Gentlemen, please sit comfortably. We are about to discuss some very important points about our hormones, our ball bags and our libidos.
As we know, testosterone is the predominant male hormone and is responsible for muscle mass, bone density and sex drive. Most of it is produced in the testicles. Natural testosterone production is at its peak during late adolescence and then gradually drops off each year, approximately 1% each year after we reach our 30's. For the male body to function properly, healthy levels of testosterone are required. With the right levels, the body will run like a fine tuned and well oiled machine. On the contrary, low levels can contribute to the
body feeling slow and sluggish. Here are some possible side effects of low
testosterone, or 'Hypogonadism'.
- Loss of muscle mass
- Weight Gain
- Low Libido
- Poor Sexual Function
Not to mention that females are scientifically proven to be naturally attracted to males with high levels of testosterone. As a male, these are not symptoms we would wish to be suffering from, and it is unfortunately becoming a very common problem amongst young men, with 1 in 4 males now showing signs of low testosterone levels. In short, healthy levels of testosterone are what makes a man, a man. Instinctively, females are attracted to masculine males, just as males are attracted to feminine females. It's not rocket science, it's nature!
Now, maybe something you didn't know, studies show that natural testosterone
levels in men are steadily declining and are at a record low. This is having a
detrimental impact on male general health and wellbeing, which is a huge concern.
The significant indicator in this deterioration is lifestyle. Luckily for us, lifestyle is
something that we all have complete control over.
Producing and balancing healthy hormone levels are crucial for overall health and wellness, maintaining relationships and performing at your best, both mentally and physically. Here's 5 ways to naturally increase your testosterone levels.
1. Lift Weights (and don't skip leg day!)
Exercise, and exercise often. Apply the phrase "Go hard, or go home" to your workout mentality and feel an immediate and rapid increase in testosterone build up. Lifting weights is a very effective way to boost production of testosterone, paying close attention to the larger muscle groups. DO NOT skip leg day! As testosterone production is generated in the loins, which is also where the largest muscles of the body are, leg day is what separates the men from the boys in terms of producing testosterone. Ironically, skipping the gym will leave you feeling lethargic, lazy and lacking in motivation. This will in turn have a damaging effect on your hormone levels. The more you work out, the easier it becomes. Testosterone production will stimulate the release of dopamine and serotonin in your brain, rewarding you for your hard work. You will then subconsciously seek to maintain these levels as your body will crave it. Get addicted to being healthy, happiness will quickly follow.
5 Best Work Outs for Boosting Testosterone:
- Dead Lift
- Bench Press
- Back Row
- Pull Ups/Push Ups
Go get after it!
2. Improve Your Diet
Diet is perhaps the main contributing factor to the decline in testosterone and other hormone related issues in both males and females. Did you know that preservatives and artificial flavours in food heavily impact the bodies ability to maintain healthy hormone levels? To keep your hormones in check, avoid processed foods and GMO's like a plague. Certain chemicals and pesticides/herbicides in 'food' nowadays have been proven to wreak havoc on hormones and reproductive systems. In particular, a pesticide called 'Atrazine'. Atrazine is the most commonly used pesticide in the US. It is toxic and a heavy pollutant to the body and also the environment. Several studies show that exposure to Atrazine in animals has drastically impaired their ability to breed, impacting the male hormones so dramatically, it changes sexuality, kills sperm and can even change their gender!
This is only one of the hundreds of artificial chemicals used in modern day agriculture and food production. Be very cautious and aware about the quality of food you put into your body as the health effects can be of great consequence. This being said, there are plenty of foods that can assist you in boosting testosterone levels. These include:
- Fatty Fish
- Leafy Green Vegetables
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Raw Cacao
- Brazil Nuts
3. Stop Watching Porn (semen retention)
Now, I realise that this will be a tough one for some of us, but we need to recognise
the facts. Excessive viewing is terribly damaging to our testosterone levels, giving us a whole bunch of side effects to navigate and not to mention the implication it has on the way we think our relationships.
Allowing these highly sexualised images enter our minds is exciting at first, but the brain quickly becomes tolerant, and soon starts to chase that initial 'high'.
Arousal becomes increasingly difficult, leaving us forever dependant on the
images we see on the screen. What’s more, the more we masturbate, the more
testosterone we waste. This inevitably changes the everyday behaviours of a man.
As we know, the majority of testosterone is produced in the testicles, so abstaining
from excessive masturbation will raise your testosterone levels. Consequently, your
behaviours will change, and real intimate relationships will become way more
satisfying. A recent study shows that abstaining from porn and masturbation for just
one week can raise the testosterone levels by a massive 145%! So, fellas, do
yourself a favour and take a break, women can subconsciously smell your
masturbation addiction on you, and they do not find it sexy.
A man's weapon hangs between the legs, keep it locked and loaded and feel your masculinity return with more vigour than ever.
4. Cut The Crap
Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs (both illegal and pharmaceutical), cosmetic and skin care
products, fast food, sugar, the list goes on and on. None of these products are
designed to benefit you and all have negative consequences on your hormones. It’s
true that these products seem rewarding at the time, but they are all highly addictive.
It’s also worth considering the harmful toxins in household items and their hormone
altering effects too. The good news is, we are not obliged to use them. In fact, they
are using us! Why work hard to earn your money just to spend it on produce that
works against you? Find natural, organic and holistic alternatives for household
items such as, deodorant, toothpaste, shower gel, face wash and air freshener, all of
which play havoc with our hormones! Research the ingredients and reconsider the