“Clothes make the man…” – Mark Twain. Well, it seems Twain was a little off the mark here. If this venerable author only knew where his manhood stood on, he would have amended his famous quote. Today, we know that testosterone makes the man first.
What makes a man a man is the hormone called testosterone. Take a good chunk off it and all things mannish go out of whack. A man deprived of a good testosterone count can start growing a bit of boob (gynecomastia), lose his woody often, get depressed, weaken, lose his hair, and even (horrors!) find sex a bother. No man wants to be a shade of his former self; so, if you’ve hit the new golden age of thirty, it’s time to give some serious thought to boosting your testosterone levels.
A majority of men start to see a drop in their hormone levels by the time they reach their forties. Decreasing hormonal levels are a natural part of aging. The aging phenomenon, however, is starting to creep up the younger set. Our more toxic environment is leading to testosterone reduction beginning with guys only in their late twenties and thirties. What to do? What to do?
Before the big T-drop, you’ve got to take some precautionary measures to drastically slow down the process so that you’re still left with a good size count when you become a grandpa…one hot grandpa. If you’re in the drop zone already, there’s still many ways to boost your manhood without immediately resorting to hormone replacement therapy, which we discussed five brilliant way to do in our last article. Think ten times before you leap into opting for medical treatment of this nature. The whys cannot be handled in this article but thorough research on your part should help you make a more educated decision.
Let’s opt for a more natural course in tackling this man problem. There are many lifestyle changes you can make to help regulate and boost your hormone production. Some of these require good sleeping habits, less stress, good quality time at the gym, and holding on binge drinking. One of the most effective lifestyle changes you can make is of course on your diet. The road to being a manly man starts at your fridge.
Food can be your best friend for boosting your T’s, especially if they contain healthy fats, protein, and the good kind of cholesterol. As much as possible, choose to eat organic, pesticide-free foods. Look for these A-list compounds and enzymes in food that can improve your machismo:
Apigenin is a flavanoid present in some herbs and vegetables that increase StAR (Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory Protein), a certain protein heavily involved in testosterone production. StAR is responsible for transporting good cholesterol into cells which is used for manufacturing hormones.
Celery and parsley are particularly rich with apigenin that not only increases StAR levels but also inhibits the thromboxane A2 enzyme from hampering with hormone production. The A2 enzyme reduces the amount of cholesterol that can be converted into testosterone; so, top your grocery list with the apigenin-rich celery and parsley. A bit of gossip: Peter North’s (the porn star) secret to his voluminous ejaculate has been rumoured to be celery. True or not, it will never hurt to load up on these greens.
The GFP way to load up on good cholesterol
Cholesterol is not all evil; there’s a good side to it. For testosterone production to occur, cholesterol must be absorbed by cells and transformed to testosterone. Cholesterol should be sourced from good fats like olive oil; coconut oil; avocado; eggs; cod liver oil; wild salmon; and believe-it-or-not, bacon! Yes, bacon because it has saturated animal fats and cholesterol. Of course, with fats, moderation is still key and the bacon is best from free-range pastured pigs.
Zinc kicks up that T-cell production along with muscle growth, physical endurance, and sperm production. Food high in zinc includes raw chocolate, pumpkin seeds, spinach, wheat germ, cashew nuts, mung beans, and red meat from grass-fed animals. The emphasis on eating grass-fed and free-range animals and their by-products couldn’t be impressed more. Commercially fed animals eat feeds with synthetic ingredients which increase estrogen levels, not testosterone.
Oysters are classic aphrodisiacs and contain high levels of zinc. These, however, have ceased to be safe food because oysters absorb a lot of toxins from the water. Eat these only if sure they come from clean waters.
DIM (Diindolylmethane) from I3C (Indole 3-Carbinol)
DIM is a product of I3C which is an abundant naturally-occurring chemical compound in cruciferous vegetables. DIM does not exactly boost your macho hormones but they do reduce your feminine ones. It stops the aromatase enzyme from converting free testosterone into estrogen and flushes out estrogenic material from the liver.
Good examples of testosterone boosting food containing I3C and therefore, diindolylmethane in abundance are broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage.
Vitamins A, C, D, and E
Vitamin C indirectly shores up testosterone by lowering levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. A lowered cortisol level improves testosterone production. Mandarin oranges, lemons, and pomelos have lots of vitamin C. These are also a good source of Vitamin A, another essential for testosterone production. Hold the grapefruit, however. This is one citrus that is the exception. Grapefruit can make it hard for the liver to break down estrogen so you can strike this off your good fruits list.
Asparagus is rich in Vitamin E, folic acid, and potassium. This is why asparagus is touted as a natural aphrodisiac and a testosterone booster as well.
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes that breaks protein and therefore aids effectively in upping the man hormone. Pineapples and bananas are especially rich with this enzyme.
Just keep these essential nutrients in mind when formulating your “I’m the man” diet plan. Add variety to your eating through more research. With a good diet, you are on your healthy way to naturally maintaining or recovering your testosterone levels.