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Six Ways to Boost Testosterone—Naturally

Millions of men suffer from low testosterone, which can cause fragile bones, a decrease in sex drive, depression and other problems. But testosterone levels can be boosted—naturally—with exercise, diet, more sleep, and the right supplement.

By Dr. Steven Klayman

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Testosterone is the hormone that makes a man a man. It’s vital for making muscle, keeping bones dense, fueling the libido, making high quality sperm, and keeping many other organ systems in good shape.

testosterone-levelsBut testosterone levels drop with age—and also with stress, obesity, and other conditions of modern life. In fact, low testosterone is a growing problem in America. In some studies, up to one-third of men tested have worrisomely low levels. As a result, they suffer from low sex drives, fragile bones, erectile dysfunction and poor sperm quality, depression, and other health problems.

Some doctors recommend taking extra testosterone to make up for the low levels. But that approach carries underappreciated risks. The extra hormone can actually depress the body’s own testosterone production, causing testicles to shrink and infertility to increase. It has also been linked to heart disease and stroke, among other problems.

Fortunately, it’s possible to significantly boost testosterone levels naturally. Here are five proven methods, which also have the added benefit of improving fitness and health as well:

  1. Get more restful sleep. Several studies have shown that short, fitful sleep lowers levels of the crucial hormone, while another found that levels rose an average of 15% for each additional hour of sleep. Seven to 10 hours seems best.
  2. Exercise more (and lift weights too). Men who are more physically active have higher testosterone levels—and increasing the amount of exercise boosts levels even in the elderly. Studies suggest that the biggest effects come from lifting weights or high-intensity interval training (in moderation).
  3. Eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of protein and healthy fats. Constant dieting or overeating can cause levels to drop.
  4. Boost Vitamin D levels by being out in the sun or taking a supplement. Nearly half of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. Increase those vitamin levels, and testosterone levels can climb as much as 25%.
  5. Take the right supplement. Many products claim to boost testosterone, but only a few can back up those claims with real results. One of those is Beyond Human – Testosterone, distributed by San Diego-based Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB Venture Market: INNV). Beyond Human contains a mix of herbs that have long been used to treat erectile dysfunction and male infertility, such as Eurycoma longifolia, an evergreen shrub-tree commonly found in Southeast Asia, and fenugeek, a relative of clover. It also includes zinc, which is proven to increase testosterone levels in athletes and others, and Vitamin B6, which boosts sperm counts in combination with zinc.
  6. All of the previously mentioned factors play a role in reducing the number one cause of disease overall and a factor in low T.  It’s called stress. It comes in three different packages.
  • Chemical. This involves the things we put into our bodies like air, food, water, medicine and nutritional supplements.
  • Physical. This involves overwork, falls and other accidents, and spinal misalignments.
  • Emotional. This involves how we handle the psychological stressors of the day. For example, when you get cut off driving on the highway do you get angry at the next driver? Are you worried about an audit or a lawsuit.? Do you have frequent anxiety and fears? How do you respond when a relative gets injured or the police car behind you starts flashing his lights? If in any of these circumstances your heart starts pounding or you break out into a cold sweat or you increase your breathing rhythm you are having a fight or flight stress response. If you have too many of these you weaken the adrenal glands, your stress glands, and fatigue sets in. This will affect all levels of your health including your sexual performance.

Any cardiologist worth his weight will recommend exercise, proper diet, proper rest and yoga or meditation to reduce the effects of stress on the body. 20 minutes once or twice a day in meditation will cause an increase in serotonin levels in the brain, and a decrease in lactic acid in the blood. These are stress markers. The more highly stressed an individual is the lower is his serotonin levels and the higher is his lactic acid.

Follow these six steps and I guarantee that you will feel stronger, more vigorous, fitter, healthier—and probably happier.
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Dr. Steven Klayman is a chiropractor and a worldwide recognized natural and holistic healing with over 30 years of experience in helping patients

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