Are you ready for summer?
To spend your mornings swimming laps at the pool? Or to take afternoon walks through the Farmer’s market?
Sure, mentally, you’re geared up to make plans and get going.
But, physically, your body yearns for a few more weeks of hibernation.
And when your energy levels don’t match your desires, summer can go from fun to frustrating.
If you’re perimenopausal, menopausal (Top 7 Quotes from Women with Hormone Issues Before Menopause) or you’ve had your ovaries removed, you know your levels of estrogen are changing.
But there’s something you might not know, at least not for sure.
Testosterone could also be the culprit for your summer blues.
Yes, testosterone is often called a “male” hormone, but it’s also important for women’s mood and energy levels, sexual health and bone and heart function.
First, here are a few signs you might be experiencing low levels of testosterone (Low T):
- Lack of energy or fatigue
- Weight changes and decreased exercise stamina
- Low interest in sex
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Difficulties with sleep
If you believe you might be experiencing a hormonal imbalance or Low T, consult with your doctor first.
But, in the meantime, here are a few ways you can boost your energy and vitality to get your summer back.
1. Eat good fats and more protein
There’s a reason eating a clean, balanced diet makes the top of any health list.
When you eat refined carbs or foods high in sugar, your blood sugar and insulin spikes. This makes the body’s ability to use fat for energy drop.
A diet high in good fat, protein and veggies can increase your testosterone levels. For example, try topping your salad with olive oil, slices of avocado and lean chicken breast.
Or try out a new veggie dish, like this grilled summer squash recipe.
2. Lift weights
Any type of exercise, such as running or cycling, is great for your overall health. But lifting weights can boost your T levels.
If you’ve never lifted weights before, consider joining a circuit training class or talking with a personal trainer.
You can also rotate lifting days with cardio workouts. As an added bonus, research shows couples who exercise together have a better sex life.
3. Soak up the sun
Vitamin D can help increase your hormones and sex drive, which might explain why you feel a little friskier during the summer months.
As an all around great vitamin for mood stability and energy, you don’t have to walk farther than your front porch to get it.
Spend some time each day absorbing the rays—with ample sunscreen, of course.
4. Get some cool sleep
Humidity, high temperatures and longer days can drain your energy. And when you’re also combating Low T, you could use a good night’s sleep.
You might have to test out what temperature works best for you, but try setting it around 65 degrees before you go to bed.
5. Drink more water
Dehydration can leave you feeling drained and fatigued. During the summer months, you need to increase the amount of water you drink to stay hydrated and energized.
If you’re feeling lethargic, try drinking a glass of water over a second cup of coffee.
6. Rebalance your hormones
Your body has two ways of communicating, electrical (nerves) and chemical (hormones).
When your hormones aren’t communicating, even if you make lifestyle changes, it’s difficult to live life to the fullest.
Bio-identical hormones are identical to the ones that occur naturally in your body. They’re made from soy and yams, and your body recognizes them as it’s own.
So, when you’re low on testosterone, a medical professional can safely restore it to your natural balance.
If you’re feeling symptoms of Low T, the best step is to consult with a medical professional.
Or you can book a free consultation with us to discuss your symptoms, specific needs and ways we can get you back to feeling your best.