Testosterone, also known as androgen, is a steroid hormone that plays a significant role in the development of male reproductive tissues and in increasing muscle, bone mass and the growth of body-hair. In women, the level of testosterone is about one-tenth of the amount found in men; too much production of this hormone may result in irregular or absent menstrual periods, frontal balding, acne, enlarged clitoris, increased muscle mass, and deepening of voice.
High levels of testosterone can also result to infertility if left unchecked. In most cases you may not know whether you have too high or too low testosterone levels, unless you talk to your doctor who can perform a physical examination and assess your health situation and symptoms. On the other hand, there are things you can do to keep your testosterone levels at a minimum, such as:
- Cutting out refined carbs and excess sugar in your diet. Sugar, including artificial sweeteners, stimulates ovaries to produce more testosterone. If you get your blood sugar and insulin under control, your testosterone level goes down.
- Engaging in regular exercise. A moderate exercise do not only helps burn excess fat, it also acts in reducing your testosterone levels. Do not lift weights though, instead, stick to little “bells” that weighs no more than six pounds.
- Eating low-fat diet. Evidence shows that restricting fat to ten percent or less of total calories is a good way to keep your testosterone at the right level. Avoid monosaturated fats and have a clean bill of health.
- Getting the right amount of sleep. Don’t oversleep because testosterone, particularly the growth hormone is produced during deep slumber known as REM sleep. Sleep a couple hours a night and you’ll certainly avoid raising either hormone.
A balanced androgen hormone is also essential in boosting the overall all sexual health and in strengthening the self-confidence of the woman. Hence, it’s necessary to keep it at the right level.
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