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8 Effective Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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Are There Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

There Certainly Are Some Options To Consider As Alternatives & Complimentary To TRT

Read On To Find Out What They Are!

With average male testosterone levels decreasing, a number of men are looking at testosterone replacement therapy as a way to address this.

I’m in no way against testosterone replacement therapy, there are tons of user cases where it is the best & possibly the only option to increase T.

What Is Hypogonadism & The Different Types

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Now to clarify, when your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone, this is known as hypogonadism.

I’m going to simplify this; but there are two main types of hypogonadism, known as primary & secondary.

Primary is where the testicles simply don’t produce enough testosterone. If this is what you are suffering from, you definitively need to go on TRT.

The alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy  I’m suggesting aren’t going to help to any extent.

You will be able to use them to compliment TRT & make it more effective; but you won’t be able to restore your production naturally.

If you need a clinic recommendation or some help establishing if you have primary hypogonadism, this is something I can assist with.

You can drop me an email on Nate@testosteronetips.net

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Secondary hypogonadism is slightly different, this is where there the testicles work correctly & the issue is with the pituitary or hypothalamus.

This can be caused by a number of different issues, such as nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, obesity, medications etc.

If you have hypogonadism or low testosterone due to the above, that is where these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy can be very effective.

Again there may be some cases of secondary hypogonadism where you do need to consider TRT & use these methods as a way to supplement it.

Now I appreciate that not everyone is ready to take the plunge with TRT.

You may be looking to establish if you can improve levels without going the TRT route.

These alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy can help you establish if you can potentially optimize testosterone without it.

This article is for those people who want to look at the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first or want to supplement TRT.

What Are Some Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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Just to clarify, these natural alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy probably won’t increase T to the same extent as replacement therapy.

By following these methods, you can potentially increase T levels a decent amount & back to healthy levels if you suffer from secondary hypogonadism as covered at the beginning of this article.

In some cases you can even achieve optimal testosterone levels.

If you are already on TRT, these methods will help you to get the most benefit from it & the best return from your investment.

So these are the best things you can do to naturally optimize testosterone.

  • Get to 15% – 10% body fat
  • 7 – 8 hours sleep per night
  • Increase saturated & monounsaturated fats intake
  • Lower sugar intake
  • Resistance training
  • Reduced stress
  • Plenty of sunlight/ Vitamin D 3
  • Less ultra-processed foods
  • Fasting/  Smaller eating window
  • Addressing vitamin & mineral deficiencies 
  • Reduced exposure to chemicals estrogen & endocrine disruptors

If you can do all of the above & you have secondary hypogonadism your testosterone levels naturally increase.

Doing the above in conjunction with TRT will help you ensure you see the best results & get the most return o your investment.

As you can see the main methods you need to utilize fit within two key categories of diet & lifestyle, some are pretty self-explanatory.

I will cover the ones that require further explanation, in a bit more detail below.

Lose Excess Body Fat

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While losing excess body fat is pretty self-explanatory, I appreciate that everyone may not know why losing excess body is so important.

Regardless of whether you are on TRT or not, losing excess body fat needs to be your main priority.

Excess body fat is probably the biggest killer of testosterone production there is.

The reason being is body increases levels of aromatization & inflammation.

Aromatization is a natural process where testosterone is converted to estrogen.

When you have excess body fat, aromatisation happens excessively, hence leading to a severe decrease in T & increase in estrogen.

Where body fat is so inflammatory, it also partially inhibits testosterone production.

So the excess body fat needs to go, for most people, you want to aim between 15% & 10%.

Saturated & Monounsaturated Fats

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So you need a lot of saturated fat in your diet, as you need cholesterol.

Cholesterol is the main building block of testosterone, so you need a decent amount in your diet for healthy T production.

Your body produces about 80% of cholesterol, so the remainder comes from your diet.

If you eat more cholesterol your body naturally adapts production.

One final thing to clarify is that dietary cholesterol does not impact blood cholesterol, high blood cholesterol is caused by inflammation.

In order to have healthy testosterone, you need to low inflammation anyway, so by following these tips you’ll be minimizing inflammation.

In regard to omega 3, this comes back to lowering inflammation. You need a healthy ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 of lower inflammation.

As most people consume too much omega 6, you need the omega 3 to reduce inflammation.

