Low Testosterone Effects on the Male Body
Low testosterone is an issue experienced by many men and can be a sensitive and difficult subject to address. It has negative implications for a man’s health and the effects of less than optimal levels can have implications beyond the physical. Confidence, mood, stress and day to day balance are ultimately compromised as well. Ginger is one of the strongest testosterone boosting foods a man can consume and is a powerful superfood with myriad benefits above and beyond (i). It is a simple but amazing solution to men’s health, muscle strength, endurance and vitality.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a crucial hormone responsible for sexual stamina, muscle gain, strength and immunity. Low testosterone levels can result in low sex drive, mood swings, weight gain and anxiety. Research shows that one in four North American men suffer from a chronically low testosterone level (ii). Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testes. Normal testosterone levels should range between 300 and 1,000 ng (nanograms) (iii). Testosterone levels can easily be confirmed through a blood test. As men age it is normal for their testosterone levels to drop, however unhealthy diet, smoking, alcohol and stress can lower levels in younger men.
Testosterone affects receptors in the brain that produce the molecule nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is needed for the muscles in the penis to relax. This relaxation allows chambers inside the penis to fill with blood and become erect. When levels of testosterone are lower. nitric oxide levels dip down as well and the result is erectile dysfunction (iv). While this is a common issue for men it remains a highly uncomfortable one. It can have a terrible effect on self-esteem and anxiety and can be challenging issue to deal with in relationships,
Ginger for Men’s Natural Health
Ginger has been consumed for over 5000 years beginning with the ancient Chinese dynasties, who prized the root as a cure all. Ginger is a perennial flowering plant with long narrow leaves that grows up to one meter in height. The medicinal part of the plant is the root. The essential and most powerful compound in ginger is 6-gingerol. This is what encourages production of nitric oxide and also helps to stimulate blood flow. The ingredient 6-gingerol also helps aids in workout recovery by alleviating muscle soreness (v). Ingesting this compound also balances and regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Ginger is a phenomenal addition to any man’s daily diet. It is a definitive super food and when taken in conjunction with Edica Naturals's 2the Max will prove to be life changing. 2the Max is entirely plant-based and features nutrients such as Maca, Ashwagandha, Tribulus Extract and Pygeum. It’s a natural and powerful partner to be added daily and combined with other terrific ginger based recipes.
Recipe: Ginger Top Soup
If you want a satisfying myriad of fresh zingy flavors, with great protein, fiber, and anti-oxidants this one’s for you. Great chilled or wonderfully soothing hot, this soup will blow your top off all year long!
MAKES ABOUT 6 CUPS
Ginger Soup Ingredients
· 1 tablespoon coconut oil
· ¾ cup sweet onions, diced
· ½ tablespoon garlic, minced
· 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
· 5 cups vegetable stock
· ¼ cup quinoa
· 5 cups carrots, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
· 1 teaspoon rock salt
· 1-400 ml/14 oz can coconut milk, not lite
· ¼ cup hemp seeds
Ginger Soup Directions
1. In a large pot, place coconut oil and turn to medium heat.
2. Melt oil, then add onions, stir and cook until softened – about 5 minutes.
3. Add garlic and ginger, stirring for about a minute.
4. Add quinoa, carrots, stock and salt, turn to medium/high heat and bring soup mixture to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Stir in coconut milk and hemp seeds and take off heat, allow to cool.
6. In a Vitamix or food processor, blend all until smooth. Freezes well.
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