On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the 7 best testosterone booster foods for men and the 3 key nutrients you are missing in your diet.
As a happily married, 42 year old dad of 2 kids, I’m well aware of the positive impact that optimizing your testosterone has on living a fit, healthy, energetic, and driven lifestyle.
Based on that video post, I’ve received so many DMs on Instagram from guys struggling with the effects of low testosterone.
So first of all, if you are in your 30s and struggling with low testosterone, trust me, there is nothing to be ashamed of, and you are not alone.
Today’s lifestyle and environment has led to a testosterone deficiency in 20-50% of men.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, and many other medical publications, symptoms of low testosterone in men may include:
In other words, you feel like you lost your self-confidence and drive to go after what you want in life.
The good news is you can naturally increase your testosterone with:
Before I share the 3 key nutrients to boost testosterone, it’s important to first take a simple at home test to check your testosterone levels.
This is a great way to get a baseline of where you are today, so you can measure your progress as you change your lifestyle to naturally optimize your testosterone production.
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With all that said, let’s jump into the 7 best testosterone booster foods for men.
There are many different factors when it comes to optimizing your testosterone.
Today I want to focus specifically on nutrition.
According to a peer reviewed study on PubMed called, “The causes of adverse changes of testosterone levels in men”, your testosterone production can be negatively impacted when your diet is deficient in 3 nutrients.
Correcting a deficiency in these 3 vitamins and minerals, provides a greater opportunity to boost your testosterone.
Based on this, the 7 best testosterone booster foods for men that I’m about to share are all high in one of, or all 3 of these nutrients:
Let’s briefly talk about each of these nutrients, along with the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), and how you can test to see if you are deficient in any of these nutrients at home.
Vitamin D helps regulate testosterone production.
Unfortunately, there are only a few natural sources of foods high in vitamin D.
Even with foods marketed as being fortified with vitamin D, it’s hard to get enough vitamin D through diet alone.
This is why supplementing with Vitamin D and getting adequate sunlight exposure is so important for boosting testosterone.
However, if you don’t have access to adequate sunlight all year round, you may need to supplement your Vitamin D production with foods high in vitamin D and supplements.
According to the National Institutes Of Health, here are the 7 foods naturally high in Vitamin D.
7 Foods Naturally High In Vitamin D:
Foods Fortified With Vitamin D:
According to Examine.com, the US and Canadian government’s RDA for vitamin D is:
Note: This RDA is highly criticized as being too low.
The answer is always it depends on you and your current baseline.
This is why I always push my clients to take a more data driven approach to their health by getting blood work done.
That is the only way to know if you are deficient in any of these nutrients.
According to LetsGetChecked, the normal blood level ranges for Vitamin D is 30-80 ng/ml.
My Vitamin D blood levels came back within the normal range at 54.5 ng/ml.
To provide context, I get adequete exposure all year round since I live in Southern California.
I also take a supplement from EarthNutri that includes 5000 IU of vitamin D.
If you live don’t live close to the equator and don’t supplement with Vitamin D, you may be shocked at your vitamin D levels.
According to Harvard post on Vitamin D, approximately 1 billion people in the world have inadequate levels of vitamin D.
Here’s a link to the at home Micronutrient test from LetsGetChecked below, so you can check your vitamin D, zinc, and magenesium levels as well.
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A deficiency in zinc can also lead to a lower production of testosterone.
If you sweat a lot, it’s important to note that zinc and magnesium is lost through sweat.
Therefore, if you naturally sweat a lot, or exercise a lot, you may be at a higher probability of being deficient in zinc.
Foods high in zinc primarily come from animal products, including meat, fish, and seafood.
According to the National Institutes Of Health, here are the 7 foods high in zinc.
7 Foods High In Zinc:
There are also cereals fortified with zinc, however getting zinc naturally from foods is always better.
According to Examine.com, the RDA for zinc is:
According to LetsGetChecked, the normal blood level ranges for Zinc is 0.6-1.2 ug/ml.
After taking the Micronutrient test from LetsGetChecked, I found my Zinc blood levels came back slightly higher than the normal range at 1.24 ug/ml.
Although excessive levels of zinc can be harmul, since my levels are only slightly above the normal range, and boosting testosterone levels is important for me, I’m happy with this result.
If you are struggling with low levels of testosterone and magnesium, an increase in magnesium consumption may help you boost your testosterone levels.
Increasing your magnesium consumption can also indirectly positively impact your vitamin D production, since magnesium helps convert more vitamin D into it’s active form.
Fortunately, there are many foods high in magnesium that you can add to your diet.
According to the National Institutes Of Health, here are the 7 foods high in magnesium.
7 Foods High In Magnesium:
According to Examine.com, the RDA for magnesium is:
According to LetsGetChecked, the normal blood level ranges for magnesium is 16-26 ug/ml.
After taking the Micronutrient test from LetsGetChecked, I found my magnesium blood levels came back in the normal range at 24.71 ug/ml.
As mentioned, if you are low in vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium, foods high in these vitamins and minerals may help you naturally increase your testosterone.
Based on this, the following 7 testosterone booster foods not only fulfill these requirements, they also will help you lose excess weight and build muscle, which is essential for optimal testosterone production.
Make sure you are getting sufficient levels of vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium in your diet.
To ensure you are, take the micronutrient test (use 25% off coupon code: LIVELEAN25) to see where your current levels are of these 3 key testosterone boosting nutrients.
If you are low in any of them, add in more of these testosterone booster foods.
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