jack up your testosterone

by 626 · January 01, 2013 at 11:50 AM

what are some good paleo foods/methods for jacking up T levels?

  1. anecdotal evidence (i.e. I ate/did X and was frothing at the mouth) is very much accepted as long as it worked consistently
  2. any scientific stuff also obviously helpful and cool
  3. anyone tried tim ferris' long term testosterone protocol? Its basically cod liver oil+enriched butter (irish butter)+brazil nuts and some almonds (not exact dosages and I'm not a dr. so don't do this without med clearance, don't be an idiot etc.)
  4. LADIES have you noticed an unexplainable attraction to your mate/boyfriend/crush/random guy based on observable behaviors of his? I.e. do you find yourself more physically attracted to guy x after he goes to the gym? eats eggs? etc.

anyway, I've definitely noticed DRAMATIC differences in the ways females respond to me (i.e. more physical touching in casual conversation, increased eye contact, smiles etc...for no conscious reason) based on hormonal stuff...obviously there is a feedback loop at play here as well.

I read in 'Sex at Dawn' (AWESOME book about sexual habits of tribes people/the origins of human sexuality, sort of the 'paleo' look at sexual habits, verrrrrry interesting) that even brief non-sexual contact with novel females will increase male testosterone.

I've heard high fat, cholesterol and resistance training ALSO increase T levels.

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22684 · January 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Ok here goes: I was 285lbs, diagnosed medically as having less Testosterone than a baby kitten. I think this was one of the things that got me seriously digging in studies and information in books and online until ultimately logic brought me kicking and screaming to whole natural foods.

To stimulate testosterone production, the hypothalamus releases a substance to the pituitary gland called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). This hormone, in turn, causes the gland to produce two other hormones, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), collectively known as gonadotropins. LH is released into the bloodstream where it travels to the male testes and triggers the production of testosterone from cholesterol. If this process continues until the testosterone level becomes too high, the pituitary slows the release of LH so production slows down. FSH is similarly involved in the increase and decrease in sperm production.

When LH reaches the testes, it influences activity in the Leydig cells, which are where cholesterol is gradually changed into a series of compounds until it becomes testosterone. When the small but vital amount of testosterone produced is released into the bloodstream, it is mostly bound to a special "carrier" compound called sex hormone binding globulin or SHBG. SHBG, which is produced by the liver, plays an important role in regulating the amount of "free" testosterone circulating in the body at any one time. The more SHBG there is the less unbound, active testosterone is able to move from the blood stream into cells where it is needed. As SHBG levels rise and fall, so do free testosterone levels, except in reverse.

There are 2 major parts to Increasing your Testosterone. Precursors(Lutenizing Hormone) and Anti-Estrogenics.(Block Conversion of Testosterone into Estrogen and block SHBG:sex hormone binding globulin) Its all whole food, I do not condone supplements.

  1. Zinc- luteinizing hormone AND anti-aromatase

    • Oysters
    • Shrimp
    • Eggs
    • Liver
    • Spinach
  2. Omega 3 Fats - Hormonal Fuel! (shoot for EPA/DHA not ALA) also binds SHBG

    • Grassfed Meats
    • Wild Fish (best)
    • Shellfish
  3. Vitamins A, B, C, E - Testosterone Production

    • Wild Meat!
    • Avocado
    • Spinach
    • Asparagus
    • Liver
  4. Indole-3-Carbinol - Anti Estrogen

    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Brussel Sprouts
    • Cabbage
  5. Allicin - Boost Testosterone

    • Garlic
  6. Cholesterol(dietary cholesterol does NOT equal blood cholesterol) - Pure Fuel.

    • Wild Meat
    • Eggs
    • Liver
    • Shellfish
  7. Potassium

    • Avocado
    • Potatoes
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Spinach
  8. Sleep. Seriously. its when you produce the most Testosterone, and lower stress/more rest will inhibit estrogen conversion.

  9. Sex. Seriously. More of it, or even thinking about it, boosts Test Production.

  10. HIIT - High Intensity Workouts. Train Fasted, Train hard, if you're not breathing heavy and sweating afterwords, you did it wrong.

I dropped to 185lbs, then went on a heavy weight gaining regimen, have gained back 25lbs of muscle and can still see my abs. My testosterone is now well above average.

The beauty of it, other than a few veggie focuses, its a meat dominant paleo diet to the core.

