Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy


The Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy, What Are They?

Discover What They Are Here; And Why You May Want To Consider Them

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 Apnoea

As you can see there are a number of potential negative TRT Therapy side effects. Not everyone will suffer from all the above or even any of it; but the potential side effects combined with the high costs mean you should probably be considering alternatives first. 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 – Check my article on
  • 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 boost 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 foods that boost testosterone production.

As we all need to eat, your diet is one of the easiest ways to boost testosterone levels. I advise to check out the following two articles so you know what to remove & what to consider adding to your diet to boost testosterone levels:

Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List

Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

Fasting/ Eating Frequency

Fasting is a great way to boost 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 being a natural testosterone booster.

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 carry out 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 is a natural testosterone booster.

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 article:

Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally WeightliftingMan Lifting weights

Cardio is where it gets slightly more interesting. Stereotypical steady state cardio, like jogging, cycling, aerobics etc. can lower T production.

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 takes place.

Getting Suitable Sleep/ Rest

Getting 7 – 9 hours of quality sleep per night is an easy to achieve natural testosterone booster. Once your sleep volume dips below 5 hours your testosterone production is severely lowered. Getting suitable rest doesn’t just mean getting enough sleep though, check out this article to find out more about ensuring you get enough rest to boost testosterone production.

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 natural testosterone booster, there are multiple ways this can be achieved.

I’ve published a couple of different articles on how reducing stress is one of the best ways to increase testosterone naturally – If you are looking for in depth methods of stress reduction though I’d suggest you check out this site on ways to reduce your stress & remember with less stress comes a natural testosterone booster!

Reducing Exposure To Plastics & Toxic Chemicals

Plastics & a 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’ve created some articles looking at under this Things That Lower Testosterone Category, so check them out.

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 boost testosterone production; but the cost and the side effects in my opinion make it the very last thing that you should try.

While the above things may not be a like for like comparison with TRT in terms of how much they boost testosterone production, 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 T.

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 the natural testosterone booster 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.  

If you do decide that you are going to go ahead with TRT Therapy or are already taking part, the testosterone testing and blood testing company that I use, Medichecks provide a TRT health check test.

This is an in depth health check for men on testosterone replacement therapy, it includes a measure of your full blood count, kidney, liver, thyroid function, cholesterol, hormones and PSA numbers, functioning and levels. This is everything you need to know to make sure that your TRT is working efficiently and safely!

You can find out more about why I recommend medicheck blood tests for TRT here!

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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77 thoughts on “Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy”

  1. Jimmy Dolo says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  2. Justin says:

    This is a great article. Those food lists are helpful.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  3. Jordan says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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!

  4. Andrew says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  5. Fiona says:

    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,.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Fiona, 

      Yes please do encourage your husband to take a look, having low testosterone comes with a number of health risks which you can see on this testosterone and health article. Yes exercise and diet are a great way to begin increasing testosterone, I also advise he avoids where possible the following products outlined in this article things that lower testosterone & alternatives

  6. Paul says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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. 



  7. julienne murekatete says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  8. James says:

    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.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi James,

      Thanks and can’t agree more declining testosterone levels is a problem all across the West. The health issues are pretty serious, to find out more about this check this testosterone and health article

  9. Keenan H says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  10. MICHAEL ADKINS says:

    As a 55 year old I found this really interesting. Thank You – Mike

    1. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  11. Michael says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  12. Nice site. I really enjoyed reading your information. Learned a lot about this subject, and at my age 70, this is a real help.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Paul,

      I’m glad I can be of assistance, having low T as you age is something in common in most men middle aged plus I advise you check out this testosterone and health – The Signs of Low T article to see if you potentially have low T so it can be addressed if you do.

  13. sasha says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.


  14. Bela says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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

  15. Lee says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  16. Isaac says:

    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.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Isasac, 

      I agree, changing your diet is probably the easiest way to improve testosterone production. If you want more advice on ways to increase testosterone, check out this foods that boost testosterone production article 

  17. Ramon Catala says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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

  18. Ray says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  19. Nate MC says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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

  20. Henry says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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.

  21. Ryan says:

    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. Nate Stone says:

      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?

      1. Nate Stone says:

        Also Ryan, do you know what your testosterone levels currently are?

