People have always assumed that after sexual activity, males experience a drop in testosterone levels.
What happen to testosterone level after sex? Does SEX actually LOWER Testosterone…and your ability to gain muscle?”
We all know that raising your Testosterone levels can DRAMATICALLY increase your libido as well as pack on layers of thick new muscle, right?
But wait! Sex can reduce your testosterone levels and your muscle gains, tell you why.
Testosterone is a very important hormone for gaining muscle, we all know that. Well in order for your body to optimize output, you must have enough of the mineral ZINC in your body.
Zinc is an essential nutrient for your libido and Testosterone level: Your body uses it up very rapidly but doesn’t store very much in reserve.
Therefore, zinc must be replenished daily, but…our diets these days are naturally devoid of zinc due to our diets.
But here’s the fact: Men also lose zinc during SEX!
In fact, men lose up to 1mg of zinc for each happy ending, men have…and even MORE while sweating (so sweaty sex is basically a zinc SLAYER)
so Sweaty Sex = Zinc Deficiency = Low Testosterone Levels = Less Muscle
Ok, now the solution and NO…the answer is NOT to stop having sweaty sex!
First, testosterone is a “supply and demand”, hormone so you’d better be using diet, supplements and training methods that triggers natural Testosteron release. See the list of testosterone food sources below.
But the most important thing, you must be providing your body with drive or natural need to produce more Testosterone.
Fortunately, having more sex also creates a need for more Testosterone so it’s just a matter of supporting your own natural production.
Testosterone level has been found in research to rise in humans after sexual stimuli (such as sexually explicit pictures). One study like this was published in New Scientist 22 Aug 98 11, done by Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Urban Ethology in Vienna. 10 men and 10 women viewed a 15 minute pornographic film. Men’s testosterone levels increased 100 percent afterwards, while women’s was 80 percent.
Men have significant jumps in testosterone levels from sexually arousing stimuli (and certain other types of stimuli).
Viewing sexually arousing material, without ejaculating, before working out should be beneficial for improving workouts. Ejaculating before working out, would probably not be ideal, since ejaculation also releases endorphins(pain killing) natural hormones in the body. This would in turn effect your strength and energy before your workout.
Next, make sure you’re supplementing with about 15-25mg each day of ZINK picolinate. It’s best to take it at night on an empty stomach, right before you go to bed.
This will make sure you have adequate levels of the right nutrient to optimize natural testosterone production… and of course, BUILD MORE MUSCLE!
The following is a collection of tips about a healthy diet for optimum testosterone production, including lots of foods and even fruits that increase testosterone production. Testosterone is produced by the body and is not found in the food we eat; however, certain foods lead to testosterone production and better blood circulation, which carries the testosterone to the appropriate organ, while other foods should be avoided.
So foods that encourage testosterone production may be called – for lack of a better term – testosterone food sources.
Testosterone Food Sources
Zinc: The best source of dietary zinc is meat. The best meat choice is the white meat of chicken. The best fish choice is salmon. For vegetarians, choose peanuts or beans. No fruits that increase testosterone in this category, because plant sources of zinc are harder for the body to use and are not good testosterone food sources.
Vitamin A: essential for the normal function of the reproductive organs. Lots of fruits that increase testosterone in this category: apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, pineapple and citrus fruits, just to name a few. Other food sources of Vitamin A include fish (salmon, again), leafy greens (spinach) and brightly colored vegetables like tomatoes, red peppers and yellow squash.
Hope you like salmon, because other than being an excellent source of Vitamin A and zinc, as well as protein, fish oil is said to keep SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) levels lower. When testosterone runs into SHBG in the blood stream, it becomes attached to it, and then can’t interact with any of the body’s cells.
The net effect of testosterone that is attached to SHBG is the same as a lack of testosterone since it is prevented from having any impact on the body. Salmon might be your number one testosterone food source followed closely by oysters which are naturally rich in zinc.
Diet and Testosterone
The following foods are not testosterone friendly food and drink sources: fried foods, sugar and caffeine over stimulate the adrenals, which produce some testosterone. Over stimulating the adrenals leads to “adrenal exhaustion”, means they are not going to produce testosterone or anything else.
So a breakfast of hash browns, toast with jelly and coffee with cream and sugar would have pretty much everything in it that you want to AVOID if you are looking for testosterone food sources.
In conclusion, a healthy diet and testosterone production go hand in hand.
It is not possible to include here all of the good testosterone food sources or even all of the fruits that increase testosterone.
In the meantime, for breakfast tomorrow have an egg omelet (egg yolk contains cholesterol which testosterone is made from) with tomatoes and red peppers (sources of Vitamin A) and orange juice to drink. Follow that up with some alfalfa-sprout toast (alfalfa is said to be a sexual stimulant) and some fresh apples, pineapples or other fruits that increase testosterone and you are sure to have a good start to your day.