Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy

With average male testosterone levels decreasing, a number of men are looking at testosterone replacement therapy as a way to address this. While there are benefits, there are also negatives that come with TRT therapy & that is why I’ve created this article looking at the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy.

Why Look At Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy

So as stated there are some negatives that come with testosterone replacement therapy, hence why people should consider looking at alternatives, so let’s take a look at what some of the draw backs are:
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  • It’s expensive
  • Lowered Sperm Count/ Infertility
  • Testicle Shrinkage
  • Oily skin & acne
  • Growth of “breast” tissue
  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Increased risk of stroke & heart attack

The following conditions can also potentially be made worse with TRT therapy:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Urinary tract symptoms (urinary frequency/ urgency)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

As you can see there are a number of potential negative health side effects with TRT therapy, that is not to say that everyone would suffer from all the above or even any of it. Just combined with the high costs it is something that needs to be considered. Check out this article on TRT Therapy Side Effects to get a full picture of the potential issues.

What Are The Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy

So we’ve spoken about why you may want to look at alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy but let’s take a look at what other options there are to increase your T levels:

  • Reviewing Your Diet
  • Fasting/ Eating Frequency
  • Maintaining A Healthy Weight
  • Increasing vitamin & mineral intake/ levels
  • Exercise
  • Getting Suitable Sleep/ Rest
  • Reducing Stress Levels
  • Reduce your exposure to plastics & Toxic Chemicals

Now I’m not saying that each of the above is a direct replacement for testosterone replacement therapy; but combined they will definitely help you increase your testosterone production, I’m going to cover each of the above in a bit more detail now.

Reviewing Your Diettable with good

Your diet is one of the major contributors to your testosterone production, there are plenty of foods promoted as healthy which lower testosterone; and lots that have been demonized over the past couple of decades that have since been proven to be healthy and increase testosterone levels. As we all need to eat your diet is one of the easiest ways to increase your T levels, I advise to check out the following two articles so you know what to remove & what to consider adding to your diet to increase your testosterone levels:

Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List
Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

Fasting/ Eating Freqeuncy

Fasting is a great way to increase your testosterone production and one study showed an increase by as much as 180%! It takes a lot of energy for your body to process food/ calories, when this isn’t happening your body is able to regenerate itself which is a process call autophagy. Autophagy taking place is great for your wider health including increasing testosterone production.

Eating frequently or grazing on the other hand has the opposite effect, as your body is using a lot of energy to process foods it isn’t able to do autophagy, as a result your testosterone production and wider health to an extent suffers.

I’ll be creating a post in the near future in regard to fasting and testosterone production, so keep an eye out for that, in the short term I suggest you have a quick read of this study. It looked at the effects that fasting had on the testosterone levels of obese & non obese men: .

Maintaining A Healthy Weightmeasuring tape

Being over weight is another cause of reduced testosterone production, having higher body fat leads to reduced testosterone production. What makes it even more interesting is the more T you produce the leaner your body will be, so it is an unusual loop. I will be creating a more in depth article looking at the relationship between testosterone & body fat so keep an eye out for that, just keep it in the back of your head that losing excess body fat will increase your T production.

Reviewing Your Vitamin & Mineral Intake/ Levels

There are a number of key vitamins & minerals that control testosterone production & will help you increase production. The key ones are as follows:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Boron
  • Selenium
  • Niacin

All of these can be gained through diet and in  some cases you will need to gain them through supplementation.

You can check out my Recommended Testosterone Boosting Supplements Here


In broad speaking terms exercise can be split in to two different categories, weight lifting & cardio. Weight lifting as a whole helps to increase testosterone production, there are certain things you can do for a greater T increase like lift heavier weights & increase you rest period between sets but this is covered in greater in this Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally Weightlifting ArticleMan Lifting weights

Cardio is where it gets slightly more interesting. Stereotypical steady state cardio, like jogging, cycling, aerobics etc. As you are constantly moving, the body is under constant stress, this leads to cortisol release which inhibits testosterone production.

The best type of cardio for testosterone production is HIIT (high intensity interval training). This involves working at the maximum for a short period, followed by a period of rest (ideally 3* the exercise period). For example sprinting on the spot for 10 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of rest. This type of cardio doesn’t lower T as the rest periods mean your body isn’t put under stress, so no cortisol is released & no inhibiting of testosterone production happens.

