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Could Low Testosterone be the Missing Piece?

*For informational purposes only, not medical advice.


As women, we all know that it's often necessary to "encourage" our health care providers to dig a little deeper to find the root cause of whatever ails us. Even if we're overall pretty healthy, there are a lot of complaints that get brushed off as "normal" or "aging related". Normal doesn't mean optimal, and I'm the queen of digging as deep as humanly possible to figure out root cause, so I'll plant this seed in your brain, and if you feel like you relate to what I'm laying out for you, please go see your doctor and push for appropriate testing and remedial solutions. There are way too many of us exhausted, anxious, and not living the vibrant life that we could be, and I really feel that blaming motherhood is a copout.


Isn't testosterone a male thing?


Primarily, yes, testosterone is the most widely know hormone that is dominant in men. But women need adequate amounts of testosterone as well (lower amounts than men) in order to have ample energy, consistent moods, muscle strength and a healthy libido.


What can happen if a middle aged woman has low testosterone?


We feel like garbage. Persistent fatigue, irritability, mood swings, and even symptoms of depression and anxiety are all common complaints. A couple things that aren't immediately noticeable are decreased muscle mass and strength, and also changes in bone density. These two symptoms are alarming because as we age, it's ridiculously important to try our best to maintain muscle mass. The loss of muscle causes soooooo many problems with our mobility and quality of life. If a hormone imbalance is to blame for what could be irreversible damage, I'd want to know about it ASAP. A few other signs are dry skin, reduction in skin elasticity, hair thinning, low libido, hot flashes, weight gain and disrupted sleep patterns.


Please note that certainly, these symptoms can also be caused by a million and six other medical conditions, and that's why it's important to talk with your doc.





What can we do about it?


Again, go see your doctor and have a discussion. Read some medical journals online and dig a little deeper for yourself. Information is simply information, and the more you know, the better equipped you are to advocate for yourself (not that you should have to, but that's a different talk for a different day).


We can also be proactive with our diet, as there are many foods that are proven to help with balancing hormones. Not surprisingly, all of these foods are also on the list to help with dozens of other conditions. It's almost as if, your food does matter!





Cruciferous Veggies: Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, etc have compounds that regulate estrogen levels. By promoting a balance between estrogen and testosterone, these veggies could make a difference.


Eggs: A great food all around for protein and fat, but in this instance, it's the vitamin D in the eggs. Vitamin D is know to support testosterone production.


Lean Proteins: Chicken, turkey, and fish all give us amino acids and amino acids also support hormone production.


Nuts and Seeds: They contain a good amount of omega 3 fatty acids that optimize testosterone levels in women.


Avocado: Monosaturated fats also assist in the production of testosterone.


Spinach: It's the magnesium in spinach that helps with testosterone. Magnesium affects so many bodily functions that it makes a huge difference when you're not getting enough.


Oysters: I'm not a fan, but they do contain a lot of zinc, which is arguably the most crucial mineral for testosterone production.


Berries: all berries are loaded with antioxidants, which reduce inflammation in the body. Less inflammation means that our systems can work as designed.


Red Grapes: this isn't yet confirmed research, but the resveratrol in grapes seems to have a positive impact on all hormone levels.


Olive Oil: The monosaturated fat in olive oil promotes healthy hormone production.


Whole Grains: rich in fiber and nutrients, they also stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce insulin spikes, which has a positive effect on testosterone production.


And finally, as a shameless plug for exercise, adequate physical activity also promotes healthy hormones, in addition to promoting the rest of the full body processes.


Remember that just because something is "normal", it doesn't mean that it's optimal, and we deserve a lot more than the brush off when we're talking about concerns about our health. Don't put it off and don't continue to suffer silently when you could be one more puzzle piece away from the solution! There's no award for the mom that suffers the most.


Talk Soon,

Emily


 

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