Based on an article I read in Natural Muscle Magazine this morning, I was inspired to do some further research (non-biased sites) into what boosts testosterone levels. While we often associate too much testosterone with aggression, anger, etc., not enough of it causes many symptoms such as emotional problems like irritability, depression, and a lack of confidence, and many physical problems such as difficulty in falling asleep, low energy levels, loss of strength, higher fat storage, and perhaps the worst of all, a loss of sex drive.
While I found many suggestions, the one that appeared as number ONE on the list, every time, was….weight loss. Consistently, in studies done across this country and around the globe, evidence proved that the more weight you carry, the lower the levels of testosterone in your body.
Other suggestions that were found in most article are: doing high intensity workouts, but limiting them to about 45 minutes, doing compound exercises, (using several muscles at the same time, such as squats, dead lifts and pull=ups) reducing stress levels, (exercising will certainly help with that, so will meditation) getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, avoiding alcohol consumption and –I love this one—eating more cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage and turnips as well as the healthy fats found in foods like avocado and nuts (both in moderation if you are looking to lose weight).
Once again, the solution is the same as it is for most everything that ails us. Maintaining a healthy body weight, getting our daily doses of cardio and strength training, practicing stress reduction, eating our veggies like we have been told since childhood and getting ample sleep.
It’s time to stop searching for magic bullets. The answer to almost all our health questions are right in front of our noses. It’s about going out and doing the work that our doctors really cannot do for us. We hold the answer to our health care crisis. Let’s get busy!