From Fitness & Power
Exercise is an important part of looking and feeling good! Let’s be honest here; you want to look good not because you are thinking about a long and enjoyable retirement playing golf in Florida but because you want to look like an action hero when you head off to the beach or park!
So, chances are, you hit the gym regularly, do some cardio to drop some fat and eat a protein-based diet to ensure you’re getting plenty of those muscle-building amino acids. As well as all that, you are hopefully moderating your alcohol intake, getting plenty of sleep, keeping your stress levels low, not smoking and generally trying to live a healthy life.
If you are doing all that and still not seeing the results you think you deserve, the problem could be your hormones. If you feel lethargic all the time, don’t sleep very well, tend to hold fat around your chest and belly, lack sex drive, you may well be suffering from low testosterone levels.
Testosterone is one of the most important hormones for building muscle, losing fat and feeling like a badass. As men age, our bodies tend to start producing less and less testosterone and, if left unchecked, it may even develop into full blown andropause; the male equivalent of menopause.
If you suffer from true andropause, you are an excellent candidate for hormone replacement therapy or, if we are being blunt here, doctor-prescribed steroids. However, as effective as HRT is, it doesn’t address why your T levels are dropping, can cause an ever greater shutdown of natural testosterone production and can even result in fertility issues. Really, HRT should be your last resort.
Modern life or, more specifically, modern diets are not conducive to keeping your T levels on the up and up. In fact, modern diets have been strongly linked to lowered testosterone. Processed foods, food-like substances that have little resemblance to anything that grows in nature, poor soil quality and the use of hormones in rearing cattle and producing dairy are all sucking the testosterone out of us faster than a marathon of America’s Got Talent.
Chances are, in his youth, your great-grandfather had higher T levels simply because the food he ate was more natural and wholesome. So, there is definitely a problem with declining T levels but, luckily, there is also a solution – eat a diet designed to support rather than diminish testosterone levels.
Certain foods have long been considered to have aphrodisiac properties or, in less fancy talk, they make you feel horny. This increase in sex drive comes from increased testosterone levels. Since about forever, foods like oysters have been linked to giving you the horn and there are plenty of other foods that you can eat that will do likewise.
Basically, foods that are linked to increasing testosterone levels contain lots of healthy fats, zinc, essential vitamins and/or block estrogen – the female hormone that is somewhat opposite of testosterone. Making sure you have lots of these foods in your diet will ensure your body has all of the materials it needs to get busy and increase testosterone production.
So, what foods are linked to increasing your testosterone levels? I’m glad you asked! Here are 33 foods that are linked to boosting your T-levels. Try and include at least a few of them in your daily diet and, after a few weeks, you should start to notice the difference but only if you are adhering to those pesky principles outlined all the way back in paragraph two.
3. Pumpkin seeds
4. Squash seeds
5. Dark Chocolate
7. Sesame Seeds
8. Watermelon seeds
9. Wheat germ
13. Organic Beef
14. Beef Liver
15. Lima beans
16. Egg yolks
23. Kidney beans
26. Flax seeds
28. Brewer’s yeast
29. Brown rice
33. Brazil nuts
Although some of these foods are a little unusual, and they might not be a feature in your local supermarket, but if they were good enough for your great grand dad they are going to do the job for you too. Remember, if you want to feel like a man, you gotta eat like a man so ditch the Lucky Charms and Pop Tarts and start chowing down on some “real” food.