In today’s busy world, stress is a fact of life. While no one can prevent high levels of stress from popping up on occasion, if high stress becomes a chronic day-to-day issue for long periods of time, it can begin to change the way hormones work in the body.
What happens in the body during high levels of stress? The body’s response to stressful situations is to release a number of hormones from two organs located just above the kidneys, called the adrenal glands. In response to prolonged stress, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, which helps to maintain energy levels for longer periods of time. In normal functioning of the body, this is an important hormone, but in excess and over time, too much cortisol can be hard on the body.
How can stress affect testosterone levels? Hormones are made from cholesterol produced in the liver, and hormones have the same basic building block. When high levels of stress affect the body on a regular basis, it gives the body a priority of creating cortisol over testosterone. In this way, high stress and high cortisol levels are associated with low testosterone.
Low testosterone is associated with many health symptoms in men. The most common are low libido, difficulty with erections, low energy, increased weight gain, and poor mood or irritability. Low testosterone is also correlated with poor blood sugar control, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.
The best way to improve testosterone levels in the face of chronic stress is to treat not only the low testosterone, but the adrenal glands as well. Temporary hormone replacement therapy, or treatments aimed at increasing your body’s natural production of testosterone can help bring your testosterone levels back up. In addition, it is helpful to take a natural medicine that will help to strengthen the adrenal glands, reduce stress, and maintain healthy cortisol levels throughout the day. By approaching the issue from these two angles, you will achieve faster and longer lasting benefits than from just using testosterone replacement alone.
Finally, it helps to recognize when chronic stress has become too much of a factor in your life, and recognize the symptoms of low testosterone if you are having them. If this means you, what can you do to reduce the amount of stress in your life? Getting a good enough amount of sleep and taking some time to relax are two very powerful and simple ways to boost your testosterone and your health in general.