Maybe you just turned 40 and your body is starting to feel a little different than it used to. Or maybe you’ve had a recent health problem and you are realising that you are not so young anymore. Well, face it. You have to adapt these changes and change a little bit your lifestyle.
Whatever is the reason, if you find yourself asking “What do I need to know to live long and healthy life?” – this article is for you!
There are 2 key things to remember:
- Good habits
Let’s talk about the love hormone – testosterone. If you wonder if low testosterone levels, also know as low T , will threaten your manliness, the answer is yes. And no. With low T you can lose all enthusiasm for life. Muscles can start to shrink and your body fat rapidly to increase. Not to even mention your strength and endurance – they also go down, want it or not.
But the fact is – these symptoms don’t occur in everyone with low testosterone. When your testosterone is low, you should visit your doctor at first. One of the problems what you may have is hypogonadism. If that is the case – you may have not only a low testosterone level but also erectile dysfunction.
It may be caused by:
- a problem with the pituitary gland
- a problem with the hypothalamus
- an infection like mumps
The symptoms of low testosterone can really change a man’s life. As the brain slows down, you can experience changes in your thinking. You may become irritable and depressed with little desire for sex. Research suggest that normal levels of testosterone help men stay healthier. A recent study suggests that testosterone may protect your arteries and help you to maintain that young and sexy look. We will probably find out whether testosterone is a marker of good health in the next decades. However, right now we don’t know if more testosterone in our bodies is better.
Okay, let’s talk about the second part – your habits. If you’ve adopted more bad than good health habits over the years, you could end up in a graveyard before your time. It is what it is. But good habits could help you make it to your 50th high school reunion still looking and feeling good. We will break it down for you. Five good habits are all what you need and you can think of them in terms of how your day starts.
GET GOOD SLEEP
Your mind is sharper when you get a good sleep. You can concentrate better during the day and aren’t as prone to accidents.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Yes, you saw it right – brush your teeth. It should be the first thing you do when you wake up. Research shows that your heart disease risk increases from infection. Especially, DONALD DISEASE, caused by the bacteria in your mouth that multiply all night long. Bacteria can cause chronic inflammation that damages blood vessels in the body – including the penis. One study shows that men with periodontal disease had erectile problems up to 3 times more than those who didn’t.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Drink a lot of water and avoid beverages with high fructose corn syrup. Research shows that high-fructose corn may be related to a higher incidence of gout insulin resistance, high cholesterol, belly fat, and diabetes.
DON’T BE LAZY AND DO SOME SPORTS
Training and doing cardio at 75% output – not too much and not too little is the best thing to do. Exercise raises testosterone levels and helps your nervous system adapt to stress. But don’t get too much and don’t try to be a superhero. Too much can actually do the opposite and work against you by lowering testosterone levels in your body.
HAVE A GOOD WORK ATTITUDE
Your body is designed to react to stress and then get back to life as normal. However, cortisol and all other stress hormones can lower testosterone and increase your risk of developing insomnia, digestive disorders, memory loss, heart disease, obesity and depression.
THE BOTTOM LINE
What you do have control over to an extent is the way you handle stress. The bottom line – you have to learn how to cope with life and how to adapt these
changes. Managing stress will give you peace of mind and combined with these other healthy habits perhaps a longer lasting and healthier life. If we could be more careful about our health and start to take care of sooner, the longer we will live and happier we will be. And it is normal, that we start to worry about our health only when we experience some problems. But it is not the way how it supposed to be.
We hope that after reading this article, you will sit down and think a little bit – am I taking care of myself enough? Should I do something more? And as you can see – it is not that hard and expensive to take care of yourself.
Like they say – love yourself and others will love you…