Age and Testosterone Levels: What You Need to Know

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Among all the hormones that are in a male body, it is undeniably testosterone that is the most distinguished. Testosterone is a sex hormone that is mainly produced in males. You read that right—mainly. Women also produce their own testosterone but not that much compared to those produced by men. This hormone is very important to all men because it is the one that’s responsible in making man “man”.

Before birth, testosterones are the catalysts in the formation of primary male sex organs. They continue their very important jobs in the shaping of secondary male characteristics such as deep voice, Adam’s apple, body hair, muscles, etc. It is also essential in a few important bodily functions such as bone, muscle and red blood cell formation. But I guess it’s most significant contribution in the male specie is in fueling sex drive, sperm production and reproduction.

Testosterones play a vital role in a man’s health that imbalances can have various adverse effects. Low testosterone levels can cause bone problems, diabetes, and even heart diseases. It also greatly affects behavior among men that an imbalance can cause depression and other negative behavior. However, changes in the “testosterone meter” are very normal in every man. It comes with aging.

In measuring testosterone levels, it is divided into two: total testosterone and free testosterone levels. Total testosterone levels are measured by the amount of testosterone freely flowing in your blood.

These testosterones are bound to SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) and the protein albumin. On the other hand, free testosterone levels are actually included in your total testosterone level but are measured separately as well for other health information purposes.

Free testosterones are those that are, as what its name implies, free or unbound. The unit of measurement used in measuring testosterone levels is ng/dl or nanograms per deciliter.

Testosterone levels are at its peak during puberty and early adolescence, especially at the age of 18 wherein it can reach up to 1,200 ng/dl. For the average adult male, normal testosterone levels are within the range of 270-1,070 ng/dl. By the time a man goes beyond 30, there will already be an estimated 1% decrease of testosterone levels every year. Below are the normal ranges of total testosterone levels for every age range.

Age Total testosterone level (ng/dl)
0 to 5 months 75-400
6 months to 9 years <7-20
9 to 11 years <7-130
12 to 13 years <7-800
14 years <7-1,200
15 to 16 years 100-1,200
17 to 18 years 300-1,200
19+ years 240-950
Average adult male 270-1,070
30+ years -1% per year

There is nothing to worry about when your testosterone levels start to decline. It is very normal and it happens to everybody. It is part of aging and is something that every man needs to accept. We don’t always stay lean and all muscled forever.

However it is important to make sure that the depletion or the lowering of your testosterone levels are due to aging and not because of hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a condition wherein the body does not produce the normal amount (sometimes doesn’t produce at all) of testosterone needed by the body. If this is true to your case, then it is best to consult your doctor.

Testosterone Level can be boosted by taking effective supplement such as Testofuel supplement.

10 Tips to Help You Age Gracefully

Is time seem to be running fast that your years are adding up non stop and you feel like you just want to pause for a while? Worried about how you’re looking lately in front of the mirror? Are your joints, muscles, eyes, ears, and a whole lot more body parts of yours constantly failing you? If your answer to all of these questions is a repeating “yes”, then welcome to the reality of aging.

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The Truth about Knee Pain and Aging

Do knee pain and aging really come together as a package? We often hear our folks complaining about a pain on their knee and often, they associate it with their advancing age. We assume that knee or joint pain is just a normal part of growing old and that we  just have to accept it, but that is not true, you shouldn’t just wait for your pain to pass, you also need to do something about it because it might already be something serious. There are now a lot of treatment options that you can choose from.

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When you feel pain, especially when it lasts for a very long time, it will start to affect different aspects of your life. We have been so used of our body healing itself naturally so that is what we always expect to happen, but we should know when it is already time to start seeing the doctor because you might already have arthritis. It is also important to know that there are different kinds of arthritis and it is essential that you know the most common forms.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

In this type of arthritis, the inflammation of the joints occurs on both sides of your body, the symmetry is what helps distinguish it from the other types of arthritis. Some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are fatigue, joint pain, swelling in the affected areas and joint stiffness. This could be a very dangerous disease and an early diagnosis and an aggressive treatment can help you prevent disability, maintain the joint’s function and improve the chance of survival.

Osteoarthritis

This is often referred to as degenerative joint disease and this is the most common type of arthritis in people who are older than 50 years old, basically, this is the kind of arthritis that comes with old age. As we become older, the rubbery cartilage that often serves as the shock absorber of our joint becomes stiff, causing it to lose its elasticity and become more at risk of developing further damage. As the cartilage starts to wear out, the tendons and the ligaments stretch, and that’s what causes the pain.

The most common reported symptoms include joint aches, pain and the feeling of being sore. Pain relievers and other kinds of medications may help alleviate the pain but lifestyle changes is also very important in this condition, you will need to lose weight in order to reduce pressure on your weight bearing joints.

