Natural Treatment for Low Testosterone in Columbus, Georgia


After the age of 30, a man's testosterone levels begin to decline and continue to do so as he ages. This leads to symptoms such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, depressed mood and difficulties with concentration and memory.

Conventional treatment for low testosterone centers around synthetic testosterone hormone replacement therapy, using either a testosterone cream, gel or patch.
 
 
Low testosterone has been linked to the following pre-disease and disease states in men:
 
  • Inflammation
  • Insulin Resistance
 
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetes
 
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Hypertension
 
There are 8 primary causes of Low Testosterone:
 
  1. Natural Decline
  2. Stress
  3. Estrogen
 
  1. Obesity
  2. Inflammation
  3. Toxins
 
  1. Medications
  2. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
 
Recent research has raised a red flag, warning men that excess testosterone therapy may increase your risk of dying from a sudden stroke or heart attack.

At The Himes Health and Wellness Center, we work to boost your testosterone levels naturally. In cases when testosterone supplementation is needed, we use Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement at therapeutic levels.
 

Low Testosterone


Low levels of Testosterone are common in men over the age of 45. Studies have shown that almost 40% of men of the age of 45 have low testosterone levels (less than 300 ng/dl). Do all of these men need hormone therapy with testosterone to feel better? At the Himes Health and Wellness Center, we practice Functional Medicine. When using the Functional Medicine approach, we are looking to get to the underlying cause for a patient’s symptoms. In many situations, and often in cases of low testosterone levels, we start with lifestyle modification. We do this because lifestyle modification works better and it does not come with the side effects that medication can have. You may be amazed to realize how much you can improve your hormone levels and balance, by changing your lifestyle.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low Semen volume
  • Thinning of hair
  • Feeling tired, lacking energy
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased body fat, including enlarged breats (“gynecomastia”)
  • Decrease in bone mass, which can lead to a higher risk of bone fractures
  • Depression, irritability, inability to focus.
Steps to Boost Testosterone Naturally
1. Change your diet:
What you eat has a tremendous impact on your insulin levels and all of the hormone levels in your body. A diet high in refined and processed carbohydrates and sugars will result in insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that your insulin is not working well and not doing its jog of getting your food into your cells, so it can be turned into energy.

When your insulin sensitivity improves, you will lose weight from your belly. For men, their aromatase levels will decrease and their testosterone levels will increase.
2. Exercise is your best medicine:
Exercise can be more effective than all of the herbal medications we are able to prescribe for improving your health and your hormone balance. Work to get in exercise most days of the week. Strength training is very effective for raising a man’s testosterone level and should be a part of your exercise routine at least 2 days per week. We recommend that our patients do at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week and include a mixture of aerobic and strength-training exercises.
3. Boost-up your Omega-3 levels:
The Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish and flax seed have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. They can help decrease the activity of aromatase and therefore lower the production of estrogen I men. In addition, these healthy fats also improve insulin sensitivity.
4. Add in phytonutrients:
Phytonutrients are components in plant foods that have a host of wonderful effects on your health. Phytonutrients have also been found to lower aromatase in your body and therefore improve a man’s testosterone naturally. Some phytonutrients for hormone balance include: curcumin, resveratrol and lignans. Add colorful plant foods such as the spice turmeric, red grapes, green tea and ground flax seed into your daily diet to get these phytonutrients. There are also some supplements that combine these phytonutrients for optimal hormone balance.
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep:
It doesn’t get more natural than getting a good night’s sleep. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,2011;305(21): 2173-2174) showed that lack of sleep can greatly reduce a healthy young man’s testosterone levels. The effect is clear after only one week of reduced sleep. Testosterone levels were particularly low between 2 and 10 pm on sleep-restricted days.

How much sleep your body needs depends on many factors. Most adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night to lead a healthy life.
6. Lose That Excess Weight:
Overweight, middle-aged men with pre-diabetes are also likely to have low testosterone levels. A study from The Journal of Endocrinology (J Endocrionol. 2014 Jan 27;220(3)] revealed that low T and diabetes are closely linked.
7. Get Enough Zinc:
Men with low testosterone often have zinc deficiencies. Studies suggest that zinc plays an important part in regulating serum testosterone levels in healthy men.

Eating foods that are rich in this essential nutrient may help.
Food sources of zinc include:
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Poultry
8. Go Easy on the Sugar:
The Endocrine Society reports that glucose (sugar) decreases testosterone levels in the blood by as much as 25 percent. This was true of study participants whether they had pre-diabetes, diabetes, or a normal tolerance for glucose.