Sugar

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Sugar is extremely inflammatory, when your body is inflamed it doesn’t perform properly, this includes testosterone production.

In studies it’s been shown that consuming 75 grams of sugar can inhibit testosterone production significantly for at least two hours.

Sugar is also high on calories & a diet high in sugar tends to leave to fat gain & as we’ve covered, excess body fat is one if not the biggest killer of T.

Ultra Processed Foods

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Ultra-processed foods present an issue when it comes to testosterone production for a few different reasons.

They are usually high in sugar, lacking nutrients, if grain-based can contain anti-nutrients (removes nutrients from the body) & can be a source of seed oils.

Seed oils need to be avoided just as much as sugar. Seed/ vegetable oils are extremely processed &  mixed with multiple chemicals.

They are extremely high & as a result of the process gone through to produce, they are highly inflammatory.

So you need to keep intake minimal, this means minimal ultra-processed foods & not using them as a cooking oil.

7 – 8 hours sleep per night

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This one is quite simple, a multitude of studies have shown that testosterone production is at its best after 7 – 8 hours.

Even worse, studies have shown that when you get 5 hours & under your T production can drop by as much as 20%!

Resistance Training

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This one is quite simple, the more muscle mass you have, the more testosterone your body will produce.

The most effective type of resistance training is heavy compound lifts, this is because you are utilizing the most muscle mass.

The more muscle mass you use, the larger testosterone spikes are, hence compound lifts being so effective.

Resistance training also helps lower body fat & ultimately create more muscle mass, creating a positive feedback of increased T production.

Reduced Stress

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When you are suffering from long term/chronic stress, the stress hormone cortisol becomes spiked.

Cortisol is extremely inflammatory so inhibits testosterone production.

Many things make us stressed, the most effective way to keep cortisol levels down is with a decent nights sleep.

After that, I would suggest at least 20 minutes per day spent on a stress-reducing & cortisol lowering activity, some of the most effective are:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Tai Chi
  • Mindfulness
  • Walking in nature

Fasting/  Smaller Eating Window

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This helps increase testosterone production in a few different indirect ways,

The two key ones are that fasting massively lowers inflammation and is a very effective tool for fat loss, both leading to greatly increased T.

Something else fasting does is increase your androgen receptors, these dictate how much testosterone can utilize.

So the more androgen receptors you have, the more testosterone you can utilize.

I personally recommend that you fast 18 hours & eat during six; but just reducing the window in which you eat by a couple of hours can make a big difference.

Addressing Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies 

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A number of people have low testosterone in part due to deficiencies in vitamins & minerals.

When your body is healthy, your testosterone production is naturally a lot healthier.

There are specific vitamins & minerals that aid testosterone production more than others, so I’ll name the main ones you need to focus on.

  • D3
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • K2
  • B complex (especially B12)
  • Iodine
  • C
  • A
  • Selenium

Deficiency in D3, Zinc & magnesium tend to be most common. D3 mainly comes from sunlight so you may need to consider supplementation.

Zinc & magnesium you should be able to get enough or close to enough with your diet & you may want to consider supplementing to top up levels.

If you want an idea of the testosterone supplement I use, you can check out my review of Military muscle below.

Military Muscle Testosterone Booster Review

Chemical Estrogen & Endocrine Disruptors

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These are chemicals that mimic estrogen and disrupt the balance of your hormones, this includes lowering testosterone production.

A lot of different things can expose you to them, I’ve done a few different articles covering this subject.

The main products that expose you to these chemicals are as follows:

  • Plastics
  • Shower gels
  • Shampoos
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Moisturiser
  • Facial wash
  • Oils
  • Household cleaners

There are more products, you can check out the main things that expose you to chemicals estrogens below.

24 Places Where Chemicals That Lower Testosterone Can Be Found

Now don’t worry you don’t have to just stop using these things, There are safe alternatives that you can opt for.

Which you can find out more about in the articles below.

Products That Won’t Lower Testosterone

Below are a couple more articles you may also want to check out about your diet & testosterone production.

Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List

Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

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 boost testosterone production & in the case of primary hypogonadism is essential.

However using what I’ve outlined can be an effective alternative if you have secondary hypogonadism.

It also works as a great supplement to your TRT, to get the best results.