  22. Shelley says:

    It is only an issue if Paramount need to find alternatives to the testosterone replacements therapy. To be honest, it is really not good at all considering the side effects and the financial needs that would be required. Like always, I like treating myself like a king and as such, I always try my nest ti make use of the natural approach towards healing myself from most issues and sickness related to my total health well being. Thanks so much for this article and I really found it very worthy.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Shelley, 

      I agree the potential TRT therapy side effects make It a rather unappealing prospect. I’m glad you’ve found these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, for me lifestyle change is always a better option to solve health issues when possible! 

  23. Bonnie says:

    Hi, this is actually a really great article for my son. I will definitely be bookmarking it to show it to him later. He has been working out for years and is always concerned about his testosterone levels. Especially as he gets older. I’m so glad you included all the negatives to replacement therapy. Those are scary drawbacks! 

    I am fascinated by the fact that fasting is a way to increase the levels. I’m really excited to read your future post on the subject. Thanks so much!

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Bonnie, 

      Yeah please do share it with your son. If he works out frequently his testosterone levels are likely something that he’s going to want to keep track of (especially as he ages). Yeah fasting allows the body to repair, so a side benefit of that is increased testosterone production, I’ll be publishing an article exploring that further soon, so keep an eye out!

  24. Sondra M says:

    Thank you for sharing this list of alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy.   Recently I was in a discussion with someone about this issue.   As result, I was thrilled to see that some simple lifestyle changes could have enough impact.  Enough that it wouldn’t be necessary to take a drug.   

    If people can get their stress level and diet under control, that person will be able to sleep better and have enough energy to exercise and to to do other fun things.   

    s. Thanks for sharing the links to the lists of the foods that will help increase T levels and the one of foods that will decrease T levels.   


    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Sondra, 

      Yeah for me, TRT is an extreme option and people should always look at the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first & see if they can hypogonadism/ low T through lifestyle changes. It is far more cost effective & there are you can avoid the potential side effects that come with testosterone replacement therapy.

  25. Brendah Kest says:

    Every man needs to read this helpful information. Surprisingly, since childhood our parents have always told us to eat pumpkin seeds ( am african so it is easy to find them) especially the boys saying that they are good for the brain, yet they meant that they are good for testosterone. I have just realised this. I also didn’t know that exercises can help with this condition. I would resort to going natural with the healthy meals than going surgical. Thanks for the lists.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Brendah, 

      Yeah pumpkin seeds are a nutritional power house, they bring multiple health benefits, including increased testosterone production. Higher T does help reduce “brain fog” increase mental clarity and focus. So it will help improve brain performance. 

      Yep lifting weights is particularly good for increasing testosterone production. For me looking at the natural alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, should always be the first option that you consider.

  26. Chloe says:

    Hello there, thanks for sharing such wonderful post. Testosterone level in an individual matters alot, as low testosterone can cause low self esteem for most people. However some of these victims are the cause of this problem for themselves because of some actions and inaction. I’ll always recommend exercises and good diet for a boost in testosterone level. A really nice post you have here. Best regards.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Chloe, 

      Yes low testosterone does lead to low self esteem; but the issue doesn’t just stop there, you can a wider list of the multiple ways low testosterone effects you in this article here on Low Testosterone And Health Issues It Causes

      You’re correct diet and exercise greatly help increase testosterone production unless it is an extreme cases, people should always consider alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first.

  27. Chris says:

    Thanks for this valuable article that discusses the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy. I am one of the people that are worried because of the decrease in male testosterone levels due to adverse health effects that men encounter when that occurs. 

    Your highlights of the dangers that come with opting for TRT is vital as those negative effects are frightening especially the possibility of a congestive heart failure in some circumstances. 

    I could see the clear advantages of opting for your eight alternatives and I hope to start off with the option of fasting and reviewing of my eating frequency. 

    Thanks for this enlightenment and I will send it to my friends also.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Chris, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful. 

      Yeah sadly testosterone levels are on a generational decline, this is due to diets, chemicals we are exposed and many other things.

      Yeah fasting is a great way to boost testosterone and brings multiple other health benefits as it promotes autophagy.  

      Yeah please do share with your mates and if you have any questions with regards to how to best to go about these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, just get in touch.

  28. shirian says:

    The way I see it ,This alternative testosterone replacement therapy should be taken into consideration.when I see it may Increased risk of blood clots or Increased risk of stroke and heart attack I felt like what measures you have suggested here must be a serious recommend that I will have to follow it accordingly.

