.

 

Testosterone Boosting FoodsTestosterone Boosting Foods #6: Honey

An excellent sugar substitute, honey is loaded with nitric oxide and boron, an important testosterone boosting mineral. Nitric Oxide is the key ingredient to many ED drugs as it dilates the blood vessels and promotes better blood flow for an erection.

 

Testosterone Boosting FoodsTestosterone Boosting Foods #7: Eggs

As we previously mentioned, the Omega-3 rich egg is also a protein powerhouse and a sure testosterone firecracker!

 

 

 

Here is one extra one that doesn’t boost testosterone but helps you manage your Estrogen levels!!

Cabbage is rich in indole-3-carbinol, a metabolic chemical that e­ffectively flushes any floating estrogen from your system and as a result, lets your testosterone run wild. It doesn’t matter if your tastes run to kimchi or corned beef and cabbage. Just get that leafy goodness in you!

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Naturally increasing your testosterone level is a vital highway to health and well-being but if you’re currently stuck in life’s traffic and can’t seem to get to the testosterone on-ramp; here is a list of simple yet eff­ective natural testosterone booster hacks that will go a long way to increasing (and maintaining) your Testosterone Levels for life.

testosterone boosterNatural Testosterone Booster #1: Sleep In

We all know it’s healthy to get a solid 6-8 hours of sleep each night, but did you know just how important it is to your testosterone levels? Science has shown again and again that adequate sleep is absolutely crucial to your body’s recovery from the physical stresses of the day. Other studies have shown that sleeping less than 6 hours per night inhibit testosterone replenishment and muscular growth. This is why testosterone levels peak when you wake up and are lowest right before you fall asleep. If you have trouble sleeping, we recommend turning o­ff your computer and setting aside that tablet an hour before bed.

Set a reasonable bedtime allowing for about 8 hours of sleep, and stick to it.

testosterone-booster2Natural Testosterone Booster #2: Don’t Push Your Workout Too Hard

Although most people have a natural inclination to push themselves and go all-out during exercise, it is possible to overdo it. The intensity and duration of your workouts should be appropriate for your age and physical condition. As we age, our bodies respond di­fferently to intense workouts. The physical stress of too much exercise can actually have a detrimental eff­ect on our bodies, including testosterone levels. This phenomenon is known as overtraining and leads to increased risk of chronic injury and up to a 40% decrease in testosterone levels.

Exercise is an effective way to increase testosterone, but know your limits.

testosterone-booster3Natural Testosterone Booster #3: HIIT for Power

One way to maximize the e­ffects of your workouts while avoiding the risk of overtraining is High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT. During your workouts, alternate short bursts of fast, intense activity with resting periods of more relaxed activity. For example, alternate sprints with walking or slow jogging. The intervals can be very short depending on your condition, and usually a 2:1 ratio of high to low intensity is best.

An example HIIT workout: Run 30 seconds at a high intensity. Walk 15 seconds. Repeat for at least 20 minutes.

testosterone-booster4Natural Testosterone Booster #4: Eat Your Eggs

Protein is vital to testosterone growth and good, old-fashioned eggs are loaded with protein power, Omega-3 oils, T-Healthy zinc and huge levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol), that are essential for testosterone building.

Two eggs per day is plenty, and toss the butter and margarine. Olive oil is always preferred!

testosterone-booster5Natural Testosterone Booster #5: Cut the Sugar

That’s right, dump refined sugar right now, in all its forms! When blood sugar levels spike (like after you chug that energy drink) testosterone levels correspondingly decline (as much as 20-30%). If you’re riding the roller-coaster of refined sugar, you’re wreaking continuous havoc on your testosterone levels.

Do yourself a favor and toss the sweets and sodas!

testosterone-booster7Natural Testosterone Booster #6: Moderate your Booze Intake

Few things in life are more satisfying than a cold brew after a hard day’s work or workout. But excessive alcohol binges lower the body’s growth hormone levels even as they increase your cortisol levels, a double whammy of a testosterone hit.

Moderate alcohol intake is fine, but don’t binge drink!

testosterone-booster8Natural Testosterone Booster #7: Hit the Weights

In addition to your HIIT training, a reasonable regimen of weight training is an absolutely proven factor in reliably increasing your testosterone levels. In addition to its many other benefits (increased strength/muscle mass/flexibility, etc.), a recent Baylor University Research Study found that, in all subjects, testosterone levels peaked at only 48 hours post-weight training workout.

So hit the weights smartly and enjoy your next day surge!

testosterone-booster9Natural Testosterone Booster #8: Go Outside

Moderate and healthy exposure to the sun, that all-important source of Vitamin D (just 15-20 minutes per day will do the trick) can provide a rocket boost your testosterone levels. Of course, the prudent use of an SPF sunscreen is advised. We need sunlight every day to maintain levels of Vitamin D, testosterone, and our good mood.

Get at least 15-20 minutes of sunlight every day!

testosterone-booster6Natural Testosterone Booster #9: Dig into Good Fats

Good fats, on the other hand, like Omega-3 loaded fish, peanuts and avocadoes, are a powerhouse source of naturally testosterone boosting nutrition that will also provide all the clean energy that you need to burn during your day, and night.

Eat moderate amounts of healthy fats.

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Natural Testosterone Booster #10: Root for That Home Team

Humans are competitive and social animals, and indulging our love of sports, even vicariously on TV, gives us a great mental boost that can trigger testosterone increase. Studies have shown that testosterone levels can increase by as much as 20%, just by watching your team win. Go ahead and host that Monday Night Football party and feel free to throw on that jersey and cheer along. It’s healthy!

Sports are good for testosterone, even if you’re just spectating.

testosterone-booster11Natural Testosterone Booster #11: Rev Up the Romance

Sex, love, and romantic relationships have all kinds of great e­ffects on the mind and body. Testosterone is a sex hormone, after all, so of course levels increase when we’re really feeling it with someone. The benefits of healthy sex life will magnify the quality of your all-natural testosterone increase.

Everybody’s happier!

 

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Patient Question: With so many different workouts, how do I pick the right one for me?

Answer: The workout for you is whatever workout you’ll do — even if it’s not the most effective. That because if you enjoy doing it then you’re more likely to stick with it, and that’s the most important ingredient for losing weight and improving your fitness, says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., CEO of Men’s Health StreamFit.

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FAQ: What is the right exercise me?

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