Obviously the more methods 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.

I work with & can recommend clinics based on your location, just drop me an email nate@testosteronetips.net or reach out in the comments and we can discuss further.

If you are worried you suffer from low testosterone, or that you’re body is lacking in certain nutrients, I would suggest you get blood tests.

These will enable you to accurately track & monitor your levels, you can check out the testing companies I recommend below.

Recommended Blood Testing Services

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 just drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Please share this article with anyone you think may find it interesting.

You can also follow me on my social media for more tips on alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy & all thing testosterone related.

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153 thoughts on “8 Effective 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

    Thanks

    paul

    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. 

      Thanks

      Nathan

  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.

      Thanks
      Nathan

  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 production.giving 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:

      Hey, 

      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!

  39. Travis says:

    Excellent article! Great ideas for somebody like me who really doesn’t have the extra money for testosterone replacement. As I get older I can definitely tell the difference, and although I do try to eat healthy and work out seems like they’re isn’t as much time in the day as before. Thank you for the vitamin options you talked about, I need to look into getting some of those! 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Travis, 

      Yeah TRT is very expensive and often isn’t necessary, that is why I wanted to highlight these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy. 

      Yeah I’d suggest perhaps getting a home testosterone test completed, to confirm it is definitely low T that you are suffering from.

      If it is, supplementing may potentially help, if you are low on vitamins and minerals.

  40. rjkennedy says:

    I read some information regarding different levels of testosterone. It stated that levels of testosterone in the body decreases as a man gets older. Then I heard a healthcare professional said too much testosterone can bring on serious health issues, including death. Does a certain amount of testosterone has to be in a man’s system for him to perform sex satisfactory?  I had my own levels checked and I was ok. But what you post is important information for all men to know.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey rjkennedy,

      Yes your testosterone levels do start to drop naturally once you hit about the age of 30 (approximately 1% per year).

      The only scenario where you get too much testosterone is if you are synthetically increasing levels, so with anabolic steroids or with testosterone replacement therapy. You can find out more about the TRT Therapy Side Effects here in fact; but if not managed properly, the side effects can be pretty serious!

      When a man has low testosterone levels/ hypogonadism they it often comes with erectile dysfunction & lowered/ loss of libido. The issue doesn’t just end there, it comes with a number of health issue, some of which are also potentially fat.

      You can learn more about the health risks of low T here:  How Low T Effects Health

      While it depends on the individual and their age ideally you want testosterone levels to be 500 ng/dl – 1,200 ng/dl. This is considered the healthy range, the closer you can get to 1,200 ng/dl the more optimal your health as a whole is. Albeit when you are older this is going to be harder to achieve naturally (which is what you ideally want)

  41. Daniella says:

    Hi there,

    Great article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    My husband suffers from a low testosterone level, and his doctor suggested him to do injections, it’s quite costly. So he decided not to do it. He never thought of an alternative until now. I will show him this article; I am sure he will find it useful!

    Just a question, please. Are there plants out there that can be good alternatives to Testosterone? If so, which one would you suggest? 

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Daniella,

      Thanks for commenting, I obviously don’t know your husbands case specifically. TRT is very expensive and it can come with a number of side effects.

      Yeah there certainly are alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, what I would stress is that dependant on how extreme the low T/ hypogonadism is replacement therapy may be the best course, at least to begin with!

      There are a few different plants, vegetables and fruits that can aid with testosterone production. The articles below will help with this:

      Testosterone Boosting Supplements

      14 Vegetables Which Are Foods That Boost Testosterone Production

      9 Fruit Which Are Foods That Boost Testosterone Production

  42. Twack Romero says:

    My son is in the process of having periodic testosterone injections, so I’ve been doing some background reading. Hence, I’ve just come from your other article on Medicheck UK’s testing kits so you can check testosterone and other substance levels within your body.

    I had no idea there were so many ways of increasing your own testosterone levels naturally. Diet and fasting are all new to me as is the difference in aerobic exercise and high intensity exercise. It makes a lot of sense and the information you give is very detailed.

