John Cena and his WWE opponents might epitomize the macho mayhem testosterone is supposed to create. But that mostly male hormone (gals have 5 percent to 10 percent of guys levels) fosters more than posturing and aggression. Its important for sexual desire and satisfaction, brain size and function, muscle tone and, surprisingly, honesty.
A recent study found that men dosed with a bit of extra testosterone lied less frequently than those without the hormone helper.
Why does testosterone reduce lying? Seems the hormone works in the brain to promote ethical behavior and feelings of social cooperation, possibly by reducing fear, making you more resilient to stress and more self-confident. So, guys, young or old, peace-loving or not so much, there are many benefits from making sure you have a good supply of the juice you need to stay healthy and honest. Heres how you can naturally boost your testosterone levels:
1. Lower your BMI (body mass index). Every two-point drop in BMI increases circulating testosterone by a corresponding two points.
2. Reduce your alcohol intake: Daily moderate drinking can lower levels by 7 percent.
3. Relax with meditation, mindfulness or aerobic exercise. Stress increases fat deposits that turn testosterone into estrogen.
4. Sleep seven to eight hours a night, every night. Deep REM sleep is when most testosterone is made. Sweet dreams, indeed.
The You Docs Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com. A King Features syndicate.