Fending Off Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s or Dementia is one of the most feared disease these days,  while it may not hurt you physically, it attacks the emotional part of one’s being. The pain that a person feels during a heart attack might even be equal to the pain a person and his or her family feels as someone with Alzheimer’s slowly fades away before their eyes. They lose a lifetime of memories, their sense as a person and everything they used to know and care for.

With Alzheimer’s Disease, the person is still physically present but mentally, they are no longer there. They will forget who you are, what you mean to them, the eyes that once looked at you with so much warmth will now stare at you with no hint of recognition.

Alzheimer's

Yes, Alzheimer’s is one savage disease. That is why we should not just sit around and wait for it to come and get us, or any of our loved ones. So what can we do? According to research studies, a certain  lifestyle can help reduce our risk of having Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Prevention is better than cure after all, right?

But you have to know that this is also a complex disease and that there are a lot of factors contributing to your chances of developing the disease, factors like age and genetics, factors that you cannot do anything about. But here are the other factors that you can work on.

Regular Exercise

A regular physical exercise can help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease of up to fifty percent. It can also slow down the progression of the disease process on those who have already developed some cognitive problems. According to research, exercise can help protect us against Alzheimer’s by stimulating the ability of the brain to maintain the old connection and also to make new ones.

Healthy Diet

There are studies that suggest that there is a strong link between metabolic diseases and the signal processing system of the brain. So a healthy eating habit can help reduce the inflammation and promote a normal energy production for a healthy brain.

A Quality Sleep

It is common for people who have Alzheimer’s disease to suffer from sleep problems like insomnia, but a new research suggests that a disrupted sleep pattern may also be a possible risk factor for developing the disease. A lot of studies now suggests that poor sleep is associated with a higher level of beta-amyloid, it is a sticky and a brain clogging protein that can further interfere with sleep, most especially with deep sleep.

You Can Be Forever Young with Meditation

When you are already in your mid to late twenties, your brain will start to wither, it will start to decrease in weight and volume. Because of that, you can start to lose some functional abilities at such an early age. We make a fuss over our weight, over our bone health and heart health but we often forget the health of a very important organ in our body, our brain. What good is a healthy body when your mind is no longer healthy enough to even process what is going on around you? The point here is that, a healthy mind should also be at the top of your list.

Lucky for us, there are new research findings that show the good effects meditation has not only to our body but to our mind’s health as well. Of Course we are all well aware of the initial benefits of meditation like a reduced level of stress and anxiety, a decreased blood pressure and even enhanced happiness, but recent studies have shown that one of the long term effects of meditation is that it seems to inhibit the aging of our brain.

Meditation does not only cause less age related entropy on the brain’s white matter, researchers also found out that meditation also appears to help in the preservation of the gray matter of the brain. The gray matter is the tissue in the brain that contains the very important neurons. Here is a list of the effects of meditation in our brain.

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Helps Preserve the Aging of the Brain

In a study that was conducted, the participants that have been meditation for at least twenty years have more gray matter throughout their brain as compared to those who don’t meditate.

Improves Focus and Concentration

People of all ages have a hard time concentrating and focusing at times, this is not just a kid problem. A research study showed that meditation for even just at least two weeks can already improve one’s focus and concentration significantly.

Causes Volume Changes in the Key Areas of the Brain

Just eight weeks of meditation can already cause changes to certain parts if the brain, one study found that it can already increase the thickness of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. It also has the same effects to the part of the brain which play roles in regulating our emotions. Meditation also caused a decrease in the brain cell volume of the amygdala, the part which regulates stress, fear and anxiety.

Facial Yoga: The Secret to Graceful Aging

It is inevitable, we are going to age, and along with the advancing of our age, our face and body will also start to show a lifetime’s worth of stress, emotion and experiences. What most of us don’t like about aging is that our number of years here on Earth tend to show on the wrinkles, the fine lines, the bags under our eyes and the laugh lines all over our face. These days, wanting to keep a youthful appearance will cost you a lot. But there is a way to keep a younger look without having to spend a lot of money, all you really have to do is to workout your face.

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You read that right, all you really to do is to work your face out with what we call the Facial Yoga. This is a better, less expensive and a more permanent way to look great no matter how old you are.

The Benefits

It helps you relax the muscles around your eyes therefore improving your vision, it can also help you alleviate headaches and blurred vision. Facial yoga will erase your frown lines and release you from your worries, it will set your facial tone right, help you get a tighter jawline and prevent you from having a drooped posture which could lead to neck wrinkles.

Facial Yoga

Here are some of the most beneficial facial yoga that you can easily do.

