Testosterone Levels is very complex topic to understand.
Optimizing natural hormone production is a vital part of building muscle, boosting performance and burning fat!
Often people look at increasing things all of the time instead of addressing what is potentially holding them back in the first place. Many lifestyle factors can and do cause people to suffer from suppressed natural testosterone production.
Natural testosterone production and “free” testosterone levels are valuable when discussing catabolism and anabolism. If your natural levels are being affected negatively, the chances are you’re more exposed to losing muscle tissue and limiting your ability to grow.
One of the key points I always make about catabolism is excessive stress. Extreme stress levels and sleep deprivation are two of the most common factors that suppress natural testosterone levels.
When cortisol is excessively high for prolonged periods, it can have a suppressing effect on testosterone because it requires cholesterol, which is also necessary for testosterone production. You could say it’s “stealing” the ingredients needed. Cortisol can also suppress testosterone in the hypothalamus.
Combine stress levels with sleep deprivation, and you’re prone to falling into a deeper state of stress and fatigue. The cycle becomes self-perpetuating! This is just another reason why you need to try and let your body recover through proper nutrition and sleep whilst removing extreme stress from your life where possible.
Today I’m going to ask you 3 key questions to see if you’re in danger of suppressing your testosterone levels due to lifestyle.
1. Better Sleep For Maintain Good Testosterone Levels:
When you are in sleep, your body is in a deep state of repair; ultimately, this is where you recover and grow your best. Suppose your sleep pattern is irregular and your sleep is broken every night.
In that case, you’re likely going to see some form of suppression taking place within your testosterone production.
A hectic life routine can be caused you major suppression of testosterone levels, so I have mentioned some of the sleep routines you can practice for better sleep.
- Reduce caffeine within 6 hours of bed; this will help the CNS shut down by bedtime.
- Avoid anything stressful such as working immediately before bed.
- Supplement with magnesium can help your CNS relax. Adding zinc will also help benefit natural testosterone production.
2. Eating Healthy Fats Fats Boost Your Testosterone Levels:
There is never a case for a fat-free diet in my opinion, or even one which is very low in fats. Ultimately fats are an essential nutrient; your body cannot do without them.
One of the many reasons for this is that testosterone level is created from the cholesterol in the fats you consume. If you aren’t eating enough fats, then it is likely your testosterone production will suffer.
You notice this in athletes who diet down and get very lean with a low-fat diet. Usually, their blood work shows their testosterone levels are severely suppressed!
3. Manage Your Stress For Better Testosterone Levels:
Stress is subjective because we cannot avoid it all of the time. However, there is a difference between some stress and chronic prolonged periods of stress. If you’re experiencing this stress level, then it’s very likely your cortisol levels will be too high. One of the byproducts of this is suppressed testosterone.
Ultimately, you need to decide if you’re able to step away or manage whatever that source of stress in your life is for your well-being.
As a very brief recap, I touched that there are 3 everyday things a lot of people aren’t focusing on, leading to excessive catabolism levels. As a result, they’re losing muscle and making it very difficult to build more!
Natural testosterone production and “free” testosterone levels are a useful thing to consider when discussing catabolism and anabolism. If your natural levels are being affected negatively, the chances are you’re more exposed to losing muscle tissue and limiting your ability to grow.