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Foods to Support Testosterone Production

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June is Men’s Health Month, so let’s talk about an important hormone that’s on the top of many men’s minds: testosterone. Commonly known as the male sex hormone (though women produce small amounts as well), testosterone is responsible for sperm production, sex drive, bone mass, muscle size and strength and more—all things you (and the women in your life) care about. Levels of circulating testosterone in your blood begin to fall after the age of 30.
Low serum testosterone levels are correlated with a lower desire for sex, diminished erectile quality, fatigue, mood imbalances, decreased muscular mass and increased abdominal fat.
Aging is rough and reduced testosterone levels just make it rougher. A trip to the doctor’s office will reveal if you have low testosterone and there are several treatment options available if your levels fall critically low.
The best thing you can do to be proactive about your testosterone level is to keep up your healthy lifestyle. Getting adequate sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and reducing stress all help to support testosterone levels. Beyond making sure that you eating enough calories, macro and micronutrients to support your level of activity, adding more of the foods below to your diet can also help to support healthy testosterone levels. (And no, ladies, eating these foods below you won’t start sprouting chest hair or dropping several vocal octaves—your body won’t use these foods to produce testosterone because of your hormonal chemistry).
 

Zinc-rich Foods

Zinc is an essential mineral found in every single cell of your body. It stimulates the activity of over 100 enzymes and is essential for testosterone production. In the standard American diet, red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc. Phytates from whole grains and legumes reduce zinc absorption, so if you’re eating a mostly plant-based diet, zinc is a mineral to make sure you’re getting enough of.1 Adult men should aim to get 11mg of zinc a day. If you eat an exclusively plant-based diet you may require as much as 16mg a day.2
 
Plant-based sources of zinc3:

  • Wheat germ (3.5mg per ¼ cup)
  • Sesame seeds (2mg per ounce)
  • Pumpkin seeds (2mg per ¼ cup)
  • Crimini mushrooms (1mg per cup)
  • Miso (1mg per 2 Tbsp)
  • Maple syrup (1mg per ¼ cup)
  • Chickpeas (1.3mg per ½ cup)
  • Almonds (1 mg per ounce)

 
Soaking beans, grains and seeds in water for several hours before cooking them as well as sprouting can increase the bio-availability of zinc in plant-based foods.2 For a zinc-rich meal make Mushroom Miso Soup, followed by a protein-rich salad stacked with spinach, shelled hemp seeds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds, followed by a dessert of raw chocolate.
 

Vitamin-D Rich Foods

Preliminary research suggests that vitamin D deficiency is correlated with low testosterone levels in the blood.4 Your body can naturally produce vitamin D by getting 5 to 10 minutes a day of direct sunlight.
 
Plant-based sources of vitamin D:

  • White, kidney and black beans (sources of both vitamin D and zinc)
  • UV-exposed Mushrooms
  • Supplements
  • Healthy Fats e.g. Omegas

 
Cutting fat from your diet can decrease your testosterone levels, since hormones require dietary fat to be produced.5,6 So don’t skimp on your healthy fats!
 
Plant-based sources of healthy fats:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Seeds (chia seeds, sacha inchi seeds, hemp seeds in particular)
  • Cold-pressed oils
  • Coconut oil

 
Eating these foods, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, catching enough ZZZs and managing stress levels is important keep up healthy testosterone levels as you age. If you’re concerned about your testosterone levels, book an appointment at your doctor’s office and keep prioritizing your health!
 
How are you making your health better during Men’s Health Month?
 
References :

  1. Mahan LK, Escott-Stump S. (2008). Krause’s Food & Nutrition Therapy. Saunders Elsevier. 12th ed.
  2. National Institute for Health. (2013). Fact Sheet for Health Professionals: Zinc. Accessed on 6/4/15 from: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional.
  3. United States Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/food
  4. Lee DM (2012). Association of hypogonadism with vitamin D status: the European Male Ageing Study. European Journal of Endocrinology. Accessed on 6/4/15 from: http://eje-online.org/content/166/1/77.full.pdf+html
  5. Wang C (2005). Low-fat high-fiber diet decreased serum and urine androgens in men. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 90(6):3550-9
  6. Dorgan JF (1996). Effects of dietary fat and fiber on plasma and urine androgens and estrogens in men: a controlled feeding study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 64(6):850-5. Accessed on 6/4/15 from: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/64/6/850.long

 

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4 Fats that burn fat or help you lose weight…

1.       Omega-3 fats
Omega-3 fats help you burn fat by helping your body respond better to a hormone called Leptin (Leptin is the Greek word for thin) and…
Leptin tells your body (your brain) to suppress your appetite making you eat less so you can maintain or lose weight and…
Leptin increases your metabolism by increasing your thyroid output (your thyroid regulates your metabolism) and on top of all that…
Leptin also causes your body to burn fat for energy so…
If your body isn’t responding well to Leptin then the reverse happens – You’ll be hungrier, and you’ll store more fat so… You can take Omega-3 fats to help your body respond much better to Leptin so you can increase your fat-burning metabolism and…
3 more ways Omega-3 fats help you lose weight is…

  1. Omega-3 fats help you control your hunger by stabilizing your blood sugar levels and…
  2. An Australian study showed that when people took Omega-3 fats while on an exercise program burned more fat than people who Only Exercised (without taking Omega-3 fats) and people who exercised & took other types of fat and…
  3. Studies done in Japan & The Czech republic suggest that Omega-3 fats prevent the creation of ugly body fat and these same studies suggested Omega-3 fats promote more fat burning.

