If you’re the kind of gentleman who seeks out the calibre of companionship at Girls From Paradise then chances are you pay attention to details and can appreciate the finer things in life. One thing that can really affect our drive to seek out and enjoy the kinds of experiences only few ever dream of is a relatively simple chemical that’s been generating big headlines lately: testosterone.
Aspiring cyclists crave it, big supplement manufacturers want to make you think they can increase it, and every giant pharmaceutical company in the land is busy at work trying to package it into an easy to digest little pill. But what is the ‘big-T’ and why has it become the heath industry’s latest fountain of youth?
Forget the MayoClinic and WebMD, Girls From Paradise has all the answers to your burning testo-related questions and we’ll tell you everything your need to know about testosterone and how to make it work for you.
What Is Testosterone Anyway?
Not to overstate it, but testosterone could accurately be described as the fuel of manliness.
It’s derived from cholesterol and is produced men starting at just seven weeks old – that’s seven weeks after conception so really negative 28 weeks old. It’s responsible for everything from Phallic enlargement in puberty, growth of body hair, growth of adams apple and pretty much everything that makes being a teenager so much fun.
Once we’re adults, testosterone continues to be a huge driver of our physicality and mental state. T levels directly correlate to sex drive and competitiveness in men. Here are just a few of things scientists have learned recently about how this little steroid affects us:
- T is important for almost every kind of animal – from reptiles to rodents to birds and humans.
- Women experience a spike in testosterone levels immediately following orgasm (kind of makes one want to go get a PhD if you can run these kinds of experiments).
- Women with high Estrogen are inherently attracted to men with high T. How can you spot a woman with high E? Generally she’ll have the prototypical slim waist, voluptuous hips and bus silhouette like Christina Hendricks (Joan from Mad Men) and it has be proven multiple times that this type of woman can’t get enough of men who display the characteristics of having high T levels.
- The phenomenon of ‘home field advantage’ is due to testosterone: this study found that T levels in football players was significantly higher before home games than before away games.
- Don’t skimp on kissing: The Journal of Evolutionary Psychology found that during the act of open mouth kissing a man’s salivary testosterone is actually absorbed through the woman’s mucus membranes and increases her arousal.
- Key brain functions such as spatial awareness, memory and attention are all affected by T levels, and low levels may lead to increased risk of Alzheimers.
- Men in long term relationships have lower testosterone. Unfortunately falling in love decreases a man’s T levels while at the same time increasing a woman’s. Fatherhood also decreases levels.
- Chopping wood for 1 hour can increase testosterone levels by 50%.
Finally, if you really want to get a feel for just how massive an impact this hormone has on everything from your personality, to your libido to your body shape have a listen to this episode of the This American Life podcast
To hear from real people who have either had their T levels drastically reduced or increased for medical reasons, and how it affected everything.
Testosterone Is Important, I get it. So What Can I do About it?
Glad you asked. Here’s the thing about T: your body produces it at varying levels throughout your life. As we mentioned earlier, it starts as early as seven weeks after conception. Levels really jump, interestingly, in babies 4-6 weeks old. Apparently this is a crucial period in brain development and the increased testoterone production is what creates all the connections that make a ‘male’ brain.
After infancy, T wields its mighty influence again at puberty then continues to rise each year until we’re 18 years old. At 19, testosterone levels are pretty constant in men for the next 10 years until we hit 30, then the inevitable happens and levels start to decrease at 1% per year.
That’s right: as early as thirty we start producing less and less of the ever powerful life juice. But don’t despair dear reader! One of the hottest areas of research is how to naturally – through lifestyle changes that are good for you anyways – increase testosterone levels. Exploring the myriad ways to get back on the T express train and reap all the benefits will be the focus of our next post.