In the battle against age, most men know they need to exercise and eat right if they want to look (and feel) young. But what most men don’t know is they need to make changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to keep their testosterone levels up. What happens to men when testosterone levels drop?
As men age, their ability to produce testosterone naturally dwindles, and as it dwindles, men can lose more than their sex drive; they can lose muscle mass, they can lose their hair, they can lose their ability to urinate freely, and they can even lose their life due to cancer.
Using Hormone Replacement Therapy
One of the most common (and safest) ways to treat lower testosterone levels in men is through Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT for short. With HRT, natural testosterone supplement is directly added to the blood stream to help men combat age and live a healthier lifestyle.
Typically, the testosterone supplement is delivered in one of three ways:
- Intramuscular injections
- Patches (similar in style to the patches used in smoking cessation)
- Topical gels or creams
At Allure Medical, we take a different approach to testosterone supplement delivery. Instead of using messy creams, annoying patches, or cumbersome injections, we prescribe a pellet-based treatment for our patients. This quick and easy treatment (you can watch a pellet-insertion video here) is less conventional than the other three methods mentioned, but far more convenient and equally effective at delivering a steady supply of supplemental testosterone to the body.
Getting more testosterone from your diet
The other popular way to lower testosterone levels in men is through dietary change. By eating certain whole foods, the body can actually create more testosterone than it currently produces, helping men look and feel younger than their age. The two things you need more than anything to increase your testosterone are foods that are rich in zinc and vitamin D (D3). These two powerhouse nutrients will supercharge your ability to create testosterone naturally.
Why men should eat more oysters
For centuries, people have suggested oysters make a powerful aphrodisiac for men looking to take their libido to the next level. But it’s only in the last few decades that scientists have figured out why these little mollusks give men a little pep in their step. It all has to do with zinc—oysters are LOADED with the magic mineral that helps raise testosterone and semen health.
Now, if you’re new to oysters, they can be a little intimidating to eat, especially since they’re commonly consumed in their raw form.
To help you get over the unconventional texture and taste of oysters, try eating them with a blast of Tobacco sauce, or a homemade mignonette. At Allure, our favorite mignonette uses fresh cucumber and shallots to mute some of the naturally fishy taste of raw oysters. The recipe is below.
How to enjoy raw oysters with mignonette
1 cup of champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
6 freshly shucked oysters
Start by peeling and mincing both the shallot and the cucumber.
In a medium sized bowl, add the vinegar, minced shallot, minced cucumber, sugar, and pepper.
Whisk the mixed ingredients vigorously—once mixed the mignonette is ready.
Place the six shucked oysters on a plate, dress with the mignonette, serve and enjoy!
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