Although most people associate testosterone with the male sex drive, this hormone actually influences far more than just your libido. Instead, think of testosterone as a sort of fuel for your energy. Your level of focus, your patience and even your motivation are all tied to your testosterone levels.
Sadly, many American men (about 25 percent) have lower testosterone levels than they should, and find their quality of life is suffering without even knowing why. Although testosterone levels do gradually drop over time, many men go through life with much, much lower levels than they should.
There are a few ways to keep your testosterone levels in check. You’ll definitely want to talk to a doctor before making any drastic decisions and take any recommendations he or she offers, but along with that, a few foods have been shown to help boost your testosterone levels.
Two Major Factors
Before we get into specific foods, there are two things to keep in mind. The first is Vitamin D. The second is zinc. Most American men don’t get enough of either, and both are proven to boost testosterone levels in the body. There are plenty of available supplements to choose from (and, of course, you can get your Vitamin D just by spending some time out in the sun) but if you’re more interested in getting them the old-fashioned way, read on.
There are lots of good reasons to eat tuna, not the least of which is that a single serving will give you all the Vitamin D you need. Put in on a sandwich, in a salad, or whip it into a dip and eat it with baby carrots, pita chips or crackers.
To get the full benefits, get some that’s been fortified with Vitamin D. To keep your get in check, make sure it’s low-fat. It’ll give you protein and calcium to boot.
Eggs get a bad rap,l but as long as you don’t have any serious cholesterol issues, one or two eggs a day won’t hurt. In fact, as rich as the yolks are in Vitamin D, they’ll actually help.
Unless you live near an ocean, oysters probably aren’t a frequent part of your diet. But maybe they should be. They’re loaded with zinc, which can help boost testosterone for men with testosterone deficiencies. Shellfish like crab and lobster have a lot of zinc too, so if you’re a seafood fan, eat up.
For non-seafood fans, beef liver has lots of Vitamin D and and ground beef has plenty of zinc. Of course, there is a lot of research out there that links red meat to a host of problems, like heart disease, obesity and even colon cancer. Stick with lean cuts of beef and eat it in moderation.
White beans. Black beans. Kidney beans. They’re all easy to find and they’re all a great source of Vitamin D and zinc. Put them in an omelette, stir them into a chilli or make mix them into your burrito. Your testosterone levels will thank you.
Any of these are excellent options for optimizing your testosterone levels. Of course, most cases of Low T are going to require professional treatment, and you should definitely talk to your doctor if you suspect your testosterone levels may be drooping. Here’s a quiz to help you determine just where your testosterone levels are at. But in the meantime, getting healthy amounts of these foods will help stave off dropping testosterone levels and keep your body right where it should be.