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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

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            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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            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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