Why Should Men worry about their hormones and Testosterone?
The male hormone Testosterone naturally begins to decline as you get older, as well as from illness or injury. This hormone serves as an important chemical messenger that tells the other parts of the body how to function. Depending on age and lifestyle habits, the production of this hormone may fluctuate up and down. When testosterone levels are out of balance for too long, systems in the body begin to fail. This can lead to long-term health problems. This is where the best defense is a good offense. Blending a good nutritive support game into a healthy lifestyle helps to improve a man’s best friend the libido.
Top 7 body functions Testosterone regulates for men:
- Bone density
- Muscle strength and mass
- Fat distribution
- Facial and body hair
- Production of red blood cells
- Sperm production
- Sex Drive
Boost your testosterone levels with a good diet
Men should be mindful that cutting out refined carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners, and processed fast food is a great first step. Focus on eating whole “Real Food” including healthy fats, organic protein, and high fiber. Don’t forget the fruits and veggies. Choosing foods that are jammed-packed with nutrients such as Vitamin D and zinc will also be vital as they are precursors for making testosterone.
No fear! We’ve started the heavy lifting for you.
In honor of Men’s Health Month, below you can find a list of foods that can give you the boost you are looking for
- Avocados – high in magnesium, good fat, potassium, and vitamin B
- Fresh berries
- Ginger – increases the mobility and volume of sperm
- Leafy greens – Increases magnesium which boosts testosterone levels
- Organic grass-fed beef – Quality protein decreases the hunger and supports lean muscle
- Wild Salmon
- Cultured Yogurt
- Fermented dairy products
- Whole milk or plant milk – Great for Vitamin D
- Cage-free eggs
- Almonds – increases zinc improving sperm health
- Chia and flax seeds
- Blue-green algae/spirulina
This list is pretty simple. Avoid all processed foods. Besides often being high in sodium, calories, and added sugar, processed foods like convenience meals, frozen foods, and prepackaged snacks are also common sources of trans fats.
Looking for a little more help? Maybe not the chef extraordinaire kind of guy?
Here are a few local places you can check out that specialize in creating healthy meals ready to pop into your oven and eat.
Spirited Food Company – located off south 620 is Lakeway
Dream Dinners in North West Austin (620/183) – Dream Dinners has changed how you meal plan, cook, and gather at the table with your family. Check out their meals online, order, have your meals delivered, and cook at home.
Prep To Your Door – Farm fresh made simple. Serving in Austin, Georgetown, and Round Rock. Meals you can take on the go. Meals with an organic, fresh sustainability flair. Totally local and has zero waste. That is sexy!
Snap Kitchen – Cedar Park: inside Whole Foods Market. Pre-made ready to pick up and cook meals.
Blue Apron – pop online and order fresh-to-your-door meal plans for busy lifestyles. They include Vegetarian and specific wellness plans like Keto carb-conscious.
Meal Proz – In Round Rock. Get started by scheduling a consultation online to learn what is best for you. Take a look at their great meals, place and order and schedule pick up or delivery. Orders are set up as weekly meal plans.
No need to go hungry, with a little effort We bet your workouts at the gym and time with your sweetheart will improve as well as your confidence.
For more information take a look at Hormones 101