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10+ Testosterone Boosters In Your Supermarket

10+ Testosterone Boosters In Your Supermarket

Did you know that there are over 10+ testosterone boosters in your local supermarket? Yes, boosting your testosterone levels isn’t all about injecting anabolic steroids and  dealing nasty side effects. You can get natural steroids and T-boosting compounds from foods that are probably in your pantry or local supermarket right now.

Why Choose Foods for Boosting Testosterone?

Low testosterone levels are generally bad for health. This hormone is necessary for maintaining balance in the body, allowing you to maintain optimum health. It plays a role in lean muscle building, and it can help keep your reproductive system healthy. In some cases, it can even help supercharge your performance in bed.

T-levels can be improved by taking supplements and injecting synthetic steroids. These are effective but come with risks. Going natural is a good option. You can’t go wrong with natural. Our bodies have adapted to nature and nature has created foods that can help us take care of ourselves and our hormones better. Herbs and foods are not limited to giving us sustenance. They are also abundant in nutrients that can help our bodies cope with diseases and infections. That includes our concern on raising T-levels.

Coffee

This black elixir is great for boosting your testosterone levels. Its list of benefits includes naturally increasing T (testosterone) hormone levels.

The caffeine in coffee is responsible for this effect. Studies found that 200 to 400 mg of caffeine taken per day could produce significant increases. This can be obtained from 1-3 cups of strong coffee. (However, the study also indicated caffeine does increase cortisol levels.)

One reminder on your coffee intake is to avoid drinking too much. Overconsumption of caffeine is known to increase cortisol levels in the blood. This is a hormone linked to stress. Your stress level increases if you have too much cortisol and this will lower testosterone and start breaking down muscle mass.

Olive oil

This Mediterranean diet staple is also good for T-levels. Men in the Mediterranean region, who have diets that included daily intake of olive oil, are known to father children even when they are past their prime.

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This “extended” virility may be attributed to their daily intake of olive oil. A tablespoon a day of this healthy oil can produce a significant rise in T-production.

Brazil nuts

This tree nut contains good, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that improve health. Selenium, in particular, acts as a potent T-booster. Most people with low testosterone are also low in this important trace mineral. Brazil nuts are one of the best natural sources of selenium.

Studies found that regular intake of selenium raises the serum levels of testosterone. Selenium is being considered as a viable option for treating infertility.

Almonds

These tasty nuts can do a lot for your T-levels. You can eat these whole, raw, and also be made into almond butter.

Almonds are rich natural sources of magnesium. This essential mineral has a vital role to play in T-production. This works in two major ways.

One, magnesium helps drive the process of T-production in the testes. Two, magnesium promotes better sleep. This is important in T-production and hormone balance. If you sleep better, your hormonal signaling system works more smoothly. Good sleep quality also helps lower hormones that inhibit T-production, such as cortisol.

Red wine

The compound resveratrol in red wine is more popularly known for its positive effects on the cardiovascular system acting as a vasodilator. This same effect can help boost testosterone production.

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Better cardiovascular health would result in better blood flow. The Leydig cells in the testes will receive more oxygen and nutrients. Waste and toxins are less likely to pile up in the testes and slow down T-production. It’s like having the pipes cleaned, gears work more efficiently and the engine runs smoothly.

All the testosterone supportive nutrients from other foods such as zinc, cholesterol, and magnesium will be better delivered. If you suffer from poor cardiovascular functioning, all these nutrients won’t reach the cells that need them.

So, do what the French and the people from the Mediterranean region do –drink one or two glasses of wine on a daily basis. These people are well known for their virility.

Caution: If you do not drink alcohol, do not start drinking wine solely for the purpose of raising your T-levels. There aren’t yet enough conclusive studies that prove the safety of daily red wine consumption in those who have never included this alcoholic drink in their daily diets. Also, check with your doctor before planning to drink red wine. This drink may be healthy but it still contains alcohol. It still has the potential to cause more problems such as liver disease when consumed in excess.

An alternative is to get resveratrol from grapes. The levels are not as high as found in red wine but at least it is much safer. People who are better off without any alcoholic drinks may still enjoy the T-boosting effects of resveratrol from grapes. Another good natural source of resveratrol is Japanese knotweed.

Oysters

Look at any aphrodisiac list and oysters are sure to come up. This isn’t just some tall tale. Oysters do help improve libido by raising T-levels because they are a rich source of zinc. This is another mineral that supports T-production.

Studies found that regular intake of zinc is linked to an increase in T-levels. It is also linked to increasing libido.

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Eggs

Eggs have an abundant array of natural compounds that support higher T-levels. This includes proteins and vitamin D. Cholesterol is the most notable component of eggs in terms of T-boosting effect.

Cholesterol is most often thought of as a “bad” ingredient and everyone must stay away from it for heart health. The truth is quite the opposite. There is such a thing as good cholesterol, particularly high-density lipoprotein, and this important compound is used as a precursor for the production of testosterone.

Eggs contain the good type of cholesterol that the body can convert into testosterone. By eating more eggs daily, you are essentially feeding your body with more cholesterol it can use for more T-production.

Butter

The right kind of fat is good for T-levels. Testosterone is a type of steroid hormone that have fats as the backbone of their molecular structures. If you deprive your diet of good fats, you are then limiting how much testosterone (and other hormones) you can produce.

Butter is another good, rich source of saturated fats for higher T-levels. It is also a good source of other T-boosting elements such as zinc.

Celery

This green vegetable is more than just a nice addition to a Bloody Mary and works more than just a garnish. Celery is high in potent plant sterols that support T-levels. These compounds are so powerful that research found that just the smell of celery may already speed up T-production.

Two most notable plant sterols found in celery are androstanol and androstenone. Celery also contains luteolin. This flavonoid is known for its anti-estrogenic effect. Higher estrogen levels dampen T-production. Another flavonoid, apigenin, is also present. Apigenin has demonstrated capabilities in boosting T-levels.

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Coconut oil

This is one of nature’s richest sources of healthy fat. It is dense with MCTs (medium chain triglycerides). This type of fat is used by the body as a source of energy. The fatty acid chains in coconut oil can also be used by the body in producing testosterone. Extra virgin coconut oil is the best choice.

Coconut oil has a very high smoke point, which makes it very good for cooking. A high smoke point means that the oil stays stable and molecules do not break down when exposed to high heat. Health dangers from cooking with unstable oils come from the oxidized fats. When the oils and fats are oxidized, free radicals and other potentially toxic compounds are released. So it is not really the actual oil or fat itself that’s dangerous to health. Coconut oil can be used for cooking, as well as for frying.

Ginger

Ginger is rooted in natural therapies as an effective treatment for numerous ailments. It promotes general well-being. Ginger can also help in raising testosterone levels, as well as improving sperm count and mobility in infertile men. This showed a huge potential in improving male hormonal balance in the general population.

Start eating more ginger by taking it as a tea. You may also add more of this herbal root to salads, dips, dressings, stews and soups. A 1-inch piece may be added to smoothies and green juice for some added zing and boost in health benefits.

Avocados

Another healthy natural source of fats is avocado. This green tropical fruit is dense in monounsaturated fats. This fat does many good things in the body, including reducing inflammation that interferes with T production.

Aside from the heathy fats, avocados are also high in phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins. It is rich in dietary fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamins K, C, and E.

Conclusion

Nature offers us these remedies that boost testosterone to raise T-levels naturally. Most of these foods have been in use by traditional health practitioners for centuries. Modern research is uncovering the many hidden compounds that show potential in helping address our many health concerns such as low testosterone.

Featured photo credit: Norman Toth via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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