Low testosterone can affect your performance in and out of the gym! Are there natural ways to boost test?
Your body’s natural testosterone levels can have a significant impact on your ability to train, recover, and build muscle. Testosterone is one of the anabolic hormones, helping your body lay down muscle tissue. But test helps in more ways than one. Decent testosterone levels make you feel energised, focused, and buzzing to train. And the reverse is true: low testosterone can leave you feeling tired, demotivated, and even depressed.
There’s a lot you can do without turning to banned substances or hormone replacement products.
What are the best natural test boosters – and how can you keep your body’s testosterone levels as high as possible?
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a major hormone which has a big impact on strength, muscle, energy levels, libido, and fertility. But don’t take it for granted! Our natural testosterone levels peak in our late teens and drop off pretty quickly after 30 – unless you take serious measures to look after yourself.
How Does Low Test Affect Gym Performance?
Testosterone is often thought of as a male hormone, but both men and women naturally produce test (although women’s bodies produce a tiny fraction compared to men!) However, low test seems to affect men more than it affects women. This is largely for psychological reasons. Guys, admit it. We like to feel confident and at home in the gym. It can be hard to accept a lack of drive for training, and it sucks when we don’t see results.
Low testosterone is more common than you’d think. Stress, work pressures, relationship problems, money worries and other life anxieties can impact how much test your body produces. And this has a direct knock on effect in the gym. It can become a negative cycle of feeling stressed, not training well, and then feeling bad about that!
There are lots of ways to address the issue of low testosterone so you can get back on track – in the gym and in your personal life! Let’s look at the natural ingredients, products, and supplements which can rebalance hormones levels and tackle low energy. Get ready to fire on all cylinders again!
Why Does Low Testosterone Happen?
Low testosterone is a blanket term for a number of potential issues. If you’re wellbeing is generally OK and have no serious health issues, your low test could be down to one of these three things:
1) A problem with the signals being sent from the pituitary gland (and lack of leutinising hormone)
2) Leutinising hormone levels are OK, but you have low levels of testosterone
3) Your levels of prolactin are too high
6 Ways Low Testosterone Impacts Your Life
Good testosterone levels can keep you energised and confident – and suboptimal testosterone can lead to low mood or even depression. Men suffering from depression usually have low testosterone levels.
Higher levels of testosterone make it easier for you to get lean and stay there. Testosterone helps with fat metabolism and the regulation of insulin. So low testosterone levels will make it harder to get rid of body fat, and might make you store it in different places, too. It may also cause insulin resistance.
It’s obvious, but testosterone really does have a huge role in muscle protein synthesis, impacting how you build muscle mass and increase strength.
Look beyond muscles and think about your bone health. Low testosterone affects bone density because the hormone stimulates bone mineralization. Important for men as well as women!
No guy wants a low libido – it can affect how you feel about every other part of your life. Low libido and erectile problems can be a warning sign for low testosterone.
Success in life
It might sound weird, but your test levels actually affect your capacity for risk taking (even in your career!) Low testosterone could actually hold you back from new experiences, promotions, and a better income.
Change Your Lifestyle, Boost Your Testosterone
There are lots of natural testosterone boosters which can help, but you need to look at the cause of your low testosterone levels (otherwise you will probably face the same problem in the future).
1) Lack of sleep
Poor sleep can have a serious impact on testosterone levels – the same way it can impact all of your hormones. If you have been sleeping badly, not sleeping enough, or experiencing interrupted sleep then tackle this before anything else.
2) Chronic stress levels
Stress is a killer for healthy hormones. If your lifestyle stresses are piling up, do what you can to address them. If you can’t get rid of the cause, minimise it. If you can’t do that, find ways to cope better. Easier said than done we know, but it’s really important.
3) Insufficient calories
Your body will struggle to product enough testosterone if you are depriving it of calories. Dieting bodybuilders and people on a cut will know this better than most! If you’re dieting for a reason, just be aware that it will affect your test levels. If you’re not dieting, but know you don’t eat enough, address the calorie issue.
4) Low dietary fats
Healthy fats – especially omega 3 fats – are important for hormone health. If your fat intake is low, or if most of your fats come from trans fats and other unhealthy fats, look to address the balance. A good omega 3 fatty acids product (like a quality fish oil) will support your body’s ability to produce testosterone.
5) Not lifting heavy
Training supports and stimulates your body’s natural urge to pump out testosterone, so keep lifting hard and heavy. There’s a fine line between training enough, and overdoing it, so don’t add to your stress levels.
6) Lack of sexual activity
What can we say – a healthy sex life is good for your hormones, especially the sex hormones.
The Best Natural Test Booster Products
ZMA and zinc
ZMA products contain zinc and magnesium (as well as B Vitamins) – two trace mineral which are necessary for testosterone production. Zinc and mag can be depleted by training and a limited diet. Most guys would benefit from supplementing with zinc, or with a good ZMA product which combines zinc and magnesium in optimal levels. As a bonus, ZMA seems to help guys sleep well too – which has an additional knock on effect on test production.
D-Aspartic acid is the d-form of the amino acid aspartic acid and is a popular choice for guys looking to boost test levels naturally. It can work by increasing the luteinising hormone which supports your body’s signals from the pituitary gland. D-aspartic acid is present in the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and the testes, but supplementing with it can help when your body is flagging. Plus it’s a very cost-effective supplement to add to your natural sups stack. Stacking D-aspartic acid with ZMA can be a great combination. D-aspartic acid stimulates the luteinising hormone and the minerals in ZMA support test production – win/win.
Fenugreek Extract with 50% Saponins
Trigonella foenum-graecum (Fenugreek to you and me) is a herb and it is the steroidal Saponins that have been identified as testosterone boosting active compounds. They are thought to elevate LH and consequently testosterone levels. Another compound, Grecunin, has been found in Fenugreek, which acts as an inhibitor (blocker) to the enzyme (molecule that accelerates a chemical reaction), responsible for converting testosterone into oestrogen, Aromatase
All-in-one test boosters
If you want a done-for-you test booster, look for one that contains zinc monomethionine, fenugreek, and D-aspartic acid, our new CNP Professional Pro Test XTR has all this and more. Get your healthy fats up by using a daily fish oil capsule. Address sleep issues with a good ZMA product. And maybe supplement your diet with a good greens powder, if you know your nutrient intake isn’t quite where it should be!
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