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Natural Foods and Exercises to Increase Sex Drive and Boost Testosterone Levels in Men

Testosterone-Boosting-ExercisesTestosterone, one of the body’s most powerful hormones, plays a major role in male sexuality and muscle mass.

It is also responsible for lesser known functions that include hair growth, overall energy and well-being, and bone density.

A man’s testosterone levels will begin to decline around the age of 30 and will continue to decline as he ages. These lowered testosterone levels can lead to health conditions including low sex drive, obesity and depression. If you’re a man and you suspect certain symptoms might be related to your testosterone level, you’ll want to be tested and consult with a doctor about the best route for you to take.

To help keep you at the top of your game, we offer some tips on natural foods and exercises that are known to naturally boost your testosterone levels. These tips are appropriate for pretty much anyone because they are naturally beneficial, but are particularly good strategies in helping to boost testosterone levels and sex drive.


Bring on the Healthy Fats

Despite what you’ve heard about fat, to perform optimally, the body requires healthy fats, the types that are derived from animal and plant sources. Good sources of healthy fats are found in avocados, raw nuts, organic pastured egg yolks, coconuts and coconut oil, raw grass fed butter, olives and olive oil, grass-fed meat, palm oil, and unheated organic nut oils.


Optimize the Levels of Your Minerals

Zinc and Vitamin D are minerals that are important in testosterone production. Good sources of zinc include fish and meats, raw milk, cheese, beans, and yogurt. Vitamin D can be best obtained by about 20 minutes of daily sun exposure, and supplements are also available.


Fatty Acids

Omega-3 tablets and fish oil pills help support the production of testosterone.


Exercise Works

These types of exercise have been found to increase sex drive and boost testosterone levels:

  • Full-body weight lifting with increased weights and decreased numbers of reps.
  • Forced reps of weight lifting meaning, when you’ve finished your reps, try to force a few more.
  • Lower body workouts like lunges and squats
  • Sprints


What to Avoid

While there are things that we know that work to boost testosterone levels, there are also a few things that should be avoided.

  • Sugar: Not just sugar but cutting out pasta, bread and grains is beneficial.
  • Stress: There are many natural relaxation skills such as breathing, meditation and yoga that can help to reduce your stress levels.
  • Certain Sports: Endurance sports such as marathon running and long-distance cycling.
  • Rest Period: Short rest periods are not as beneficial as longer rest periods between reps.


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Fat Is Good? Fat Is Bad?


Brown Fat shown on the left is actually good fat vs. White Fat shown on the right.

Fat is bad. That’s what we have always been told.

But, what if there is a special kind of fat?  Imagine a fat that is not only good, but, burns calories instead of storing them.   Is there a fat that actually increases your metabolism?   Well there is such a fat and it is called brown fat, and brown fat is good. Brown fat makes up a small amount of an adults total body fat, which is mostly white fat.  A baby is born with an abundance of brown fat to help keep them warm.  As adults we retain only a small portion of brown fat, usually in the neck, upper chest and shoulders.  Brown fat differs from white fat because brown fat burns fats called lipids and white fat stores lipids.

Researchers have found that the FDA approved drug mirabegron, used to treat an overactive bladder, may boost brown fat’s metabolic powers.   This finding may be a promising tool in combatting obesity.  This research was published in the January 6th issue of Cell Metabolism.

There is currently research being conducted on how to increase brown fat, or convert white fat to brown fat.

One possible way to naturally increase brown fat is exposure to cold.  Some new research, suggests that by keeping your house cooler or taking a walk in the winter, we may be able to stimulate brown fat, burn excess white fat, and lose weight.  When we get cold, cells in brown fat release a hormone that boosts their ability to burn fat.  Best estimates are that we may be able to burn 300-400 calories per day by chilling out. Combined with healthier eating habits and exercise, setting the thermostat to 66 degrees, can aid in fat burning and weight loss.   One added benefit found in a 2013 study that brown fat shielded rats from blood sugar problems.  If these results are found to be true in humans, this could be a step in helping to manage diabetes.

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