Testosterone is what connects a man to his masculinity. Attributes like a deep voice, big muscles, a great head of hair, and a healthy sex drive are all related to testosterone. According to studies, testosterone levels start to decline after the age of 40.
If you feel like you have Low T, there are a number of things you can do nutritionally.
Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet: Saturated Fat is something you want to avoid. So when I say to add fat, I’m not talking about burgers and fries. The kinds of fats you want to include are monounsaturated fats that come from oily fish, nuts, seeds, olives, and avocadoes. Your body needs a healthy amount of fat to produce testosterone.
Eat foods high in vitamins: Vitamins A,B,C, E, and Zinc will help testosterone production. Eating generous servings of organic fruit, vegetables, and lean meats that are free of hormones and antibiotics will help you obtain these important nutrients.
Watch out for too much estrogen: Studies have shown that excessive consumption of soy foods can mimic the effects of estrogen and decrease testosterone levels. There are also toxins called Xenoestrogens that can come from plastics, shampoos containing parabens, fabric softeners, and air fresheners. Be especially careful not to heat foods in plastic either.
One way to detoxify from all these estrogenic compounds is to eat plenty of fiber and raw cruciferous vegetables. Some suggestions are cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and dark green vegetables.
It’s also a good idea to have your blood levels checked. Then you can determine if hormone replacement or supplementation should be considered.