best natural ways to treat ed at home- raise your testosterone levels
What you eat impacts your testosterone levels. Low testosterone is linked to chronic fatigue which seriously affects libido and general vitality. Included below is a Naturopathic Doctor's guide to improving your testosterone levels which can make a huge difference when treating Erectile Dysfunction
The modern lifestyle has had a detrimental effect on testosterone levels and ever increasing instances of men being affected by unexplained erectile dysfunction.
Even after just a few days of dietary change you could notice a difference to your sexual energy.
Here are some reasons why Testosterone is important and not just for low libido and overcoming erectile dysfunction. It also works with your body to maintain a healthy pain response, perfect levels of red blood cells, enables peaceful and regulation of sleep patterns, strong bones, muscle mass and energy levels.
Getting older also is a factor as our testosterone naturally depletes but lifestyle factors also can accelerate this depletion such as chronic stress, lack of balanced nutrition, imbalanced gut good bacteria, insufficient Vitamin D, extra weight, insufficient exercise, prescription medication (heart and blood pressure and anti depressants especially). These decrease our metabolism and drastically reduce testosterone.
It's probably the case that up to 45% of adults are affected by this including women who need to produce this hormone for the same reasons as men albeit in slightly lower levels.
The synthetic supplements that are available can’t work in the same way as naturally produced hormones as our body doesn't recognise synthetic vitamins in the same way as natural vitamins. Synthetic vitamins can cause negative side effects some have even been proven to lead to strokes.
Here some great simple ways to naturally boost your testosterone levels.
Intermittent Fasting which sounds hard to incorporate into your life has been shown to increase testosterone levels by 200% and up to 400%. You can make gradual changes, like eating bigger 1 day and less the next, trying the 5-2 diet eating a normal healthy diet 5 days a week and on 2 separate days restrict calorie intake to 500 calories.
Gradually you can work up to restricting eating to a dedicated window of set hours every 24 hours. This also promotes growth hormone rates which are linked to testosterone production.
You can still enjoy up to 3 meals if you wish but eating only within a six hour period e.g 12-6pm or a smaller window if preferred. Fasting for short periods naturally balances all your hormones and gives some of your organs a rest and chance to detox especially your liver.
Lifting Weights and and Interval training.
This type of exercise has been shown to increase serum testosterone levels and burn fat and sugar which stimulates hormone production.
When you work your body this way even practicing moderate and light weights for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week combined with high intensity work outs in short bursts has a great effect.
Interval training also burns fat for 36 hours, lowers your resting heart rate, lowers blood pressure, activates blood flow to your brain and cleanses your lymphatic system.
Most men lacking in testosterone overload their bodies with processed foods. Foods with non nutrient calories and too much bad sugar and carbohydrates. By changing your diet to a more organic and non processed way of eating including natural healthy fats your hormone level dramatically increases.
Healthy fats include coconut oil, fermented dairy products homemade kefir, yoghurt, raw goat and sheep milk cheese but not supermarket bought dairy as that actually lowers your testosterone levels.
Omega 3 fish oil are naturally found in organic salmon are one of the best ways to improve testosterone levels and are good to eat weekly or even taking a natural fish oil supplement is great too. Flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts provide you with this essential fat too.
Good healthy fats found in a daily avocado, olive oil and almonds all naturally boost your testosterone levels.
Your liver produces an enzyme that conjugates the 17 beta-hydroxyl group of testosterone. If cirrhosis of the liver is formed then it's likely that your serum testosterone can be reduced. This affects 90% of men a study showed so it’s vital your liver is healthy for testosterone production.
Taking milk thistle for a short time helps to detox the liver. If you drink alcohol, then make sure you have 3-4 non drinking days in the week to give your liver a rest and cleanse.
Reduce Stress in Your Life
Chronic stress can seriously affect your so many aspects of you life. We all need a little stress to focus and maximize our potential but it’s when stress becomes overwhelming and too much cortisol is produced that the body becomes imbalanced. Holding on to anger inside, frustration, resentment, and not being able to forgive others all add to tension in the mind and body which blocks hormone production of testosterone.
Taking a natural Ginseng supplement can also help to regulate cortisol.
Vitamin D is vital to a healthy life and is produced naturally from being outside in the sun. You need to be outside for at least 20-30 minutes per day, you cannot get this from fortified drink no matter what the manufacturers would like us to believe. Lack of Vitamin D will crush your levels of testosterone and if you are deficient in Vitamin D then without this even by doing all the other things right nothing will work unless you increase your levels of Vitamin D.
No Sugar- You don't need Processed Sugar
No other sugars provide you with B vitamins and other good things but raw honey and maple syrup.
Processed sugar found in convenience foods and white sugar in tea and coffee imbalances your hormones and depletes Testosterone levels, simple as.
If you develop type 2 diabetes then it normally follows your testosterone will be significantly lowered. This explains the process;
When you eat a diet high in processed grains (bread biscuits, manufactured cakes and sugars then your blood glucose levels rise to a dangerous level.
To keep blood sugar levels from going overboard, your pancreas works harder to make insulin. The insulin transports the sugar from your bloodstream into your cells to become energy.
If this continues then you become insulin resistant which causes type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is not conducive to testosterone production, but you can overcome the effects of medication and during a one to one session I show the techniques to enable your body to flow with sexual energy from simple energy techniques that aid your body despite medication.
It's vital you get 7-8 hours of good unbroken sleep otherwise then your body cannot repair it’s cells or detox the kidneys and liver. This natural detox happens during set times of sleep it’s your circadian rhythm that promotes hormone production and the rhythm of 10pm to 6pm is perfect for your revitalization.
Your Ratio of Body Fat
Being overweight and all the ill effects associated with that lifestyle are the major contribution to low testosterone levels, usually due to lack of exercise and too much processed food which contains sugar which leads to insomnia which leads to depletion of your testosterone.
Foods that give your body the vitamins and minerals you need to promote your production of testosterone are here;
These are a good source of anti-oxidents , cucumber and pomegranate juice root Ginger, beetroot.
Zinc is imperative and is found in oysters, shellfish, organic red meat, organic poultry, beans, nuts.
Organic non processed plant milks e.g oat milk, almond milk are great and so is raw cow's milk but not pasturized even if it's organic as the pasturization causes changes to the molecular structure of the mile
Beans, lentils, nuts and seeds and whole grains.
An excellent source of magnesium can be found in organic Leafy green vegetables, swiss chard, spinach and kale.
You can get your supply of Omega 3s from Oily fish Organic Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout. Free range organic eggs.
Extra Virgin Olive oil.
During a session I can guide you a better connection with your Mind-Body. The tools for getting the best out of life are within your reach and I'd love to guide you on your healing journey.
Tara le mains Author
Hello. I've been studying sexual well being and trained as a Naturopathic Sexologist and Holistic Sexual Therapist with some of the most eminent natural sexual energy masters as well as energy healing, energy medicine, meditation, mindfulness, Qi Gong and yoga for over 25 years. I've received training from some of the renown Masters in these fields such as Mantak Chia. I have a Degree in Naturopathic Sexology. I'm Certified by Breathworks UK and The British Mindfulness Institute. My passion is seeing the change in my students as a session is about learning and knowing yourself, this energy is within all of us, when you feel nurtured, the whole of you feels alive, I awaken that vitality and enable you find your positive charge.