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As men age, one problem they will encounter is their testosterone levels will begin to decline. Low testosterone is associated with decreased energy, lower sex drive, and it becomes harder to gain or retain muscle and easy to store fat. Fortunately, there are several ways to increase your testosterone and feel better.
Modify Your Diet
There are several foods that can have a positive influence on your testosterone levels. You should aim to include foods that increase testosterone or ones that have anti-estrogen effects, since estrogen can oppose testosterone. Just as it is important to use food as a method of increasing testosterone, you should also be cautious about the foods you unknowingly eat that may have phytoestrogens. For example, soy is a popular food source to enhance estrogen. Since soy is commonly found in foods, protein powders, and as a milk substitute, you must read labels carefully. Some common testosterone-boosting foods include egg yolks and shellfish. Vegetables, such as mushrooms and broccoli, can also boost testosterone production.
Regular exercise and the types of exercises you perform have several benefits related to testosterone. First, minimizing excess body fat will help increase your testosterone, because fat increases the production of estrogen. Additionally, you will want to incorporate more weight training, since the addition of muscle can help with testosterone production. Muscle mas is closely related to your diet. Since building larger muscles is often correlated with higher testosterone levels, you will need to be diligent about your dietary intake of testosterone-boosting foods in order to achieve significant muscle growth.
Consider Hormone Replacement
Depending on your age and degree of testosterone decline, lifestyle changes may not be enough to alleviate symptoms. It may be time to consider speaking with your doctor about hormone replacement options. Your doctor will use a blood test to measure your hormone levels and determine if your symptoms are truly related to decreased testosterone. If you are determined to have low testosterone, you will likely be prescribed a low-dose treatment. Since all forms of hormone therapy have risks, it is important to only use the minimal effective dose to alleviate symptoms without causing new problems. For men who have a strong family history of heart disease and/or prostate cancer, hormone replacement therapy may pose an unreasonable risk.
Changes in your level of testosterone are a normal part of aging, but it does not have to cause significant problems. Lifestyle changes should be your first step to improve your testosterone levels. In some cases, adding hormone replacement therapy can be what you need to improve your quality of life. For more information, talk to a professional like Modern Therapy.