    In the list, I suppose I’m deficient in the B family of vitamins; likewise getting less deep sleep and more stress.I am really appreciate for what you are trying to do to help people’s well being. Thanks

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Shririan, 

      For me alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy are definitely the safer options. Yeah if you think you are lacking in B vitamins, I’d suggest adding more minimally processed meat and meat products to your diet. If you are vegan/ vegetarian, I’d suggest supplementing.

  29. Henderson says:

    I know someone who has just taken the testosterone therapy. If I had found this post earlier, I would’ve strongly recommended your alternative here. It is always a better option to take natural remedies and I don’t think that many people know about this yet. I’ll do my part by sharing this and hopefully people see it and take to this alternative. Nice post and very informative.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Henderson, 

      Yeah I’d always suggest that people at least consider the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first. In some cases TRT is going to be required; but best to know your options first! Glad you found it useful; and yes please do share with anyone else that you think may find it interesting.

  30. Nuttanee says:

    It is great to know that fasting can help with testosterone level. I have been doing intermittent fasting for a year now and I feel great. I have been trying to get my husband to get on board but he usually gave in when he is hungry and he blew it every time. What kind of fasting will benefit him? Intermittent or long fast? 

    In our family, we are pretty good with all the list you mentioned but one thing that it is hard to manage is our stress. We just cannot handle it well. We tried meditation and aromatherapy, they do help but not 100%. Oh well I guess we have to try harder this time and eliminate all the plastic use as well. 

    Thanks for sharing the alternatives.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Nuttanee, 

      Yeah fasting helps with so many areas of your health! 

      I personally do intermittent fasting, it promotes autophagy, so that is enough to boost testosterone production. 

      Yeah if anyone you know is considering TRT, get them to try these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first.

  31. Jones says:

    Wow, who knew TRT can be as dangerous as that, this is actually the first time I’m Reading about TRT and I’m really lucky to have come across this article. This article should reach out to more people because they need to be sensitized about the side effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy and know what alternatives can be used in it’s stead. Thanks for sharing this informative article, I’ve learnt a lot and I’ll share it to other platforms. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Jones, 

      Yeah TRT can be dangerous, especially if you don’t use the right source/ consultants. Yeah, in most scenarios, I would advise that people consider the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy before going ahead with TRT. If people are going to use TRT do your research and find a respectable consultant, for people in the UK, I know that Optimale are an excellent and well reputed consultancy, you can also get 10% off testosterone levels tests & treatments with my code WAR10

  32. John says:

    You have given good alternatives here. I wouldn’t have thought that my diets could be a way of boosting my testosterone levels. This is something I’m still kind of baffled about. Gladly, this are all natural ways to deal with the issue. Thanks to you I have a good understanding of this now. I will make use of this information that you have given here. Cheers!

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi John,

      I’m glad that you like the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy. Yeah your diet is arguably  the easiest way to boost testosterone production. We all need to eat and with most people eating highly processed and non organic foods, it is quite easy to fix these things for increased T.

  33. Desiray says:

    People have been becoming unhealthier at an alarming rate. Eating properly and exercising regularly is not only good advise for men with low testosterone but for women as well. Imagine the problems that would be cured if we only ate healthy food, exercised a bit and went outside from time to time.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Desiray,

      They certainly are, lowered testosterone and the negative health impacts that brings, are part of this lowered health. Yep it’s our poor lifestyle that causes a lot of these health issues including lowered T production,

      that is why most of the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy are fairly simple lifestyle changes.

  34. Abayomi says:

    Excellent article,seriously this post has opened my eyes to things I do not know before,kudos to your writing prowess, it happens to me sometimes that I had to change my diet pattern in order to maintain my stature,to maintain and managed the healthy body,exercise has to take its place effectively,Cardio is where it gets slightly more interesting. Stereotypical steady state cardio, like jogging, cycling, aerobics etc. can lower T the body the adequate rest can do the magic,thank you for this wonderful write-up.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Abayomi, 

      Yeah amending your diet will certainly help increase testosterone production, in terms of the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy I’ve listed, I’d say that swapping out steady state cardio for HIIT is the probably the least effective but still helps! 

