Guys, as we age, testosterone levels drop. There’s nothing we can do about it.
But there are ways that you can contribute to the downfall and actively ruin your own testosterone levels…
Low T results in low ambition, little energy, a sputtered-out sex drive, and it makes putting on muscle and burning fat way harder than it needs to be. So actively maintaining and even increasing your chief anabolic hormone is essential for putting on the most muscle mass in the shortest amount of time possible.
So here’s the deal. Quit shooting yourself in the foot. If you find yourself on this list somewhere, you’re overdue to make some changes.
Not Enough Sleep
Hands down, one of the top reason men have lower T-levels is because of a lack of sleep. Whether you’re working late, binge watching Netflix shows (dude, get a grip), or you just can’t clock out when your head hits the pillow, then you might as well kiss your testosterone health goodbye.
See, most of your testosterone is produced while you sleep, so the less shut-eye you get, the more your T will suffer for it. Now, that isn’t to say the occasional all-nighter is death to your virility. But if your life is a perpetual pattern of long days and short nights, you’ll cripple yourself in the long run.
The bottom line is that the average guy needs at least 8 hours of sleep a night for optimal testosterone levels. I’m not saying that if you clock 7 hours next Wednesday, you’ve screwed your T for the day… It just won’t be as optimal as it could be. And, of course, cultivating discipline with your sleep habits will lead to other positive benefits, like more energy, focus, strength – all of which will prove advantageous in the gym, office, bedroom, and everywhere in between.
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Too Much Stress
Stress is disastrous to your health as a man.
If you find yourself in a constant state of stress, your cortisol levels (stress hormone) increases. And when your cortisol increases, your testosterone levels decrease. It’s a simple chemical reaction. That’s just the way your body works. So it shouldn’t surprise you that high stress levels create low testosterone levels.
So basically, you need to chill out, bro!
Getting more sleep will help you to stress less because sleep is like pressing your body’s reset button. Also, if you’re stressed out at work or your kids are driving you crazy try some deep nasal breathing exercise. Breathing exercises send a signal to your brain that you need to calm down.
Not Eating Enough Dietary Fat
I’m not suggesting that you hit the McDonalds drive through and order a couple of quarter pounders with cheese, and a large fry here…
Your body needs dietary fat, particularly saturated and monounsaturated fat in order to produce testosterone. See, testosterone is made from HDL cholesterol which is exclusively found in fat. And while you sleep (are you starting to see why sleep is important) your body turns this cholesterol into testosterone. So you want to make sure that you get plenty of it on a daily basis to keep your testosterone levels at their peak.
Foods that are rich in T-boosting fats include avocados, extra-virgin olive oil, beef, pork, and eggs.
Not Eating Enough Carbs
Just as having a healthy amount of cholesterol/fat is essential, so is getting an adequate amount of carbohydrates… which isn’t the amount that all these B.S. low-carb diets are trying to convince you that you need.
Research has found that men on low-carb, high-fiber diets have lower testosterone levels and higher cortisol levels than men on a higher-carb diet.
And especially for those of us who are at the gym often, working out is proven to generate high levels of cortisol—which, like I mentioned earlier, kills testosterone. But carbs decrease cortisol and increase testosterone, making it available for your body to use when you recover from your workouts.
So the facts are in, boys. Carbs are not your enemy. They’re actually your ally.
Missing Out On Herbs
Here’s the deal. Most guys are completely in the dark to the fact that nature is full of testosterone boosting supplements…
The best of them being pine pollen.
In fact, pine pollen is so powerful that it’s developed a reputation as “nature’s anabolic steroid.”
Pine pollen is the male spore of the pine tree needle. It has been a staple of Chinese medicine for thousands of years and has astounding a load of benefits for men which you can check out here.
But the benefit we’re most interested in is its high testosterone content. The average gram of pine pollen contains about 80 ng/dl of usable testosterone that will elevate your T-count naturally. And unlike about 98% of the testosterone in your body, the dose that you’ll receive from this supplement is free, meaning that it isn’t bound up by glycoproteins that have essentially made the majority of you T ineffective.
And because testosterone is the chief hormone that controls your muscle building and fat burning potential, the more free-T you have the better you’ll be able to bring up your physique.
Call to Action
So how badly do you want high testosterone levels?
I’m going to guess that because you’re still reading, you’re a guy who’s committed to making it happen.
So don’t wait any longer to identify where you might be cutting your own T-levels short and make the adjustments you need to turn the ship around…