The Best Years in Life

Articles by natural health author Barbara Minton

 

Home  Article Directory  Healthy Recipes  Natural Remedies  The TBYIL Supplement & Health Catalog  Beating/Avoiding Cancer  Pets/Animals  Humor  Diets/Weight Loss   Natural Living   Anti-Aging/Longevity   Inspiration  Contact Us

Share

 

Testosterone is the Hormone that Makes Life Worth Living

by Barbara Minton
See all TBYIL articles by Barbara Minton

(The Best Years in Life) Can you remember a time when almost every moment of life felt new, joyous, full of energy and simply wonderful?  Can you remember the kiss of a breeze on your skin, or what it felt like when the love below started talking to you? If so, thank testosterone, the hormone that made it all possible.  If you want to feel that way again, all it takes is replacing testosterone to the levels you once had. In the process you will be underwriting your own good health for years to come. 

Testosterone is the primary steroid hormone of both males and females, and its loss is a drastic, life changing event that can only be remedied by its replacement.  Optimal levels of testosterone are essential for hormone balance and the homeostasis that signals vibrant health. Testosterone is the balancing hormone for the aggressive tendencies of estrogen, and without it breast cancer becomes a real possibility, as do many other degenerative diseases.  

Although healthy males produce about eight times the amount of testosterone that healthy females do, females are more sensitive to the hormone. Testosterone levels in men and women drop as they begin to age, but that drop is more pronounced in women, with testosterone loss beginning earlier and levels declining at a more precipitous rate.

The optimal range of functioning in humans that we refer to as homeostasis occurs within a relatively narrow range.  When any hormone falls outside of that range, there are consequences that occur at the cellular, organ and systems levels.

Testosterone brings humans into full living color

Testosterone is produced in the testes in males, and in the ovaries in females.  A small amount is also produced in the adrenal glands.

In both sexes testosterone provides motivation, assertiveness, a sense of power and control, feelings of well being, and enhanced drive. With adequate testosterone anything seems possible, and men and women are able to take risks and live their lives with enthusiasm and zest. Without adequate testosterone, we exist as if in black and white. It is testosterone that brings us into full living color.

Testosterone conveys powerful anti-aging effects for men and women, primarily because of its effects on muscles and bones.  Testosterone teams up with estrogen and progesterone to increase bone mineral density and prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis. It strengthens all the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. 

Testosterone's ability to keep muscles toned extends to the heart, which is one of the largest muscles in the body.  Men are notorious for having heart attacks when their testosterone level gets low, and now researchers are finding that low testosterone is also behind the increase in heart attacks seen in middle aged women.

The fact that testosterone turns fat into toned muscle is what makes exercise workouts worthwhile.  Without adequate levels of testosterone you can spend hours at the gym without gaining hardly any benefit.

 

In addition to heart attacks, low levels of testosterone in women are associated with:

* Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
* Poor quality sleep/insomnia
* Chronic fatigue
* Weight gain/belly fat buildup
* Heightened awareness of pain
* Lipid dysregulation
* Constipation
* Mental and physical tension
* Obsessive and grinding thought patterns
* Lethargy and depression
* Irritability and anxiety
* Short term memory loss/difficulty thinking and finding words
* Hair loss
* Arthritis
* Difficulty balancing
* Loss of muscle tone and strength
* Loss of libido
* Loss of motivation and quality of life
* Sagging skin, wrinkles, loss of skin tone
* Dry skin and dry eyes
* Feeling cold when others are warm
* Loss of self-esteem
* Loss of sensitivity in the nipples
* Loss of pubic hair

Testosterone is a potent detoxifier that keeps the liver and blood vessels clean, and the skin supple and moist. It works with estrogen to promote the health of cerebral blood vessels.

Testosterone improves looks, figure, energy, outlook, enjoyment of living, mood, ability to handle stress, sex appeal and sexual fulfillment.  Testosterone improves clitoral and nipple sensitivity, libido, and the ease and quality of orgasms.  Whether you are a man or a woman, testosterone can bring back your ability to have an orgasm, one of the major signposts of good health.

Testosterone slips away unnoticed, at least at first

Females produce increased amounts of testosterone during most of what was once thought of as their prime reproductive years. Levels peak in their early twenties and as they decline, sex drive declines too. By the time a woman reaches menopause, she will have less than half of the testosterone she once had. She will also have lost elasticity in her vagina and vulva, and be experiencing painful intercourse, and a shrunken clitoris.

It is testosterone along with progesterone that balances the effects of estrogen, allowing women the full benefits of estrogen without the danger of breast or other hormone related cancers. The presence of optimal levels of all three hormones in perfect balance is why young women are almost always the picture of health.