  35. C says:

    Thank you for this great article. To start, I did not know all of those drawbacks to Testosterone replacement therapy. I thought it was pretty safe, but it sounds like it has some risks. I guess anytime you introduce and exogenous hormone into the body, it has some risks.

    out of your list of things to do, the one I probably have the most trouble with is reducing exposure to plastic and toxic chemicals. Other than that, I could double check the list of vitamins. Also, Sometimes I have stress or insomnia.

    I guess with some of the dangers and costs of TRT, I will try your natural remedy suggestions, and hope for the best. Thank you for your expertise on the subject and have a great day.

    1. Nate Stone says:


      Yeah testosterone replacement therapy, can be safe but the potential side effects. The major issue is most people leap straight to TRT, as supposed to try the natural alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first. 

      Yeah reducing your exposure to plastics and chemicals that lower testosterone is probably the most difficult; but it is easier than you think, once you get started. I do quite a few articles with regards to this, which you can check out.

      Yeah I think natural methods to boost testosterone production, should always be considered first, it’s far cheaper and far safer!

  36. Michael says:

    Hi. Thank you for this great article. I know a little about this subject and health in general. I am glad that you mentioned high intensity interval training and wight lifting as these are two very important factors. I believe that diet, exercise and proper sleep can eliminate many of the problems people have regarding their overall health. 

    I was wondering if you could tell us what a normal testosterone level would be, and how much testosterone levels can be increased with the diet and exercise methods you mentioned.

    Thank you.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Michael,

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      Yeah I agree lifestyle changes are the best way to correct health issues, be it low testosterone or something else.

      That is why I recommend things like getting the right amount of sleep, correcting your diet, lifting weights as alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy.

      So normal testosterone levels for men at present are anywhere between 300 – 1000 ng/dl but average levels have dropped by approximately 20% over the last decade.

      In reality I’d  want some ones levels to be to be closer to the 600 mark as minimum.

      If you’re levels are near 300 ng/dl or below, it requires immediate and drastic attention. If you make the right type of changes you can get your testosterone levels between the 1000 – 1,200 ng/dl mark.

      That is when you truly start to benefit from things like very high amounts of muscle mass, low body fat, greatly increased confidence & protection from serious illness like dementia, heart disease & certain types of cancer.

      You can find out more about this here: Testosterone And Health – The Benefits Of Healthy T Levels


  37. Kara says:

    I am so glad I came across your post. My boyfriend has been interested in this for a few months now and has been compiling information, it was so helpful to show him your information as well. 

    Even as a female, I was intrigued by a lot of the information in your post. Especially your facts on fasting and eating frequently. I also really need to start paying attention to my vitamin intake for overall health.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Kara, 

      Yeah if your boyfriend is investigating TRT, it is important that he is aware of the TRT therapy side effects as well!

      Unless his scenario is a very extreme one, I would advise he looks at alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first, things like fixing his diet, his workout routine, will all help increase T & may negate the need to opt for testosterone replacement therapy. 

      Yeah making sure you are getting the right vitamins and minerals in your diet, is extremely important for you health  as a ole!

  38. Anthony Hu says:

    Thank you for your post. It is timely article for me. I am close to 60 years old now. I am feeling that I am aging, including easily tired, reduced energy, and decreased sex desire. I went to doctor, who said to me that it is normal and suggested that I start to take testosterone replacement product. I hesitated on this and am thinking about alternatives.

    Here comes your article. There are so many alternative ways to testosterone replacement therapy. You give a long list and all are valid and easy to do. I bookmarked your page and study them one by one. Diet may be the easiest thing for me to do and it can be done right away.

    I refer two articles with information of diet to improve testosterone level. This is certainly my start point.

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Anthony, 

      It sounds like this has come to your attention at the ideal time!

      To be honest approaching 60 years, your testosterone will have dropped naturally a fair bit already which would explain some of symptoms that you described the issue is our lifestyle in terms of diet, stress levels, chemicals we are exposed to, means that our testosterone levels are dropping at a far faster rate than they should be! 

      It may the case that testosterone replacement therapy is required; but I always advise that people first of all get their testosterone levels checked to understand the extent of the issue, if your T levels aren’t exponentially low, I’d recommend people look at the natural alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy I’ve listed in this article.

      Yeah please do go through the different methods, any questions, just drop me a comment!

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