Most GPs on a daily basis meet patients with the problem of low testosterone. Most men out of sheer ignorance have kept this home-shattering ailments to themselves up until their home is broken into pieces. Man up!
This is a very interesting topic for men with low libido – who struggle to satisfy their partner and maintain a healthy marital sexual relationship.
What is Hormone?
Hormone is a chemical substance in the body that is synthesised in the endocrine glands. These chemical substances control most of the body processes or functions ranging from sleep, hunger to reproduction, emotions and mood.
What is Testosterone
Testosterone is a steroid hormone produced in the testes by the Leydig cells and is what makes a man – what gives a man dignity and respect at least physically. Testosterone’s chemical formula is C19H28O2.
Realistically speaking it is the powerhouse behind a man’s sex drive and it’s responsible for development of male secondary sexual characteristics – the transformational changes that occur during his puberty stage such as hoarseness of the voice, increase in size of the penis, enlargement of the muscle, appearance of chest hair, boost in testicular development and size, etc.
Testosterone alone does not cause an erection, but it stimulates receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide – a molecule that helps trigger an erection.
Testosterone belongs to a class of hormone called androgen which is the generic term for synthetic compound that triggers and controls the development of masculine characteristics in vertebrates by binding to androgen receptors. Testosterone is not the only hormone of androgen, research studies have discovered other androgen hormones which are dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) – C19H28O2, androstenedione (Andro) – C19H26O2 , androstenediol – C19H30O2, androsterone – C19H30O2, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – C19H30O2.
The Brutal Fact about Testosterone
Some men believe that when they age that their testosterone level should also be gradually declining. Some believe that this is a misnomer or rather a misconception as most men even become sexually active when they age.
The crucial fact about ageing is that everything – body cells, hormones, organs, etc – both inside and outside your body gradually declines which is natural. That is one of the 7 characteristics of a living organism – ability to change and respond to changes to the environment – with gradual decline resulting in cell apoptosis – cell death which is inevitable.
If you’re a football fan you must have observed that footballers’ speed tend to be at peak between 16 – 24 years and seemingly decline when they get to 30 years. No matter what they do, their football performance/speed will reduce. But this varies from individual footballers to another.
A recent study on testosterone for the aging male shows that serum free and total testosterone levels also fall with normal ageing. According to a study by New England Journal of Medicine has it that testosterone concentrations in men decrease with increasing age.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Low Sex Drive
This is the obvious reason most men give unwarranted excuses to their marital partner while in bed. If it is not headache, it may be migraine, or stomach rumblings, or fatigue, etc. They have lost the sexual drive to comfortably make love and satisfy their legal partner. The urge is no longer there and usually some folks take alcohol as a temporary booster just to get the needed urge to play fun.
When Testosterone level is relatively below the normal range, you may be experiencing difficulty in having an erection. Most times you see men complaining of weak or partial erection or experiencing spontaneous erection during sleep. These are associated with deficiency of testosterone. But it’s left for you to visit your GP or go for a medical test in order to determine the precise cause of your problem.
Delay or low accentuation of male characteristics like failure of the voice to deepen, enlarged chest and inability of testes and penis to enlarge are all associated with low or deficiency of testosterone.
Low Semen Volume
Low testosterone could result in the release of less semen during ejaculation. Different men produce different levels of semen during ejaculation and scientists have discovered that it is not an exact science. Some say it is normal to fluctuate which is attributed to certain factors such as particular medication, depression, age and previous surgical procedure.
When men age, there is tendency to loss their hair – bald. Balding in men could be caused by some factors but the main principal cause of balding in men is due to genetic factors. Sudden hair loss may signal lack of testosterone deficiency.
Loss of Muscle Mass
You’re a gym-regular visitor but nothing seem to change and every part of your muscle look still with no sign of enlargement. In fact, it looks as if you were losing muscle instead of gaining.
Increase in Body Fat
Studies suggest that testosterone deficiency is associated with an increased fat mass (in particular central adiposity – accumulation of subcutaneous fat under the skin and visceral fat around the organs of peritoneal cavity.
Decrease in Bone Mass
Lack or deficiency of testosterone could be caused by bone thinning or osteoporosis – a disease that makes the bone susceptible to fracture. Men with low androgen level are more likely to have bone fractures compared to men living with normal testosterone level.
Research suggest that men with low level of testosterone suffer depression, mood problem and lack of concentration. Men tend to be disappointed or deeply worried when they could not satisfy their partner which could cause mental or psychological imbalances.
