The endocrine system is the cornerstone of your health. Understanding how it works and how to optimize it can be one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your body. When it comes to men, the most important hormone to optimize is testosterone, also known as the the master hormone of the endocrine system.
Most men think you need gels, injections or hormone replacement therapy to increase levels of testosterone. This is simply not true. You can increase your testosterone levels naturally, and it’s easier than you think. Here are three simple and easy tips you can implement today to quickly increase your T-levels.
1. Skip breakfast
To most people this might seem nothing short of heretical. What! Skip the most important meal of the day? Aren’t I going to kill my metabolism and pile on the pounds? No, actually you won’t. You see, regular intermittent (short) fasts will actually boost important hormones that will lead to drastically higher overall testosterone and growth hormone levels.
Intermittent fasting allows your body a daily opportunity to burn excess body fat for fuel and rid itself of minor toxins before it needs to allocate energy to focus on things like digestion and glycogen synthesis. The quickest way to increase your T is through weight loss. To put it simply, testosterone (both free testosterone and SHBG-bound) levels correlate inversely with common measures of insulin resistance (such as insulin, C-peptide and HOMA-IR) and body fat levels. The inverse association between testosterone and insulin resistance is mediated by adipose tissue and independent of SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). In simple terms: the more body fat you have, the less testosterone production you will naturally have.
Intermittent fasting increases levels of a hormone called adiponectin. This increase in adiponectin during the fast helps improve insulin sensitivity. Adiponectin is so powerful, in fact, that it’s been shown to reverse insulin resistance in mice.
LEARN MORE: Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
And with just a 24 hour fast, you can elevate your growth hormone levels by up to 2,000 percent. GH and T levels correlate with one another, both acting anabolically (improving glycogen uptake into the muscles, protein synthesis and increasing training capacity and tolerance).
2. Eliminate all essential vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Most guys don’t know this, but a simple deficiency in one of the following vitamins or minerals can cause a big hit on your overall testosterone levels. Simply eliminating your deficiencies can keep your T at a healthy level while on a diet. Focus on bringing the following levels up to a normal range (I recommend getting regular blood tests):
- Vitamin D
- B Vitamins (B3/6/12)
3. Avoid BPA-laden products
This tip usually blows people’s minds. BPA stands for bisphenol A, and it’s a common chemical that will give your testosterone a hit if you allow yourself to be exposed to it regularly.
BPA is an extremely common substance, used to line water pipes, plastic bottles and food containers as well as on sports equipment, DVDs, CDs and many other common consumer items made with — or containing — plastic. It interacts with the human body with hormone-like properties that can negatively affect your testosterone levels.
TIP: avoid touching sales receipts. When the cashier asks if you’d like your receipt, either have them put it in your bag or just say “no thanks.”
Bonus Tip: Don’t Eat Too Much Protein
This is another nearly heretical-sounding piece of advice, but you cannot overlook your protein consumption.
As male consumers, we’re constantly marketed to with advice to consume more protein to gain more muscle mass and stay full throughout the day. Most of this advice leaves us afraid to eat less protein for fear of losing all our hard-earned muscle to catabolism.
However, most of this protein-heavy diet advice is shelled out by supplement companies — people/websites who SELL protein for a living. Of course they want you to eat more protein.
And protein is very important.
But it’s not as important as they want to make you believe.
You see, both carbs and fats play an extremely crucial role in keeping T-levels high.
- Eating too few carbs can lower testosterone over time.
- Eating too little fat can also lower testosterone over time.
When you are consuming most of your daily calories from protein, you are actually neglecting the two macronutrients (carbs and fat) that are more important for supporting a healthy testosterone level.
You should instead consume as much protein as your body needs to support your muscle growth and training but no more.
Focus the rest of your diet on eating adequate amounts of healthy carbs and fats, and you will reap the benefit of high testosterone well into your old age.
How To Maximize And Optimize Your T-Levels
I’ve advised thousands of men over the last decade on how to rebalance their hormones naturally, helping them reclaim their masculinity and sense of manhood.
Many asked for an all-in-one supplement they could take to optimize their hormones… Yet I simply could not recommend any supplement on the market because the majority of them:
- Contain proprietary blends, which do not allow you to see the exact dosages of any individual ingredient. As a result, you have no idea if the supplement contains the right dosage of ingredients to elicit the desired results.
- Do not contain the most bioavailable form of individual ingredients, so your body cannot absorb these ingredients.
- Have no peer-reviewed research showing the effectiveness of the ingredients in humans.
So for the longest time, I recommended buying the individual ingredients separately. However, this was extremely expensive and inconvenient. Therefore, out of necessity, I came up with my own supplement that contains the most bioavailable and natural ingredients in the right clinically effective dosages that have actually been proven to work in humans.
I call it Testro-X.
Testro-X is the perfect formulation of nine, all-natural ingredients that are 100 percent research-backed and have been proven to work in men. If you’re looking for an all-in-one supplement to correct your hormonal imbalance issues… look no further.
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