Testosterone production in your body can be influenced by many activities. By making healthy choices for nutrition and exercises, you can boost your natural T without the need for damaging injections that permanently hinder your body’s ability to produce on its own. It has been established that testosterone injections can lead to your body shutting down test production. Thereafter, if you discontinue injections, you suffer as your body no longer has a capacity for sex drive and all the other benefits that come from a healthy hormone balance.
Here is some advice on the best way to promote natural testosterone production in your body, legally, with the help of exercise, diet, supplements and other natural means. To avoid overusing the word, going to abbreviate it to T often in this article below.
Things you eat can dramatically boost male hormones easily. Here are things you can eat (or not eat) that will increase your levels of male hormone.
Avoid Sugar Like the Plague
I could go on and on about the bad effects of sugar, but that is the subject of another post. My blog is mainly about eating right and proper diet so you can properly strength train, look and feel great even as you get older. This may seem elementary to my regular readers from other posts, but in case you’re in the majority of people who are addicted to sugar, let me tell you a bit about myself.
For the earlier part of my life, I was addicted to sugar. I went years without even drinking water, my only drink being coca cola. Junk food was the staple of my diet. I weighed 280 pounds at 6’4″ and a huge set of moobs. If I get brave here someday I’ll post a pic.
I got rid of them and dropped a lot of weight. I fluctuate between various eating patterns to try different things, but there is only one constant between my various eating patterns: I cut out sugar and processed foods. I didn’t originally set out to naturally boost my T, but I did have a huge problem with it, and cutting sugar had the fantastic side effect of replenishing my body with more youthful features. My eyebrows grew back in thicker. I felt a huge increase in sex drive. I practically feel like I went back in time 20 years.
Cut down on sugar, this is probably the biggest thing you could do to increase your male hormone balance naturally.
Supplement and Eat Foods With Zinc
There’s an awesome website I use when I want to find out the nutriative value of various foods (whfoods.com). Their page for zinc is here. It’s not just about what foods are high in zinc, but also that are healthy. For instance, its pretty common knowledge that oysters are good for upping sex drive. However, oysters are really bad for you. They’re one of the top 10 dirtiest foods you can eat. Aside from norovirus and other various diseases,
University of Arizona researchers who studied oysters from so-called certified-safe beds discovered that 9 percent were contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Still hungry? “We found E. coli in 100 percent of Gulf Coast locations, and in high amounts,” says Lynn Joens, Ph.D., the study author.
So then, the goal is not to eat foods high in zinc. Instead, it is to pick the healthiest foods that are simultaneously high in zinc. That is what the whfoods.com site is good for. Their top 5 “very good” foods for zinc are beef, spinach, asparagus and mushrooms.
Putting together a healthy diet is like matching the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, for me at least. My morning routine typically includes a beef protein shake, along with spinach, mushrooms and asparagus sauteed in olive oil. Not only does it taste great, they are all nutritionally superior foods that provide a literal ton of benefits, one of them being a high natural intake of zinc (sexual drive is very important!) I also throw in eggs and sometimes tomatoes (also high in zinc). It’s a satisfying meal that keeps me full for a very long time. It is also nearly zero carbs if you wish to enjoy the benefits that type of diet brings.
In fact, as I write this now, it is approximately one hour after I had exactly this for breakfast. I can describe my energy as 100%, my mind focus at 100%, and some kind of great feeling of digestion that is hard to describe, kind of like I FEEL the goodness of the nutrients from breakfast projecting and charging my body up. My satiation level is at 100%, and absolutely no desire to eat bad food and zero desire to cheat, snack and no cravings. Your body knows when you’ve eaten a superior meal. I highly recommend switching to this kind of diet, and remember, this is coming from someone who only ate junk food for years (so I completely understand what the other path feels like).
If you find you enjoy your diet, but it doesn’t have all the zinc you want, its fine to take a zinc supplement — in fact, there’s nothing wrong taking one even if your diet has plenty of Z. Acute toxicity is at around 200 mg/day, which induces diarrhea and irritableness. I like Zinc Picolinate (a 50mg capsule).
Strength Training Will Boost T
It is true, lifting weights will boost your testosterone. Here is a study about effects of T with resistance training. A summary of the report,
In conclusion, the data presented here indicate that strength training can induce growth hormone and testosterone release, regardless of age.
Bodybuilding and testosterone can compliment each other. Whether you’re looking to increase your sex drive, or look and feel younger, or get assistance in getting better gains with bodybuilding, they can help accomplish the same goals!
Sex drive is boosted by testosterone. Also, when you bodybuild your charisma and appearance is more conducive to having sex more often (looking cut and muscular doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have Arnold Schwarzenegger sized arms, by the way).
Boosting your T gives you a more youthful features. One of the things I noticed is that when I was in my 20s, my eyebrows were a lot thicker. Later on, in my 40s, I noticed my eyebrows were thinning out (and I assumed this was linked to testosterone being deficient). Later, when I changed my diet and did all the steps found in this article, I noticed my eyebrows became thick again — and I was very surprised at how this really gives me a more youthful look. When it comes to bodybuilding, looking and feeling younger comes with a strong physique. Again, if your goal is to have a more youthful appearance, increasing T and strength training both accomplish the same goal.
Lastly, if you ARE wanting to bodybuild for an amazing physique that DOES look more like Arnold, testosterone is proven to be necessary to actually get the gains you’re looking for.
In summary of this section, if you really want to elevate your T levels naturally, you really need to consider lifting weights or using resistance-type exercise gear.
This is more of a case of “low T if you don’t have it”, rather than “high T if you have plenty of it”. In rat tests, low vitamin B6 equates into low T. However, high levels of B6 does not equate into elevated levels of T. The question is this: is your diet deficient in Vitamin B6? If so, you may be suffering from low test just because of the deficiency.
Horny Goat Weed as Herbal Supplement
Horny goat weed is commonly recommended for bodybuilding, boosting testosterone and as an aphrodisiac. All of these are of course very closely related. Its use as an aphrodisiac goes back many centuries in China. Its main ingredient is considered to be icariin, which also blocks PDE-5 (what does that mean? Its the same thing that Viagra does). It doesn’t accomplish this as well as viagra does, but well enough that Horny Goat Weed is considered an a sex drive booster.
That’s great about sex drive, but what about the testosterone? This study in rats found 80mgs of icariin was able to triple levels of T (in rats). Other studies show increased blood flow and other benefits of this amazing herbal supplement, I highly recommend it.
TEST Booster Supplements
You can’t go wrong with this one. These products are formulated to elevate your T levels naturally. They include D-Aspartic Acid, Fenugreek, ZMA, Tribulus and Arachidonic Acid, all of which have science behind them of being able to increase T naturally.
D-aspartic acid (D-AA) is an amino acid regulator of testosterone synthesis and may act on a stimulatory receptor (NMDA)
A few recent studies had shown that the seeds of the plant were able to increase testosterone levels, strength output, and even growth hormone levels.
ZMA is one of the best-known supplements for male hormone stimulation, and accomplishes it through three top vitamins and minerals that stimulate T naturally, zinc, magnesium aspartate and vitamin B6. Only recommended if you’re not otherwise taking a zinc supplement.
This is also known as devil’s weed. This guy actually had blood tests done that showed higher testosterone (both total and free testosterone roughly doubled).
Another case of “if you don’t have it, you’re low”. Its found in beef. If you’re vegan, you may have good luck with Arachidonic Acid because you’re probably deficient in it.