by Nancy Mehlert, MS
Staying strong and young requires maintaining muscle and bone mass as well as a healthy sexual desire. Testosterone is the chairman of the board in the male body when it comes to staying strong. Foods that support healthy testosterone levels in the body include those high in zinc. Oysters, roast beef, pumpkin seeds, 72% dark chocolate, peanuts, and crab are several great sources for zinc.
The right fats are essential for boosting testosterone levels. Research shows that a diet with less than 40% of energy as fat leads to a decrease in testosterone levels. Wise fat choices include grass-fed butter, grass-fed meats, coconut meat and oil, avocado, cold pressed olive oil and olives, nuts, and seeds.
Staying mentally sharp and young requires taking care of the central command center for the body, otherwise known as the brain. This is your hard drive. It needs protection and back up in the form of essential antioxidants and plenty of oxygen. Foods that increase oxygen flow to the brain and provide mega-loads of antioxidant power are the best. Ideal choices include most organic raw fruits and vegetables; however, the most powerful are berries, grapes, apples, leafy greens (examples include spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, bok choy, romaine, arugula, kale, Swiss chard, field greens), and avocados.
Eat well and live well!