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Testosterone-Boosting Foods

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The fact of life is that our bodies are an example of the most complex mechanism that is living, breathing and doing some tremendous accomplishments on their own. We study and learn our bodily functions, how organs and tissues communicate with each other on the cellular level, and make new discoveries for ourselves every day.

In a healthy body, things work together like an orchestra, balancing their act and supporting each other. Today’s conversation is about testosterone. Though it is predominantly men who need this hormone, it would be silly to brush away an important fact that women, too, need it for a healthy functioning.

We don’t have testosterone in such quantities like men. Yet we require this hormone for our well-being, healthy libido, body composition, energy levels, and emotional health.

When we eat a balanced diet, bodies function better and deal with stressors on a higher level, fighting diseases and infections that threaten us all the time. Dietary factors can optimize testosterone levels for those people who are lacking this livelihood hormone. We are not doctors here, and you should always consult with your medical professional about any health concerns. Educating ourselves what happens in our bodies supports our awareness to bring up any complaint to a medical professional on the timely basis.

Testosterone levels fluctuate in our body. Consuming enough of dietary fat helps to support a balanced equilibrium of testosterone. There are studies, mostly on men, that show that testosterone levels in men are positively related to their intake of saturated and monounsaturated fat via food.

“Men who consumed 30% of their calories from fat had 33% and 67% higher levels of testosterone than men who consumed only 20% or 15% of their calories from fat, respectively.” (study published in Journal of Applied Physiology by Penn State University)

Low-fat diets have been linked a significant decrease in testosterone levels in both men and women.

Vegetarians who tend to consume less fat showed lower testosterone levels compared to their meat-eating counterparts.

With that said above, let’s review some of the foods that keep our bodies alive and boost them with the right nutrients they crave and need for proper functioning.

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  1. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    MAGNESIUM & ZINK

    What we know is that these two minerals take part in a myriad of chemical reactions and processes on the cellular level in our body.
    When there’s an imbalance of any one of them – boom, we start experience the malfanction here and there.

    Studies show that testosterone levels in healthy men are correlated to zinc concentration in the body (Wayne State University, Detroit, study)

    When scientists deprived men’s diet of zinc, their testosterone levels dropped significantly. Yet when men’s diet was boosted by foods rich in zinc, their testosterone levels rised significantly within a 6-month period.

    Here’s a Sample of Magnesium & Zinc-Rich Foods

    Letter “M” stands for Magnesium
    Letter “Z” stands for Zinc

    Pumpkin seeds (Both)
    Spinach (M)
    Cashews (Both)
    Sunflower seeds (M)
    Sesame seeds (Both)
    Quinoa (Both)
    Beef (Z)
    Lentils (Z)

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Looks like I need to start buying more pumpkin seeds and cashews! We use spinach in smoothies most of the time.

    • Beef and Spinach is something we do eat, I really do need to buy more of the seeds and see if my family would eat them.

    • Katrina Angele says:

      I love pumpkin seeds. Never considered them a good snack really for some reason. Gonna buy some now! And try making my own in the fall time.

  2. I love Cashews!! I will make sure that we have them more often in the house!! as well as Lentil soup one of my all time favorite!

    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Wendi,
      I am looking right now what I could do with RAW nuts, like recipes that could be a good snack for summer.

      • oh wow well my hubby and eat we eat all them foods i guess that is a good thing good morning to you all

      • i li love dry fruit snack bags that have the nuts as well great have sitting next to my work station for snacks instead of junk!! dried cranberries are my favorite

  3. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    SELENIUM

    SELENIUM is one of the minerals our bodies need on the daily basis. The best source for it is a natural one found in BRAZIL NUTS! Just 2-3 of Brazil nuts can satisfy our daily recommended requirements for Selenium. It is a much more powerful way to add this mineral into our bodies, than taking in supplements.

    Here’s a list of other foods that are considered GOOD sources of Selenium

    Tuna
    Shrimp
    Salmon, preferably wild-caught
    Chicken
    Scallops
    Beef from pasture-raised cows

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    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      I don’t eat seafood or fish so those are out! We do eat mostly chicken though. What are Brazilian nuts? I’ve heard of them but have no idea what they look like!

    • I am not a sea food eater, maybe tuna once a week. We do eat alot of chicken.

    • Katrina Angele says:

      I will have to buy some brazil nuts then. I am not a huge meat eater in general and never touch seafood of any kind.

  4. WE do eat chicken quite often and Tuna at least once every two weeks! I love Scalllops but not something i buy on a regular!! And this is a mineral we dont think of on a daily either

    • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

      Wendi,
      We love cold-water wild Salmon. We get every week.
      We also get other fish and alternate the source to limit consuming the same fish, due to contamination.
      But we do eat Brazil nuts.
      Just a couple a day adds all the daily requirements for Selenium.

  5. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    VITAMIN D

    Some studies also found that Vitamin D is in direct correlation to the levels of Testosterone in our body.

    Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with lower levels of Testosterone.

    That is why seasonal fluctuations of testosterone occur. And for those of us who do not get enough sun and avoid foods rich in Vitamin D, testosterone levels may be lower than a body calls for.

    Here are a few foods considered good sources of Vitamin D

    Salmon, preferably wild-caught
    Sardine
    Dairy from pasture-raised cows (organic)
    Eggs from pasture-raised hens

    • oh believe me i get plenty of sun been in the gardens mowing and weed wiping and drink my milk and eat out eggs

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      I get enough sun year round! One perk of living in south Texas! LOL We also only drink organic milk and try to eat only eggs from pasture raised hens.

    • im not a fan of one or two!! but I do love my eggs!!

    • I am going to start fixing more eggs for the family. I did limit the eggs because in the past we where told they wheere high in cloresterol.

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

        Barbara,
        If you eat an egg or two a day within a balanced diet, it only helps the body to utilize the resources and nutrients where they are needed BETTER.
        I will showcase my recipes what I make for my family here. Easy and fast, these recipes can truly change our lives in the kitchen and outside of it!

    • Katrina Angele says:

      We do great on getting in dairy and eggs but I will have to look into buying organic and maybe get eggs from a local farm. I just need to get my own chickens already. I have been making a point to get more sun each day though. And I usually avoid the sun like the plague so it’s a change for me.

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