Natural Body Hacks to Boost Testosterone Level
Eat Healthy Fat
It is a misnomer to think that eating fat is not good for the body. It depends on the ratio of the fat you eat and the type of fat you eat. To increase testosterone level, you should include dietary fat in your diet which include not only mono- and polyunsaturated fats but also saturated fats which are essential for improving testosterone levels.
N/B: Fats are a group of chemical compounds that contain fatty acids. Fat is stored as energy in the body and produces essential fatty acids. Fat is formed when 3 fatty acid molecules react with glycerol molecule to yield a triglyceride and 3 water molecules.
Polyunsaturated fatty (PUFAs) are fatty acids in which the constituent hydrocarbon chain contains more than one double bond as show below. E.g. omega fatty-acids (3,6,7,9), safflower oil, flaxseed oil, light spreads, walnut oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, margarine, soybean oil etc.
Saturated fatty-acids (SFAs) – from a biochemical standpoint, SFAs are fat molecules with the fatty acids containing single bonds. They are called oil at room temperature e.g. red meat, butter, coconut oil, palm oil, dark chocolate, egg yolks, cheese, whole milk, etc.
Stay lean: Do Regular Resistance Training
Regular exercise undoubtedly increase testosterone level and then put the body into a better shape. By regular exercise, we do not only mean spending hours in the gym lifting weights but finding time to engage in aerobic exercise or cardio exercise which pumps oxygen to working muscles via oxygenated blood by the heart on a daily basis.
These could be walking a long distance or running miles away from your house, playing lawn tennis, mountaineering, ploughing the snow/mowing the lawn, chopping trees, and other sorts of recreational stuff.
The fitter you are the better your sexual performances and better semen parameters and hormone values than sedentary men.
Get Enough Sleep
Some people work so hard that they deprive themselves of sleep with stark ignorance of the dire consequences of sleep. Sleep is one of the underrated aspects of a healthy life and its impact on boosting testosterone, boosting Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and, by and large, improving the immune system cannot be overlooked.
The brutal fact is the fatigue associated with sleep disorders kills sex libido, lowers your energy and just kills your stamina level. Research conducted by Asian J Androl asserts that increase in testosterone level is as a result 3 sleep dependent factors rather than from the circadian rhythm.
Water contains hydrogen and oxygen molecules (H20) and is vitally important in building and maintaining body processes. Drinking more water keeps the well-hydrated and has a key role in helping the body to burn calories, keeps the cells spiced up and improves cognitive abilities and mood.
A study suggests that growth hormone levels are dramatically reduced when the body is in a state of dehydration which is a justifiable reason to drink plenty of water during exercise.
Limit or Eliminate Sugar from Your Diet
Most men are so addicted that they cannot do without sugar. High intake of sugar leads to high insulin level another factor leading to low testosterone.
In neuroscience, the body derives pleasurable emotion when we eat sugar. The process occurs because the sugar triggers a natural process that occurs in the brain via dopamine and opioid signals.
Consume Testosterone Boosting Ingredients
There are a variety of of testosterone boosting supplements. We will be looking at a few key natural herbs you could easily spot on the shelves of supermarket or pharmaceutical shops or in a Chinese herbal shop.
Horny Goat Weed is a herb derives from a flowering plant that grows in the Mediterranean Asia. Most Chinese use it as an aphrodisiac and most Westerners have mimicked the idea of using it as a libido booster.
Horny Goat weed contains icariin which has inhibitory effect on PDE-5 enzyme. Even it is not as powerful as PDE blocker for Cialis or Viagra, it has some proven beneficial effects on erectile health and libido.
According to a study on the erectogenic and neurotrophic effects of icariin, it was discovered that icariin increases blow flow in the nerve tissues and around the pelvic ganglia
Ginger is commonly used as a spice and has been found to reduce nausea and increase erectile healthiness.
Ginseng – is often referred to as mother of all herbs in traditional Chinese medicine and is found to be a promising agent in maintaining sexual fitness in man. Studies have shown that there is a positive correlation among ginseng, libido, and copulatory performances.
Paederia Foetida is a flowering plant that grows in Asia, Hawaii, Polynesian Islands that produces sulphurous odour. Study with Extracts of Paederia Foetida leaves suggests that it can increase sexual potency but there was no direct conclusion regarding testosterone levels in the body.
Vitamin D is popularly known as the sunshine vitamin. It could be found naturally in fish and eggs and is regarded as one of the essential vitamins. This study discovered that there is a positive correlation between vitamin D and testosterone.