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Symptoms of Low Testosterone, Fight Back!

Symptoms of Low Testosterone, Fight Back!

Men experience different symptoms of low testosterone, or low T. From obvious maladies such as lowered libido, loss of body or facial hair, fatigue, increase in body fat, or mood swings to not so obvious breakdown of tissues in the body, loss of bone mass, and lowered semen count. Andropause is the male counterpart to menopause. The symptoms are very real and can be physically and emotionally debilitating. Women’s drastic decrease in estrogen as they enter menopause produces rapid onset of symptoms. But sometimes, men’s hormone levels can shift more rapidly and produce the unwanted low T symptoms.

What is Low T?

Low testosterone is medically diagnosed as when a blood test shows levels below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), see reference. Work, social life, kids (and grand kids), perhaps aging parents, and many other daily stresses demand a lot. To get the most out of life, you have to not only have the energy for all that, but also the things you love to do. When symptoms of low T strike, life is drudgery. What’s a guy to do?

Reduce Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Exercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day, reducing stress, and eating wholesome greens and protein-rich foods may be helpful in maintaining healthy testosterone. But also natural Ayurvedic ingredients (holistic Indian herbs) may boost testosterone levels and promote healthier hormonal output. Increasing the intake of beneficial herbs can help reduce symptoms and support healthy erectile function, proper body mass, and your zest for life. Bring back that confidence with these restorative herbs. Try the recipe at the end of the article!

Seven Potent Herbs for Low Testosterone

Cardamom

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image representing the spice Cardamom

    Cardamom, known as the “queen of all spices,” is an important herb in Ayurveda. Chiefly known for its aromatic use as a condiment and seasoning for cooking, cardamom is loaded with valuable lipids and antioxidants. Cardamom is rich in α-terpinyl acetate (a hormone regulator) and antioxidant enzymes that promote not just the regulation of testosterone, but increases muscle mass. This potent spice induces Glutathione (an antioxidant) and breaks down oxidative stress (a free radical that can lead to low testosterone). With a flavor similar to a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg, it is enjoyable to add to beverages and food. But you can also get cardamom in capsules at many health food and vitamin stores, particularly if they specialize in Ayurveda.

    Pumpkin Seeds and Oil

    image representing pumpkin seeds are good for reducing symptoms of low T

      Pumpkin seeds and oil are delicious and nutritious sources of many micro-nutrients that most men miss in their diets. Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, an important mineral that helps to regulate and increase testosterone and IGF-1 (insulin growth factors) as well as reduce tissue damage. These wonderful seeds also contain leucine, an amino acid which aids in the healthy oxidation of fats. This nutrient is important for other aging-related challenges as their good fats are lubrication joints and connective tissue. This is very helpful to those who suffer from erectile dysfunction. Pumpkin seeds are available in most grocery stores and health food stores. They make great protein-rich snack that is also low in cholesterol and very easy to keep a bag in the desk or pantry. Pumpkin oil may be harder to find, but it is available in many supplement and vitamins stores.

      Tribulus Terrestris

      Known for nearly 400 years as a tonic for low testosterone in Ayurveda as well as Chinese traditional medicine, this super Ayurvedic herb is known for its vast healing properties. Its testosterone-boosting powers have many benefits, which is why many bodybuilders use tribulus root after an anabolic-steroid cycle. Tribulus can also be used to build tissue without lifting weights. It increases sex drive, a pleasant mood, and reduces the chances of premature ejaculation. One gram of tribulus can have amazing results since tribulus stimulates leutinizing hormones which instruct Leydig cells to create ample testosterone cells. The effects are increased desire, prolonged erection, and intensified orgasm. Because of its popularity with bodybuilders, tribulus terrestris is available in many supplements stores that specialize in bodybuilding. You can also find it in many health food stores and supplements stores that specialize in Ayurveda.

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      Honey

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        Considered a sacred element in Ayurveda tradition, honey is a delicious, energizing companion to your breakfast, afternoon tea, or after-dinner sweet. Honey makes an excellent natural sweetener even in healthful smoothies. Honey contains Chrysin, a potent flavone that blocks the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. The mineral boron does the same thing, which, by the way, honey contains in its profile. This means higher levels of testosterone are preserved. This sweet dose also contains active enzymes and amino acids which play a fundamental role in mood. A little honey can put a little more than just a smile on your face, it is also a great aphrodisiac too!

        Be sure to use unprocessed honey and preferably local honey. The more local the better because of added benefits of allergy remediation and prevention.