    I shall be doing more research and keeping an eye on how my son is reacting to his current course, it doesn’t hurt to have a back up plan and some options available to aid the process.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Twack, 

      Ok, hopefully the injections fix his low T issues. To be honest the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy that I’ve suggested are a great accompaniment to TRT. Making those lifestyle changes will help make sure that your son gets the most from his replacement therapy, get him to have a read and incorporate what he can in to his routine.

  43. Donny says:

    I’m not really a fan of having injections and supplementing with something that I’m not getting directly from nature and so I don’t really feel safe with testosterone. Good to know that good diet and  rest and exercise can be an alternative. After I came across the site effects of testosterone therapy especially that it can result in heart attacks and strokes I have never felt that it’s safe despite the fact that not everyone faces those side effects. Thank you I may want to try these cost free alternatives.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Donny,

      Yeah TRT is a difficult one. In some cases T levels can be so low that it is realistically the only option available, as the symptoms of suffering from low T/ hypogonadism is far worse!

      yeah give these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy a go, if you have any questions etc. Just get in touch!

  44. Jessie says:

    Wow this is an awesome article!  I’m actually looking forward to your future article over fasting, as that is something I do from time to time, mostly out of religious habit.  I also did not know that Vitamin C helps with production of testosterone.  I actually drink a lot of natural orange juice, but of course, that comes with sugar intake that does not help!

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Jessie, 

      Yeah keep an eye out for my tips on fasting. While as a woman you won’t ever need testosterone replacement therapy, naturally optimising your testosterone to estrogen balance will definitely bring you multiple health benefits. 

      Yeah I’d consider dropping the orange juice in exchange for the fruit itself or having a dash of lemon juice in water frequently, as a small amount of lemon juice goes a long way lol and will still deliver the vitamin C you need.

  45. Benson says:

    Low testosterone levels can cause some certain rate of low self-esteem in some people and that is hart breaking. While some other people are running to get drugs ans all i feel exercise and less stress is a better way to dealing with it. These alternatives you have given are some i will buy. Stress is something i will advise we stay clear off to help our testosterone boast as well as some fruits that can help boast it too.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Benson,

      Yeah suffering from low testosterone/ hypogonadism can lead to multiple serious health issues, including increased risk of heart attacks, strokes & type 2 diabetes!

      If you if you’re testosterone levels aren’t low but you naturally optimise them, the health benefits are really quite telling!

      Yeah a lot of people will opt for testosterone replacement therapy & anabolic steroids to get more muscle mass; but this can also come with it’s own risks.

      In certain scenarios, replacement therapy is going to be the best option; but unless it is one of those more extreme scenarios, I advise people try alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, like the ones I’ve listed in this article!

      Yeah give what I’ve recommended a go, if you have any questions, just come back to me!

  46. Anastazja says:

    Your article was well written and well organized.  I have heard about TRT but have not seen anything about alternatives that is so comprehensive.  Your two “Big Lists” are very helpful.  I did not know some of the simple causes of low testosterone.  You are describing a lifestyle change.  Your article has inspired to look at these areas of my life and make necessary adjusts.  As an older person, I am sure there are some physiological changes that cause the drop in testosterone, but your article has provided a way to figure things out and make adjustments naturally.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Anastazja,

      Good to hear you’ve found this useful!

      So TRT is for men, there isn’t a scenario where women need to opt for testosterone replacement therapy. That being said, utilising these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, will help optimise your testosterone to oestrogen balance and you will multiple health benefits and those benefits do increase as you age!

      Yes it is lifestyle changes that I’m advising & they will benefit your health as a whole!

  47. manuel says:

    So many drawbacks on testosterone replacement therapy and the funny thing is that while undergoing this therapy there is a good chance that patients probably would not be informed about these drawbacks. Only when they start experiencing it before they would be informed that it is probably because of the treatment. 

    The alternatives look to be much better and they certainly don’t look like they are going to have side effects as long as they are not over done. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Manuel,

      Testosterone replacement therapy is a difficult one, as there are scenarios where it is legitimately the best option. There are plenty of well respected clinics that do an excellent job, inform people of the potential risks & monitor their patients for these risks.

      On the flip side, there are lots of not so professional clinics, the biggest issue is there are many people opting for TRT, when they could potentially fix the issue of low T through some fairly simple lifestyle changes.

      Yeah the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy that I listed, will not only naturally increase testosterone production; but help improve health as a whole. There is also the added benefit, of it being far cheaper than TRT!