  • The Scrunches

First you need to breathe in and close your eyes tightly. Purse your lips as tight as you can, bunch up your fists without having to push them downwards then make a face like you are scrunching it to stop yourself from crying. Release the pose when you already need to take a break, that will help relax your whole face.

  • Calm Down

Briskly rub your hand together in order to warm them up, next close your eyes and then cup your warm palms over your eyes. Then take a deep breath using your nose and hold your breath for as long as you can. This is going to relax your eyes and ease your tensed up muscles and emotions.

  • Neck Stretch

The neck stretch will make you look like a zombie dancing in Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video, but then it will help tighten your neck muscles. First you have to tilt your head to the right, touch your ear to your shoulder if you can but you have to do it without raising your shoulder. Next, lift your left hand up, point your fingers towards the floor and push your arm down.

Nature’s Botox Alternative

We all want to age gracefully, but there are a lot of contributing factors that hinders a lot of us from achieving that. One of the major contributor is, of course, our constant companion named stress. Stress is the culprit as to why those fine lines are already showing up in our faces at such a young age. Another factor that may hinder you from aging gracefully is the amount of sleep you are getting, let’s admit it, we only get eight hours of sleep or more for just a day or two in one week.

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Good genes would also play a significant role in a graceful aging, if you have it, then you’re almost good. But for those who do not, those who are already showing obvious signs of aging on their faces but still want to look their best at a mature age find ways to maintain their youthful appearance. This is why so many people spend a lot of their money, exhaust all of their resources for procedures and treatment to erase those fine lines and wrinkles, procedures like botox.

Botox isn’t cheap and that is not a one time procedure, so you must really need to have money for it. But what I told you that you can age gracefully without the help of botox, all you really need to do is eat. Yes, eat. Eating the right food can produce amazing results! Start eating right and you will definitely not need the help of a cosmetologist later on. Here are some food items that have natural botox effects.

Red Pepper

Did you know that red peppers contain twice as much Vitamin C as an orange? And according to health experts, it is their abundance of vitamin C that allows them to act as a natural botox and help you prevent wrinkles. Vitamin C is the primary ingredient in a lot of skincare and beautifying products, that is because it acts as an aid for the body to produce collagen, that is a protein that forms our skin’s basic structure. Vitamin C also helps tighten your skin.

Beets and Tomatoes

Remember this: fruits and vegetables that have a red color are a great source of antioxidants that we know as lycopene. Lycopene increases the production of collagen in our body, they also fight the damage that sun does our skin.

Prunes

It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B and C, those vitamins can also hasten the replacement of damaged cells in our body by speeding up the cell renewal process.

Soy Products

These foods contain genistein, it is a chemical that increase the production of collagen in the body and protects our skin from the cellular damage. They are also rich in protein.

Importance of Drinking Water

Just like oxygen, water is something that goes beyond a human being’s need. It is a crucial substance that our bodies need to intake not just because of its benefits but due to the fact that it is essential in keeping ourselves healthy.

Water portrays many important roles in our lives, from fulfilling chores up to keep ourselves healthy. This clear fluid may be losing its popularity due to newer liquids being offered both on the market and on the medical field, but there are certain things that this plain and blunt water could do better. Below are some of the importance of water that not everyone may know.

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Weight Loss

If you want to lose some weight, increasing your water intake is a good start. Research has proved that drinking water before a meal would help you lose weight faster, increase in water dosage helps us to eat less by making us feel full, and it may also boost metabolism.

Being Hydrated is a Must

Water is an important substance for most workout, it becomes especially important in order to keep you hydrated even during long workouts. When you are exercising for an hour or more, drinking water with carbohydrates and salts can help maintain your body’s fluid balance which helps athletic performance and helps people prevent post-exercise stress and fatigue.

Protection Against Cancer

Studies have proved that the greater is your fluid intake, the lesser chance for bladder cancer. As supported by the study, urinating frequently prevents the formation of bladder carcinogens. Staying hydrated may also protect you from the risk of colon cancer or breast cancer. Drinking it may help prevent headaches, naturally.

A Way to Protect Our Kidneys

Kidneys removes the wastes from our bodies that are left behind by the food we ate, it also helps control our blood pressure, and keeps our fluids balanced; it is important to keep our systems healthy and running. One of the best way to keep our systems working is through drinking a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated. It would also aid on keeping those systems clean and remain in good shape.

Joints and Cartilage Protection

Water keeps our cartilage around our joints hydrated and lithe enduring it to remain lubricated. Water also protects our spinal cord and tissues to keep it healthy from the inside. 85 percent of our cartilage that coats our bones is made up of water, so to keep this protective material healthy, we need to keep ourselves hydrated.

