During our lifetime, it is estimated that humans eat about 60,000 pounds of food — that’s the weight of about 6 elephants. So it’s important to make sure you choose wisely what you fuel your body and mind with! Did you know you can maximize your testosterone levels by eat the right foods?
Your body needs vitamins for a variety of reasons. Some help you convert the food you eat to energy and others are necessary for strong bones, normal immune system function, general growth and development and they’re important for a whole host of different functions, including healthy hormonal production.
The B-complex vitamins and vitamins C, A, E, and K are all essential vitamins. Some are easier to get than others. For example, biotin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B-6 are found in many different foods, so deficiency is very rare. But, vitamin C is only found in plants so if you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables you may not get enough vitamin C. If you’re a vegan (avoid all animal products), you may become deficient in vitamin B12, calcium, iron, and zinc.
Essential Minerals & Testosterone
There are two groups of dietary minerals: major minerals and trace minerals. Like vitamins, they’re necessary for all kinds of biological functions. The major minerals include calcium, magnesium, and potassium; they’re important for strong bones, fluid balance, and other functions. The trace minerals are needed for many different kinds of biological reactions to take place and include selenium, zinc, and others. For example, to name a few, magnesium acts as a co-factor in over 300 different enzyme reactions that regulate a diverse set of biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is also required for energy production, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, nutrient metabolism, bone and cell formation.
In general, you need dietary sources of fat to survive, but the polyunsaturated fats (omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids) are essential because the human body doesn’t have the right enzymes to create them. 2/3 of your brain is primarily made of fat and most of the outer layer of your cells are made of fat, and to create healthy hormones you need cholesterol. Omega-6 fatty acids are easy to find in vegetable oils and are rarely deficient and for the most part, people consume too much of them which are pro-inflammatory. Omega-3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory) are not as common and are more likely to be deficient, but you can find omega-3’s in foods like fish/seafood, flax, soy, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and pharmaceutical grade omega 3 oils (our preferred choice).
Essential Amino Acids and their Role In Testosterone Production
Are the building blocks of protein. Your digestive system breaks proteins down into the individual amino acids and then your body uses them to make new proteins. Some amino acids can build from leftover parts, but others called the essential amino acids must come from foods. As long as you eat foods of animal origin (including meat, fish, poultry, and eggs) you’ll have no trouble getting all these essential amino acids, but if you’re a vegan (or even a vegetarian who rarely eats eggs or dairy), then you need to eat a variety of complementary plant-based foods.
Definition: Building blocks of protein that must come from the diet because they cannot be manufactured by the body. They all have a similar structure but are differentiated by their side chains.
The essential amino acids are:
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