Boost Your Testosterone Levels Naturally

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testosterone-influenceOur own testosterone levels play a very important role in our male/female metabolic function.  Lowered testosterone is a chronic epidemic that is threatening lives all around the world and in the United States alone an estimated 5 million men have below normal levels of this vital “youth” hormone.

If you think you are in this category of men the best way to boost your testosterone levels is naturally through healthy lifestyle measures.

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid hormone that although it plays a critical role in metabolism and muscle building and maintaining it also is responsible for memory, mood regulation, and cognitive function.  Normal testosterone levels play a huge role in maintaining optimal weight as well as reducing risk of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and dozens of other ‘lifestyle’ diseases.

Testosterone Production

Men can lose 1.5 percent of their testosterone production each year beyond 30 if they do nothing to stop its decline.  Andropause is the term used to describe men who lose a greater proportion of their testosterone.

Research indicates that one third of American men over the age of 39 have reported two or more symptoms of low testosterone and these symptoms can include decreased strength and muscle mass, increased body fat (particularly around the midsection) lowered libido, depression and lack of drive and “zest for life and living”.

The negative changes in a man with dwindling testosterone are gradual over time and they often go unnoticed for many years. Slowly energy is drained, strength evaporates, sex drive disappears along with feelings of being “blue” and unmotivated sets in.

Low testosterone levels also increase disease risk. In a large study of 900 males over 40, men with low testosterone levels had an 88 percent increased risk of death compared with the men who had normal levels.

The key to stabilizing testosterone levels begins with a healthy eating plan’ This means eating clean (unprocessed) foods. Things like grains and sugars should be avoided as they stimulate higher levels of insulin and cortisol.

Cortisol (the stress hormone) is the opposing hormone to testosterone.  The body produces high cortisol levels when faced with chronic physical, chemical or emotional stressors.  Even not having enough quality sleep will increase cortisol.  Healthy blood sugar balance is critical to stabilizing cortisol and therefore boosting testosterone.

Healthy fat sources are also critical for good hormone function as they play an important role in forming the structure and rigidity of our cell membranes.  These fats impact cell messaging by acting as regulators for our enzymes and hormones.

The healthy eating plan should consist of ample amounts of good fats such as coconut oil and products, avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds.   Saturated fats, conjugated linoleic acids, cholesterol and essential omega 3 fatty acids from healthy grass-fed animal products are also very important.

Get Rid of Environmental Toxins

Xenoestrogens, artificial hormone mimicking substances, are linked to lower testosterone levels.  These xenoestrogens are found in plastics, deodorants, soaps, tap water, cosmetics and household cleaning products.  Many prescription medications also contain heavy amounts of synthetic xenoestrogens as well.

Avoiding these sources along with a nutrient-dense diet rich in unprocessed foods phytonutrients and proper exercise can help the body eliminate these toxic substances.

What is proper exercise?

High intensity exercise that works the muscles through their full ranges of movement under an adequate load is crucial to boosting testosterone.  Large muscle group compound lifts such as squats and deadlifts are some of the best testosterone boosting exercises.

Combine your healthy eating plan with a strength training program performed at the correct level of intensity (degree of effort) and you can stimulate loads of natural testosterone and regain your manly attributes in just a few months.

All the help you need to get your testosterone levels back to a healthy, vital level is contained in my “Strong Men Stay Young” program…developed specifically for men. Can you really afford to wait another day?

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