How Do I Raise My Testosterone?

| November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Testosterone is often referred to as a “male hormone”. Actually, men and women produce the exact same hormones. The difference is in the quantity. Starting at puberty, men produce higher levels of testosterone. Also, men (and some women) have more places for testosterone to attach (testosterone receptors). Hormones are naturally occurring chemicals produced by tissue sites in the body called “glands”. Thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone. The pancreas produces the hormone insulin. The adrenal glands, which are actually 2 glands in one organ, produce a wide variety of hormones.

The ovaries in women and the testicles in men, as well as the adrenal glands in both sexes, produce what are called “sex hormones”. Estrogens, testosterone, DHEA, and progesterone are primary sex hormones that make men and women differ depending on the amount produced. Women produce more estrogens (Estradiol, estrone and estriol). Estrogens instruct fat cells to multiply, so women will generally carry more body fat than men. Estrogens also cause the production of the memory chemical “acetylcholine”. This is the reason women usually remember more and in more vivid detail than men. Estrogens block testosterone. Testosterone stimulates growth of muscle and bone. Men will usually have more muscle mass than women and denser bone structure. This accounts for the disparity in athletic performance in women and men. Testosterone also stimulates the libido or sex drive. This accounts for the higher sex drive in most men, but also women who are “High T” (As a woman, if your index finger is shorter than your ring finger, you are likely High T and have some attributes normally ascribed to males).

Hormone levels start a gradual decline around age 27. In athletics, this will be described as “losing a step”. As testosterone levels decline, men will see a gradual decline in muscle, sex drive, initiative, semen volume, and other symptoms described on my website under “Symptom profiles“. As testosterone levels decline, men will start to take on the appearance and character of a pregnant woman–large breasts, big belly, depression, moodiness, etc. Low testosterone makes men more susceptible to the influence of the estrogens we all produce. Estrogens make us produce more fat cells. These fat cells then produce their own estrogen (estrone), which makes even more fat cells. This becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. This high level of estrogen compounds the problem of low testosterone as estrogens blocks testosterone.

Testosterone levels can be measured by blood or saliva testing. However, as with most hormone testing, by the time your test shows abnormal you’ve had symptoms for quite some time. The best way to assess the adequacy of any hormone is for your doctor to go over your symptom profile, do a complete history, and do a complete head to toe physical exam. Hormones all work together. If your thyroid levels are low, this will affect testosterone. If adrenal hormones are low, you can’t get optimal thyroid function. Replacing just one hormone rarely gets a person back to optimal. The best doctor to go to for hormone replacement is one trained in bio-identical hormone replacement. A urologist can test for and prescribe testosterone, but just adding back testosterone is like only putting in oil in a car that is low in oil and transmission fluid. If there are symptoms of low testosterone but testing shows normal, over the counter supplements can help. Which ones actually raise testosterone levels? Any supplement that actually raises testosterone will be banned by the International Olympic Committee. If it’s not on that list, it doesn’t raise testosterone. One easy way to boost testosterone function is by getting rid of a belly fat that is producing estrogen. reduce belly fat by following the BALi Eating Plan.

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Category: General Health, Hormone Support, Men's Health

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