TESTOSTERONEWhy it Matters
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the dominant sex hormone in men, and it plays a leading role in sexual and reproductive development. It is produced in the testes.
What Does Testosterone Do?
Testosterone is a key player in a man’s overall well-being. It affects multiple aspects of the male body from physical strength and sexual function to mood, motivation and energy. The hormone is what the body uses to create the reproductive system in a male before he is born. It is also what brings the deepening of the voice, increased size of the penis and testes, and the growth of facial and body hair during puberty. Essentially, it is responsible for the biological factors people tend to believe make a man “manly.” It also instigates the sex drive, sperm production and maintains the body’s muscle mass and fat distribution.
What constitutes low testosterone mystifies many. Levels vary vastly among individuals and can be affected by the time of day.
The following factors may indicate low testosterone:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may be suffering from low testosterone levels.
Effects of Testosterone in Men
+ Promotes development of muscle mass and tone
+ High levels tend to help the body burn fat
+ Enhances the libido and heightens sexual potency
+ Increases assertiveness and self-confidence
+ Causes the male sex organs to form
+ Promotes mass and maintenance of the bones
+ Stimulates red blood cell production
+ Promotes sperm health
+ Increases metabolism
+ Protects heart health
Common Testosterone Problems
Who Can Benefit from Testosterone Replacement?
There are a number of reasons why men might consider using a natural, bioidentical testosterone booster. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve multiple aspects of your health and wellness. You may consider this treatment if you have:
Testosterone & Age
Starting around age 30, your testosterone levels gradually decrease as you grow older. This decline in testosterone is most significantly noticeable around age 40, where your levels are about half of what they were at your peak. You may notice this decline in symptoms such as lethargy, depression, loss of libido and muscle mass, and more. These collective symptoms are known as andropause.
Traditional vs. Natural Methods
Traditional physicians may not provide you with all the tools necessary to truly better your situation.
Some common quick fixes doctors tend to provide are prescriptions for:
But you should think twice before opting for these drugs. These pharmaceuticals do not address what’s likely the underlying cause of your health issues: a hormonal imbalance.
If you suspect you have low T, ask your doctor for a testosterone level test. However, remember that your lab result is just a number, and a “normal range” doesn’t mean you are necessarily where you need or want to be with your health. If you experience the symptoms of low testosterone, don’t rule out testosterone treatment just because the doctor says your level is “normal.” Find a doctor who will listen to your symptoms.
Consider turning to natural alternatives before taking pharmaceutical drugs or ignoring the problem. Look for a doctor that won’t stop searching until you have reached your ideal quality of life. There are many different natural alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs that should be evaluated, including:
+ Vitamins and Minerals
+ Healthy Diet
+ Regular Exercise
+ Hormone Replacement
Natural hormone replacement involves replenishing your depleted testosterone with bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are just like the hormones your body naturally produces. This type of treatment restores healthy testosterone levels.
The Bottom Line
Whether you are in your 30s or over 50, a decline in testosterone levels happens naturally. If you are experiencing a decreased sex drive, constant fatigue, lack of motivation, or just miss the energetic, driven man you used to be, your testosterone levels should be closely evaluated, not just shrugged off.
If you don’t feel your best, don’t settle. Being in the normal range for your age does not mean your testosterone levels are where they should be for you personally. It just means you are in the normal range of other men your age. These men are likely experiencing the same symptoms of decline as you. There are natural and safe ways to thrive again. Don’t allow yourself to just be another number or statistic. Do the research, find the right doctor, and together make a plan that safely brings your zest flooding back. It is possible to feel stronger, more driven, energetic, and overall more youthful.