As we age our bodies go through a lot of different changes. The first big one is in our teens when we go through puberty. For men, testosterone levels skyrocket and there are a number of physical and mental changes; voices deepen, muscle mass increases, sexual urges peak, and energy levels are through the roof. Sometime in our early or mid-twenties those testosterone levels plateau. With plenty of energy to go around, this is when most people feel the best throughout their entire lives. That keeps up until around age 40 when testosterone levels begin to drop off.
As testosterone decreases there are many men who feel as though something is wrong with them. They no longer have the pluck and vigor they used to have. They become tired easily, they notice some mid-section weight gain, and their hair is falling out. They want to restore the vitality of their youth. There are testosterone boosting drugs available, but those have a lot of negative side effects. Instead, set back the clock naturally.
Eat the Right Foods
We all know that healthy eating is important. But the allure of that greasy hamburger and salty french fries may be just too much. Having a plan before hand is important to keep your goals on track.
Whole Grains Whole grains are the backbone to a good diet. They are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and some are even packed with protein. Need a snack? Air popped popcorn is a great way to fill you up, and provide fiber to keep you regular. Try quinoa, whole wheat, barley, and wild rice as your side dishes to get your grains in the evening. A bowl of mini-wheats in the morning will get you going.
Yogurt Yogurt is often overlooked as a health food because many people are scared of dairy. But it shouldnt be overlooked at all. Greek yogurt has almost 20 grams of protein per cup, and it is rapidly replacing traditional yogurt. Want something probiotic and with less lactose? Try kefir, its easy to drink and provides a great pick-me-up in the morning.
Fruits Fruits are natures candy. With a lot of fructose sugar you dont want to overindulge, but you cant go wrong with eating fruit (unless youre indulging on those fruit cups that have tons of added sugar). Skip the breakfast burrito and have an orange or a banana. The energy will last a lot longer, and there arent extra calories to pack into your belly fat.
Fish Fish is the best meat that you could eat. Its lean, easy to cook, has tons of protein, and comes in a variety of flavors. Just make sure you know what kind of fish you are eating, there are some which have higher levels of mercury in them, and you should avoid eating too many servings of that fish. Others, however, are safe to eat 2 or 3 times per week.
Chocolate Specifically dark chocolate is actually quite good for you. If you need a dessert after dinner, snap off a square of dark chocolate. The antioxidants will help rid your body of free radicals, and the smooth texture will make you feel as though you just ate something sinful.
Expend Your Energy
With a healthy diet in place, you need to get some exercise. Even the healthiest of diets will cause weight gain if you are not burning off those calories. That exercise does two very important things for your body.
First, it strengthens everything from your muscles to your heart to your brain. You will be stronger, healthier, able to think better, and you will be preventing major illnesses.
Second, exercise promotes more exercise. Without moving around, your body becomes accustomed to not moving around. The less you work out, the less you want to work out. Want more energy? Expend more energy.
Exercise is a fantastic way to boost your health, your mood, and your energy levels. And it doesnt have to be hard. A brisk walk around the block after dinner will get you going, and a good solid hike through the hills on the weekend will sustain you.
If you are suffering from loss of energy, lack of vigor, and feeling like youre in the dumps, you probably need a testosterone boost. Skip the dangerous medications, and opt for a healthier lifestyle. In the long run you will be better off.