Testosterone levels can have a direct impact on men’s health, especially sexual health and the quality of life. Testosterone increases will enhance libido, strength and stamina. Here are some Natural Ayurveda ways to Improve Testosterone.
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Testosterone hormone is produced by testicles in men. It is responsible for development of male sexual characters like physical strength, muscle mass (mamsa dhatu), body shape, body hair, deep voice, sexual function etc. Erectile dysfunction occurs when this male hormone level is reduced. But this is not the only cause for erectile dysfunction.
Production and release of testosterone
Testosterone is produced by the testes from the onset of puberty throughout adulthood under the influence of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH). Sex hormones are manufactured from cholesterol which is converted to Pregnenolone by the ACTH. High levels of ACTH therefore stimulate greater manufacture of testosterone from cholesterol.
Testosterone is indeed produced in large quantities in the testes, and androgens (the parent hormones that give rise to testosterone) are actually produced by two small glands next to the kidneys, the adrenals, in both men and women.
Testosterone is produced in both men and women however adult males produce significantly more than females. On an average, men have 10 times greater level of testosterone than women as the adult male body manufactures 2.5 – 11 mg per day while females only produce 0.25 mg through ovaries. This discrepancy causes many of the biological differences between the sexes including the penis growth and enlargement.
Significance of testosterone
Testosterone is so important because it plays many crucial roles in our bodies throughout our lives and even before we’re born. For example, testosterone helps to determine the gender of the fetus in the womb. Testosterone leads to the development of the male genitals (the penis and testicles) in the womb and at puberty helps all of the male characteristics to develop – like deeper voice, increased muscle mass, body and facial hair etc. Testosterone also continues to be important during all stages of a man’s life. In fact testosterone could be thought of as being central to a man’s mind, body and sexual function.
Causes for Low Testosterone Levels
The testosterone level in blood start reducing as age advances .Usually it starts between 35 to 45 years of age. Irrespective of age the andropause in men sets in as the level of this hormone starts dipping.
Injury to testicles:
Testicles are prone to injury as they are suspended outside the abdomen. Injury to both testicles can reduce the production of androgens or male hormone. Overheating of testicles can also reduce testosterone
Infection of testicles:
If mumps infection during adolescence or early adult hood involves testicles it may affect the production this hormone
The treatments for cancers like chemotherapy or radiation therapy may temporarily cause reduction of hormone levels. But some times it may become permanent.
Chronic kidney related diseases, Cirrhosis of liver, Sarcoidosis, chronic illness etc can also cause low male hormone levels .
Corticosteroid medications and medicines used to treat prostate cancer can cause lowered testosterone level.
Symptoms of lowered testosterone levels
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low libido
- Fatigue or weakness
- Enlarged male breasts
- Decreased body hair
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of concentration.
- Mild anemia
Simple Natural Ayurveda Ways to Increase Testosterone Level
Testosterone increase will enhance sex drive, energy, strength, stamina and muscle size. Here are some Natural Ayurvedic recommendations to increase testosterone levels:
Exercise and Lose Fat
If you are too fat, then your testosterone level will be naturally low. Increased weight or obesity leads to increased estrogen levels. Increased estrogen lowers testosterone level. Hence try to shed excess fat. Do not fast or skip meals to shred excess fat. Studies have shown that weight loss increases testosterone in men. Once again poor eating habit reduces testosterone level. Losing 2 kgs of weight per month is always ideal. Texts of ayurveda recommend to include vyayama or exercises in ayurvedic daily routine or dinacharya, to keep the sexual energy up.
After exercises take good amount of rest and sleep. Relax and try to distress. Yoga and meditation help to reduce stress level.
Have More Sex:
Sex triggers your body to produce more testosterone. When you get aroused you are signaling your sex organs to perform so they start taking action to follow that order. This is great news. Inform your partner/s to step up the action. The hotter that better. Even Ayurveda recommends maithuna or sex to slowdown ageing process. For this ayurveda acharyas recommend Vajikarana Therapy.
Perform sex frequently specially in morning. Frequent sex reduces weight and increases testosterone levels.
Eat Healthy Food :
Ayurveda acharyas say “food is your medicine”. Always eat healthy and fresh home cooked food. Avoid processed, canned, preserved foods. Research has found that men who ate diets rich in monounsaturated fat, the kind found in peanuts, avocados, fish and healthy oils like flax seed, olive and canola are a great way to naturally boost testosterone levels. include almonds, pistachios, watermelon, raisins, Indian gooseberry (amla) in diet. Try not to eat too much fat but remember that the fat in any kind of nuts will push up your testosterone level. Click here for the list of top ayurvedic foods that increase testosterone level and libido
Increase your dietary intake of cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, turnips, cabbage and brussel sprouts have all been shown to dramatically reduce estrogen levels, thereby raising testosterone.
Because of their high zinc levels, foods known to raise testosterone levels often are called aphrodisiacs. Oysters are one such food. The high zinc levels in foods like oysters help increase both testosterone and sperm production.
Avocados are high in both vitamin B6 and folic acid. Vitamin B6 will increase male hormone production while folic acid is key in sustaining a high metabolic rate.
Eggs are high in both vitamin B5 and B6. The presence of these vitamins helps balance both stress and hormone levels in the body. The helps ensure testosterone stays at a constant level.
Do not take a diet which is very high in protein. Reduce carbohydrates, sugar and oil content in daily diet.Regular eating habit prevents frequent fluctuation of hormonal level.
Ayurvedic Herbs and Medicines to Increase Testosterone Level.
Herbs like ashwagandha, gokshura (tribulus), safed musli, Kapikacchu (mucuna) etc help to strengthen shukra dhatu. Shukra dhatu is main tissue which nourishes male reproductive system. This in turn help to increase testosterone level. Ayurvedic preparations like ashwagandha ksheerapaka (ashwagandha milk) , safed musli with milk etc are best vajikarana foods to increase testosterone.
Author : Dr. Savitha Suri Consultant Ayurvedic Physician
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