When people hear “testosterone,” the first thing that usually comes to mind is “male hormone.” However, women produce testosterone too, which is required to fight weight gain, loss of sexual libido, depression, memory problems, heart disease, loss of muscle tissue, and even osteoporosis.
A woman’s testosterone levels can often decrease during menopause, or as a result of living an unhealthy lifestyle associated with the consumption of high-fat foods and lack of exercise. One of the most effective ways to treat low testosterone and low hormone production is through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy; however, women may be able to boost their hormone levels through exercise, a healthy diet, and by reducing stress.
Eat a balanced, healthy diet
To boost testosterone levels, women should avoid going on diets that restrict or omit certain food groups altogether, and eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, legumes, and lean protein. Restricting calorie intake along with healthy carbs and fats will only contribute to the decline of testosterone.
Perform strength-training exercises
Studies have shown that women who engage in short and intense strength-training sessions under 45 minutes can boost testosterone production while also promoting the loss of fat. Additionally, strength-training can boost a woman’s mood, confidence, and sexual libido.
Reduce exposure to toxins
Exposing your body to toxins will disrupt your body’s hormones and result in both estrogen and testosterone decline. Stop using plastic cups and dishes that contain BPA, and stop using makeup and other skincare products that contain harmful chemicals and ingredients such as parabens, paraffin, formaldehyde, imidazolidinyl urea, sodium lauryl sulphate, methylisothiazolinone, propylene glycol, and isopropyl alcohol.
Signs you might be low in testosterone
If you are a woman who is experiencing at least seven of the below symptoms, you might be suffering from low testosterone:
- Poor memory and concentration
- Depression and anxiety
- Dry skin
- Thinning skin
- Loss of sexual libido
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Osteoporosis or loss of bone density
- Loss of muscle tone in legs and arms
- Difficulty with maintaining or building muscle
- Weight gain around the abdomen region
If you are suffering from hormone imbalance, Rock Creek Wellness offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you rebalance and sustain your hormone levels. Our pellet hormone program is designed for patients seeking a quick and affordable entry to bioidentical hormone therapy in Kansas City. Contact us today at 913-727-7700 to request a free consultation.