Did you know there’s a natural way to increase testosterone levels?

At Nimbus, we care about you, and we are here to make your life better in more ways than one. Low testosterone and hair loss are common problems plaguing the American man. Low testosterone affects as many as 40% of men by the age of 45, and hair loss occurs in two out of three men by 35.1,2 Nimbus provides multiple solutions to both common problems. We are here to make you feel good, look good, and perform your best with our advanced at-home hormone and genetic testing. We then take those results and create a personalized prescription and over the counter treatment plans based on your unique results. We then customize the exact ingredients and ratios, for your medications, and provide supplement and lifestyle recommendations that are unique to your own biochemistry and lab work. Nimbus was developed and is run by pharmacists and physicians that care about your personal health and wellbeing. To us, you aren’t just a statistic!

What lifestyle changes help improve testosterone levels?

In addition to prescription treatments to treat low testosterone, there are many lifestyle habits and supplement approaches you can take to increase your testosterone naturally if it’s determined that you are not in need of prescription treatment but would still enjoy the benefits of increasing your energy levels and improving your body composition. The first approach you can take is maintaining a healthy body weight.1 It is well documented that losing weight and maintaining a healthy body weight, for your age and activity level, can increase testosterone levels naturally.1,2 Maintaining a healthy body weight is achieved through the combination of eating a healthy and balanced diet while focusing on the consumption of a variety of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from whole food sources.1,2 Increasing the consumption of lean meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, high in dietary fiber, and performing routine weight lifting and cardiovascular exercise routines throughout the week can greatly improve testosterone levels.2 A scientific study conducted in 2016, found that increased physical activity had a greater effect on increasing testosterone than caloric restriction from diet alone.3 Getting enough sleep is also crucial for improving testosterone levels. Consistency is key here! Aiming for 7-8 hours of restful sleep per night can ensure that your hormone levels will remain optimal or even increase if they are on the lower end of the normal lab range.1 It has been shown that in healthy males who received only 5 hours of sleep for 7 consecutive days had their daytime testosterone levels decreased by 10-15% overall.4

What supplements or natural products can I take to improve my testosterone?

In addition to the lifestyle changes we mentioned previously, there are some dietary supplements and natural products that have shown to be beneficial in boosting testosterone levels. Vitamin D has been fshown to increase testosterone in men who are supplemented with roughly 3,000 units of Vitamin D daily according to a 2011 study in 165 men.2,5 In addition to vitamin D, men who had low zinc levels were also shown to have lower testosterone levels. As a result, zinc itself plays a key role in regulating testosterone.6 Luckily, at Nimbus we take the guesswork out what other natural supplements you can take to help increase your testosterone naturally. At Nimbus, we offer a unique dietary supplement product called Alpha Male X to take the guesswork out of this very issue. Alpha Male X was developed by Nimbus’s founder and owner, Dr. Jobby John PharmD. Alpha Male X is a unique blend of 8 synergistic herbal ingredients with clinical evidence backing their stress relief and testosterone boosting effects.7 Alpha Male X contains a unique blend of zinc, longjack, ashwagandha, Tribulus terrestris, ginseng, stinging nettle, velvet bean, and grape seed extract.7 

No other commercially available supplement has the unique ingredient combination that Alpha Male X has. Let’s briefly talk about each of the ingredients and how they can improve testosterone levels. Longjack is a plant that has been shown to increase DHEA levels, an important testosterone precursor hormone.8 It also increases muscle size and strength, accelerate recovery from exercise, and reduce overall feelings of stress and fatigue.7,9 Ashwagandha is one of the most widely studies natural products for improving testosterone.7 Ashwagandha is a type of natural “adaptogen” meaning that it helps the body regulate a variety of systems associated with overall wellbeing and has been shown to increase lean muscle mass, strength, and reduce overall anxiety and stress.7,10 Tribulus terrestris is another plant that improves circulating testosterone, in males and estrogen in females.7,11,12 Tribulus terrestris also improves sexual and can also improve exercise and sexual performance when taken regularly.7. Ginseng is another highly studies plant has a variety of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.7 Ginseng aids in increasing blood flow and improving symptoms of erectile dysfunction, which is a common symptom that often occurs in patients with lower-than-normal testosterone levels.7,13 Stinging nettle is a plant that acts similarly to Tribulus terrestris, meaning that it binds to a compound in the body that transports testosterone and other hormones to their cites of action, called Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). When SHBG levels are high, less testosterone is in its free form to work properly. Stinging Nettle binds to SHBG, thus freeing up testosterone to work properly.7,14 Velvet bean is a plant compound found in Alpha Male X, and it contains amounts of a naturally occurring compound called L-DOPA.7,15 L-DOPA is an important regulator of dopamine and epinephrine which are both needed to regulate testosterone production.7,15 The last ingredient in Alpha Male X is grape seed extract. Grape seed extract, at high enough doses, can increase testosterone production and prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and other inactive compounds, by reducing the activity of the enzyme called aromatase.7,16

Putting it All Together

So we’ve talked about a wide variety of natural ways to increase your testosterone today. Don’t be overwhelmed as there is a lot of information to take in on this oftentimes sensitive subject. The bottom line is this, if you believe that you may be suffering from low testosterone or would like to explore ways to naturally increase your testosterone, increase your energy levels and improve your overall well being, don’t hesitate to reach out to the medical professionals at Nimbus Healthcare. It is well documented that exercising regularly, improving your diet and sleep patterns, and supplementing with dietary supplements and natural products are all ways you can naturally improve your testosterone levels without resorting to prescription treatments. At Nimbus, we look forward to working with you and we are here to make you feel good, look good, and perform your best at any stage of your life. 

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