Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. It’s produced in the testicles in men, ovaries in women, and a little bit in the adrenal glands of both sexes.
Although it’s produced in women in very small quantities, it’s classed as an androgen, a hormone that stimulates male characteristics like a deeper voice and body hair.
Testosterone is responsible for all the things we go through during puberty. Testosterone also increases the potential for muscle growth by forcing our body to increase protein synthesis. Testosterone production doesn’t stop after puberty; it’s still being produced well into adulthood.
How do we Boost Testosterone Naturally?
Fix Your Diet – lots of micronutrients are the key to upping your testosterone. The amino acids in milk boost production of anabolic hormones, while chemicals in grapes help raise T-levels and boost sperm motility.
Fix Your Sleep Schedule – losing nights over job stress? Lack of sleep and anxiety increase production of the stress hormone cortisol, which blocks the production of testosterone. A 10-minute meditation before bed is proven to reduce cortisol and improve sleep quality.
Fix Your Gym Routine – bicep curls are no longer your priority. Big compound movements like squats and deadlifts are proven to boost testosterone.