Not interested in sex? Feeling fatigued or have low levels of energy? Or maybe you’re having trouble concentrating or feelings of depression?
These experiences can feel just horrible. They can be demoralizing, frustrating, and even concerning. While those feelings carry a heavy burden, you need to learn to put them aside, if not for a moment, so that you can look at these problems as messengers.
When your life isn’t going well, your body is giving you all kinds of signals. It’s important to learn how to interpret them, instead of just fighting them.
Low or declining testosterone is a major indicator of your overall health. If it’s down or declining, something needs to be addressed. There are a few different things that could be going on, so I’ll be sure to cover the most common and important ones.
Stress: Low testosterone could be a sign that you are overworked, under-rested, or you’re emitting too much cortisol on a daily basis.
In our culture it can be hard to identify stress because overworking is made to seem like working an appropriate amount. Some employees feel they need to stay late at work to show commitment and keep pace with their co-workers.
There are all kinds of pressures to work work work, and unfortunately, that stress erodes your testosterone levels. If your testosterone levels are declining, it’s time to do a stress audit.
Carry a journal around with you for a week and write down every time you feel your heart rate rise, your jaw clench, or tightening in your chest. Once you identify your key stressors, you can make a plan to mitigate it.
Diet: Low or dropping testosterone could very well be a sign that your current diet is not providing you with all the nutrients and minerals you need.
It could also mean that you’re consuming items that your body doesn’t really like, whether that’s allergens or inflammatory foods and drinks.
Do a week-long diet audit. Write down what you eat and how it makes you feel.
Notice whether or not you are eating enough fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and lean protein. Notice if any foods make you feel foggy or lethargic.
Activity levels: Another problem low testosterone could point to is your activity levels.
In order for the body to produce healthy levels of testosterone, you need to move around. If you are too sedentary, your body is not going to have the right impetus to produce this crucial hormone.
Our bodies were designed to be active, and though our lifestyles have changed, that fact has not. Consider hitting the gym or adopting some other type of exercise.
On the other hand, low testosterone levels could be produced by over-exercising.
If you over-exercise, your body is going to have to work extra hard to recover from your workouts, and there will not be any resources left to fuel your testosterone levels.
Try an activity audit for a week – see how much you move on a daily basis, and consider whether it is not enough, or too much.
How it all connects
It is important to understand that testosterone levels are interconnected with many other aspects of your health. Once you start connecting the dots between your health, your daily choices, and your sex life, you will have a much better understanding of what you need to do to get your health back on track.
Keeping a balanced lifestyle is not easy in our culture, so it is important that you check in with these things on a regular basis. Low testosterone levels are a sign that something is amiss, but most of the time, it is something you have the power to address.