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How to Increase Testosterone!

January 18, 2022 in Podcast


In this micro episode, I wanted to share some tips that will help boost your testosterone, naturally!

The male body needs to produce the right amount of testosterone in order to maintain optimum physical, sexual, and mental health. This hormone is essential for your fertility, bone and muscle strength – even your mood.

Testosterone levels peak during your late teens but begin to gradually decline once you hit 30. ‘Normal’ testosterone levels can vary widely from person to person.

The symptoms of low testosterone (sometimes called “low-T”) reflect the role that the hormone plays in your body. As testosterone is essential for your fertility, energy levels, muscle and bone strength, low-T can impact these areas of your health.

You may suffer from:

Loss of sex drive and erectile dysfunction
Fatigue and problems sleeping
Decreased muscle mass and brittle bones
Loss of body and facial hair
Depression, irritability, or memory loss

Here are some ways to naturally boost testosterone:

-Improve your sleep. Most of your testosterone is produced and released during sleep. And studies have found that those who sleep less have lower testosterone. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.

-Exercise regularly – including weight training. One study found that men who undertook resistance training 3 times a week for 4 weeks experienced increased testosterone levels immediately after the workout, and over time.

-Don’t skip leg day! A study by the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics hammers this home. It split participants into an arm-only workout group and a leg-and-arm workout group, with results showing that testosterone increases were significantly higher in those exercising their lower body in addition to their upper body.

Here are some of the vitamins and minerals that are crucial for testosterone production, plus extracts that help boost testosterone levels:

-Vitamin D. Many of us are deficient in vitamin D, the so-called ‘sunshine vitamin’. But this is not just a problem for your overall health. Vitamin D and testosterone are closely connected. According to one study, daily doses of vitamin D can increase your testosterone by 25%.

-Magnesium. It plays a role in over 300 different enzyme systems, regulating all sorts of different processes in your body. One of those is testosterone production. Studies have found that magnesium supplements increase testosterone – and the results are particularly dramatic in active men.

-Zinc. Zinc deficiency is a common deficiency that is associated with low T. Studies have shown that zinc supplementation can increase testosterone production. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food.

-Maca and ginseng. Extracts from the ginseng and maca plants can help to reduce symptoms of low T. While ginseng has been found to possibly boost testosterone production, there’s pretty strong evidence to suggest that maca can boost sperm health and increase libido.

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0 (1s): Hello, and welcome to the get lean and eat clean podcast. My name is Brian grin. I'm a certified health coach, trainer and author. And this podcast is for middle-aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long-term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show. All right, welcome to the get lean eat clean podcast. My name is Brian grin, and I hope you had a great weekend. It is Tuesday the 18th 2022, and I hope you listened to my last interview with Ben Azadi.

0 (47s): I think it was a great interview regarding Quito. So if you want to learn more about that, go ahead and check that out. And then hopefully you listened to the small micro podcasts before that, regarding our strength training. We're going to touch a little bit on that today, but the main topic is how to boost testosterone naturally. And this is something that gets thrown out around. It's sort of a hot topic and obviously as a male as you age, and even as a female, it's important and you want to keep an eye on it. As, you know, as you go, it's something that decreases throughout your life, as we all know, get your, get your levels checked for sure.

0 (1m 28s): If you haven't done a hormone test, you should. And a testosterone is one of those things that it actually peaks in your late teens. And then it'll gradually decline once you hit 30. So it can normal testosterone levels can vary from person to person. I think a lot of it has got to go off how you're feeling and we'll talk about some of the symptoms of low T, but the, the, the male body actually needs to produce the right amount of testosterone to maintain optimal physical, sexual and mental health. And so this hormone is essential for your fertility, bone and muscle strength, even your mood. So what is the right amount and what are two typical testosterone levels?

0 (2m 13s): So, like I mentioned before, this is something that you're going to get determined through a blood test. And essentially in the United States, it's measured in what's called nanograms per deciliter of blood. Typically levels are around between 2 64 and nine 14, Nana nanograms per deciliter. And that's considered a healthy in a normal male. Now that is a quite a wide range, 2 64 to nine 14. And I'm going to touch on where maybe you should fall depending on what, how old you are, but like mentioned before, once you hit 30, your testosterone naturally begins to decline, but it's a really gradual process for most men that decreases about 1% per year by the age of 70 testosterone production of the average man is 30% below its peak.

0 (3m 11s): And that's by the age of 30. So it's estimated that at least 75% of older men still have testosterone levels in a normal range. So you might be in a normal range. You're probably wondering what is that? I'll just say testosterone levels for 40 year old, which I obviously looked at all these studies up to 52 to nine 16, and then as you get older, let's just say to compare that at, if you're in your sixties or seventies, sixties is 1 96 to 8, 5 59. So it's actually not that much different. The low range for forties was two 50 to the low range with your in your sixties is 1 96, but it's definitely worth getting tested and symptoms.

0 (3m 52s): What type of symptoms should you look for? If you've potentially you have low testosterone and some of them could be lack of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, problems, sleeping, decrease in muscle mass, brittle bones, loss of body and facial hair could be some irritability, memory loss, or depression. Now I wanted to touch on ways that we could naturally increase testosterone. And there's a lot of ways to do that. And a lot of different opinions around that. I'm going to come up, I'm going to give you sort of the top ones that I've found.

