We all know that going to the gym not only makes you feel better, it makes you look better too. Even if you don’t have a chiseled 6-pack, massive guns, or lady-swooning glutes being a gym goer can give you a more shapely body, higher energy and mood levels, and help you be enjoy life to the fullest.
But there’s another aspect of being fit and healthy that’s not discussed often:
The scent of your natural pheromones (or your natural body odor), can actually become more attractive to the opposite sex.
If you don’t know what they are, or you imagine sleazy internet ads promising you they’re the secret to attracting gorgeous women… then you’ll probably roll your eyes. But on a scientific level, it actually makes sense.
What are Pheromones?
First of all, the word “pheromone” actually comes from the word “pherein” – which means “to carry”.
The second part, “mones” is from the word hormon(e).
As you already know by now, hormones (e.g. testosterone), are responsible for pretty much all the important functions of the human body… from regulating sleep, our testosterone balance, and even our moods.
Of particular interest is testosterone, which is an androgen, and typically what pheromones are derived from.
The most interesting part about all this, is that pheromones are actually derivatives of testosterone. And because they are released in sweat, there are steps you can take to actually make your pheromones all the more “attractive” – especially to women.
In nature, females typically choose the most “compatible” partner to mate with…
With many insect species and some mammalian, odor plays a role in attracting the partner which would produce the strongest offspring – this is the reason why we are not attracted to siblings, cousins or other close family (well, most of us I hope).
In this study, there is an examination proving that we prefer partners with the most unique histocompatibility index with our own:
“Previous studies in animals and humans show that genes in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) influence individual odours and that females often prefer odour of MHC-dissimilar males, perhaps to increase offspring heterozygosity or reduce inbreeding. ”
But back to pheromones – what exactly does this have to do with testosterone?
Even if you’re still a little iffy on the science, what this means is higher testosterone levels, usually means women will find you more… “appealing”.
Your natural body odor is a direct result of your diet, environment, and even your emotional state.
But on a more scientific level, testosterone (an androgen), will also translate into producing more natural pheromones… which in turn can make you “smell” and be perceived as more attractive.
As an example, some common pheromones are androstenone, androsterone, androstenol, and androstadienone – notice the “andro” prefix – which again, means it is a derivative or part of some androgen/hormone chain.
We’re no strangers to testosterone here – but who knew this could affect our pheromones?
I’m well aware that “pheromones” (particularly the colognes and perfumes) are typically advertised in sleazy ways, and usually geared to desperate men who need the “magic pill” to their attraction problems.
And while I’m fairly certain they won’t be necessary, it is never a bad thing to take care of yourself and try to make yourself more attractive. By smelling better, looking better, feeling better, whatever – it’s just another step in the right direction.
If you’re actually eating the right food and doing the right exercises, you’ll have no problem using your “natural” odors to woo the ladies wherever you go!