18619 · December 24, 2010 at 02:11 PM

I think the dramatic difference in how females are responding to you can have a lot to do with CONFIDENCE. There is nothing sexier than a confident guy. Just be careful not to pass right buy confident and become a cocky tool.

I definitely find fit healthy men much more attractive now that I consider myself the same. When I was sad and obese I preferred nerdy skinny guys. I am very much turned on by guys after they have done "manly" things like hunting and fixing cars and working out.

425 · December 27, 2010 at 03:03 AM

I have a hard time saying. I know that my testosterone level spiked dramatically, but my dietary change was also dramatic, going from a very heavy soy-based vegetarian diet to a heavy meat-based diet. I didn't know how much vegetarianism was impeding my testosterone production until I gave it up.

If I had to take an educated guess, I would say it was fish, red meat, and fat in general that were the main contributors. And giving up soy.

15831 · January 14, 2011 at 03:34 PM

although i'd say a good paleo way of eating will definitely help with T production, but the biggest two actions you can take that will concretely change your sex drive and general preparedness, lets say, are:

  1. losing fat around the midsection (I mean it will help phsiologically, but it'll also just make you more confident)

  2. lift heavy weights.

By number two i really mean heavy stuff. For this you may, like me, want to get a coach/trainer whatever who has experience with serious weightlifting. At 31 years old i had never been an athlete and had no clue even how to start backsquating, etc. You do NOT want one of those goofballs from the local chain-gym.

Anyway, i can personally attest to a serious increase in sexdrive, from changing only one thing in my routine: lifting heavy things.

787 · December 24, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Mostly things that are already part of Paleo... saturated fat (coconut oil, avocado oil, animal fat) and any large increase in protein intake. Zinc can help, but only if you're deficient. Resistance training increases testosterone, endurance/aerobic training can slightly depress it (but not pathologically so).

77342 · November 02, 2011 at 06:24 PM


Suma root powder helps testosterone levels - the link above at the bottom of page has lots of 3rd party reseach and pub med links on this brazillian root vegetable. It is one of the best sources of germanium a cellular oxygenator, plant sterols, sapponins and b - ectosterol for natural hormone support

15070 · February 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM

a number of people have mentioned lifting heavy weights, but I'd like to add the importance of doing multi-joint exercises like the squat, deadlift, and push press in effecting hormone levels

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3244 · December 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I'm not sure if it's increased testosterone, feeling better about my appearance, or just generally greater cavemanness, but I've noticed a difference in libido with strict paleo and weight training. Strict paleo has also recently reversed a high blood pressure issue I've had, which I feel has noticeably increased blood flow to...ahem...certain areas. I also feel like people are looking at me or noticing me more, which usually makes me wonder if I have spinach in my teeth or espresso dripping down my chin, but perhaps there's a paleo induced pheromone thing happening.

110 · January 01, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Oysters and soft-boiled eggs = Aphrodite in the half-shell.

10920 · January 01, 2013 at 03:02 AM

Oysters, weight lifting, eggs, red meat sleep and intercourse.

0 · September 27, 2012 at 09:19 PM

I don't know how to leave a comment so this is being posted as an answer lol. @Travis Culp, a quote taken directly from Wikipedia, "Brazil nuts contain small amounts of radium. Although the amount of radium, a radioactive element, is very small, about 1–7 pCi/g (40–260 Bq/kg), and most of it is not retained by the body, this is 1,000 times higher than in other foods."

0 · September 02, 2012 at 05:00 AM

Sleep Disorders reduce testosterone. Make sure you get proper sleep and treat sleep apnea.

0 · June 28, 2011 at 01:49 AM

Hello what are the symptons of low testo and how long it usual take to come back to almost natural for the age Thank you

336 · March 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

This is a great question because my testosterone levels are lower than normal and I am now eating most the food mentioned in this thread (two weeks in). How is this going to affect my wife who is also Paleo? Her testosterone is actually a little higher than normal for a woman. Will eating Paleo raise her testosterone or help balance her hormones?

By the way Paleo has cleared up her allergies and has helped her fibromyalgia, and I'm also not as congested. This change in diet has been mind blowing to say the least.

90 · March 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

ditto the heavy weights. Crossfit is also great for strength and high intensity workouts.

4983 · January 14, 2011 at 02:14 PM

Hahahahaha, I love how this post has had 728 views :D :D :D

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