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:
Lowered Sperm Count/ Infertility
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:
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 Diet
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:
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 Weight
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:
All of these can be gained through diet and in some cases you will need to gain them through supplementation.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!