Brazil Nuts: The Natural Testosterone Booster
The name “brazil nut” comes from the fact that it grows naturally in Brazil. It is a tree native to South America and it produces seeds which resemble small peanuts.
They have been used for centuries as food, medicine, and even as currency. They are not only rich in protein but they contain high amounts of selenium (selenomethionine) which helps with blood clotting and cholesterol reduction.
They are known to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. They are also considered to improve mental performance, memory, concentration, mood and energy levels.
Some studies show that they may even help prevent cancer growth.
There is no doubt that these nuts provide a great amount of health benefits for men. However, there is still debate whether or not eating them daily will actually give any benefit at all.
So what’s the deal? Is it true that eating a few Brazil Nuts per day could help boost your testosterone level?
Or maybe it won’t work at all. Let’s take a look at some of the possible reasons why this might not happen.
Testosterone Levels Are Lower Than You Think!
You’ve probably heard about the so called “testosterone deficiency”.
But do you really have it?
It has been found that our testosterone levels are lower than before but the reason is not “testosterone deficiency”. It is mostly because our environment and lifestyle has changed considerably. If you compare the life of a caveman to our own, it is obvious that our way of life is completely different.
For example, we sit in front of a computer all day long. Cavemen didn’t have to worry about that.
Making things even worse, we often sit with bad posture which restricts the blood flow to your reproductive organs. It’s also a proven fact that stress inhibits testosterone production so it’s no wonder why our testosterone level is lower than before. So if you take a look at all of these factors, it’s not really about raising your testosterone level but rather changing your lifestyle.
The Caveman Lifestyle
If you want to raise your testosterone levels naturally, then you should try going back to your roots. Basically, live a more caveman-like lifestyle.
So does this mean that you have to hunt for your dinner and sleep in a cave?
Not really! Even if you live in the 21st century, there are still ways for you to adopt a more primal approach towards life without completely changing everything about it.
Here are some tips to get started:
Tip #1: Get more sleep. Most of us do not get as much sleep as our body really needs.
On average, humans need at least 8 hours of sleep every night to function normally. If you’re constantly feeling sleepy throughout the day, then chances are you’re not getting enough sleep at night.
Tip #2: Exercise regularly. Take a long hard look at your lifestyle and see where you can make some changes.
Start exercising on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme like hardcore training for the UFC. Start small by taking a long walk every day or going jogging for 20 minutes. Do some weight lifting or anything that gets your heart rate up and keeps you active.
Tip #3: Meditate for 10 minutes every day.
You might be thinking, “what does meditation have to do with testosterone levels?”
A lot actually. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress hormones and promote anabolic hormones such as testosterone and HGH.
Just find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and focus your attention on your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
With each breath, picture all your problems, thoughts and feelings just leaving your body. After 10 minutes, you’ll start to feel more relaxed and your body will start to produce more anabolic hormones.
Tip #4: Eat foods that boost testosterone. This might come as a bit of a surprise to some but eating certain food can actually increase your testosterone levels.
This isn’t a free pass to eat like a hog though. You should still stick to a high protein, moderate fat and low carb diet.
Foods such as eggs, shellfish, certain nuts, watermelon and potatoes have all been scientifically proven to raise testosterone levels. If possible, you should also eat organic foods to avoid exposure to harmful pesticides and other chemicals.
Tip #5: Avoid toxins. Just like avoiding certain foods can increase your testosterone levels, there are also certain things you should avoid.
You should still eat right and maintain a balanced diet. Check out the foods below and see if you’re eating them on a regular basis. For example, you should remove yourself from any possible exposure to to pesticides and other harmful chemicals. These are all known to lower your testosterone levels so it’s best to avoid them if possible.
You should also avoid being around cigarette smoke as much as you can. If someone is smoking in the same room as you, make them smoke outside.
The second hand smoke can be just as bad (if not worse) than smoking itself.
Tip #6: Stay away from pharmaceutical drugs. If so, then you might want to cut back.
Alcohol: Even though a glass of wine every now and then won’t hurt you, binge drinking or alcoholism has been scientifically proven to lower your testosterone levels.
Processed Food: If it comes in a bag or a box, odds are it’s very unhealthy for you. Processed foods are loaded with preservatives and other additives that can not only destroy your testosterone levels but also make you sick in the long run.
Even over the counter drugs are known to lower testosterone levels so it’s best to stay away from them as much as possible. If a drug is keeping you from experiencing any sort of pain then chances are you could live without it.
In some cases, opiates and other similar types of drugs may actually cause you to remain in a permanent state of lethargy. Your body shuts down and your testosterone levels decrease significantly.
Yeast: Just as harmful as processed foods, yeast has been scientifically proven to lower your testosterone levels. This includes foods such as breads and other baked goods.
