Testosterone is a vital hormone for both men and women. Responsible for a
variety of bodily functions, from building muscle and bone mass to assisting
with sperm production and boosting sex drive, testosterone helps us retain
strength and vitality. When the body doesn’t make enough testosterone, there
can be serious repercussions.
What causes low testosterone?
There are several conditions that can cause low testosterone in men. Type 2
diabetes, obesity, hormonal imbalances, hormonal disorders, and infections can
all affect testosterone levels. In addition, if the person has chronic medical
conditions such as liver or kidney disease, testosterone levels may lag.
Getting the treatment you need
when you notice testosterone levels dipping is essential to your overall
health and well-being.
What are the symptoms?
A slight decrease in testosterone after age 30 is normal. However, if you’re
experiencing some of these symptoms on a regular basis, it’s important to talk
to your doctor right away to determine if your testosterone levels are too
low. -Insomnia or sleep disturbances -Increased body fat and reduction in
muscle mass or strength -Loss of hair -Reduced sexual drive -Erectile
dysfunction -Fatigue -Worsening of congestive heart failure -Depression
-Worsening of sleep apnea -Infertility
How is it diagnosed?
Low testosterone occurs when a man’s testosterone levels (T-levels) have
fallen below a level of approximately 300 ng/dL. Your doctor will use a blood
test to determine if testosterone levels are in a healthy range for your body.
How is Low Testosterone treated?
Some natural ways of boosting your testosterone levels include:
Ruling out other medical issues: Before all else, make sure
your decreased levels are not a symptom of an underlying problem. Decreased
testosterone production can occur due to various medical issues or severe
injury. Go over any medications you are currently taking (or have recently
taken) or treatments you are receiving to see whether they inhibit hormonal
Changing your diet: While eating clean and balanced is
always helpful in assisting your body with proper functioning, adding foods
high in zinc to your diet can specifically assist it in creating
testosterone. Snacks high in selenium, including sunflower seeds, are also
helpful, as are foods rich in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to
low testosterone levels, so getting this nutrient from natural sources or
supplements is essential.
Adjusting sleep habits: A lack of sleep can affect proper
production of hormones in your body, testosterone included. Eight hours is
ideal, but try to get seven at the very least. If you have difficulty
falling asleep, you may need to consider changing some of your habits to
improve this, such as eliminating television an hour before bed, meditating,
changing the music you listen to and scheduling physical activity for
earlier in the day. It has also been shown that removing ambient light like
those produced by phones and chargers can also improve quality of sleep.
Smoking and alcohol: Removing toxins from your lifestyle
improves your health exponentially. The energy spent clearing toxins from
your body requires enormous amounts of energy to maintain. Once these toxins
are eliminated, your system can begin to focus more energy on regulating
your hormone levels.
Get moving: A sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to the
body’s signal system. The more active you are, the more signals your brain
sends to the rest of your body that hormone production is needed. Include a
few half-hour sessions of cardio and strength training into your week for
Get zen: When you are overextended or overwhelmed, your
body creates cortisol, a stress hormone. The production of cortisol impedes
your body’s ability to create other hormones. Find ways to remove stress
triggers in your life and engage in relaxing activities.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy: This 100% natural
method is a leading method of treating low testosterone, naturally. The
difference between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and synthetic
hormone replacement therapy involves the chemical structure of the hormone
molecules. Unlike their synthetic cousins, bioidentical hormone molecules
exactly match the structure of your naturally-occurring hormone molecules.
Using hormones that do not exactly match the molecular structure of the
hormones you are replacing can cause unwanted side effects and health
Bioidentical hormones can be absorbed by your body in one of two ways, all
available at Water’s Edge Natural Medicine:
Gels: These gels are applied directly to the skin and are
absorbed through it. They are available in single application packages or
Injections: Testosterone can be administered through direct
Looking for the best method? All of the above! Treating low testosterone
involves healing the whole person, from reducing stress and toxins to seeking
out natural medical care to replace lost hormones. If you are experiencing
symptoms of low testosterone, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Our
physicians at Water’s Edge Natural Medicine are here to help.
Contact us today!