I don’t really have scientific references to back up this statement but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that supports it. Sosa, Bonds, McGuire to name just a few have shown us what can be done on a baseball field with an enhanced hormonal profile.
The reason that everyone one of these guys took illegal drugs to enhance their testosterone and/or growth hormone (another post) was to simply allow their bodies to add muscle tissue and improve their ability to regenerate and recover. They took the easy way which is also the illegal way.
The remainder of this post will share information on how to optimize testosterone in a safe, natural and legal manner. If you aren’t going to cheat your way to the top then you are going to have to work harder and smarter. Use this information as a tool to make yourself a better athlete.
Testosterone Info: Most people associate the Testosterone hormone only with men. However, women do produce testosterone (produced in the ovaries) and it is vital to achieving optimal health and body composition. Optimal Levels of Testosterone has been shown to increase: muscle mass, ability to burn fat, motivation, memory, libido, bone density and skin tone. Whereas low levels of testosterone have been linked with: depression, obesity, osteoporosis, low libido and heart disease. Even with the knowledge of how important testosterone is to optimal health researchers have reported that the average testosterone levels in men continue to decline. Much of the blame has fallen on pesticides and plastic compounds that mimic the estrogen hormone which suppresses testosterone production. The human body can take perfectly good testosterone and convert it to estrogen via a process called aromatase. The body can be side tracked and instructed to produce more cortisol rather than testosterone which are both formed from a common precursor (cholesterol). When this happens it is known as pregnenolone steal.
What to Avoid
- Stress – increases the likelihood to testosterone being converted to cortisol. Supplements like ashwagandha, rhodiola, phosphatidylserine and holy basil all help our bodies cope with stress.
- Poor eating habits – reduce sugary carbs and increase protein intake
- Alcohol – increases aromatase (the conversion of testosterone to estrogen)
- Poor Sleep – inhibits testosterone production
What to Do
- Exercise – increases testosterone production (low duration & high intensity).
- Indol–3–Carbonal (DIM) – this compound which can be found in broccoli, cauliflower, watercress and other cruciferous vegetables helps breakdown and metabolize estrogen.
- Resveratrol – this compound inhibits the aromatase process which converts testosterone to estrogen.
- Zinc – this trace element not only inhibits aromatase but adequates the amounts of zinc allowing your pituitary gland to release luteinizing hormone which stimulates testosterone production. 30-50mg a day and up to 100mg if Testosterone levels are extremely low. Ensure to additionally supplement with copper (2mg per 50mg of zinc) because zinc takes copper out of the body. •
- Activities that increase testosterone production – Exposure to sun, sex, sleep, competition (winning in particular)
- Licorice Root – if you experience low energy levels in the morning then this supplement extends the half-life of cortisol which will increase morning energy and keep evening levels lower. Avoid this supplement if you have high blood pressure.
- Nettle Root (a.k.a stinging nettle) – blocks the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and increase free testosterone. One serving three times per day with meals.
- Pathethine – this is required by the adrenal glands to produce testosterone. One serving up to three times per day.
- Tribulus Terrestris – increases luteinizing hormone which will in turn increase testosterone.
Check out this link for two great video’s on testosterone.
Stay strong and stay legal,