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8 Body Hacks To Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels

8 Body Hacks To Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels


    Testosterone is a hormone that’s super important to men. We need normal levels of it to build muscle, keep our body fat levels low, have lots of energy and a positive mood, and keep our sex drive healthy. Unfortunately, levels of it can decrease as we get older. Scientists believe this decline can cause many negative side effects including: depression, weight gain, and even heart disease. Low T as the commercials call it, is definitely something us men don’t want to suffer.

    Fortunately there are several things that may be able to help prevent this age related decline. In this article I provide 8 tips that research shows can help to increase your body’s production of this hormone. Give them a try to help give yourself a natural boost.

    1. Lose Weight

    This is perhaps the most important thing to do to increase your testosterone levels. Studies show that losing weight can increase levels significantly. When you lose weight you’ll also decrease your risk of several other health conditions that are associated with low testosterone levels including high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

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    Solution: Eat fewer processed carbohydrates like sugar and wheat flour. Replace them with fruits and vegetables, eat enough protein to build muscle, and fats.

    2. Lift Weights

    Studies show that regularly lifting weights boosts testosterone levels. The key to maximize the amount your body makes is to train heavy and intensely. This means doing exercises like deadlifts, kettlebell snatches, and squats with a weight that you can use for 5-8 reps per set. Minimizing the amount of time you rest between sets helps too. Studies show testosterone output is greatest when you keep your rest periods between 90-120 seconds.

    Solution: Perform 3-4 total body workouts every week.

    3. Sprint

    Another way to boost your testosterone levels through exercise is by sprinting. In one study, the testosterone levels of subjects performing 6 second sprints increased significantly. Levels remained high even after they recovered from the workout.

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    Solution: Perform several sprints after lifting weights or on your days off. You can do them by running on a track, riding a bike, or sprinting up hills. Do this 2-3 times a week for optimal results.

    4. Get Your Daily Dose Of Vitamin D

    A recently published study finds that men with sufficient blood levels of vitamin D have higher levels than those with lower measurements. You can get your daily dose by taking a nutritional supplement or the sun. High blood levels of vitamin D are also associated with improved athletic performance.

    Solution: Most experts recommend getting 2000-5000 IU of vitamin D3 from supplements daily to bring your levels to within a normal range. Your doctor can check your levels to help you determine your daily dosage.

    5. Reduce Stress

    Stress, whether it’s because you are getting too little sleep, your job, personal life, or rush hour traffic is a testosterone killer. That’s because it increases production of the hormone cortisol. When increased, it prevents your body from making testosterone.

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    Solution: You can remedy this by doing something relaxing every day. This includes reading, meditating, and taking a nap. Learning to not sweat the small stuff, while not always easy is helpful too.

    6. Cut Back On Sugar

    Eating foods rich in sugar (bread, candy, cookies, pasta, soda, etc.) causes rapid increases in your blood sugar. This, in turn makes your testosterone levels plummet. Studies find that one sugar rich meal can cause testosterone levels to decrease by as much as 25%. Do this repeatedly and you’re likely to have chronically low levels.

    Solution: Learn to ditch the sugar rich foods and choose carbohydrate rich foods that don’t cause rapid increases in blood sugar levels. Vegetables and low sugar fruits (i.e. apples and berries) are great choices.

    7. Eat The Right Fats

    Your body synthesizes testosterone from the fats that we eat. Certain fats are better than others for building testosterone. The best type of fat for this purpose are monounsaturated and saturated fats. Studies show that a men following a diet that contains approximately 40% their calories from fat have higher testosterone levels than those eating less.

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    Solution: Eat more fat. Aim to eat a food containing a moderate amount of monounsaturated or saturated fats at every meal. Think avocados, almonds, olive oil, red meat, and whole eggs.

    8. Take Branch Chain Amino Acids Before Your Workout

    Studies show that taking a branch chain amino acid (BCAA) supplement before, during, and perhaps after your workout can help increase testosterone levels. Taking a BCAA supplements are also shown to decrease post-workout muscle soreness and help you get stronger, faster too.

    Solution: Take 5-10 grams of BCAAs with water before, during, and after every workout.

    Conclusion

    You now have 8 scientifically proven ways to boost your body’s production of testosterone. Since they can help your body make more testosterone you don’t have to worry about the negative side effects that can occur when you inject synthetic testosterone into your body. Give them a try and let me know what you experience in the comments section of this article.

    (Photo credit: Testosterone Blocks via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on September 10, 2019

    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

    Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

    Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

    This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

    One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

    Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

    Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

    1. Gratitude

    Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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    The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

    Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

    So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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      2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

      This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

      For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

      What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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      Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

      3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

      This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

      Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

      An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

      Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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        4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

        According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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        There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

        5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

        Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

        Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

        6. Rise Earlier

        The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

        For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

        So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

        Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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        7. Listen to Uplifting Music

        Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

        Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

        It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

        Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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        Reference

        [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
        [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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