If this topic seems out of place on a blog like this then, well, that because it is.
BUT. It shouldn’t be.
The media and society tend to focus on how important T is for guys as it is, well, what makes them men.
What almost no one is talking about is how testosterone is equally important for women.
That’s right. EQUALLY IMPORTANT.
And, the fact is that a LOT of women aren’t producing enough.
True, we don’t need anywhere near much T as guys do, but if you don’t have enough it can massively screw your body.
I know, I know.
The idea of boosting T levels sounds like something only a bodybuilder would want to do! But this is because of the simplistic, pop-culture role T been assigned.
It is not simply a ‘man’s’ hormone.
This view echoes the same vein of thinking that assigned weight-training is a ‘guys’ training method and tells girls to stick to the cardio machines.
It’s 2015. Time to forget that sexist bulls**t!
Seriously; unless you have a medical condition where you are over-producing T or jacking yourself up on steroids (essentially synthetic T). Focusing on supporting your testosterone levels will def not make you a she-hulk.
Don’t worry, I got it covered.
Did you know…??
- T promotes fat burning
- T is essential for building muscle mass
- T supports your sex drive and without adequate T levels, you will find it super difficult to orgasm
- T promotes energy levels so you can get off your ass and get things done
- Low levels of T are associated with a depression, anxiety and a lack of motivation
Trust me. Do not let guys do not have the monopoly on this.
Testosterone is completely necessary to create a sexy, lean, healthy, feminine body and a major factor is boosting your inner girl boss.
Unfortunately, modern living has introduced a few things that reduce your natural T levels and therefore mean that you miss out on all the amazing benefits.
The major one being:
How ironic that the thing meant to liberate your sex life can actually reduce your sex drive?
Basically, birth control pills increase levels of something called SHBG. This decreases the amount of T produced and binds to it meaning that there is way less T available for your body to use.
Even if you are not on birth control, other offenders shown to reduce T include:
- Vegetarian diets
- Plastic exposure
Eeek! Thats a lot of stuff which tends to feature quite heavily in modern living.
I am not about to suggest that peeps come off their birth control or eliminate booze or sugar to boost their T.
This is not an all-or-nothing, restrict/eliminate blog.
And I like a nice drink as much as the next person.
Balance is key.
Fortunately, there are a bunch of things that you can do to naturally support your T levels and counteract the negative, T-reducing effects the above.
This is a natural T booster, as well as having a ton of other benefits.
Eat plenty of fat and protein
These are super important in for maintaining a good level of any hormone as they provide the building blocks for your body to produce them.
Get plenty of Vitamin D
Sunshine is the best source, but fish, mushroom and eggs are all good too.
Get plenty of Zinc
Vegetarian diets are traditionally linked with zinc deficiency; while the best sources are shellfish + meat, legumes, nuts and dairy are all good sources too.
When you get stressed, this elevates your cortisol levels which is basically the anti-T hormone. Make time to relax – have a bath, get a good night’s sleep, get a massage. Just ensure that you regularly disconnect from everyday stresses.
Phthalates are the big baddie chemical in plastic which reduces T levels. They are found pretty much everywhere, so it is near impossible to eliminate them from your life. But by taking steps to reducing your plastic exposure you can reduce your use of phthalates.