Getting Suitable Sleep/ Rest

For ideal testosterone production you need to get 7 – 9 hours of quality sleep per night, once your levels dip below 5 your testosterone production is severely lowered. Check out this article on ensuring you get enough rest for increased T here, it will help highlight exactly what is meant by getting enough rest.

Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally – Get Enough Rest

Reducing Stress Levels

The body being stressed leads to cortisol release & cortisol restricts testosterone production. So keeping your stress levels down is a great way to increase testosterone levels, there are multiple ways this can be achieved which I will be going through in future articles, for the time being I suggest you check out this site as they give great advice on ways to reduce your stress & remember with less stress comes more T! Reducing Exposure To

Plastics & Toxic Chemicals

Plastics & number of products you use daily contain chemicals that disrupt hormone balance including lowering testosterone production. A number of these chemicals cause other health issues, there are too many products to name that cause issues  but this article on Chemicals That Lower Testosterone – Where Are They Found is a starting point; but in regard to plastics I suggest you take look at another article I wrote looking at alternative products to plastics that won’t lower testosterone.

Things That Lower Testosterone – Alternatives To Plastic Products

In regard to other products that contain these chemicals, they include things like non-stick cooking items, air fresheners, commercial cleaning products & weed killer to name a few. I will be creating articles looking in this subject further so keep an eye out for them.

Final Thoughts & Recommended TRT Options

I hope you have found this article on alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy useful. There is no denying that TRT is a highly effective way to increase T levels; but the cost and the side effects in my opinion make it the very last thing that you try.

While the above things may not be a like for like comparison with TRT in terms of testosterone increase, they certainly can increase your levels enough that you no longer suffer from low T and have high enough Testosterone to see the health benefits associated with higher testosterone; such as increased muscle mass, lowered body fat & reduced risk of suffering from a stroke to name a few.

I would advise to use as many of these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy in unison as you can. The more you use, the greater results you will see!

If you decide that TRT is the route you need to go down, you will need a reputable organisation. In the UK I can recommend an organisation called Optimale. They offer testosterone testing and replacement therapies and have plenty of happy customers who have seen fantastic results.  You can get a 10% discount on all product orders using my of discount code of War10 at the checkout.  

Keep an eye out for my future articles where I will be covering each of the above in far greater detail, if you have any questions in regards to alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy or T levels as a whole, just drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you!

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43 thoughts on “Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy

  1. I found this blog very helpful and informative. You mentioned the alternative to the surgical process which does not give assurance. I would go for the natural way when it comes to helping myself in maintaining and my testosterone.

    I’ve gone to the big lists of:
    Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List
    Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

    And I’ve seen the proper foods for me and what I will refrain from.

    1. Hi Jimmy,

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      Yes while Testosterone replacement therapy is very effective, there are side effects, where as increasing levels naturally will help avoid these.

    1. Hi Justin,

      I’m glad you found the article useful, yes the foods that boost testosterone production & the foods that lower testosterone are a good place to start, as an alternative to testosterone replacement therapy.

      I’ll be providing further articles re the other alternative methods, so keep an eye out for them.

  2. Didn’t know a lot of the information that I’ve just read on this article. I’m glad that I found this page, I am going to star it and add it to my health folder for future reference.

    Thanks for the info.

    1. Hi Jordan,

      I’m glad you found it useful!

      Keeping your testosterone levels normal/ healthy is important for your wider health but testosterone replacement therapy in my opinion should always be the last thing you look at, if you do need to look at increasing testosterone production, make sure you look in to the alternatives in to testosterone replacement therapy I reccomended in a bit more detail, there are articles covering pretty much all of the methods!

  3. Hi Nate. This article is very informative. Thanks for sharing. I always prefer to do things the natural way if possible, so TRT is definitely out. It’s good to know that a combination of the alternatives you have listed will significantly help to maintain and improve my testosterone levels. The lists of things that lower testosterone are scary considering that most of these things are common household items and are used on a regular basis. The more we can reduce our reliance on manufactured and processed items the better off we will be.
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      Yes I always suggest taking a natural approach first and looking at “surgeries” as the last choice. Yes the number of things we’re exposed to on a daily basis that lower testosterone is very scary, this article on things that lower testosterone will help paint the picture further with regards to what else you need to avoid.

  4. I read your article about the side effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy – scary stuff! So I’m happy to now see the alternatives to having TRT. Things like exercise and diet are easily controlled and would be a much better alternative to TRT in my opinion. Thanks for the suggestions, and I will encourage my husband to work towards a healthier lifestyle that can increase testosterone naturally,.

