Doctor explains how to boost your testosterone naturally
It plays a huge role in muscle gain, fat loss and more
Testosterone isn't just responsible for your beard, voice or biceps. It's essential for a number of processes, including the reproductive system, bone strength and heart health.
Despite playing such an important role, there's still a lack of awareness surrounding testosterone and the symptoms that can occur if levels are too low.
Up your levels the natural way with these tips from doctor Dr. Ferran García, Head of Andrology at the internationally-renowned fertility clinic, Institut Marques.
JOE: Why is testosterone so important?
Dr. García: "As well as having an important role to play in the development of the genital system, testosterone is also involved in many other organic processes.
"These include bone density, sexual function, memory, heart health and mood."
What can lower your testosterone levels?
"A decrease in testosterone levels is a natural result of aging, however, there are some factors which can cause early loss. These include obesity, as a high BMI is one of the most harmful factors.
"Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, renal insufficiency and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also have a negative impact".
How do you know if your levels are too low?
"When testosterone decreases, your body may show some signs and symptoms, including:
- Low libido
- Feeling of tiredness and apathy
- Hair reduction
- Change in mood"
How can you increase testosterone naturally?
"The most common factors that decrease testosterone levels - such as hypertension, obesity and some illnesses - can be controlled with a healthy lifestyle.
"Therefore, the first step to avoid having a hormone deficit is to adopt healthy habits. I always advise patients to follow a Mediterranean diet and ensure they are regularly carrying out some sort of physical activity."
Should you ever turn to supplements?
"Supplements based on testosterone should only be administered by a doctor if there are levels of testosterone free in the blood below normal.
"This has to be checked by your GP through a blood test, alongside evidence that your levels are low."
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