Testosterone is a 19-carbon steroid hormone produced by the Leydig cells in testicles of men and the ovaries of women. Small amounts are also secreted through the male and female adrenal glands (The Adrenal gland is an organ above the kidneys that releases hormones directly into the bloodstream).
Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone. It is also an anabolic steroid. This means that it plays a key role in male reproductive tissue development, including the testis and prostate. It also promotes secondary sexual characteristics: Muscle, bone mass, and hair growth. The hormone aids in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Lastly, Testosterone aids in penis growth, enlargement of the vocal box (deepens your voice), creates healthy sperm, and increases your sex drive. It increases your blood volume, helps your kidneys retain sodium and water, and aids your bones in calcium retention.
It’s safe to say that Testosterone is one hell of a hormone!
How To Naturally Increase Testosterone
Nutrition is the number one way to naturally increase your Testosterone levels. We recommend you eat these following foods:
Shrimp (and many seafoods) increase your Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D has been strongly linked to Testosterone levels by researchers at Harvard.
Strawberries are a leading source of Vitamin C! This lowers your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that aids in the metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates in response to stress (like working out).
Egg yolks are another great Vitamin D source. Although high in cholesterol, we are listing egg yolk as opposed to egg white because egg yoke contains more nutrients then egg whites
Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef
Red meat contains a lot of unhealthy fats so you’re going to want to choose a lean cut on this one. Ground beef contains lots of Zinc! Zinc is a mineral that plays a part in a large variety of enzymatic reactions in the body, including testosterone production.