How to Prevent Low T
As we age, many things happen to our bodies. It can be especially difficult once you start to experience low T levels. Don’t worry, as this is not the end of the world and is a natural thing for every male as they age. There are many things that you can do to help prevent low T levels. Here are a few suggestions to help you prevent low T levels, or to help raise yours.
Otherwise known as BPA, this can be one of the biggest culprits of low T levels in males. If you don’t know, this is a chemical that is found in many plastics and is activated when these plastics heat up. This can be a something in your household items that you had no idea about. Make sure that you are buying BPA free plastics, if you are buying any at all.
Okay, you don’t have to completely cut beer out of your life, but it would be a good start to begin cutting back on it. The hops found in beer can potentially lower T levels in men. Hops is estrogenic, yes estrogen, and this what combats against high levels of testosterone in the body. Drinking beer will not make you into a woman, but it does contain hops, which contains chemicals that can combat against your testosterone levels. Try switching to hard alcohol instead of having six or more beers on the weekends.
Soy is not good for testosterone levels, and you should be completely avoiding it. Especially if you are overweight, you should be avoiding soy based foods. This can be good for your overall health as well as your T levels. You should implement a soy free diet so that it is not affecting your testosterone levels.
Lack of sleep is a direct cause of low T levels. Sometimes it can be hard to get enough sleep, especially with our busy lifestyles it feels like we have to keep going and going. By missing sleep, you raise your cortisol levels, which can reduce your testosterone levels. You should be getting enough sleep, about seven hours, every night if you want to keep healthy T levels.
The, seemingly, never ending problem for us. Trying to eliminate stress in your life is an overall good thing for your health, and it can help to combat against low T levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that, much like with lack of sleep, is created when you are stressed. Cortisol can suppress libido in men of all ages. When you are stressed, you are less likely to be performing at your highest. Try to eliminate stress in your life, for both your overall health and your testosterone health.
Carrying around those extra pounds is so bad for your health. It can lead to many different conditions and diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and so much more. Did you know that it can also affect your T levels? Any of the conditions and diseases that come with obesity can affect your T levels also. When it comes to obesity, your fat tissue can affect your production of testosterone, making your levels lower than they should be. It is a good idea to help yourself, by losing those extra pounds that your body does not need.
What you eat could be affecting your T levels. Your body uses many vitamins and minerals to create testosterone, especially zinc. If you are not getting enough zinc in your diet, it is probably affecting your T levels. You should also be eating more fat, and I mean good fats not saturated fats that are found in junk food. A low fat diet is a thing of the past, and you should leave it there. Good fats in your diet can help you to create more testosterone.
Here are a few examples of zinc enriched and high, (good) fat foods:
- Shellfish is a good source of zinc in your diet. This can include anything from lobster to shrimp. It is very easy to buy this either fresh or frozen at your local supermarket.
- Beef also contains zinc. It can be an easy way to incorporate more zinc into your diet, without having to change your diet too much.
- Pork is another meat that has high levels of zinc. The nice part about pork is that it comes in many different shapes and forms. Remember, although bacon does fall into the pork category, something like a pork chop is much better for you.
- Dark meat poultry is something that most people don’t think about when it comes to zinc. It has much higher levels of zinc than white meat does. Make sure that you are choosing dark meat, if you are trying to add more zinc to your diet.
- Zinc supplements. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just don’t really like meat, adding zinc supplements to your daily supplements is a good thing. You can buy zinc supplements at any pharmacy or supermarket.
- Grass-fed butter is higher in fat than other butters, but will not be bad to add to your diet. Remember that this isn’t something that you should just eat by itself, but rather to cook your food in.
- Almond butter. Almonds are a great source of good fats, so in turn almond butter is also. If you are looking to add more than just regular butter into your life, try almond butter. It is easy to swap out on toast, bagels, and anything else that you slather in butter.
- Fish oil is very good for you. It should be a supplement that you add no matter what to your life. It can help your body in many ways, including adding more good fats.
- Coconut oil is also something that you can use in the kitchen to help fatten up your meals. This is a perfect example of what good fats are.
- Grass-fed beef is higher in good fats than other beefs. When you are buying meat look for grass-fed beef over anything else.
- Eggs are a great source of protein and good fats. They should be added to your diet. They are a great thing to add to most meals and to even make as a simple breakfast that can fill you up for longer than your sugary cereals.