Testosterone is the vital male sex hormone that strongly influences the ways in which we think, act and physically develop as men.
A man with a healthy level of it will naturally be courageous, dominant and assertive. (The slang synonym for these traits, “ballsy,” didn’t come about from nothing!)
He will have a strong sex drive, lots of energy and fast muscle growth.
His mind will be sharp and focused, and he will be able to sleep well at night.
As we can see, how much testosterone you have surging through your system will play a major role in how you experience just about everything in life.
Clearly, every man should strive to have a good amount of it. Unfortunately, many men in the modern world aren’t doing too well in this department, especially when compared to previous generations. This epidemic is often rightfully traced back to several detrimental lifestyle habits such as:
- Eating a poor diet
- Not getting enough exercise and/or living a sedentary lifestyle
- Using drugs (particularly opioid pain medications or steroids)
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Getting poor sleep
- Exposure to too many environmental toxins
The Other, all too Often Overlooked Factor: Mentality
Although taking good physical care of yourself is absolutely necessary for achieving optimal natural testosterone production, it won’t get you there unless you have the right mentality to accompany it.
It is, after all, an indisputable fact that testosterone production begins with the brain giving signals to the body:
The hypothalamus, located in the brain, tells the pituitary gland how much testosterone the body needs. The pituitary gland then sends the message to the testicles…
Here’s a few interesting examples taken from studies on how one can stimulate this process :
- watching one’s favorite athletes succeed (and dwelling upon the victory afterwards)
- facing a challenge head on and coming out victorious (both during and after the experience)
- having dominant body language
Mutual Sexual Intercourse vs. Masturbation
Studies have also shown that a man who frequently engages in sexual intercourse with a woman will have much higher testosterone levels than he would if he brought those orgasms about himself through masturbation.
The physiological effects of the orgasm and semen loss might be more or less the same in either case. However, it is the sexually active man’s mentality that makes his testosterone so much higher. The feelings of dominance, power and success that he experiences both during and after the sex act cause his body to reciprocate by producing more of the masculine hormone.
Masturbation, on the other hand, has quite the opposite effect.
The Testosterone Lowering Upbringing
The aforementioned generational drop in testosterone levels can be rightfully attributed to certain cultural factors experienced in many boys’ upbringings as well.
It is certainly no coincidence, for example, that this epidemic has been accompanied by a dramatic increase divorce and single motherhood rates over the past 50+ years.
Sadly, many guys are suffering the consequences of not having enough masculine influences in their lives. They aren’t taught to act like men, and their hormones show it.
Boys need strong, masculine examples to look up to and learn from. They need healthy outlets through which they can embrace and express those very traits which make them male. Without this, they will likely grow up confused, frustrated and depressed.
The Good News
If you feel you’re suffering from having grown up in a testosterone-deprived environment, there is yet hope for you.
One great thing that separates man from the rest of the animal kingdom is his ability to think and act outside of how he’s been conditioned to.
So, no matter your upbringing or current state in life, it’s never too late to start cultivating a masculine mentality.
I elaborate upon 5 prominent ways in which this can be done here: