There are many hormones inside the human body, and both males and females tend to have differing needs when it comes to maintaining them. After all, men need the right amounts of testosterone, and females need adequate estrogen to allow for a healthy chemical equilibrium.
As the title suggests, this article will be focusing on male hormones, particularly testosterone.
Testosterone is the “king” of the male sex hormones. It controls many things other than just the sex drive. It is this very hormone that regulates bone density, muscle quality, the production of sperm, as well as hair growth. Unfortunately with age, the body’s natural testosterone production capability begins to diminish, and this can sometimes progress to further health problems.
An age-related testosterone production drop is one thing, but certain medical conditions can also contribute to unusually low testosterone levels.
Low testosterone is a growing problem, and is medically referred to as hypogonadism. Medical professionals are able to treat this condition using hormone replacement therapy. However, hormone replacement therapy doesn’t come without side-effects, some of which can be long lasting.
Therefore, before committing to a medically prescribed treatment to alleviate symptoms of low testosterone, it is advisable to implement certain changes in your diet by adopting testosterone enhancing ingredients into your eating regimen.
I have compiled a list of some of the best foods that studies have suggested can help increase and maintain healthy testosterone levels.
Beans Are Not Boring!
Never underestimate the power of beans when it comes to hormonal health. Black beans, kidney, as well as white beans are super-rich in vitamin E and zinc. Even baked beans will offer you these nutrients!
I am not insinuating that you should only eat beans if you want healthy testosterone levels, but they can help you along the journey.
The best thing about beans is that they are packed with plant based proteins, which are excellent for maintaining a healthy heart.
Do You Eat Enough Beef?
Although some medical professionals have expressed concerns about eating too much red meat, and some have gone so far as suggesting that it may be responsible for accelerating the progression of cancer, beef contains some very important nutrients that can help maintain healthy hormone levels.
Take beef liver for example, which is packed with vitamin D, and “ground beef” contains zinc in abundance.
To be on the safe side, try to get your hands on some lean cuts of beef once a week.
Shellfish aka…The Zinc Bomb!
Although shellfish may not be to everybody’s liking, lobster and the occasional crab can work miracles for testosterone levels. This is because most type of shellfish is zinc-rich.
A recent study suggested that the Alaskan king crab can provide up to 44% of your daily recommended zinc intake through a simple 3 ½ ounce serving.
Oysters…More Than Mere Aphrodisiacs
Did you know that zinc is one of the vital nutrients that assist human development during the puberty phase? However, it doesn’t stop there. Zinc helps to keep all of the male hormones in check throughout the adulthood phase.
Oysters are extremely rich in zinc, and this is particularly useful when trying to replenish testosterone levels.
Men suffering from moderate to severe zinc deficiencies will certainly find some of the solution in oysters.
When Was the Last Time You Took a Close Look at Your Breakfast?
Eggs aren’t the only breakfast food. Cereals, as well as freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning can provide plenty of vitamin D to help kick start your day.
Not only can this be beneficial for your heart, by incorporating these foods into your breakfast on a regular basis can only help your testosterone levels.
Eggs: The Yellow Bit Isn’t All That Bad
Although egg yolks get a bad rap because they can contribute to high cholesterol, nevertheless, they are a great source of vitamin D. It has also been suggested that the cholesterol from egg yolks can be beneficial to testosterone production.
Provided that you do not have any underlying cholesterol issues, eating one WHOLE egg a day will help matters along.
Drink More Milk, Period!
Milk is one of the best sources of protein and calcium to be found anywhere. It is no surprise that women and children in particular are constantly encouraged to drink milk to help strengthen the bones.
Milk is also rich in vitamin D, which has a direct positive bearing on testosterone.
Next time you’re out shopping for milk, try to choose a brand that stipulates its vitamin D content. To avoid putting on excess weight, go for low fat, or skimmed milk. The nutrients are all the same, regardless of the fat content.
Tuna: Great for the Heart
Tuna contains plenty of vitamin D and it is also known to help maintain a healthy heart. It doesn’t matter if you eat canned tuna or fresh out of the sea…because the goodness is pretty much the same. Not only will a regular intake of tuna help to increase your testosterone, it will also satisfy your daily vitamin D requirements.
If you are one of those people that aren’t huge tuna fans, sardines and salmon are equally rich in vital vitamins.
A healthy diet can certainly help to alleviate some symptoms of low testosterone, but a deep rooted onset of hypogonadism needs your doctor’s immediate attention. Only your doctor can confirm through a simple blood test to establish just how profound your testosterone deficiency is.
If you are diagnosed with low testosterone, you may be faced with a number of options in the form of testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy can come in the form of injections, topical gels, skin patches, and tablets.
Most, if not all of these medications are accompanied by side-effects, which you will need to discuss with your doctor, before committing to any kind of treatment.
This is precisely why it is better to make changes in your diet, because not only will this improve your overall health, it will also alleviate some of your low testosterone symptoms.