Fiction is an off-shoot of fact.
This might be hard for you to believe, but it is true. For instance, let’s take superheroes. Whether you are fan of the big, green, rage-monster who can put baddies through a whole building or the sleek red, white and blue soldier who can kick an SUV into a crowd of henchmen, the inference is clear – there’s an ‘x’ factor to them that acts as enabler to their superpowers.
Now, what if I told you that humans have their own super soldier serum that can help us achieve amazing things? Yep, you guessed it right, I’m talking about testosterone.
Before you dismiss this as just another gimmick, let’s go through what testosterone can actually do for you.
Testosterone and energy levels in mortals
Things are moving along pretty rapidly when it comes to daily life these days. A lot of us sometimes feel drained mentally and physically as soon as we get up from the bed. Granted, life is a lot more complicated now and there are a lot of moving parts that make up an average individual’s day. Still, there is another surprising statistic that could explain more about the general ‘tiredness’ that most people seem to experience these days.
There has been a gradual decrease in the testosterone levels of the average person. This is alarming because the need of the hour is for people to be able to easily cope with the stresses and strains of modern life. Testosterone is a pretty important cog in the scheme of things.
Stabilizing energy levels with testosterone
If you are fatigued most of the time and are a NPA in the bedroom, chances are that you have low levels of the male hormone. This is not just snake oil marketing, its proven fact.
Adequate levels of this hormone can elevate strength and energy levels in the body. When you have good levels of testosterone in your system you’ll find yourself being able to put up with work and a harrowing boss a lot easier than before. Your mind is a lot more relaxed and less prone to outbreaks of stress or depression. This might also be the reason why there are a lot more women who are prone to depression than men.
Testosterone plays a huge part in promoting metabolism and efficient burning of fat. In fact, dropping testosterone levels can result in increasing levels of fat. When your body converts fat into energy effectively, you’ll never have a loss of drive plus you’ll remain fit as a fiddle.
Other Testosterone facts and benefits
This secret sauce is produced by the body in varying amounts throughout your lifetime. For men, it is produced in the testicles while for women, the adrenal glands take up the responsibility. When you’re young, there is a lot more testosterone that’s produced by your body – like 30 times more. Which also explains why when we were kids, we were impervious to any kind of damage!
The sad part is that once you’ve clocked 30 – 35 years, your testosterone levels tend to drop. This is where a lot of problems begin to kick in. We’ll talk about that further into the article, for now though, we’ll discuss benefits.
Increased muscle mass
Testosterone promotes muscle growth and this is an important factor especially when you’re getting old. It is estimated that you lose over 5% of muscle mass every 10 years after you hit 30. Why is this important? Because muscles literally control everything that goes on within our bodies and so you need to make sure that they don’t degenerate quickly.
As your body loses its ability to process calcium, your bones get weaker. Testosterone can help a great deal here as it slows down the bones’ aging process. It goes without saying that the stronger your bones are, the lesser are your chances of getting injured. There are even studies about how increased testosterone helps bone density in individuals.
There is a general consensus on the fact that low testosterone levels can cause ‘irritable male syndrome’. There is a lower reserve of emotion to draw from when you have low testosterone and so you end up throwing a hissy fit for every small thing that happens to you. Don’t be that guy who can’t get a girl to stick with him because he blows his top every other time.
Reasoning, memory and spatial abilities
In general, men who have higher testosterone are found to have fewer incidences of mental illnesses like dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression and anxiety disorders. There are also studies that prove a distinct connection between spatial awareness of people and levels of testosterone. Photographers and graphic designers found they could perform better post-testosterone therapy.
How do you increase testosterone levels in your body?
If you are looking to add up your testosterone levels, then there are 2 ways you can get it done.
The first method involves getting supplementation or testosterone replacement therapy. The other is through a better diet.
Anyone who has undergone therapy knows the inherent risks involved and the picture is not as rosy as it seems at first. And considering that even doctors who perform it only give it a hit-or-miss at best, you are advised to look at other methods to increase your T levels.
Here are some of the problems that occur when you have to undergo testosterone therapy:
- Increased aggression
- Breakouts on your skin
- Decreased testicular size
- High fluid retention
- Development of man-boobs
So as you can see there are several problems associated with this that you need to be aware of.
Natural methods of increasing testosterone
Rather than opting for medical means, you would be better served by altering your diet to increase the amount of testosterone produced by your body. The best part about this is that you can see results pretty quickly and there are none of the side effects that are usually involved with medical routines.
If you are looking for a place to start when it comes to diet, you should take a look at the Man Diet by Chad Howse. There are a lot of tips you can use to streamline your diet and make sure that you get your body up to speed when it comes to performance at all fronts.
Talking about my own experience, I’ve found that these are the foods and vitamins that can help you gain adequate levels of testosterone in a short amount of time.
In no particular order –tuna, oysters, egg yolk, milk, beef, shell fish, fortified cereals, and beans to name a few. Also add to that cabbage, which halves oestrogen levels. Garlic, ejects cortisol and helps with muscle maintenance. Also, honey improves testosterone levels through the mineral boron and dilates the blood vessels which can result in better lap times in the bedroom.
Apart from food, a good bout of exercise should do wonders for your general T levels. I recommend getting in cardiovascular workouts and occasional weight training regimes on a regular basis. There are several cardiovascular machines like maxi climbers, airdynes, and rowing machines that can use to crack a good sweat.
This must have given you some idea about what testosterone can do for you and what you can do to cultivate more of it in your body. There are a lot more implications to low testosterone levels than the modern world actually lets up. If you’ve tried everything for your body goals and came up short you should probably give your ol’ T levels a good looksee. Chances are that you might find what you are looking for!
An important thing to note is that though you might not see immediate results, you need to stick with the program. The results will come, slowly but surely!