The weather has gotten warmer, and this is good news if you’ve been experiencing the symptoms for low testosterone! With summer comes plenty of opportunities to increase your T level, and who isn’t looking forward to some fun in the sun?
Some symptoms of Low T that you should watch out for include:
- Being overweight
- Decreased sex drive
- Unexplained fatigue
- Depressed mood
- Less strong erections
- Reduced muscle mass
- Decreased bone strength and density
Not all men who experience these symptoms necessarily have Low T to the point where they need testosterone replacement therapy. Use the tips below to try and boost your T levels naturally during the summer!
Summertime Fun Can Boost Your T Levels
1. Get outside! Research shows that Vitamin D helps to increase testosterone levels, and the most natural way to get enough Vitamin D is to make sure you enjoy some sunshine. Alternatively, you can take a Vitamin D supplement if you don’t have time to get outside.
2. Eat healthier. A diet high in good fat and low in sugar can aid in boosting your testosterone levels. Rejoice in the fact that Summer calls for lighter meals like salad, not fattening comfort food. Throw avocados and olive oil in your salad to get the most out of healthy fats. Summer is also the season for grilling, so you can get your protein from meat. While you’re at it, take some leftovers and toss it in your salad!
3. Exercise. Notice a theme here? By eating healthier and exercising, you should hopefully see some weight loss. Since being overweight is one of the symptoms of Low T, you’re taking care of the problem with two solutions. Even if weight loss is not a concern of yours, it never hurts to be more nutritious or active.
You can exercise however you prefer. Lift weights, play sports, move around! As long as you’re doing something, you’re headed in the right direction. If you’re limited on time, look into high-intensity interval training. These are very intense workouts that last for a short time (around 20 minutes or fewer). You should be able to fit this into your schedule!
4. Relax and catch some quality Z’s. Chronic or bad stress can cause you to have low testosterone, so it’s a good idea to try and relax when you can. Summertime is all about enjoying nice weather and taking a vacation.
Make sure that you also prioritize sleep. Too many people are guilty of staying up late while they are just surfing the internet. You’ve probably heard that the body repairs and heals itself while you’re sleeping, and it’s true, even where testosterone levels are concerned. The next time you’re looking at the clock, wondering if you should go to bed, ask yourself if what you’re doing is more important than letting your body rest.
5. Take magnesium and zinc supplements. Studies show that supplementing with magnesium, as well as zinc, increase testosterone levels. According to this infographic, 75% of Americans are magnesium deficient already, so supplementing (with the approval of your doctor) is likely a good idea.
Summer is a great excuse to get in shape, get outside, relax, and enjoy the sun! The good news for you is that all of these will benefit your health, and specifically, your T levels.
If you have done all these things and still find yourself plagued by the symptoms of low testosterone, the medical professionals at TCT can help answer your questions personally during a FREE consultation, call today!