  48. Mark says:

    I am a 48 year old obese male and I also live in the UK. I suffer with many different conditions which in part are due to my weight and also to other factors. On the 12th November I will be having surgery to remove my thyroid gland which has a growth on it. Part of the symptoms I get with Hypothyroidism is a low testosterone level. Due to other conditions, I eat a high fibre diet with lots of whole grains and I am also a keen cyclist. Looking at your food list and they recommended exercise I may need to change my approach. Hypothyroidism has given me Secondary Hypogonadism which significantly effects testosterone production. Do you think that I could benefit from a change in diet and exercise? Before I was sick I used to box which is an amazing high intensity workout and I was relatively fit. It takes a lot for me to exercise now and cycling is my next best option. I am a mountain biker so there is a lot of sprint and up hill which is more High intensity than long distance riding. Do think that this could be better? Thank you for a very interesting post. Mark

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Mark,

      Sorry to hear about your situation!

      I believe that in your scenario that testosterone replacement therapy is going to have to be the direction you take!

      If you do go down the TRT route, the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy I’ve listed will help the replacement therapy be as effective as possible. I would still advise increasing your intake of healthy saturated fats (steak, eggs, Greek yogurt etc.)

      With regards to the exercise, I’m an avid boxer myself (great cardio). If mountain biking is your best option, hill sprints sounds like a great option for HIIT, I would avoid the long distance rides as far as testosterone production. These will increase stress and cortisol release, which inhibits testosterone production.

      If you want any more advice or tips on specifics, please drop me a comment or email and I’ll happily assist!

  49. riverdogg says:

    Lots of information on testosterone to get through. I have issues with chronic stress and I didn’t know it could affect my testosterone levels. I have low testosterone levels right now and I would really love to raise it up but without taking a bunch of pills or whatever gimmick products they advertise at 3am in the morning haha. I’m going to read your stress article and see if I can raise my testosterone the natural way as a welcome alternative to testosterone replacement therapy. Thanks for the info, have a great day.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey, 

      Yeah stress is one of the major causes of lowered testosterone levels. 

      Yeah check out the stress reduction techniques, I’d suggest look at adapting your diet a bit and potentially supplementing the areas your diet is lacking and maybe add some weight lifting routines in, they should all work well for you as alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, let me know how you get on!

  50. Stephanie says:

    Increased risk of strokes and heart atttacks plus having to deal with other heart problems? Woah. That’s a little too risky for testosterone therapy. I mean, I’m sure almost every treatment/medication have some serious side effects and I’m glad you took the time to mention those, because a lot of people don’t do so nor do the proper research and just end up giving hopeless resources. I also didn’t know that decreasing the use of plastic can help regarding this issue. Really interesting. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Stephanie,

      Yeah the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy certainly aren’t a joke!

      Yes all medications do come with potential side effects and a competent doctor/ clinic will be able to minimise the risks.

      The key is that in many scenarios, lifestyle change can be enough to increase your testosterone levels. So no need to expose yourself to the potential risks.

      Yep there are quite a few toxic chemicals that lower testosterone found in plastics and many other products which are used daily, avoiding these alone, can greatly increase testosterone production.

  51. Rob S. says:

    While I just found out I have low testosterone levels, I’m not sure I would look at these alternative therapies.
    There are better and more natural ways to approach this.
    Following a better diet is a better option I believe.
    And of course increasing exercise is the best option as well.
    I am learning more about increasing these levels and don’t want to chance side effects.
    But I do know that when it comes to your health, diet and exercise is always going to win out!
    Do many choose these alternative methods? I’m curious to know…

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Rob,

      Sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with testosterone/ hypogonadism. If you do have extremely low levels below 300 NG/DL, I would suggest that you probably do need TRT. You will just need to make sure you are working with a reputable clinic/ endocrinologist, they will be able to minimie the risk of the side effects.

      It is possible for you to increase levels naturally; but it will take some time hard work, if you have hypognadism, the symptoms are far worse than the potential side eefect of TRT. In this scenario, what I would advise is you get started on the testosterone replacement tehrapy, while using these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy at the same time.

      That way you can come off it as quickly as possible, as these changes will help you to teh TRT work far more efficiently and the two combined, shoudl see you reverse your low testosterone swiftly!

