For the entire 26 years I’ve been in the health and fitness field, I’ve maintained that in order to get useful information, you’ve got to ask the right questions. And there’s no better example of that than the question, How do I boost Testosterone? When you decode that question—as I have, dozens of times—you almost always find that what the asker really wants to know is one of three things:
- How do I improve my libido?
- How do I increase my energy?
- How do I get better erections?
- Change your sleeping habits. If you heard hoof beats outside your window, your first thought wouldn’t be “Must be zebras”. No, you’d look for the most obvious cause, which would probably be horses. The most obvious cause for lack of energy is not lack of testosterone, it’s lack of sleep. Go to bed a half hour earlier. Turn off the TV. Keep the temperature in the bedroom at 68 degrees. And keep the room dark.
- Take foundational nutrients. At the absolute least take a multivitamin, vitamin D, magnesium, fish oil and probiotics on a daily basis. (I’ll talk more about foundational health supplements in future articles.)
- Train with weights. Testosterone doesn’t make muscles grow, workouts do. If you’re working out smart, you’re going to look better whether you’re on hormone replacement therapy or not.
- Pay attention to the other ED. ED is the acronym for erectile dysfunction, but it’s also the acronym for endothelial dysfunction, which basically means that your blood vessels aren’t functioning all that well. Endothelial dysfunction is a serious problem and a major contributor to hypertension, atherosclerosis and diabetes. What’s the connection between the two kinds of ED? My friend, cardiologist Mark Houston, puts it best when he says “I’ve never seen a case of ED that isn’t also a case of ED”. Take home point: take care of your arteries. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans, go easy on the sugar, lay off substances that may cause inflammation (gluten), get some fresh air and take walks as often as possible.
- Love your erogenous zone. The most erotic part of your body is between the ears. Your imagination is limitless. Get in touch with it, embrace it and enjoy it. And when the time is right, share it. Remember, erections start in the brain, not the sex organs.