Many people suffer hair loss, and it can be devastating to our sense of self. Hair shedding is part of a natural balance — some hairs fall out while others grow in. When the balance is interrupted — when hair falls out and less hair grows in — hair loss happens.
The three most common types of hair loss are:
Androgenic Alopecia: this is the most common cause of male and female pattern baldness. It occurs in more than 95% of men and often in a well-defined “M” pattern. In women the hair becomes thinner all over the head, but the hairline does not recede.
We can also provide you with compounded hair loss solutions! This includes using minoxidil, finasteride, items to enhance absorption like tretinoin and azelaic acid, hormones like progesterone, antifungals like ketoconazole and more. Check out this video from Central Drugs about the possibilities:
Some men have lower levels of testosterone as they age creating a decline in a feeling of general well-being or a decrease in sexual satisfaction – this is called Andropause. Not all men have low enough testosterone to warrant hormone replacement (HRT) or they have other issues where HRT is not a good idea. Here are some ideas to increase testosterone naturally, some of them may surprise you!
One can stimulate the body to influence the testosterone making pathway. Try one or all of these stimuli, they are especially effective if the testosterone is borderline or low:
Get started on a weight-lifting routine and work up to lifting heavy weights 3 times per week. The more muscle you have, the higher the testosterone levels.
Eat healthy fats, especially the omega 3’s like cold water fish or olive oil. Good fats seem to also increase luteinizing hormone, which stimulates cells in the testes to produce testosterone.
Add honey to your diet. Aside from being sweet and tasty, it also enhances serum testosterone levels in males via a variety of avenues. We do need more clinical trials in this area, however, it won’t hurt to add some honey to your tea or coffee daily.
Decrease stress. Stress decreases cortisol which pushes the pathway away from creating testosterone. If you decrease stress the pathway will go back to making testosterone. Consider meditation – it’s a great way to provide lasting benefits not only with lowered stress but better metabolic function overall. Watch funny videos – laughing a lot helps!
Target body fat below 25% – but not too fast, no more than 2 pounds per week. Obesity lowers testosterone. A one point increase in BMI was found to be associated with a 2% decrease in testosterone.
Try to have sex (on your own or with a partner) daily in the morning. Sex helps increase androgen receptor sensitivity so one is responding properly to the testosterone they have.
Consider competitive sports, and surprisingly, competitive video gaming works just as well and rooting for the winning team.
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Are you or a loved one curious about testosterone replacement therapy, also known as TRT? Testosterone naturally begins declining in men between 30 and 40 years of age. Fortunately, age related testosterone decline can be treated in a variety of ways. With proper testing and guidance, men can experience normal levels of testosterone providing energy and stamina well into advanced age.
I’ve provided some of my favorite links to reliable information to consider if you are thinking about a testosterone prescription.
Many things we do daily affect our hormones. Testosterone modifiers are crucial to address. Your naturopathic physician can review diet, lifestyle, medication, nutrient deficiencies, blood sugar, and hormonally active chemicals in our environment. Here’s a great article exploring this topic: https://ndnr.com/mens-health/testosterone-modifiers/
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