      In answer to your question, a lot of people do choose these alternatives to testosterone repalcement therapy; but usually when they have slightly low levels and not full blown hypogonadism.

  52. water life says:

    Your article is very informative, useful and enlightening. Testosterone plays a very important role in health and in order to maintain it at the right level I believe that the worst way is natural. For example, taking some vitamins that help increase nutrition or supplements, reduce stress, exercise, eat well, and help maintain it at physiological levels. I really didn’t know that volatility in testosterone can cause so many problems. Now I know and thank you for that.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi,

      Thanks, good to know that you’ve found this useful!

      Testosterone does play an important part in health & male health in particular. I think you may have meant that natural methods of maintaining and increasing testosterone is the best way 🙂

      Yep low T levels is very serious and can potentially be fatal!

      Agreed the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy like having a healthier diet, making sure you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals and lifting weights are very effective!

  53. Alisha says:

    Wow, what a helpful article on Testerone Replacement Therapy.

    My friend was diagnosed with low Testosterone.  He has not yet had replacement therapy thank goodness.  There are certainly a lot of side effects!  

    He has been exploring his options on increasing his Testosterone.

    I am definitely going to forward your article to him.

    Thank you so much for the information!

    Alisha

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Alisha,

      Yeah there are a number of potential side effects that come with TRT.

      In some scenarios TRT is going to be required and these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy will help optimise the performance of TRT.

      In a lot of scenarios though, these alternative natural methods will be highly effective and all that is required!

      yeah get your friend to check this out and get in touch if they have any questions!

  54. Shifts says:

    Hello Nat,

    Thank you for sharing these 8 Effective Alternatives to Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Sincerely speaking, I never knew that there are negatives that come with testosterone replacement therapy. As a matter of fact, I don’t like these negatives. I am glad that you shared the alternatives. These alternatives do not really look easy to abide with; but it’s very possible anyways.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hello, 

      Glad you that found it useful! 

      Yeah there are a lot of potential side effects that can come with TRT. In some cases TRT will be your only option and the side effects are certainly better than what comes with low testosterone.

      Yeah not all of these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy are easy; but following them will help improve your health & maintain healthy testosterone levels, which every man realistically needs to have!

  55. Techie says:

    Oh, nice!

    Very interesting that fasting improves testosterone. Can’t wait to see you publish post in the near future in regard to fasting and testosterone production. I thought it is consuming good amount of food that would help boost it. I’m considering getting involved in regular exercises daily probably next year… All these tips are really helpful. Thank you so much for sharing

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Techie, 

      I’m glad you found these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy useful! Yeah fasting is a great way to improve your testosterone production & your health as a whole! 

      Yeah do start regular exercise as a starting point, your testosterone levels and health as a whole will greatly benefit!

  56. Jake says:

    Hi, some things that are good for testosterone are getting enough sleep, keeping your sexual energy ( not wanking) limiting how much sex. Less sex = more testosterone. Quit porn. 

    diet matters. So does alcohol and tobacco.  As well as stress. You can use an afformation and say why do I have so much testosterone?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Jake,

      Yep all of those are effective alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy.

      Sex is an interesting one as some studies suggest more sex increase testosterone & other seem to imply that abstinence (up to a point) increases it. Agree that masturbation and porn negatively impact T levels though.  

      Well a major issue is that many men aren’t aware what their testosterone levels are, that is why I tend to recommend that people get a home testosterone test or T level test of some description done.

  57. Jenny says:

    Considering the side effects, I believe everyone should try alternatives before they try TRT. And not only because of the side effects. These alternative solutions are great for living a better, healthier life and prolonging your life. Why wouldn’t you do them, anyway?

    Still, a lot of people don’t exercise, sleep 5-6 hours every day and consume low-quality food, because “they don’t have time”. Well, something interesting I’ve read lately is: “If you don’t make time for your wellness you will be forced to make time for your illness”. I totally agree with this.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Jenny,

      I 100% agree with you that anyone who is considering TRT should be trying these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first.

      Agreed they will help improve health as a whole & often these lifestyle changes are all that is required to address the issue of low T, far more appealing than expensive TRT & the potential side effects!

      Yep it shocks me how people can’t invest time in their own heath; but you’re right, they will have to pay for it in the long run!