When progesterone and testosterone levels decline, many women become estrogen dominant, a term that does not mean too much estrogen. Rather, estrogen dominance means estrogen is the dominant steroid hormone because levels of progesterone and testosterone have dwindled, and there is now nothing to balance its actions.  This is when the aging process gets into high gear and the door is opened to breast cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Testosterone is a powerful inhibitor of inflammation, the condition that many health gurus say is the opening salvo of the degenerative disease process. In addition to protecting the heart, testosterone lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol, and normalizes blood glucose levels.

Having trouble sleeping?

Remember what it was like to sleep like a rock when you were a kid?  That kind of sleep experience is lost when testosterone levels decline.  Difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, night sweats and hot flashes are signaling that you do not have optimal hormone levels and balance.  A good night's sleep is one of the first signs that you are on the mend when you restore your hormonal equilibrium. 

Do you know how critical a good night’s sleep is to your health?  Recently two different research teams have linked sleepless nights with early death and the initiation of diabetes. Interestingly, they define sleepless nights as less than six hours of sleep.

As with the other hormones, balance is the key when using bioidentical testosterone. Signs of too much testosterone in women are facial hair, coarsening body hair, acne, and aggression. If you experience any of these symptoms, it means your dose of is too high and needs to be adjusted.  Symptoms resolve quickly when this is done.

Want to learn more about testosterone and other hormones?  Many of the leading specialists in anti-aging have highly informative websites.  Here are some of the best:

http://drkathymaupin.com/

http://hormonebalance.org/

http://www.bioidenticalhormonesociety.com/

See also:

Why Progesterone is Essential for Women and Men

It's Time to Stop Being Afraid of Hormones

Replacing Lost Hormones is the Greatest Gift You can Give Yourself

Understand the Great Importance of Hormones to Your Health

For more information:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22581204
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22581204
http://alignlife.com/articles/insomnia/sleepless_nights_early_death

About the Author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

See other articles by the Barbara Minton here:

AlignLife: http://alignlife.com/author/bminton/
Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/author358.html

 

 

Your website hosts Tony Isaacs and Luella May

Click here to visit our CureZone Health Forum: Ask Tony Isaacs: Featuring Luella May ? Natural Health, Cancer, Longevity and Home & Herbal Remedies.

         

Misty*, My Buddy, Little Rascal & Lady the "found dogs" - Official Mascots of The Best Years in Life

*Rest in peace, sweet girl. Almost 17 years of wonderful memories.

   

Mountain Rose Herbs. A Herbs, Health & Harmony Com   

For the best in health information, subscribe to The Best Years in Life Newsletter featuring articles by Tony M. Isaacs

Subscribe to The Best Years in Life and The Oleandersoup Forum - Free Subscription
Powered by health.groups.yahoo.com

The TBYIL Complete Supplement & Health Catalog

Links

Contact Us

intraMAX

intraMAX™

100% Organic MicroComplexed™ IntraCELL™ Level IV Technology ~ 415 Nutrients All-In-One, Perfect Whole Foods & Phyto Nutrition ~ Super Energizing ~ All Natural Defense The Most Scientifically Advanced, Clinically Proven, Health Promoting Organic Nutritional Supplement Available Today!



 

The Krill Miracle™

The Krill Miracle™

Concentrated Omega 3, 6 & 9, Many Times More Powerful than Fish Oil

<

Available Now!
Click on the image for more information

The Best Colloidal Silver on the Planet!

Membrane Complex

Membrane Complex is one of Dr. Hans Nieper's formulas containing magnesium, calcium and potassium that supports the following systems:

Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Epthelial (skin), Digestive, Hormonal, Immune, Muscular, Nervous, Renal, Respiratory, Sensory and Skeletal.

If you would like to donate to help us keep this web site active and growing, click on the button above.   Much thanks! - Tony & Luella

The Best Years in Life
P O Box 121 Cooper TX  75432  Phone: 903-886-2436  Fax: 801-926-4273  Email: Dquixote1217[at]gmail.com- (replace [at] with @)

Disclaimer: The information on this page and on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA.  We do not diagnose, treat, cure or prevent illness or disease - instead, we try to help people learn how to do so themselves.  Anyone who believes they have a serious medical condition or health issue should seek diagnoses from a qualified medical professional before making any decisions on how to best address their health. We do not sell or advocate drugs, nor do we make any claims that anything advocated or sold on this website is a drug.  Furthermore, anyone contemplating using any products or information on this website must accept such use as experimental and voluntary.  No claims are made regarding the therapeutic use of the products or information on this website and all products featured or sold on this website must be considered nutritional supplements only.