Testosterone is a big deal these days. Because the current thirty-somethings train harder then their parents did at the same age, 40 is the new 30. Men want to compete longer and stronger. When we men hit the mid thirties age zone, hormone production has already begun to decrease, and we feel it.
Recovery from intense workouts takes longer. We don’t seem to gain as much in the gym as we used to. And energy levels are seemingly dropping like the stock market.
There are only a few options for a man that desires to rediscover their youth. Some illegal, some not. Steroids are the fastest and most effective way of boosting your testosterone and growth hormone factors.
Unfortunately, unless prescribed by your doctor, it is illegal. And there is a reason for this. Uncontrolled growth hormone injections lead to a myriad of health hazards. Including high cholesterol, acne, development of breast tissue and erectile dysfunction, just to name a few.
Personally, I don’t advise it.
Another option is the new fad among thirty and forty something professional athletes: Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). This is a procedure in which testosterone and similar androgenic compounds are injected directly into the patient.
It is supposed to bring your testosterone levels back to their normal peak amounts, and does not overload your system the way steroids do.
This way, a man in his thirties can produce the same levels of testosterone as he did in his peak years, which is the mid to late twenties.
Because this is the johnny-come-lately therapy for low testosterone, we do not fully understand what the drawbacks could be if used for a prolonged period. Early reports of heightened cholesterol levels and increased risk of cardiovascular events are the worst symptoms uncovered so far.
My own opinion is that, any time we cheat Nature, we’ll pay a cost somewhere down the line.
And unless you suffer from a condition which causes extremely low testosterone and therefore interferes with you regular life, I would not recommend TRT. It is too much of a mystery at this point.
Are There Any Natural Options?
Fortunately, yes there are. They will not reproduce the same results as steroids or TRT but they are 100% natural and therefore approved by nature’s God and will never turn around to bite you in the behind 10 years down the road.
Here are the Top 10 All-Natural Testosterone Boosters you need in your life:
You need at least 6 hours straight each night. If you chronically fall short of this mark, your cortisol levels will spike. And cortisol is the kryptonite to testosterone, it curbs its production. Not good!
2. Reduce Stress
Chronically elevated stress also spikes up your cortisol levels and this interferes with testosterone production. If you are working too much and not enjoying enough down time, you are not only living a depressing life, you are wilting your manliness! Reduce your load, delegate more and learn to say no to others and yes to yourself (within reason).
The more, the better. Especially morning sex. High degrees of sexual activity trigger the testes into dynamic activity, which also bumps up testosterone production. If you can’t get on board with this facet of natural testosterone boosting, you are truly a slacker…
4. Physical Training
This is perhaps the most important of the advice on the Top 10 list. Plus, it provides multiple benefits beyond increased testosterone enhancement. Yet, you most observe a few rules:
A. High Intensity
Your workouts should be short bursts of high intensity, such as sprinting versus a long walk or run.
B. Heavy Weights
You will need to incorporate weight lifting and use very heavy weights (that YOU can safely handle). You’ll know you’re lifting heavy enough if the weights you chose limit your sets to less than 10 repetitions.
Zinc helps synthesize testosterone. So take plenty of it in pill or natural forms (such as roast beef and oysters).
6. Vitamin D
Another synthesizer of testosterone is Vitamin D. 20 minutes of sun exposure (without a shirt on) as well as 2 cups of milk will be enough each day. You can also take it in pill form.
Egg whites, soy proteins, game meats (e.g.: moose) are all rich in leucine. You can also find leucine in supplement form. It is an amino acid that helps the formation of testosterone.
8. Healthy Fats
Nuts, seeds, fish and natural oils are all chalk full of healthy fats. The Japanese, scandinavian and mediterranean are rich in nut and fish oils.
In fact, over 30% of the daily calorie intake for these diets are in healthy fats. Yet they produce the lowest heart disease and diabetes rates in the world.
If your intake of calories through fat drops below 30% of your total daily intake, your testosterone will suffer.
9. Cruciferous Vegetables
These “green leafy veggies” such as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli help your body cleanse itself from “bad” estrogens, which can interfere with your testosterone production.
10. Lose the belly
Being overweight brings a myriad of health problems and aesthetic nastiness. Now you can add lowered testosterone levels to the list. If you’re binging on junk food and sitting on the couch, implement a healthy, overall diet to the above recommendations and watch your testosterone levels go up and up…