December 04, 2019 2 min read

Testosterone will always be a hot subject for men of all ages and that’s because as a man ages the body’s natural testosterone production begins to decline. 

It’s important for you to understand that testosterone is vital to your overall health and well being. 

Low testosterone can affect a man’s sex drive, muscle mass, bone mass, energy levels, mental health, confidence, and more. 

To better understand the role testosterone plays in your health we first need to understand it’s role in evolutionary terms.   

It’s actually pretty simple

Every species is designed to procreate and replicate to survive. It’s a process that is biologically programmed into the system so the species doesn’t go extinct.

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone the endocrine system produces to keeps humans reproducing. Both men and women produce it but in women, it’s significantly less.

Testosterone levels vary by age, but a landmark study of more than 9,000 men around the world defined reference ranges of testosterone in healthy non-obese men to be between 264 and 916 nanograms per deciliter, you can read about it here. 

Red flag signs of low testosterone include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Unexplained and sudden hair loss
  • Erectile dysfunction 
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Fatigue 
  • Lack of motivation 
  • Loss of focus and concentration

 …But age isn’t the only thing that lowers testosterone.

What else contributes to low testosterone?

Like everything else nature isn’t the only thing to blame, in fact, lifestyle factors contribute significantly to testosterone decline as well.  

Lifestyle risk factors include: 

  • Lack of sleep
  • Low-quality diet (refined sugar, refined carbs, dairy
  • Being overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Low Vitamin D
  • Unmanaged stress
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Processed vegetable oils
  • Prescription medications

Fortunately for us, science is always evolving and looking for answers to these age-old problems so we may live to be strong and healthy for much longer than ever before. For years it was believed the only way to combat declining testosterone was to call the doctor for a prescription, but nothing could be further from the truth. 

You have a lot of control

Like everything else with your health, it’s not as complicated as many make it out to be, and it all starts with deciding to take your health seriously. 

What you can do to keep your natural testosterone production pumping: 

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat healthy, specifically plenty of whole foods.
  • Get plenty of exercise, more specifically strength training.
  • Get lots of sunshine, or supplement with Vitamin D3 if you can’t sun naturally
  • Take an active role in managing your stress on a daily basis by learning breathing and meditation techniques.
  • Stop eating processed foods
  • Have more sex.

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