        Shilajit

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        image representing Shilajit in Natural Tar Resin Form helps symptoms of low testosterone

          Shilajit (shee-la-jeet) actually has many names and spellings such as silajit, silajeet, mumiyo, mumio, and tar pitch. It is known as the conqueror of mountains from ancient Sanskrit writings. And it will help you conquer your weakened constitution and welcome a new and confident you. The highest grade and most potent shilajit is found in oozing from rocks in the pristine mountains of the Indian Himalayas above 16,000 feet. This tar-like substance contains 85 trace minerals, amino acids, and all sorts of dense nutrients. Shilajit’s dense mineral profile increases mineral absorption to help balance hormones. Its zinc and selenium content also boost testosterone. Shilajit is also a natural stress reducer and therefore elevates mood. This impressive Ayurvedic supplement is an indispensable must-have for those who want to stay fit, feel happy, and have an enjoyable sex life. Shilajit is available online and in a few stores that specialize in Ayurveda. Be sure to use the natural tar-like resin form. Extracts and powders are not real shilajit.

          Almonds

          image representing almonds are good for increasing testosterone

            Almonds are a delicious handful and can be added to your favorite smoothie or salad. This amazing nut contains important nutrients that can facilitate testosterone production and sustain healthy hormone levels. These nutrients include calcium, magnesium, potassium, fatty acids, and vitamin E. These are involved in the function of the testicular glands and adrenal glands, chief glandular operators that regulate and increase testosterone. Most importantly, almonds contain L-Arginine, an amino acid known for tissue building, mood balance, erectile function, and an arousal factor. L-Arginine also promotes nitric oxide which is important for tissue engorgement when the penis is erect and for the regulation of anabolic functions.

            Almonds are available in many stores so get some today and keep them handy for when you need a protein-rich energy boost. Eat up and have a handful a day in your favorite recipes. Try almond butter, too.

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            Turmeric

            Turmeric is currently a very popular herb and condiment since it is well known to aid in many ailments and it is tasty. Turmeric is also an indispensable herb in your daily regiment due to its ability to act upon estrogen as an antagonistic element. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is vital is reducing the conversion of testosterone into DHT rapidly due to synthetic estrogens or simply low testosterone. Unfortunately, synthetic estrogen is prominent in many of our food sources and difficult to avoid, so it is good to know a defense. Turmeric is available in most grocery stores. Consider purchasing organic turmeric. It is also available in capsules in many health food and supplement stores.

            Jump start testosterone and balance out your hormone response by adding these delicious herbs and supplements into your daily routine! Here is a recipe for an Ayurvedic smoothie for your symptoms of low testosterone to get you started on your road to a more vigorous you! What have you tried that works?

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            Published on November 14, 2018

            Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

            Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

            With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

            For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

            In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

            Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

            Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

            It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

            For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

            Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

            Symptoms of Fatigue

            Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

            • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
            • mental blocks
            • lack of motivation
            • headache
            • dizziness
            • muscle weakness
            • slowed reflexes and responses
            • impaired decision-making and judgement
            • moodiness, such as irritability
            • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
            • reduced immune system function
            • blurry vision
            • short-term memory problems
            • poor concentration
            • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

            Causes of Fatigue

            The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

            • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
            • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
            • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
            • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

            Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

            Medical Causes of Fatigue

            If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

            Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

            Anemia

            Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

            Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

            There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

            Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

            Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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            This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

            Diabetes

            Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

            Sleep Apnea

            Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

            Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

            Thyroid disease

            An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

            Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

            • Lack of sleep
            • Too much sleep 
            • Alcohol and drugs 
            • Sleep disturbances 
            • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
            • Poor diet 

            Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

            • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
            • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
            • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
            • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

            Psychological Causes of Fatigue

            Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

            • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
            • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
            • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

            How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

            Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

            1. Tell The Truth

            Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

            To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

            Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

            The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

            One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

            • How you feel
            • What time of day it is
            • What may have contributed to your fatigue
            • How your mind and body reacts

            This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

            2. Reduce Your Commitments

            When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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            If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

            When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

            Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

            3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

            If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

            Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

            If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

            Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

            Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

            4. Express More Gratitude

            Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

            It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

            Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

            5. Focus On Yourself

            Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

            There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

            But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

            We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

            6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

            Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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            Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

            The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

            Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

            7. Take a Power Nap

            When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

            Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

            This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

            8. Take More Exercise

            The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

            Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

            The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

            You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

            9. Get More Quality Sleep

            To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

            Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

            My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

            10. Improve Your Diet

            Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

            Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

            On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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            To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

            Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

            Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

            11. Manage Your Stress Levels

            Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

            When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

            Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

            My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

            12. Get Hydrated

            Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

            Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

            If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

            The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

            The Bottom Line

            These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

            If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

            Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

            Reference

            [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
            [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
            [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
            [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
            [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
            [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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