Stress Management for Your Health

What causes stress is our view of coping up with our existence; we experience stress normally because physically and psychologically we react to different factors of life that would make us survive. In this particular side of our mind we are battling for everything, we all know that living in this world is not easy and with that we get ourselves too focused on surviving and stress goes along with it. With all of these thoughts that may have contributed and piled on our minds we tend to do multitasking and beating deadline is a goal; we eventually deprive ourselves from being well, risking not only our physical and emotional aspect but also our health.

stress management

Stress is not something we would stumble upon in the park rather it is a side effect of existing and dealing with earthly things, as we take in stress in we also put our health to the test that is why stress management is important.  Stress management gives you the choice of resetting the red button because with stress your body gives off energy and tends to change the homeostasis of the mind and body; thus, will help you control the factors that may contribute to stress.

It is not only that we see signs of stress physically in our body; stress can also be felt inside resulting to unhealthy body and life. Too much stress may cause problems, problems in relationship and life not to mention health problems which will be the end point of everything; that is why have to learn how to manage stress to avoid these circumstances.

Doing It the Wrong Way

When we are stressed from work we often do things to relieve or alleviate stress, we often neglect the effects of these things for we are more focused on how to immediately get away with stress.  Listed below are unhealthy common habits that we consider stress reliever.

Smoking

One of the most common vices done by all ages to cope with stress is smoking; undeniably one of the common causes of serious health problems in the long run.

Drinking

Drinking is said to create a relaxing mood; enjoyed alone or with friends, drinking has always been the common getaway vice of people from stress.

Taking in Pills or Relaxant

Prohibited because of its effects, taking in pills or any forms of drugs for relaxation is proven to be one of the most dangerous stress reliever, these does not only affect our health but also the possibility of being dependent of its effects.

The Right Way

There may be different forms of relieving stress, but to learn how to manage stress is the most important thing to focus and should take into consideration. Managing stress doesn’t need to put health at risk, it all have to start from us by altering our behavioral ways and practices. Listed below are few healthy ways to cope up with stress.

Get Socially Active

Being socially active does  not only help you alleviate stress but could also improve your social being; it will help you focus on other things rather than focusing directly to the problem thus giving you the time to relax and be open to other possible things that may help you with your problem.

Exercise

Getting yourself active with various sports or joining in any dance class will help you entertain yourself and eventually will turn you into a more positive kind of person; these stress remedy is not only beneficial in managing stress but also will get your health active.

Control Yourself and the Situation

We all know that when stress eats us up we often forget to control ourselves, the healthy side of this coping mechanism is you get the chance to control the circumstances turning worst into its best by altering  your  emotions and reactions; thus creating a new space for a better possibility in solving a problem.

Health Benefits of Meditation

As a human being, you are bound to have a lot of responsibilities and problems that should be settled in a given time, stress and pressure gets your way and it does not only affect the quality of work you produce; it may also harm your body and health. Though stressors are already considered to be a common attribute on one’s lifestyle, solutions were created to, hopefully, put an end to these stressors or to protect one’s self from the harm it might bring.

meditation

Meditation had been considered to be an effective form of stress reduction method. It has the potential to improve one’s quality of life through allowing them to make better decisions, it may also decrease healthcare costs through getting yourself away from illnesses caused by stress and depressions. Meditation involves achieving a state of awareness where in excessive stress producing activities of one’s mind is calmed and neutralized without taking away your effectiveness or reducing your alertness. Other than the mentioned benefits, below are some health benefits that meditation has to offer.

Immunity Increase

Deep relaxation or meditation could boost one’s immunity especially for cancer patients. Progressive muscular relaxation, especially when practiced daily, could reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, a month of relaxation exercises could boost natural killer cells on elderlies, giving them a stronger resistance against tumors and viruses.

Balance on One’s Emotions

Balancing one’s emotions means to free yourself from neurotic behavior that results on the existence of a tortured and traumatized ego.  This is hard to cure but meditation could certainly aid such neurosis and unhealthy emotional states. As your consciousness is cleansed from emotionally unwanted memories and flashbacks, not only does a freedom from those pains, but also you’ll gain balance on your emotions.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Meditation does not only affect one’s ability to focus, it also could help the person control emotions to avoid trigger of unwanted illness. Research has found that meditation and constant practice of deep relaxation could lower the risk of high blood pressure, it lowers blood pressure making the body less responsive to stress hormones.

Strengthens The Ability to Stay Calm

The difference between those who are meditating and those that don’t is that they have lesser tendencies of having illnesses that is linked to depression, mental pressure and stress, and nervous breakdowns. As you meditate, you allow yourself to let go of unwanted emotions in order to feel calmer and put your senses on a relax state; in that way stress hormones are eliminated, thus, making way for a healthier you.