On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 8 simple ways on how to boost testosterone naturally for men, including my personal story with low testosterone.
It’s no secret, compared to previous generations, testosterone production is dropping drastically in men.
Even a higher percentage of men going into their 30s, are suffering from lower levels of testosterone.
This included me.
More on that personal story in a bit.
But first, testosterone is more than just a sex hormone, as it plays so many other important roles in the body.
I think it’s safe to say, as men, we’ll say yes, to all the above.
Here’s a quick story that I’ve never shared with you.
When I was in my early 30’s, one of my personal training clients was a doctor.
At this time I was really starting to dial in my nutrition, so I wanted to get a baseline with my blood test results.
My client, who was a doctor, reviewed my blood test results and said all of my blood markers were healthy, however one thing really surprised him.
It was my testosterone levels.
Looking at me, he assumed I would be off the charts, however, my testosterone levels were actually low.
He said, for someone that looks like you, with low body fat and great muscle mass, he assumed my testosterone levels would be optimal.
But, they weren’t.
If I remember correctly, my total testosterone count was in the 300-400 ng/dL range.
A few decades ago, testosterone levels between 500-1500 ng/dL were considered normal.
Now the range has dropped to 350-1200 ng/dL.
So at the time, although my testosterone was still in the huge “normal” range, for my age and lifestyle, my testosterone was very low.
During this stage of my career, I was following a diet that was higher in carbohydrates and lower in fat.
I was completing a lot of two a day workouts, meaning, cardio in the morning, then resistance training in the afternoon, for most days of the week.
I also was going through a divorce, I was a brand new entrepreneur that wasn’t making very much money, and I felt distanced from my friends.
So the doctors all recommended testosterone replacement therapy, however with the potential side effects, I wasn’t a fan of that as a long-term solution.
That’s when I decided to dig deep into the research and really focus on these 8 ways on how to boost testosterone naturally for men.
By following these tips, my recent blood test results with my naturopathic doctor showed my testosterone counts nearly doubled from my first test, back in my early 30s.
If you’re still living in 1985 and think low fat diets are good for you, here’s one more reason to add more healthy fat to your diet.
Healthy fats are the building blocks of boosting testosterone naturally, as the cholesterol can help produce more testosterone.
She actually wants me to eat more of these foods high in healthy fat to increase my cholesterol.
These testosterone boosting healthy fats can include a combination of monounsaturated fat and saturated fat.
Foods high in monounsaturated fat include:
Foods high in saturated fat include:
Drinking too much alcohol, especially beer, can increase the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
When testosterone levels drop, estrogen levels usually increase.
This is not to say you can never drink alcohol, as I enjoy a few drinks per week.
But if you’re struggling with low testosterone, and you have multiple drinks of beer every night, cut back.
By working with a naturopathic doctor, they can run a blood test to see which micronutrients you may be void in.
This is important as consuming the optimal amounts of micronutrients are very important when it comes to boosting testosterone production.
Important testosterone boosting micronutrients include:
If you follow a paleo way of eating, meaning whole foods with an emphasis on meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds, you’re well on your way to optimizing these nutrients.
But you could also supplement with a high quality greens powder or multivitamin that is high in these micronutrients.
If your blood test results show you’re low in any of these, you could also supplement with the individual vitamin or mineral.
Yes, the more sex you have, the more testosterone your body may produce.
Sounds like a win/win to me.
Just be safe gentlemen, because when you’re Living Lean, we’re a potent baby making machine.
I’m proof of that.
By flipping my carbohydrate and dietary fat macronutrient percentages, it helped me reduce my sugar consumption and increase my fat consumption.
This is optimal for testosterone production.
Not only is sugar terrible for creating unwanted belly fat, excessive sugar consumption may also hurt testosterone production.
When you eat too much sugar, it spikes insulin production to quickly remove all the excess sugar from your bloodstream.
This causes your blood sugar levels to crash, thus increasing cravings for more sugar.
Then you eat more sugar, and the blood sugar and food craving cycle continues.
I did an episode on how to reduce food cravings by taking a shot of this simple cocktail that I show you in the video.
Also, I find eating a tablespoon of coconut oil when I feel a craving between meals, can help.
Not only does this sugar increase belly fat storage, but by increasing overall body fat, it increases the production of enzymes that convert testosterone into estrogen.
Belly fat may also impact the levels of free testosterone and the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG).
The SHBG plays a role in determining how much free testosterone is in the body.
Sleep is essential for many aspects of your health, including the role it plays in boosting testosterone naturally.
Read a book rather than being on your mobile device, computer, or TV.
Meditation can also calm the mind of all the anxieties you faced throughout the day.
Supplementing with magnesium before bed, may also help relax your body for deeper sleep, while also helping boost testosterone.
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that act as estrogen mimicking hormones in the body.
In excess, these man made chemicals may throw off the hormonal balance of both men and women.
These are often found in:
Sure any type of exercise is good for the body, but when it comes to boosting testosterone naturally, resistance training, not aerobic cardio, is your best options.
Your resistance training program should schedule weight lifting days, as well as, much needed rest and recovery days.
Rest and recovery is not only essential to reducing stress and inflammation, but overtraining can have a negative effect on testosterone levels.
Since my first testosterone blood test, I’ve pretty much stopped doing two a days, and have placed more emphasis on recovery.
It’s also important that your structured workout program focuses more on compound exercises rather than isolation exercises, such as curls and leg extensions.
The major testosterone boosting compound exercises to focus on include:
Sprint workouts are also the way to go when it comes to cardio.
When you get your testosterone levels checked, make sure you also measure your free testosterone levels.
Free testosterone is the active portion of your testosterone.
Free testosterone levels decline with age due to a sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which binds to the testosterone.
Once the SHBG is bound, your testosterone can no longer provide the body with all the benefits.
Based on the lab that does my blood work, optimal free testosterone levels range from: 4.7 – 24.4 ng/dL
As men, we need to focus on optimizing our testosterone levels.
All of the principles of the Live Lean lifestyle, from the nutrition, to the recovery, and the workout styles, are built on optimizing testosterone.
So even if you’re showing any signs of low testosterone, I still recommend you find out your testosterone count by working with a naturopathic doctor.
You can DM me on Instagram @BradGouthro and I can share my naturopathic doctor with you.
Once you get that baseline test, then you can work towards improving it with our Live Lean programs.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.