Your get up and go has left the building. You feel tired all the time and you have practically zero interest in sex. You’ve packed on some extra pounds and no matter how hard you try you can’t seem to lose it.
Sound familiar? If so stop blaming your age and set your sights on your testosterone levels instead. Because it turns out low testosterone could be to blame.
Low testosterone isn’t just a guy’s issue, either. Both men and women produce this important hormone and when it drops too low in either sex it can cause all kinds of troubling symptoms. But most folks agree one of the worst is the motivation sapping exhaustion.
You can fight back against the fatigue, and unstick the numbers on your scale at the same time, by eating more of the foods that naturally boost and support your testosterone levels.
When it comes to raising testosterone levels, zinc is one of the most important minerals there is. Low zinc levels have been linked to sagging testosterone. But lucky for us oysters are packed with the mineral. Not an oyster fan?Other zinc rich foods include almonds, beef, crab, pork and chicken.
Your love of guacamole is about to come in handy. A study at Penn State linked the monounsaturated fats in avocadoes to higher levels of testosterone.
Start your morning with a banana smoothie and you can keep fatigue at bay for the rest of the day. The enzyme bromelain found in bananas (and pineapples) could help keep your testosterone levels right where you want them.
Beans are a great choice for supporting healthy testosterone levels and fighting off fatigue. White, kidney, and black beans in particular are high in vitamin D and zinc both of which are critical for testosterone production.
Packed with omega 3s, vitamin D, cholesterol, zinc and protein eggs are perfect for boosting your testosterone levels. And although they’ve been the victim of an ongoing smear campaign the truth is eggs are nutritional powerhouses that typically don’t have any significant effects on cholesterol levels despite the rumors. So go ahead and eat your eggs guilt-free.
According to research out of Hong Kong eating a bunch of red grapes every day could help boost your testosterone levels. Experts give the credit to the resveratrol content in the grapes. Resveratrol naturally inhibits an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen.
7. Sweet potatoes:
You should be limiting the carbohydrates in your diet, but shunning them altogether is a recipe for fatigue. In fact, slashing all the carbs from your diet can cause your testosterone levels to plummet. Be sure to include plenty of healthy carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash and whole grain steel cut oatmeal in your diet. Bonus: Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A which your body requires to produce testosterone.
Healthy testosterone production requires plenty of magnesium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. And it turns out spinach contains all three nutrients. No matter whether you toss it into a salad, fold it into an omelet, or drape it over chicken, spinach can deliciously support healthy testosterone levels.
Vegetarian diets are linked to lower testosterone levels. Including some delicious and nutritious red meat in your diet can turn those numbers back around. But don’t just reach for any old grocery store steak. Fatty, factory-farm produced steaks can suppress your testosterone too. Stick to lean cuts of organic, grass-fed beef to help keep your testosterone levels in the golden zone.
Turn the tired around, and send your energy levels soaring through the roof, by eating more of these testosterone boosting foods.