Masculinity is not an old misogynistic idea to characterize some hairy men and beer drinkers who never cry and treat women as objects. If you want to come across as an alpha male, you need to take complete and responsible control of the reins of your lives, professionally, physically and in your relationships with others.

Physical force and psychological intelligence are intimately interlinked. This link, this factor of vital force and virility is a hormone called testosterone.

What is the use of testosterone?

This hormone exists in both sexes, although it is more prevalent in men. Testosterone is classified as androgenic hormones, that is, those that cause the development of male sexual characteristics. It manages many health parameters, be it bone density, blood composition, decreased fat, resistance to stress, protection against diabetes, the risk of stroke, immunity or brain development. It is, therefore, essential to our health. It is also associated with more aggressive behavior, increase in libido and regulates the "male vitality".

How is testosterone produced by the body?

Produced by the testicles (95%) and in small quantities by the adrenal glands, the concentration of testosterone level is controlled by the brain and the pituitary gland.

In simple words, the hypothalamus indicates to the pituitary gland the quantities of testosterone that the body needs. The pituitary then decodes this information and transfers it to the testicles that execute and produce the requested quantities. These communications are not made through a neural channel, but through chemical and hormonal signals transmitted through the blood.

Does testosterone production decline with age?

Studies indicate that the level of testosterone produced in the body decreases by 1% every year after the age of 40. Another contributing factor to an early decline in the testosterone levels is the sedentary lifestyle. There are also certain foods that can kill your libido and lower your testosterone levels.

Is my testosterone level low?

Testosterone deficiency is one of the common sexual health problems across the world that men are either not aware of, or refrain from talking. Testosterone production varies a lot from one man to another, and the levels of this hormone fluctuate throughout the day - they are usually higher in the morning. The possible symptoms of low testosterone are decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased number of sperms, hot flashes, depression, irritability and inability to concentrate, and shrinkage and softening of the testicles.

How is a testosterone deficiency treated?

Testosterone deficiency presents real risks for men's health. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is one of the common methods. Other medications include gels, patches, or injections. Alternate therapies of natural solutions to boost testosterone levels include weight loss (if you are obese or overweight), quitting smoking and alcohol and staying physically active.

Thus, either you take the lead and choose a healthier lifestyle so you do not have to rely on the medications or you turn to external solutions to fill the testosterone deficiency. These, however, may have some side effects. For those with very low levels of testosterone, it is recommended to combine the two options to maximize your chances and regain the ardor and passion of your youth in bed.