What Is Pheromones?
Pheromones have been advertised in magazines, the internet, and television as products that claim to boost your attractiveness to men or women.
They’ve been around for almost 2 decades, and there are endless numbers of people on the internet trying to sell their wares – but is there any truth to their effectiveness?
Let’s start right at the beginning: pheromones have been described as odorous substances that animals and insects use to communicate with each other.
Ants, for example, use pheromones to leave food trails for other ants to follow.
Some animals use pheromones and other body odors to find and attract mates.
As for human pheromones, they have long been misunderstood and misinterpreted.
Much of the science, while solid, has been skewed by heavy commercial interests.
Those commercial interests that promise you that with just a few sprays, you can get endless streams of men or women chasing after you (like the Axe commercials).
The science is often used to create unrealistic claims about what pheromones are capable of, and has created an air of distrust around the phenomena.
However, that’s not to say that pheromones aren’t a “real” thing… they are real, and humans naturally create pheromones for a variety of reasons.
In fact, there was a study done in 2008 that suggests that our natural body odors can be an indicator to others about how “healthy” we are, and how attractive we are to others.
To be more precise, the “major histocompatibility complex” (MHC) influences the way we smell.
The MHC is basically your genetic makeup – it includes information about your immune system, possibly blood type, hormone levels, and perhaps even the psychological makeup.
There is a very strong correlation that people with UNIQUE major histocompability complex’ are significantly more attracted to each other.
The science also suggests that this is one of the biological reasons, siblings and family are not attracted to each other, as their MHC and odor profiles are far too similar.
But what does this mean you exactly?
It means that even though the modern human lives by a totally different set of rules to the primitive world…
Pheromones might still play a significant role in attraction, your health, and even your day to day interactions with people.
The study above can influence attraction by determining genetic compatibility – the healthier you are, the higher the quality of your pheromones.
This is apparent in nature, in that females only produce with the strongest, most fertile males.
It’s “survival of the fittest” in it’s most raw form.
And while we tend to ignore these signals in the modern world, there is no denying that things like social status, fitness levels, attractiveness – are all indications that you may be the “strongest” male in your environment… and therefore a suitable partner for a certain woman in question.
Not only that, but having high quality natural pheromones is a byproduct of androgens and other hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, So, how to increase Pheromones?
Boosting your testosterone levels will also naturally help increase pheromones levels.
In the body, testosterone is high on the chain of command to control a myriad of body functions.
It converts into many different substances, and surprise, surprise – some of them are pheromones.
As an example, many of the chemical names for pheromones that are excreted onto the skin have the prefix “Andro” – for example, androstenone, androstadienone, androstenol.
These 3 pheromones have been studied extensively by scientists, and all have varying effects.
Here is a super quick summary of what they do:
- Androstenone. This pheromone is known to cause arousal in women, and in high doses, it can be intimidating or threatening. Other men can also perceive this, and if they detect high doses of this on other men, may also feel threatened in their presence. As a male, you never want to feel this way around anyone. The solution is to have high testosterone levels yourself so others perceive you as strong, a leader, and naturally more authoritative.
- Androstadienone. This pheromone is known to be excreted mostly during sleep. While its effects on men might be somewhat negative (it can cause anxiety – which may be why we all feel better after a shower in the morning), it has some very powerful effects on women. Pheromone enthusiasts have found that it causes women to feel a strong attraction to the wearer, and also helps them to “bond”, feel comforted, and even feel more attached to the wearer.
- Androstenol. This pheromone is known for opening up the lines of communication. In fact, it is one of the most abundant pheromones on the skin, and is released in fresh sweat. If you’ve ever had, people become a bit “chattier” around you in the gym, it is possible this may be the reason. Androstenol causes people to feel happier, more open to talking, and increases your ability to be more approachable. In a few different studies, men who were exposed to this pheromone in the presence of women, rated them approximately 10% more attractive.
So How To Increase Pheromones?
As you know by now, testosterone is one of the most important androgens in the human body.
And by increasing it (preferably in a natural way), you can significantly increase the production of pheromones in the body.
This has 2 effects: the higher testosterone levels will make you feel healthier, fitter, happier… and the pheromones you produce will also be of a higher quality…
This can also have secondary effects, such as being perceived as more authoritative, more attractive, and more of a natural leader.
Here are just a few quick things you can do increase your testosterone levels:
- Sleep more and wake up refreshed. Avoid television, your computer screen, mobile screens for at least an hour, and aim to get a full 8 hours uninterrupted. Also, avoid going to the gym in the evening as it can really mess up your sleep cycle, and be extremely frustrating when you try to get some rest. Your body will be tired, but your mind will still be calming down from your gym session.
- Lift heavy weights with a focus on compound movements. I shouldn’t need to explain this right now, but this is important – I see too many people in the gym doing lunges and leg press, but rarely focus on developing their deadlift or squat techniques. These 2 exercises are the undisputed kings of muscle… and the gods of natural testosterone/increase pheromones.
- This is just a suggestion, but keep your supplements to a minimum. Not only are they expensive, they are often a waste of money. There are a few products I can recommend, and ZMA at the minimum is one of them. It is great for helping you sleep, and improves recovery time significantly… it also helps to regulate the testosterone levels. Oh yeah – it’s cheap too, in addition to actually working.
Thank you for reading.