  5. hi nate,

    Although I am keen on a daily exercise  routine I have never delved into testosterone enhancements. This article has aroused my interest simply because I am know in my mid fiftys and am starting to notice a drop in my levels and are causing a little concern physically. I stick to a fairly strict and am a typical grazer of meals, somietime having up to 6 small meals a day.

    I’ll be interested as you go into more detail with your up and coming articles. Look forward to any and all the informatio



    1. Hi Paul, 

      Lifting weights or resistance training will help increase testosterone/ keep levels healthy as will doing HIIT for cardio. Yes levels do start to drop a bit naturally once you pass the age of 30, I’ll be doing an article on this soon but one thing I would recommend is intermittent fasting as supposed grazing, I’ll let you know when I’ve published that article. 



  6. Thank you for sharing with us this great post.This website contains many posts which are informative and helpful to people.Many people are not away that natural way of helping our body have no risk than taking chemicals or taking surgical alternatives.

    Food which lower testosterone or increase testosterone level are found all over the world and they are the best choice .It’s up to people then to choose what is good to their life.

    1. Hi Julienne, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful, yes your diet is a good place to start in terms of increasing your testosterone production. This foods that boost testosterone production is a good reference point.

      Yes natural ways to increase testosterone are a far better initial option, I only consider surgery as your last option.

  7. Nicely laid out and very informative. Declining testosterone levels is a big concern for many Men, especially in the sedentary, American lifestyle commonplace in our culture. Good job and thanks.

  8. As a bodybuilder myself and seeing multiple people go through TRT (never myself) it’s great knowing there’s information like this out there that could possibly help change someones life. Great article!

    1. Hi Keenan,

      I’m glad you’ve found this useful, yes unfortunately a lot of people do turn to TRT as a way to increase muscle mass etc. The problem is it can lead to a number of health issues, check out this article on TRT Therapy Side Effects to find out more.

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thanks I’m glad you found it useful, lower testosterone levels do become more of an issue once you hit middle age. Low T does lead to a number of health issues, check out this testosterone and health article for more information about the effects on low T.

  9. Hey, these alternative tips are truly awesome. I really enjoyed reading this article from top to bottom and I just wanted to send a quick note to say thanks. These drawback as you have mentioned are very scary!!! I wish I has known about these before – I will be taking your suggestions on board straight away so thanks again

    1. Hey Michael,

      I’m glad you found it useful!

      Yes the potential side effects of testosterone replacement are quite scary, I’d advise trying to increase levels naturally first, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.

  10. hi, this post was very informative by the way. You did awesome with sticking to the and really sharing some detailed information. Your website and blog looks very professional

    1. Hi Sasha,

      Thanks I’m glad you found it useful.

      if anyone you know is considering TRT, make sure they check out these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first.


  11. Hi, Thank you for the informative article! I’m almost 59 and have found your post useful. The alternatives mentioned here seem to be very logical but in spite of this fact we usually don’t follow them. But you are absolutely right that we should implement as many of these alternatives as possible. If possible to change anything in our life by ourselves, that’s always beter than any therapy. My greatest problem is to reduce stress level nowadays.

    1. Hi Bela,

      I’m glad you found this useful!

      Yes opting for natural methods where possible is always preferred to therapy. Stress reduction is a great way to increase testosterone production and improve your health as a whole.

      If stress reduction is one of your aims check out these articles on ways to increase testosterone naturally

  12. As I get older, I am concerned with the loss testosterone and the affects it has on stamina, and overall health. I hear lots of ads on TPT but I am reluctant to even try because when you get older you can’t afford to risk your health. The side effects you listed especially heart failure and sleep apnea should be real concerns if you are over 40. I appreciate you listing alternatives.

    1. Hi Lee,

      I’m glad you found the article interesting. Yes T levels do lower as you get older, you’re correct TRT can potentially be dangerous in terms of side effects, give my alternatives an option if increased testosterone production is your aim.

  13. This is something I can speak out of experience, I have had problem my testosterone level.

    The one thing that changed everything is my diet actually, that’s all. I just needed to change my diet, healthier diet. I am not saying it is the only way, but that;s the only change I needed.

    The other ways or methods mentioned on this article seems very promising though, awesome article.

  14. I m always love this kind of knowlegde, because your body is also important, or more important than the business, what can you do with a big business and sucess life if you are weak, and unhealthy. I love buy and prepare a lot of fruits, mangos, papaya, and pineapple, and also many vegetables, like juice, green juices for being more healthy, the testosterone you can boots that if you work hard at gym, have good meals, and also drink a lof of healthy juices. Nice Web!

