5 Things that Impair Testosterone Production
Avoiding these 5 things can help you preserve healthy testosterone levels as you age
In all men, testosterone production decreases with age. But the amount that your testosterone dips—and the age at which you begin to notice symptoms of Low T—varies from one individual to another. If you are looking to protect your testosterone levels as you age and delay the onset of Low T for as long as possible, you may want to avoid these 5 things that can impair testosterone production.
Low-Fat Diet: For many years, we were told that cholesterol was unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs. But in reality, there are many important uses for cholesterol in the body. For example, cholesterol is actually very important for testosterone production, because it provides the building blocks from which all human sex hormones are made. You should take care to include plenty of healthy fats in your diet—especially those that include omega-3s.
Low Vitamin D: Vitamins D is another important building block for testosterone and other hormones. In fact, Vitamin D is involved in thousands of bodily processes. If you can, boost Vitamin D naturally by spending more time outside in the sunlight. If this is not practical for your climate, the time of year, or your schedule, quality supplements are available.
Sugar: Eating too much sugar can cause both immediate and long-term problems for your testosterone levels. Studies have shown that drinking one small bottle of soda can cause serum testosterone levels to plummet by up to 25 percent within just one hour. Plus, is overindulge in sugars (including simple sugars found in carbs) too often, this can lead to weight gain. The more belly fat you have, the more likely your body is to convert what little testosterone you do have into estrogen.
Alcohol: Although most of a man’s testosterone is produced in the testicles, the production process actually begins in the brain. This is a complex process involving interactions between the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and the testes. Multiple different enzymes must be synthesized in order to complete these interactions. Alcohol metabolism interferes with the process in many different ways, including by preventing the release of the hormones that normally signal to the brain that testosterone is low and needs to be boosted.
Heat: As we’ve said, most of your testosterone is produced in the testicles. Testicles don’t like to be overheated. Studies have shown a link between prolonged heat exposure—such as from hot showers—and lower testosterone production. In one study, men who started taking cool baths instead of hot ones increased their sperm counts almost 500 percent. While sperm counts are not a direct measurement of testosterone levels, they are a good indicator of overall testicular health.
Need More Help?
At some point in your life, you will probably experience Low T symptoms no matter how careful you are to eat a healthy diet and treat your testicles right. Fortunately, Renew Man™ can help. We provide individualized testosterone replacement programs that are proven safe and effective in eliminating symptoms of Low T and helping men feel their best. Call us at 800-859-7511 to learn more.