You don’t have to work in the arts to flex your creativity. After all, creativity can be a boon in nearly all aspects of our lives, from problem solving to relieving stress. On a personal level, it allows us for self-expression and a return to the playfulness we enjoyed as a child; on a public level, it has contributed enormously to advancements in science, medicine, and more.
But aside from writing prompts and paint palettes, how can you bring more creativity into your life—and naturally at that?
For answers, let’s turn to your hormones. Exerting a profound influence on your energy and behavior, these chemicals coursing through your bodily tissues allow you to feel galvanized and inspired—two of the main ingredients that nurture imagination, and build resourcefulness.
One hormone in particular plays a vital role in this process: Testosterone. Does that surprise you?
Though we may think of it as a “guy’s hormone,” testosterone is produced by both genders, providing both with bone strength and the development of lean muscle mass. Energizing you on a daily basis, testosterone spurs creativity by helping you feel more aware, more perceptive, and more attuned to new sensations. It can also amplify your assertiveness and accentuate the more dynamic side of your nature.
But to take advantage of the creativity that testosterone offers, you need to have adequate levels of it. To improve testosterone—and to avoid the despair, low sex drive, and indifference associated with insufficiency—take some simple steps:
- Address your fat intake. Diets low in fat may result in depleted testosterone, while diets rich in “good fats” (those found in avocados, eggs, nuts, and more) can contribute to optimal hormone balance.
- Hit the sheets. Skipping on sleep has been linked to low testosterone, a lack of vigor, and higher levels of cortisol—a hormone, released during stress, that diminishes testosterone production.
- …and the gym. Building muscle mass, meanwhile, enhances free testosterone levels, while zinc—found in turkey, pumpkin seeds, and rolled oats—can heighten it, ultimately giving you the edge you need to take advantage of creativity’s myriad benefits. Enjoy those as a pre- or post-workout snack.
Laurie Steelsmith, ND, Lac, is a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, and passionate spokesperson for educating and empowering women to transform their lives with better health through natural medicines and practices that work with, rather than against, the body’s own healing processes. She is the Naturopathic Medical Advisor to Daily Wellness Company, and the coauthor of three books: the bestselling Natural Choices for Women’s Health, the critically-acclaimed Great Sex, Naturally, and her latest, Growing Younger Every Day. A leading advocate for natural medicine, Dr. Steelsmith is the medical director of Steelsmith Natural Health Center in Honolulu, where she has a busy private practice, and is an associate clinical professor at Bastyr University, America’s leading center for the study of natural medicine. www.DrSteelsmith.com.
Adapted from Growing Younger Every Day: The Three Essentials Steps for Creating Youthful Hormone Balance At Any Age