2.       CLA
How CLA can help you lose weight…
CLA is good for helping you get rid of belly fat and According to The International Journal of Obesity (August, 2001)…

  • A group of overweight men taking CLA lost mostly belly fat and they reduced their waistlines by 1 inch while taking CLA and the CLA helped them lose all that belly fat without making any diet or lifestyle changes and…
  • In a similar study women lost mostly only belly & thigh fat with CLA and they reduced their waistlines by1.2 inches and…
  • CLA also helps you burn fat and gain leaner muscles at the same time
  • A group of overweight people lost 9% of their body fat and increased their lean muscle mass by 1-to-2% just by taking CLA with NO changes in their diet or lifestyle – this all happened during a year-long research study done by the Scandinavian Clinical Research Group
  • CLA prevents your body from storing fat
    • CLA doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.” – Michael Pariza, director of the Food Research Institute, on his findings from the University of Wisconsin Study at Madison on CLA.

A University of Wisconsin Study at Madison concluded that CLA is good for preventing weight gain in people who had previously lost weight dieting and even if dieters gained weight after dieting while still taking CLA – half of the weight gained back was lean muscle (and you know muscle burns fat anyway)
3.       Omega-6 Fats
Many studies show how the Omega-6 fats Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) & Linolenic acid (LA) help you burn fat – for example with GLA…

  • People lost between 9-to-11 pounds in 6 weeks while taking GLA during a study done by Dr Mri who’s a researcher and consultant at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff but…

The good & bad news about most studies involving GLA is you have to be at least 10-to-20% overweight to see any results but…

  • GLA prevents weight gain in people who’ve lost weight plus GLA is also an appetite suppressant since it raises the levels of serotonin (and serotonin is a hormone that makes you feel full and eat less) and…
  • GLA raises your metabolism by making the “Brown fat” in your body burn calories to keep your body warm and… Brown fat (or Brown Adipose tissue or BAT) is not the same as the ugly “white” fat that accumulates on your arms, belly, thighs and other problem areas because…
  • Brown fat’s main job is to burn fat calories for energy to keep your body warm but usually brown fat is not as active in overweight people and that’s why You need GLA so you can “turn on” Brown fat so it can help you burn off the ugly “white” fat and…

As for the other Omega-6 fat Linolenic acid (LA)…
Women lost 2-to-4 pounds of fat and gained firmer muscles just by supplementing with Linolenic acid (LA) without any significant changes to their diet & exercise programs over a 16 week study and…
GLA & LA can be found in Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and these 28 foods high in Omega-6 fats and please note that…
CLA is also an Omega-6 fat but, you need to eat a balanced ratio of Omega-3 & Omega-6 fats.

  • 4.       MCTs (medium chain triglycerides)

MCTs will increase your metabolism, your body is more likely to use MCTs for energy instead of storing it as fat and MCTs help curb your appetite and because of these facts .. farmers will not feed their animals foods high in MCTs like coconut oil because it will keep their animals very lean and…

  • A group of 31 overweight people lost an average of 7 lbs. during a 16 week study when they included MCT oil in their muffins and in another 12 week study .. 2 groups of people were put on almost the same exact diet but the only difference was .. one group got it’s fat mainly from regular dietary fat while the other group got it’s fat only from MCTs and .. the group taking MCTs lost 8½ lbs. (2½ lbs. more than the other group) and the combined results of many studies on MCTs all conclude that you can lose up to 12-to-36 pounds a year just by replacing the regular fat in your diet with MCTs and Coconut Oil & Palm Oil are all good sources of MCTs or you can use a MCT supplement

How to include these fats in your diet to lose weight faster?
Remember: Fats must only be 10 to 30% of your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle and you want to make sure that most of or ALL the fats you eat are Omega-3, CLA, Omega-6 and/or MCT fats if you want to burn fat faster and you can easily get most of those fats by eating more lean proteins like fish, organic beef, nuts & beans but if you find you can’t get enough of these healthy fats in your diet you can take Omega-3, CLA, Omega-6 and/or MCT supplements.
Now for the most amazing news .. Hemp contains Omega 3, Omega 6 – CLA & GLA as well as medium chain triglycerides.
So, by incorporating Hemp into your diet – and here I mean healthy, balanced diet – you will lose weight, naturally, easily!

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Here is a sneak peak at the new Hemptons Sports Range – a completely natural Protein & Omega Range!

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Pure Protein – 100% Hemp Protein
Endurance Performance Recovery – For Pre/Post Training – Scientifically developed blend of proteins, vitamins and minerals
Spice of Life – Immune Support – Proteins with specific spices added to support you during hard training
Omega Capsules – 100% Hemp Seed Oil – Omega 3, 6, 9, GLA – in fact all the Omegas – with the Omega 3 & 6 in the perfectly balanced ration of 3:1