Testosterone is the predominant male hormone that is responsible for various desirable masculine traits and qualities. This characteristics and traits include higher energy levels and muscle mass, increased libido and improved cognition.
A man who has low levels of testosterone will usually have low energy levels, lack self-confidence, is easily irritated and depressed. There are also some health conditions that have been associated with low testosterone levels and these include anemia, obesity, diabetes and certain types of cardiovascular diseases. As such, it really is important for a man to have an optimum level of testosterone.
Men who are suffering from various symptoms of low testosterone can do certain activities that can help them boost their low T-levels. These effective and helpful activities include the following:
1. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every day. Make sure you get 7 to 8 hours of each night and try to nap during the day, if possible. Getting enough sleep has a strong correlation to having optimal testosterone levels. As such, this should be high on your priority list if you really want to increase your testosterone levels.
2. Be fit and stay fit. Studies have shown that the more body fat that you have, the more likely that your hormones are not normal. These same studies show that the more fat you carry, the lower your testosterone levels will be. Start going on a diet and begin an exercise program aimed at burning some of that excess fat and calories you are carrying.
3. Always begin your day with low carbohydrate or medium fat and high protein meal. Try to eat eggs or steak, along with some green vegetables or nuts during breakfast. Men who have switched from a carbohydrate-dominant breakfast to a high protein/moderate fat breakfast immediately report increase in energy, satiety and almost always end up having leaner bodies.
4. Eat more cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain indoles – a natural ingredient which has been shown to remove the bad estrogens from our body. They support alkalinity and keep inflammation down which will help promote a lean body, as well as overall health – both of which can help with boosting your testosterone levels.
5. Be mindful of and control your stress levels. Finally, having a high level of stress increases cortisol, and when cortisol is high, your testosterone is low. Putting some stress-management processes in place will help you keep you control and cope with your frustrations and anxiety, as well as improve your mental focus and well-being.
By Jim O Kelly