Testosterone is a powerful male hormone, which is responsible for major functions in the male body, like sex drive, muscle building capacity, bone density, mood swings, etc.
How does testosterone work?
Testosterone is a hormone which controls male physical feature. It is produced majorly in the male sex organs (testicles) and adrenal glands (a small amount is produced).
It’s a hormone that turns a boy into a man. The testosterone level in the male body reaches its peak when they are begun to enter puberty. Results can be seen in various forms like:
- Deepening of voice
- Growth of penis and testicles
- Facial and body hairs
- Bone gets stronger
- Muscle development
Testosterone levels are at their peak at the age of 20 to 30 and then it starts to decline after the age of 30. Pituitary glands control the level of testosterone level in the male body, when your testosterone level gets low, these pituitary glands release a signal to create more testosterone.
Testosterones are actually of 3 types:
- SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin)
- Free testosterone.
Benefits of high testosterone
- It helps in fighting depression
- Helps decreasing body fat %
- Sharper mind
- Healthy heart
- Strong Erection
- High libido
- Stronger Bones
- You feel energetic
- Increased muscle development
Signs of low testosterone
If you are experiencing these signs then your body might be experiencing low testosterone levels.
Signs of low testosterone:e
- Low libido
- Lack of sex drive
- Mood swings
- Thinning of hairs
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass and High body fat%
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Testosterone levels by age
Testosterone levels differ at every stage of the body, the body regulates the optimum level of testosterone production according to its need.
Testosterone levels also differ in the different daytime. at some time of day your testosterone level might be at its peak and at some time, it might be at the lowest. Here is a chart displaying the different testosterone levels at different times.
Now let’s discuss the testosterone levels at different age:
Testosterone levels while in the womb:
Testosterone performs an important role in shaping the development of the fetus, it also helps in masculinizing the brain and male reproductive system
Testosterone levels while early infancy:
Early infancy testosterone levels are least understood, within the first week after birth of a male infant his testosterone level rises. The reason for this rise in testosterone level is still unknown. After 5-6 months of birth, infant testosterone dips down to a barely detectable level.
Testosterone levels while reaching Puberty:
Testosterone levels reach to its peak when a boy enters puberty. This is the phase when a boy starts to develop manly characteristics. There can be a significant number of changes that happen to the male body at this point. Like: facial hairs, deepening of the voice, growth in height, muscle development, broadening of shoulders, etc.
This rise stays at its peak until the age of 30, after that testosterone levels start going down by 1% every year.
Treatment of low testosterone
Treatment of low testosterone varies from natural remedies to testosterone replacement therapy. For most men who are below 45 years of age, their testosterone levels can be optimized naturally, but some of them have to go through testosterone replacement therapy to get their testosterone levels back. Let’s discuss the treatment of low testosterone levels.
Lifestyle change can be an effective way to boost your testosterone naturally, with the modern lifestyle we have been doing many things wrong on daily basis.
- Quit smoking– Let’s just admit it, it’s doing no good to your body. Smoking is just an addiction that needs to be sorted before it gets worst. It’s been proven that smoking has very adverse effects on your testosterone levels.
- Daily exercise– Daily exercise won’t just help you in shedding few extra pounds but it will also help in elevating testosterone levels.
- Alcohol consumption– Go easy on your alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol can cause testosterone to be converted into estrogen. This will result in low testosterone levels.
- Sugar- Consuming excess sugar results in a spike in insulin, which ultimately kills your growth hormone
Meditation and yoga
The most basic ingredient that you need for optimum production of testosterone is stress-free life.
Studies had found that stress has a direct correlation with your testosterone level. Higher stress leads to a higher cortisol level. Cortisol is a hormone that interrupts the production of testosterone.
Meditation and yoga can be a great aid for low testosterone levels. Meditation and yoga help in relieving daily stress.
Testosterone booster food
Natural herbs have been used by our ancestors for hundreds of years. Whether you call them food or herbs, they have proven the ability to boost up testosterone levels naturally.
Some herbs are proven to have excellent aphrodisiac properties. They help in improving libido, curing erectile dysfunction, and boosting testosterone levels.
Ashwagandha, Gokshura, Ginger extracts, Horny goat weed, Kapikachu, Shilajit, Dark Chocolate, etc are a few examples of natural testosterone booster herbs.
Research has found supplementing with 3000 IU of vitamin D3 can boost up your testosterone level up to 25%.
I don’t understand why vitamin D is considered a vitamin, for me, it’s a real steroid hormone that plays a very important part in sperm production. You can always get a daily dose of vitamin D from the best natural source, by spending 30-40 minutes in direct sunlight or you can get your daily dose of Vitamin D through oral supplementation.
While concentrating on every aspect to boost your testosterone levels, don’t forget to detoxify the liver. A study has shown the decline in testosterone in patients with liver diseases. A healthy liver plays an essential role in maintaining a good amount of testosterone level.
Some foods can help you in detoxifying your liver. Garlic, Grapefruit, Beetroot, Green tea, Leafy green veggies, Olive oil, Apple.
Good sleep is another important aspect of a healthy testosterone level. An independent study has proven that people who slept less than 5 hours in a day have reported a 15% reduction in their testosterone levels.
Good sleep is responsible for your mental and physical health.
Testosterone replacement therapy
This is the last and proven way to elevate testosterone levels in the male body.
If a man has symptoms of low testosterone and he is diagnosed with abnormally low testosterone levels then natural ways might not rescue the patient, and the doctor may refer to testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone replacement therapy is a technique through which artificial testosterone hormone is injected into your body. Testosterone replacement therapy is also common within the community of bodybuilding. Although it has its own side effects but is an effective way to elevate the level of growth hormone.