When you think about ways to build muscle mass, what comes to mind? Usual suspects include animal protein or isolated protein in the form of powders — especially whey and soy protein — that are blended into shakes and smoothies.

Is this the only way and a healthful way to build muscle? What’s not considered as often is that our hormones play a big role, not only in our appearance and sexual life, but are a very important factor in how we perform physically.