Healthy Testosterone Levels are Maintained by a Healthy Liver
Men who are overweight usually experience a decline in testosterone levels.
It may be mild to severe and can dramatically affect the way a man feels and functions.
What are the side effects of these low levels in men?
- Reduced sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue and weakness
- Loss of muscle mass
- Possibly hair loss
- Increased risk of heart disease
Low levels in men can have a very negative effect on their quality of life.
These levels naturally fall as men age, but it will happen more rapidly in overweight men.
As a man ages his liver produces higher levels of a protein that binds with the hormone in the bloodstream and inactivates it.
To make matters even worse....fat cells contain an enzyme called aromatase that converts it into estrogen!
The more fat cells a man has, the more estrogen his body produces!
The Testosterone Enhancing Lifestyle
You can reverse the loss of this hormone.
The following testosterone-enhancing tips will also enhance your liver function:
1. Lose body fat and increase your lean muscle mass.
2. Exercise regularly. This will make tip #1 much easier!
3. Reduce alcohol intake. Excessive drinking can increase estrogen levels which inhibit your body's ability to produce testosterone. Reducing your alcohol intake will make it easier for your liver to remove excess estrogen.
And...you will be less likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
4. Try to get as close to eight hours sleep each night as you can.
5. Get at least an hour of exposure to sunlight daily. This may be difficult during winter, but is important.
6. Add these foods to your diet: nuts, brown rice, oysters, avocados, bananas, salmon, and some extra veggies.
7. Try to lower your stress level. I realize this is much easier said than done, but emotional stress is a frequent cause of decreased levels of this masculine hormone. Not only does chronic stress decrease levels, but it's harmful to your liver, interferes with muscle building, causes premature aging, and contributes to cardiovascular disease.
8. Add a high quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to your daily diet plan.
9. Where possible, consider eliminating medications that affect liver function and hormone conversion. These include NSAIDs, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, the Statin class of cholesterol lowering drugs, some heart and blood pressure medications and some anti-depressants. Please keep in mind that you should consult with your physician before you eliminate any prescription medication.
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