Fact: Higher testosterone levels mean more muscle mass, lower body fat, and stronger bones. Additionally, optimum T levels indicate healthy libidos, improved cognitive abilities, and (naturally) higher levels of sports performance.
Fact: your natural testosterone production is under attack. Here's a brief list of things that can negatively affect T levels, ranging from dietary/lifestyle choices to environmental factors:
Extreme low-calorie diets. Very low-calorie diets used to melt fat or followed by athletes desperate to make weight. Tobacco smoke, both direct and second-hand. Cigarette smoke contains a toxic substance called cadmium, an environmental pollutant with no distinct taste or smell that's been shown to lower testosterone levels. Alcohol. The body breaks alcohol into acetaldehyde, which may adversely affect the Leydig cells of the testicles to reduce testosterone production. Environmental pollutants, such as those that are common in industrial areas where metal welding, lead, or copper smoke are present.
Four Foods to the Rescue
Luckily, you can improve your testosterone profile through the consumption of some natural nutrients and chemical compounds.
Studies have shown that minor nutritional interventions can boost testosterone levels in as little as four weeks. Like the cavalry to the rescue, foods rich in garlic, magnesium, vitamin K2, organ meats, shellfish, leafy vegetables, and zinc will boost your testosterone naturally.