Testosterone and Muscle Growth
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Testosterone is well known for its anabolic effects on how strong and big our muscles will grow.
But certain factors determine how much testosterone your body will produce. For example, how you exercise, how long you sleep, what your diet consist of, and how often you get intimate directly effects your level of testosterone.
Males suffering from testosterone deficiency experience diminished libido( sex drive), erectile dysfunction, muscle weakness, loss of body hair, and depression.
These symptoms are caused because there is inadequate stimulation to the pituitary gland. When the pituitary gland is stimulated it produces luteinizing hormone (LH), also known as gonadotropins, which stimulates the testes to produce testosterone. This article will discuss methods to increase your testosterone level, thereby creating muscle growth.
Maximizing Testosterone Naturally – The Key to Muscle Growth
Considerable clinical evidence supports these facts and I found an exceptionally high degree of agreement in the literature from various experts with wide-ranging biases on the soundness of these basic points to gain muscle fast.
Resistance training breaks down muscle fibers and testosterone rebuilds them by synthesizing available proteins. Intense resistance training also raises the body’s levels of serum testosterone proportionally to the amount of muscle mass stimulated and the intensity of the stimulation. Therefore, the best resistance exercises will stimulate the most muscle mass with the least amount of effort.
The Value of Compound Exercises
This leads us to what are called the compound or multiple-joint exercises as they tend to simulate the most muscle mass for the effort invested in performing them.
Anyone with a basic knowledge of weight lifting will likely find the classic compound exercises familiar. The standard group includes deadlifts, squats, lunges, bench presses, shoulder presses, dips, rows, pull-ups, chin-ups, leg presses, and so on.
These exercises excel at inducing our bodies to maximize testosterone naturally. Other exercises target as few muscles as possible to maximize the development of isolated muscles or small groups of muscles.
Aside from focusing on these multi-joint exercises, high intensity effort is also an important trigger to tell the body to release testosterone into the system.
Aim for sets of 5 to 10 reps where the last couple of reps require all-out effort if you’re looking to maximize testosterone production.
Of course, you have to build up gradually to this level of exertion so don’t push too hard if you’re just starting out. Hurting yourself and nursing injuries does nothing to increase the body’s production of anabolic hormones (primarily testosterone and human growth hormone).
Some Key Foods
20% to 30% of your calories should come from fats that provide essential fatty acids as these also tend to increase testosterone secretions in the body. Eat flax oil, fish oil, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, and fish to get the right kinds of fats on a daily basis.
Soy products reduce testosterone levels in men, so many researchers recommend avoiding them altogether.
While certain experts minimize the importance of the testosterone-reducing effects of soy, no one seems to dispute the fact that it does increase estrogen and reduce testosterone. So if you’re looking to maximize testosterone levels it does seem like a good idea to minimize your consumption of soy, though I don’t believe an occasional meal of tofu or steamed soy beans presents a threat.
Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum as well, as it also exerts a testosterone-lowering effect on the body, along with other anti-muscle-building effects like increasing fat storage and decreasing protein synthesis.
Considerable evidence exists, on another hand, that consuming low or moderate levels of alcohol can provide many health benefits. These health benefits, however, do not include building muscle tissue quickly.
Cortisol and Testosterone
High cortisol levels also lead to reduced testosterone so we want to minimize the amount of cortisol our bodies produce. The negative triggers that drive us to produce more cortisol include high stress, lack of sleep, and over training. So stay relaxed, enjoy yourself, and get plenty of sleep.
Arguably one of the most popular herb that has been used for centuries by the Chinese is Tribulus Terrestris. Tribulus is not a hormone, but works by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH), which signals the testes to produce more testosterone. This is important because it can provide a non-steroidal boost in testosterone levels.
- Tribulus is known to increases sex drive, increases estrogen and testosterone by 10% to 30% without side effects, and dramatically speeds muscle and energy recovery in athletes. In women, it relieves up to 99% of menopausal symptoms with relief from hot flashes. It has also been shown to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure in clinical trials.
There have been no reports of adverse effects in humans who have used Tribulus. However, nursing or pregnant women should avoid this product, as should children, since it has the potential to significantly alter hormonal chemistry. Men should consult their doctor if they have enlarged prostates before taking the herb.
- Another herb that is clinically proven to increase testosterone in both men and women is Eurycoma longifolia, commonly known as Tongkat Ali or Longjack. British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that in a double-blind placebo controlled trial, the use of Tongkat Ali extract caused a 5 % increase in lean body mass in the treatment group whereas, there were no significant changes in the placebo group. Another major benefit of Tongkat Ali is that Taiwanese scientist have isolated 10 biochemical compounds from the roots of this herb which kill cancer cells.
- Mucuna pruriens, or velvet bean has been gaining popularity over the last few years in the sports nutrition industry. Mucuna is proven to increase testosterone and stimulate growth hormone, thereby increasing muscle mass. Some companies have launched products using mucuna beans which are standardized to its L-dopa content. It is being marketed in weight loss, libido, brain/memory, anti-aging, and body builder formulas. One should be aware however, that altering the levels of brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin also affect many other hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals which keep the body in balance. This herb should be taken in moderation.
- Muira puama is an herb that has gained some attention as a libido booster. Some clinical reports note that the libido and energy enhancing effects of muira puama is actually favorable to another popular herb called Yohimbe. It is possible that Muira puama induces these positive changes by altering the hormone balance in aging men which increases free testosterone and/or suppresses excess estrogen.
With that said, all herbs mentioned in this article should be used with caution. Consult your doctor before taking any of these supplements, especially if you have any pre-existing health issues.
3 “HIDDEN” Ingredients KILLING Your Manhood
There are 3 specific ingredients that are robbing you of your manhood and slowly ruining your health. I’ve got one of them listed below.
MSG is a neurotoxin that’s permanently stored inside your brain. Studies have shown testosterone levels decrease when eaten over long periods. MSG has also been known to cause headaches, numbness, chest pains, and sweating.
MSG is hidden in frozen ready meals, ranch dressing, potato chips, Chinese food and most packaged and processed food. Food manufacturers try to disguise the ingredient by not using the word MSG on the packaging – instead look out for Glutamate, Monopotassium Glutamate, Textured Protein, Yeast Extract, Gelatin or Hydrolyzed Protein.
There’s 2 other ingredients that can rob your manhood from you and they can be found at the link below.
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