0 (4m 32s): And one of them in this, I'm not surprised by this is improve your sleep because most of your testosterone is produced and released during sleep. So you want to aim seven to nine hours of sleep a night. And if not, you know, this is, this is so crucial. We've talked about this before, come up with a good sleep routine. This is something with I work with all my clients on. So exercise and sleep. And number two is exercise those two things, the best way to boost testosterone naturally exercise regularly. And I would say this includes obviously weight training, resistance training, so important. If you listen to my other micro podcast on how it could actually change your gene expression, but the obvious advantages of exercise, building muscle burning, fat, improving strength, and endurance, even helping with some flexibility and then add in the bonus of short long-term testosterone, boosting benefits.

0 (5m 31s): So I tried to find, and I found a few studies to show this one study actually found that men who undertook resistance training three times a week for four weeks experience increased testosterone levels immediately after the workout and over time. And then just by performing body weight, squats, push-ups pull-ups sit-ups, you can, you can do all these things and, and exercise and grow strength, and this will help boost testosterone. Now I also found, and I've always been a big fan of leg day, but now I know the real reason is you don't want to skip a leg day because I found a study that compared individuals who just did upper body biceps, okay.

0 (6m 14s): Compared to lower body and upper body. So it was an arm only workout group versus a leg and an arm workout group, because I know there's a lot of guys out there that they, they hate doing legs. They don't want to do them. You always see those guys with the big upper bodies and they got skinny legs. I'm probably the opposite. My, my upper back, my low, my lower body out does my upper body all day long, but I've also put an emphasis on it through my over 20 years of lifting. But what it showed this study by the sports science and clinical biomechanics Institute show that testosterone increased increases were significantly higher in those with lower body exercises as compared to just the upper body.

0 (6m 57s): So males or females out there don't skip those lower, but they'll skip those legs, those legs, other than sleeping stress, excuse me, while stress to you, obviously do not want to have chronic stress. But what I was saying was other than sleep and exercise, here are some ways potentially to get it through your diet or through the outside. And one of them, if you could guess, when I talk about the outside, I talking about the sun, we're talking about vitamin D so many individuals, obviously, especially in the Midwest here, I'm in Chicago right now. It's 20 degrees. I haven't seen the sun all day. You know, we go for walks and stuff, but you really want to make sure that you get your levels checked for vitamin D the co the so-called sunshine vitamin, because vitamin D is actually linked to testosterone.

0 (7m 44s): And according to one study, daily doses of vitamin D can increase your testosterone by 25%. So definitely get it checked if you're not getting outside and getting sun, perhaps it looks for some quality supplementation, make sure that's quality. Cause there's a lot of junk out there. Second to vitamin D is magnesium. And this sort of is a good preview for my next interview, which is going to be coming out on Friday with Barton Scott and upgraded formulas, where they actually measure your minerals and do a hair mineral analysis, which I'm going to get done soon. And so magnesium is so important. Essentially it plays a role in over 300 different enzyme systems that regulate different processes in your body.

0 (8m 29s): So one of those is testosterone productions, production and studies have found that magnesium supplements increase testosterone and the results are particularly dramatic in the active men. Now you're probably thinking, how can I get magnesium? One of the ways I would get first, just get tests tested. I also, there's the upgraded, excuse me, the upgraded formulas, Barton Scott. They have great magnesium supplements. And if you listen to the Friday episode, we'll talk all about that. But if you want to get it through your diet, one of them was the highest is pumpkin seed kernels, dry roasted almonds, spinach. So we got some almonds and spinach definitely high in anti-nutrients.

0 (9m 13s): So you gotta be careful of that, but you could boil the spinach and perhaps we soak the almonds cashews, dry roasted. So these are ways that you could get it through your diet. But I do find, I think that in just in general, getting magnesium through your diet is difficult. So there might have to be some type of supplementation. If you find out that your, this is something that you're deficient in zinc is another one zinc deficiency is associated with low T. And one of the ways you can get zinc in your diet is actually oysters. I'm not a huge oyster fan, but if you're not, you can get it through red meat and some poultry, also beans and nuts, and certain types of seafood, such as like crab and last lobster also have zinc in there as well.

0 (10m 1s): But I think your best bang for your buck, if, if you do enjoy oysters would be to get it through that. After that the two were mainly things that you could probably put into a shake if you wanted to put into a shake. And then one of them is Maka root. And this is something that I've, I put sometimes occasionally into my, my shake, even though I don't make it that much anymore. And then ginseng extracts from jinxing and Maka have shown to help reduce symptoms of low testosterone while jinx things has been found to possibly boost testosterone production. There's been a strong evidence that Maka can boost sperm health and increase libido. So this is something that you could add in.

0 (10m 41s): You can mix it into your shake and you'll, you'll find it in different extracts and powder forms. So I'll make sure you're getting a quality one organic. So that's what I wanted to touch on today. These are some of the ways that you can boost testosterone. I think first and foremost, focused on sleep, focus on resistance training. And then you can add in from there, find out if you're deficient, first of all, in testosterone, if your testosterone levels are low. And if that's the case, either way you can add in potentially vitamin D magnesium, some zinc and Maka, and perhaps even ginseng. So something you want to keep in mind, whether you're a male or female, because if you're having, if you're having some of the symptoms that I mentioned, you might want to look into that and take some steps to improve your sleep and exercise regularly.

0 (11m 33s): So anyways, I hope this gives you a sort of an idea of what to look for if you're, if you're dealing with low testosterone and it's something that happens as the age. So keep an eye on that. And I hope you enjoyed this episode and look forward to my next one on Friday with Barton Scott. So thanks again for listening and feel free. If you're loving, it would love a review five-star review. I'm looking to get more of those and I appreciate it. So have a great day and thanks so much for listening. Hey, get lean equally nation. Are you a man between the ages of 40 and 60 years old looking to lose inches around your waist have significantly more energy throughout the day and gain muscle all while minimizing the risk of injuries?

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