The importance of the high testosterone diet
Jun 20, 2012, 9:29 a.m.
Few people realize the importance of testosterone, putting it down to a hormone that's only critical for men who want to continue having an active sex life well into their senior years. But medical information has shown us that there's a lot more to testosterone than just acting as the fuel of the male sex drive. Low testosterone levels have been linked to mood changes, muscle loss, loss of bone density, decreased red blood cell production, and the storage of fat -- all of which can cause a myriad of health problems if gone unchecked. Medical professionals are now strongly recommending a healthy diet plan that will boost the body's testosterone levels.
Testosterone Boosting Foods
There are a number of foods that can effectively boost your body's testosterone levels. Here's a list of a few of the most common, and how they work to increase testosterone.
- Vitamin D milk -- Vitamin D has been shown to help the body build muscle, and getting the important nutrient in combination with milk also accomplishes the task of upping your intake of protein, which is rich in amino acids and can promote the growth of muscle.
- Fatty fish such as salmon and sardines -- Here's one fatty food that you can actually enjoy, simply because of its numerous health benefits. A single serving of salmon is said to contain enough Vitamin D to meet your daily recommended intake. The fat inherent in salmon can also help to increase your body's testosterone levels. Sardines are also equally high in fat and come with a healthy dose of Vitamin D.
- Ground beef -- This is a food that's been much maligned because of its high levels of saturated fat, and many people have made the switch to ground turkey as a replacement. According to many medical professionals, the intake of ground beef can be beneficial to increasing your body's testosterone levels because it's high in protein and fat, and also because its higher caloric value is needed for putting on muscle.
Medical Testosterone Therapy
Pursuing a healthy diet plan that focuses on increasing your intake of the above listed foods can boost your body's testosterone levels may not be as dramatically effective as undergoing medical testosterone therapy, but it may be a far more desirable approach. There are a number of risks and side effects associated with testosterone therapy, including the following: the potential development of sleep apnea; an unsafe increase in the production of red blood cells which can lead to heart disease; adverse skin reactions like acne and rashes; the enlargement of the male breast; shrinkage of the testicles and a marked decrease in the production of sperm; and the enlargement of the prostate, which can lead to benign prostatic hyperplasia. Chief among the risks involved in testosterone therapy is that it could make existing prostate cancer worse by stimulating existing cancer cells into growth.
Any food plan that can potentially alter the production of hormones in your body is one that should be undertaken with care. Therefore, before you begin changing how you eat with the intent of boosting your testosterone levels, it's important that you talk to you doctor and discuss all of your options.
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