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February 12, 2017

Lets talk testosterone! 

 

You may not even know it. It creeps up on you, sort of like aging. One minute you are young and vibrant with no gray hairs, no wrinkles, then next minute-holy crap-when did I get old?  

 

Same thing with hormones, sometimes they just slowly diminish till all of a sudden someone points it out to you that something may be wrong.  You realize they are right. You have been feeling tired, no energy, and you feel weak but it was a slow progression so you never really paid attention to it. But now you realize its not normal and you may be able to get that energy level back!

 

Yep, it may just be that testosterone.  The best thing to do is to get your blood tested to find out your numbers. I'm no doctor by any means but I do know that testosterone hormone is important, especially for men. That muscle-building hormone. 

 

I'm not going to recommend you take any anabolic steroid hormones  but what I will do is to offer you two solid tips on how you can boost your testosterone levels naturally with supplements.

 

Tip #1: Get enough zinc

 

Zinc is an essential mineral that helps with a number of processes in your body (it helps over 300 enzymes).  Zinc helps your immune system, helps to produce critical proteins and DNA, and also helps with wound healing.  Enough zinc is necessary to maintain healthy skin and for optimal ability to taste and smell.  Zinc is an antioxidant and can be supplemented to support optimal levels of testosterone because it helps the enzymes that converts cholesterol into testosterone.

 

Zinc is found mostly in red meat, poultry, egg yolks, and shellfish.  Some plants can also provide zinc such as beans and nuts.  The best dietary source is oysters (my favorite 😊).

 

The daily recommended dose of zinc for men is 11 mg/day (for women it's 8 mg/day).  Low zinc levels are rare but tend to occur in vegetarians/vegans, athletes, and people who sweat a lot (zinc is lost in sweat).  And low zinc levels have been linked to low testosterone levels.

 

Of course if you don't get enough zinc in your diet you can always supplement.  Before you do, however, consider a few things:

  • It is possible to get too much zinc so unless your doctor tells you never take more than 40 mg/day.  For many people just 5-10 mg/day is enough to prevent deficiency.

  • Zinc supplements can also interact with certain medications so be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if zinc supplements are safe for you.

  • Zinc supplements are best taken 2-hours away from any medications (if it's safe to use it at all while taking those medications) and should be taken with food.

 

Tip #2: Get enough vitamin D

 

Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin” is actually the most common nutrient that we in North America just simply don't get enough of.  Not only is it not very abundant in foods but most places far from the equator don't get enough sunlight to produce adequate levels year round. 

 

Fortunately for those of us in the south we have lots of sunshine. Just remember to protect yourself with sunscreen! However, even with all that sunshine you still may be Vitamin D deficient!

 

For those of you up north -hello winter; goodbye sunshine vitamin. :( 

 

Vitamin D is known to help us absorb calcium from our foods and is also necessary for our immune system, nervous system, and muscular system.  As with zinc if you're deficient in this nutrient you may experience increased testosterone levels after supplementing.

 

Vitamin D deficiency is most commonly associated with bone conditions such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

 

It is a fat-soluble vitamin and is found in fatty fish, organ meats, and egg yolks.  Unfortunately it isn't abundant in most other un-fortified foods.

 

The bottom line with vitamin D is that you may need to supplement.  Of course if you're always outside in the sun or eat fatty fish every day you may be the exception.  You can always ask your doctor to check your blood levels to be sure because vitamin D is another one of those nutrients where more is not always better.

 

Here are a few tips to supplement with vitamin D safely and effectively:

  • Read your labels and don't overdo it.  Never supplement with more than 4,000IU/day unless supervised by your doctor.

  • As with zinc (and most other supplements) you should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you're taking any medications. 

  • Take your vitamin D with some fat to help your body absorb this vitamin.  It is often recommended that you take it with the largest meal of the day.

  • Note that vitamin D is also found in cod liver oil, and multivitamins, so you may not need to take it separately (read your labels).

 

Summary:

 

If you aren't getting enough zinc and/or vitamin D every day your testosterone levels may be a bit low but don't overdo these two essential nutrients. Get a yearly medical check up that includes a total blood work up which will  tell you if you have a Vit D deficiency. I highly recommend everyone do this-both men and women. 

 

 

Salmon, Salmon and more Salmon! A great source of  vitamin D, zinc and Omega 3's!

 

Here's a yummy recipe for you to try:

 

Honey Sesame Salmon

 

Serves 4

 

2-3 lbs salmon fillets

¼ cup soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos

¼ cup sesame oil

1 lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons honey or coconut nectar

1” of ginger, shredded or 1 teaspoon ginger powder

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons diced green onions or chives

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

 

Mix soy sauce/tamari/aminos, sesame oil, lemon juice, honey/coconut nectar and ginger together to make a marinade.

 

Place salmon in a glass dish and cover with marinade.  Let sit for a few hours or overnight.

 

Heat a large cast iron frying pan over medium heat and add coconut oil.

 

Place salmon in pan skin side down and cook for 2-3 minutes.

 

Pour marinade into the pan, lower the heat and cook for 3-5 more minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.

 

Sprinkle with diced green onions/chives and sesame seeds.

 

Serve and Enjoy!

 

Tip:  Wild salmon can contain up to 4 times the amount of vitamin D as farmed salmon. I always choose wild salmon over farmed. 

 

 

References:

 

https://examine.com/nutrition/how-can-i-increase-testosterone-naturally/

 

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/reference/table/ref_elements_tbl-eng.php

 

http://thewellnessbusinesshub.com/yes-nutrient-deficiencies-heres-proof-can/

 

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/

 

http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=zinc.mono&lang=eng

 

https://examine.com/supplements/Zinc/

 

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/

 

http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=183&lang=eng

 

https://examine.com/supplements/Vitamin+D/

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/8-ways-to-boost-testosterone/

 

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show?ndbno=15087&fg=&man=&lfacet=&format=Abridged&count=&max=25&offset=0&sort=c&qlookup=&rptfrm=nl&nutrient1=328&nutrient2=309&nutrient3=&subset=0&totCount=5376&measureby=m

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/9-foods-high-in-vitamin-d/

 

 

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