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. I will be writing articles in the near future looking at the positives & negatives of testosterone replacement therapy. So things like the financial, the benefits & side effects will be covered in far greater detail!

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 other means such as supplementation, I’ll be covering each one in greater detail in future articles. For now, I advise you check out this article: Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List It gives you multiple foods that are a rich source of each of the above.

Exercise

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 I’ll be covering these in greater detail in future posts. Man 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. Again I will be creating article going in to how getting quality sleep increases testosterone, in the short term I advise you check another article I wrote. It gives you advice on ways to increase your sleep quality and products you can utilize to help you ensure you get those 7 – 9 hours of quality sleep for increased T production.

Things That Lower Testosterone – Alternatives & Solutions

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 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

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! 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 on this subject or testosterone as a whole, just drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you!

24 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

    Thanks

    paul

    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. 

      Thanks

      Nathan

  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.

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