Editor’s Note: You might be surprised to hear that strength and motivation go hand-in-hand (in at least one respect, anyway). In today’s guest post Kyle Simpson tells us how we can improve our lives (and why) by making a few simple dietary changes!
Did you know that your testosterone levels can have an extreme effect on your life? Whether you’re a man or a woman, the amount of testosterone present in your body can have a direct effect on your level of happiness (or depression), sexual drive, memory, fat burning abilities, and even your degree of motivation.
But short of getting injections or taking a daily pill, how can you control the amount of testosterone in your body? For starters, you can find some foods that are known to increase testosterone and work them into your diet.
You may have heard that soybeans, for example, contain estrogen. Although there are no foods that actually contain testosterone, there are many that can help to enhance your current levels. And when you understand what those foods are and how they work in your body, you can use that knowledge to maximize the effects of your consumption in order to increase your physical and mental strength.
In truth, many “high testosterone" foods are actually high in the mineral zinc, which has been proven to increase both testosterone levels and sperm counts in a study of men who initially tested at low levels. Of course, before you start taking zinc, you should probably consult with your physician to see if it is necessary and determine safe parameters for ingestions.
And while you can, of course, take zinc in a pill form (or even resort to hormone therapy) if your levels are at a severely truncated level, increasing levels that are only slightly low through diet rather than medication is a great way to treat your condition naturally while forming healthy eating habits for life.
So you may be wondering: what are these miracle foods that help to make you strong? There are quite a few to choose from.
You may have heard that some foods are thought of as aphrodisiacs. In many cases, these are items that will increase testosterone, and the premiere choice is oysters. These slippery little suckers pack a wallop of zinc, which will definitely lead to an increase in testosterone production, in turn causing some men to become a bit more, shall we say, amorous.
And meat-lovers can rejoice because many meat products are known to be high in zinc. Beef, pork, and lamb (steaks, ribs and chops), as well as wild game, are great sources. In addition, most fowl will also fit the bill, from chicken and turkey to goose and duck.
But if you’re not a meat-eater, don’t despair. You can also find zinc in dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese.
Even vegans have options. Vitamin A is important for ensuring that sexual organs function properly (including those that produce hormones). So filling up on vegetables like spinach, tomatoes and red peppers, as well as fruits like apples, blueberries and citrus fruits (just to name a few) should help to ensure that everything is performing at peak levels and your body is generating and circulating plenty of testosterone.
And salmon packs a double whammy because it has both zinc and vitamin A!
With just a few simple changes to your diet, you can get the testosterone-enhancing foods needed to keep you healthy and strong for life.
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Did you know women have testosterone in our bodies? Are you excited to hear that you can enhance your life through food?