We live in a world where men who have large biceps and a great looking body have a distinct advantage over their not-so-ripped counterparts. It’s funny to see some people go to great lengths to look macho, and although the intelligent ones might put on a front saying that it’s only for dumb people… there’s definitely a hint of envy.
The greatest symbol of a man is his strength, and this is at a genetic level. Yes, the whole alpha-male, beta-female thing that has been doing the rounds for a while now.
And really speaking, ten times out of ten, a man who looks like a real-life version of ‘The Incredible Hulk’ will intimidate you (if not more) than a man who’s regarded as a genius of our times with a malnourished disposition, of course.
So now that we’ve established the point that stronger men are better accepted (and perhaps looked up to) as a stereotype than the sensitive, intelligent male.
And why would that be? He’s a guy’s guy.
And somehow this desire to be macho directly results in working, supplements like testosterone boosters and the like.
Are Testosterone Boosters that are used today Anabolic Steroids?
Since we’re talking about getting hulked up, one very important aspect of that process is supplements that are used to build your body. The first thing that comes to mind is the use of anabolic steroids that is banned by every existing sports body in the world today.
So the questions that come to mind are: What are anabolic steroids and why have they been banned?
Anabolic steroids are the first form of supplements derived and synthesized for use in the 1930s that are related to the hormone ‘testosterone’. Using anabolic steroids results in greater protein synthesis and thus helps build cellular tissue along with high-intensity exercise and a proper diet.
The only problem with anabolic steroids is that their use can result in harmful changes of cholesterol, acne, blood pressure, liver damage and change in structure of the left ventricle in the heart. One must remember that this occurs when it is used long-term or excessively, although its use these days are restricted for medicinal purposes only.
Its ban in sports is due to the fact that anabolic steroids give athletes an edge over their competitors, which is perceived as ‘cheating’. So, it’s an immediate no-no for sports athletes!
Natural Testosterone Boosters
So, now does one do if you cannot take anabolic steroids to increase your testosterone levels?
The answer is simple. Go Green.
Apart from high-intensity weight training, our diet is perhaps a way by which one can build testosterone levels naturally without the use (and side-effects) of anabolic steroids.
Here are some foods that will help you out in this effort:
6) Broccoli and Cabbage
Apart from these foods, popular testosterone boosters used by bodybuilders are as follows:
1) Creatine – the most effective testosterone booster
2) ZMA – Ideal for teenagers who would like to hulk up
3) Tribulus Terrestris – a Bulgarian herb
4) Avena Sativa – a wild oat
It is interesting to note that the shift from synthetic to natural (Go green) is not just a fad, but has infiltrated all forms of living. One should remember that much like the Paleolithic man who survived on things grown or living in the wild that we can find all we need in nature. It is only when we begin to tamper with these principles set by nature, that our body begins to take the heat.