    1. Hi Ramon,

      Very true, no point in achieving the finer things in life if your body isn’t strong enough to enjoy them!

      Yeah having healthy testosterone levels helps in a number of ways, check out this article on testosterone and health, to get a feel for how having healthy T levels helps

  15. As an endurance athlete with a career that spanned over a quarter of a century, I can relate to your post.

    I’m am almost certain that many athletes I competed against were using drugs that increased their ability to compete faster and longer. I’m glad you pointed out the dark side of testosterone therapy.

    As you pointed out, it makes much more sense to manage one’s testosterone levels using natural, less intrusive methods like dieting, proper sleep, and vitamin therapy to name just a few.

    This is a valuable post and I hope you get lots of readers as it’s a message that needs to be spread.  There is no doubt in my mind, testosterone replacement therapy can be dangerous and full of pitfalls.

    1. Hi Ray, 

      I appreciate your input, especially as an ex athlete. 

      Yeah managing your testosterone levels naturally is a far more sensible and safe way. Sadly TRT can be dangerous, best to avoid unless it’s your last choice.

  16. Lots of good info here, especially getting rest and exercising. So many people neglect sleep and in turn their stress levels increase; All while their T-levels take a hit. I bet most men would feel a ton better if they slept more and exercised.

    Although I didn’t actually know that some plastic products can mess with hormone balance.

    1. Nice to hear from a fellow Nate! 😉

      Yes negating sleep is one of the main reasons peoples T levels suffer and you rightly say increased stress leads to the testosterone production being inhibited. So yeah more sleep and exercise will certainly increase testosterone levels and improve health as a whole!

      Sadly it’s not not just plastics, there are chemicals in a number of products we use daily which disrupt the balance of your hormones and this includes lowering testosterone production. Check out this article on chemicals that lower testosterone for more detail

  17. Hi! I have never been a fan of testosterone replacement therapy. And I’m so happy to find out that the combination of all these elements can help increase testosterone levels. I like to eat healthy. And I don’t have trouble adjusting things in my diet. I’ll also consider fasting, after reading this post.

    Exsercising is something I have always loved to do. And since this year has started, I have been training daily. But I’ll now do it with even more pleasure. Thank you very much for this post. And I know I’ll not be the only one to be grateful of finding this. Bookmarked for future ocasions.

    1. Hi Henry,

      Yeah give fasting a go, it’s a proven way to increase testosterone production. Excellent news, keep keep the training up, resistance training is the best kind for a T booster.

  18. Hi Nate,

    I am a 23 year old male who was recently diagnosed with Klinefelter Syndrome aka XXY syndrome. I was born with an extra X chromosome and it has screwed up my secondary male sex characterisitcs like: less body hair, increased fat, gynecomastia, brain fog, small testes, depression, wider hips, etc. but mainly low testosterone and estrogen and prolactin in higher levels. Doctors want me on TRT but I only see more cons than pros, especially someone of my age being on this for the rest of my life. I have been incorporating much of the information you have on this site like the foods to avoid and consume, limiting plastic usage, incorporating a workout regime, consume more micronutrients, stress less (which has been very difficult), etc. Do you think me still incorporating those examples and being patient will help me increase my T levels to normal ranges? I feel that I may never have optimal levels due to the extra X chromosome, but hopefully enough to be in normal ranges for the rest of my life, even if T levels dip after age 30.

    Can you give me any other tips and/or advice because this has been a crushing blow for me and I feel as if I am doomed.

    Much appreciated!

    1. Hi Ryan,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation. It sounds like a lot of the symptoms you suffer from are directly linked to your lower testosterone levels as well. Out of curiosity where do you live?

      Now I must admit in extreme scenarios I usually advise that people opt for TRT. I understand the side effects can put you off, as they aren’t too pleasant. I think doing the things you have been to date will help increase your levels but as to whether it’s enough to get them to normal levels, it’s hard to say. Especially as I don’t know how high your T levels are at present.

      There is more you can do; but depends how much time, effort and money you can invest in this. I’d recommend changing all your cosmetic/ hygiene products, like your shower gels, shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwash etc. Increasing your intake of minerals like boron, zinc, magnesium, changing to an organic diet or perhaps changing your diet as a whole.

      There are books and systems I can recommend, which can help you naturally optimise your Testosterone levels. Would something like that be helpful; or if you prefer I can out together a list of different things to consider?

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