How Can Men Increase Testosterone? (Special Podcast Highlight)

Fitness expert Sal Di Stefano joins Timmerie to delve into the pretty concerning decline in testosterone levels in men, a trend that’s been consistent since the 1970s. This drop in testosterone has been linked to various issues like low energy, infertility, obesity, diabetes, muscle mass loss, and even depression. 


The Testosterone Crisis: What’s Happening?


Testosterone and Sperm Count: Since the 70s, testosterone and sperm count in men have halved, affecting not only older men but also adolescents and young men.


Impact on Health: Low testosterone (Low T) contributes to low energy, obesity, diabetes, infertility, muscle mass loss, bone density issues, depression, and a general lack of well-being. You deserve to feel better. 


Raising Testosterone Naturally: Tips from Sal Di Stefano


Strength Training:


     Lift Weights: Building muscle increases androgen receptor density, which helps testosterone bind more effectively. Even with the same testosterone levels, more receptors can make it feel like having double the testosterone. 


Consistency is Key: Regular strength training not only builds muscle but can also increase testosterone levels.


Healthy Diet:


Balanced Nutrition: Focus on non-processed foods high in protein. Make sure you’re not deficient in key nutrients like vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium.


Supplements: If deficient, simple supplements can make a big difference. Get tested for nutrient levels by a doctor or functional medicine practitioner.


Quality Sleep:


Sleep is Critical: Poor sleep can significantly drop testosterone levels. Not good! Just two nights of bad sleep can lead to a noticeable decrease.


Better Sleep Practices:


Regular Schedule:  Find consistency. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.


Limit Electronics: Avoid screens before bed to improve sleep quality.


Caffeine Cut-off: No more coffee after your earlier meetings! Avoid caffeine after 1-2 p.m.


Dark Environment: Life hack here! Use sleep masks and blackout curtains to enhance sleep.



Lifestyle Changes:


Sunlight Exposure: Regular sunlight helps regulate circadian rhythms.


Stress Management: Cut that stress! Reducing your anxiety can have a positive impact on testosterone levels.


Consistency: Try to avoid jet-lagging yourself by keeping a consistent schedule even on weekends.


The Problem with Quick Fixes


Estrogen Blockers and Testosterone Treatments: These are often just temporary solutions and don’t address the root causes. Long-term lifestyle changes are necessary for sustainable improvement.


Sal’s Key Takeaways:


Strength Training and Proper Nutrition are foundational.


Quality Sleep can dramatically boost testosterone levels.


Natural Methods often outperform quick-fix medical treatments.


Further Reading:


Check out Sal Di Stefano’s book, The Resistance Training Revolution for more insights and tips.


By implementing these natural strategies, men can effectively boost their testosterone levels, leading to improved energy, better health, and enhanced overall well-being. 


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Timmerie works as a radio host and Catholic speaker educating in areas of theology and is an expert at responding to current trends of sexuality, feminism, and gender ideology. She hosts Trending with Timmerie on Relevant Radio. She holds a Masters Degree in Biblical Theology and Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Media with an emphasis in the New Evangelization from John Paul the Great Catholic University.