Soy: Soy is not only bad for you in large quantities, it also lowers your testosterone levels. This includes the many substitutes such as soy burgers and soy “meat”.
Water Treatment Chemicals: Each and every day, you should be drinking water.
Tip #7: Exercise. It’s been proven that exercise helps raise testosterone levels but only if done in a particular way and with proper motivation.
You should avoid going to the gym for more than an hour as your body goes into “repair mode” after that period of time. You’ll actually start producing less testosterone and instead produce more cortisol, the stress hormone. Unfortunately, our water sources are contaminated with various types of chemicals and drugs. In fact, some water sources have been found to contain traces of anti-depressants! You should try your best to filter and purify all drinking water.
Over The Counter Drugs: See above.
As you can see, a lot of these things you’ll just have to avoid on the off chance that your body has become reliant upon them.
Instead, you should engage in high intensity burst training. By doing so, your body is shocked into producing more testosterone.
The exercises that you should do include:
Sprints (start with 10-second bursts and gradually increase to 30 seconds)
Heavy Weights (more sets than usual and more repetitions)
Leg Training (squats, sprinting and running are all good exercises that target your legs)
Tip #8: Take Supplements. A lot of people think that they NEED things like coffee or cigarettes in order to wake up or at least go about their day but this isn’t the case.
If you think you can handle it, then I’d advise that you cease usage immediately in order to provide your body with a clean slate. If you do this, then it’ll be easier for you to tell if your low testosterone was the cause of your fatigue. There are a variety of supplements that you can take to help increase your testosterone levels. These include:
DHEA (requires a doctor’s prescription)
These will help in the short term but they are not a replacement for proper diet and exercise.
Tip #9: Stay Positive. Think happy thoughts.
Be optimistic about life. All of these things can actually help boost your testosterone production.
Now then, there are two types of supplements that can help you increase your testosterone levels. The first is tribulus terrestris.
It has been used for hundreds of years in order to increase fertility levels in men. More recently though it has been used to increase testosterone as well. This is one of the more modern supplements and its effects have been proven to work. There are several studies that prove its effectiveness and even link it to increases in lean muscle mass rather than fat. When your brain senses positivity, it knows that you don’t need an influx of testosterone to help you survive the day.
Tip #10: Be A Man. I’m not being judgmental here, I’m being realistic.
There is a time in every man’s life when he has to step up and become a true “He-Man”.
The second is known as Tongkat ali. This is an herb that grows natively in Malaysia.
For years, it was used by tribes there in order to increase fertility in men and women. It has only recently become popularized here in the west and its effects have been well-received by those looking to increase their testosterone levels naturally. There are also no recorded side-effects although some sources have said that it may affect those who are allergic to iodine so you should consult your physician. There’s no way around it. You need to just buck up and ask your girlfriend where it all went wrong.
What did she see in you? What did you do? How could you have handled the situation better?
Just get it over with. The longer you put it off, the worse it’s going to be.
The second option is called Tongkat Ali. It’s a more “natural” means of adding testosterone into your body.
If you aren’t feeling tired all the time then there is no reason to start supplementing with things like vitamin B12 or zinc.
If you implement these tips, you should see a marked increase in your quality of life. You may have to do some online research in order to find the best supplier of this supplement.
Most bodybuilding and testosterone forums will be able to point you in the right direction.
No matter what you decide to do, you’ll need to start today. Think of it this way: each day that you wait is another day where you’re personality might become more feminine.
You don’t want that do you?
Of course not. That’s why I’m giving you these tips.
Good luck. If you’re still feeling tired after trying these methods, then go see a doctor.
Perhaps the problem is something more serious than just low testosterone.
Remember, have a positive attitude and do not engage in reckless behavior. You only get to live this life once; don’t ruin it by being stupid.
If you feel tired all of the time then it might be worthwhile to get yourself tested for a vitamin B12 deficiency. This is especially true if you are vegetarian or vegan.
If this turns out to be the case (and you’re a vegetarian), ask your doctor if you can start taking supplements.
If your levels are fine then there’s no need to worry about what vitamins you’re lacking in. During this time your body is in the perfect state to start taking supplements that are going to help you reach your fitness goals.
You don’t want to rush into things, that’s why it’s best to take a look at all of your options before buying anything.
This guide will do exactly that: educate you on your various options so that you can make the best choice.
Sources & references used in this article:
Testosterone Booster Transdermal Compositions by TIC Wang, BV Biundo – US Patent App. 14/011,541, 2015 – Google Patents
Testosterone Boosting Foods by J Cates – catesnutrition.com
4 Methods to Boost Testosterone With Food by C Empty
The 5 Nuts Fit People Eat by E Avila – biotest.t-nation.com