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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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    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

    Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

    But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

    Sight – Visual Stimulation

    The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

    1. Maximize your exposure to light.

    Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

    Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

    2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

    Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

    Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

    Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

    3. Take note of your environment.

    Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

    By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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    Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

    What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

    4. Engage in conversation.

    Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

    Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

    Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

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    5. Listen to upbeat music.

    Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

    Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

    Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

    If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

    6. Work your nose.

    Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

    If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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    Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

    Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

    If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

    7. Have a good breakfast.

    Start off with the most important meal of the day.

    Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

    Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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    8. Drink lots of water.

    Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

    So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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    9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

    Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

    Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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    Touch – Tactile Stimulation

    Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

    10. Splash cold water on your face.

    Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

    This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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    11. Use acupressure.

    Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

    Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

    12. Get moving.

    Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

    And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

    You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

    Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

    Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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