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Month: March 2014

How to Boost Testosterone Naturally

Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in men. Apart from helping you to build and maintain muscle mass, testosterone is responsible for many other important functions, like sex drive and bone density. Low testosterone levels may occur for a number of reasons – ageing, hypogonadism and similar diseases. However, most men do not really need a conventional therapy, as their testosterone levels fall into the normal range for their age. But they still want to boost it up to increase libido, for example. Before trying out various natural solutions for this problem, you may want to follow steps below to achieve higher testosterone levels naturally.

Get More Sleep

One study from a University of Chicago proved that testosterone levels drop dramatically in otherwise healthy males if they don’t get enough sleep. What’s even more concerning is that this happens after only one week of shortened sleep. Apart from low testosterone levels, study participants claimed they felt pretty bad at times their testosterone levels were at the lowest point. We are all different and not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, but a general rule of thumb is to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. I’ve found out that about seven and a half hours works best for me!

Get Fit

Another important factor in those suffering from low testosterone levels is excess body weight. One study from 2012 showed that losing significant amount of weight has increased testosterone levels in participants by about fifty percent, so that’s something definitely worth looking into if you are overweight. But be careful, do NOT try to lose weight fast. Make sure to exercise regularly and create caloric deficit of around 500 calories. Calculate your TDEE here, subtract 500 calories and workout at least three times a week. Enjoy your results and increase testosterone at the same time!

Check Your Zinc Levels

Many people suffer from Zinc deficiency, especially those who have hypogonadism. But studies also show that Zinc plays an important role in regulating testosterone levels in healhty men. If you want to make the best out of it, don’t just buy Zinc supplement, but look into herbs and minerals which contain a large amount of Zinc, aside from other nutritients – like ant extract and pine pollen.

Natural Hair Loss Solutions

Premature hair loss can occur in both men and women for many reasons. Some of the factors which contribute to this common issue include genetics, menopause, age, pregnancy and even illness. We all know about hair loss transplant, Rogaine and even Finasteride (which can have VERY serious, long-term side effects), but what about natural solutions?

Native American Secret to Beautiful Hair

Well, the first one which comes to mind is saw palmetto extract, which is a concentrated form of Serenoa repens fruit. This fruit has been used by Native Americans for centuries as a remedy for hair and skin. Furthermore, saw palmetto contains a substance which reduces DHT production, a metabolite of testosterone which is partially responsible for enlarged prostate. DHT also contributes to hair loss and there are studies which have proven that saw palmetto has a positive effect on hair loss prevention in certain men.

 

saw palmetto for hair loss

Saw Palmetto Tree

 

Massage Oils Against Hair Loss

Another option for those who are looking to prevent further hair loss is to massage your scalp in order to improve circulation and activate follicles. Natural oils like almond, lavander, seasame or bay oil work the best if used on a daily basis to massage scalp for several minutes.

However, some people use common cooking oils for this purpose, like olive, canola and safflower oil. To use those, heat the oil until it’s warm and apply it to your scalp. Make sure to wear shower cap for around 45 minutes before washing out the oil using water or neutral, natural shampoo. You could also make use of mayonnaise instead of a regular conditioner. Apply, put on a shower cap and wait one hour before washing it off.

olive oil hair loss

Quality lifestyle = Better hair

Some people are suffering from hair loss from fairly simple reason – their lifetyle. Vegetarians and those who are not getting enough protein in their diet might want to consider including more protein-rich food on a daily basis. Not only that protein itself may help with hair loss, but the food full of protein often contains good amount of Vitamin B-12, which also plays an important role for this issue.

We are all prone to stress to some degree and this worldwide problem can manifest in many ways. For some, it is a major contributing factor for hair loss. To fight it, make sure you:

  • Exercise regularly – at least 3x per week for 45-60 minutes
  • Have some quiet time for yourself on a daily basis
  • Practice meditation or attend yoga classes
  • Talk about your problems!

In the end, don’t forgetĀ about many herbs and tonics in Ayurvedic medicine which are beneficial against hair loss and stress, like He Shou Wu and Maral Root.

 

The Secret of Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen has been used throughout Asia for more than two thousand years. It’s been used as an anti-ageing remedy, to increase physical endurance, strengthen body’s immune system and decrease fatigue. Pine pollen in powder form is free of toxins and pollutants, since insects usually stay away from pine cones. Apart from a small chance of an allergy reaction, pine pollen doesn’t have any serious side effects and it is legitimately one of the most powerful natural supplements.

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen Composition

This gift of nature contains various beneficial substances like iron, potassium, manganese, sodium and copper, apart from Vitamin E, Vitamin D, folic acid and other essential vitamins and acids. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D and in combination with other minerals, Pine Pollen powder acts as a natural multivitamin.

Pine Pollen Benefits

But the most powerful benefit of this herb is its ability to regulates testosterone, DHEA and androstenedione levels. Pine pollen practically acts like natural steroids, but without any side effects. It is indeed the most powerful natural solution for raising testosterone. This fact actually plays an important role in the animal kingdom. Did you ever wonder what is the cause of increased sex drive in animals once they come out of hibernation? It’s spring and that’s exactly when pine pollen peaks and it’s everywhere around. It has the same effect on human, as it acts like a strong natural aphrodisiac.

Many harvest their own pine pollen, and if you have access to an area filled with pine trees, you might want to get it yourself. It’s pretty easy to harvest pine cones during the peak season. But some of us are not so fortunate and we have to resort to buy them in health stores or through the internet. Just make sure what you buy is legit!

Check out other benefits of pine pollen below:

  • It reduces an enlarged prostate, since this pollen acts as an androgen
  • Speeds up metabolism which consequently helps you to lose fat
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Improves heart health
  • Stimulates the functions of liver and the brain

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