  58. padma says:

    Most of the alternatives as you’ve stated for testosterone replacement are simply good organic diet, healthy weight and some types of fitness routines like weight training. I’m a woman and don’t really need this, but its interesting how the lack of simple things can create havoc to our healthy body. GMO, overuse of plastic wrappings cause many hidden problems. Good quality sleep itself I would say is a by-product of a good diet and a more relaxed lifestyle.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Padma,

      Yep you’re correct, most alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy are simply living healthily, healthy, diet, exercise, getting enough sleep etc.

      Avoiding things like GMO’s and endocrine disrupting chemicals (found in plastics & other places) is a bit more difficult but it is still possible, as it’s something that I do myself.

      Yep testosterone isn’t as important for women; but you still need a healthy amount even as a female and following these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy will make you healthier as a whole.

  59. Nimrodngy says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing article.

    I was struggling with this testosterone problem 5 years ago. I want to say that i was very skinny (55 kg and 175 cm ) . I did a testosterone test and my doctor recommend me to increase my testosterone level by starting going on the gym and eat high protein food. It was very hard for me because i didn’t like this sport and playing games on PC was my only passion. 

    Finally i decided to start this activity and it really got me. When i see now that i had a big progress in 5 years ( 78 kg and 180 cm ) i’m very happy. My testosterone level is perfect for my age, i eat very healthy and my doctor told me that my body age is 20 years, even if i have 30.

    Thanks again for this post. Work hard, play hard and your testosterone level will respond to you.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi,

      Good to hear that your doctor recommended that you make lifestyle changes to increase testosterone. In most scenarios testosterone replacement therapy isn’t a necessity, especially when you are under 40!

      Good that to hear that you were able to put in to action some of these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy with success!

  60. Gomer says:

    Thanks for this article. I’ve been aware of the fact that increased physical activity can lower testosterone level especially the bad testosterone called DHT that’s responsible for balding in men. But that got me worried about me becoming sterile and not being able to impregnate a woman. Now that I have learned from this article that there’s a type of exercise or set of exercises that can be done without lowering the level of good testosterone, the exercises that do not cause stress to our body, then maybe I’m going to try that. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Gomer,

      The relationship between testosterone and exercise is complicated. Resistance training and HIIT training help to increase production in the short and longer term. Steady state cardio tends to lower T due to the body being put under stress and the cortisol release then inhibits the testosterone production.

      Exercise, especially resistance training is one of the best alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy.

  61. Douglas says:

    Reading your review it looks like the replacement therapy is a last resort.  As a man in the search of almost perfect body and health using your list of natural things to do such as eating and exercise will be the better way to go.  Do you think since this would be the last resort to not go about using it at all?  Are you testosterone levels important as you get older or can those levels be ok low and not have to worry about them?  I haven’t done a lot of research on this as a younger male but always an interesting way to think about my body in the future and how to keep it the best I can.  Thank you for the great info and list to help out my body in the future.

    Douglas

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Douglas,

      Yes you’re correct, I’d usually recommend looking at alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first & then people opting for replacement therapy itself, as a last resort.

      In short optimised testosterone levels (for men especially) lead to optimised health. Most people can begin to optimise T levels with a healthy lifestyle.

      Your T levels are important at all ages; but as you age the lower your T; the more susceptible you are to multiple health issues like depression, cardiovascular issues, memory problems, loss of muscle mass and more body fat to name a few things.

      Glad that you’ve found this useful!

  62. Manuel Aguiar says:

    Hi, I have read some articles about food that increase testosterone production. I train for time to time and wanted to make the most of it by increasing the testosterone level on my system since it’s the “growth hormone” it helps a lot in developing muscular mass. I always find natural methods to get those ingredients like minerals and vitamins  I believe that artificial methods like surgery should be used on extreme cases of a deficit.

    Thanks for this article, very informative for those who seek better health!

    I wish you success!

    Manuel.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Manuel,

      Yeah testosterone is important for muscle growth and mass; but it’s important for health (particularly male health) as a whole. It’s vital for physical, sexual, emotional and mental health.

      Yeah I suggest looking at these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy at first, especially if you are younger man. Replacement therapy certainly has its place but I always look at it as a last resort.

  63. Shrey says:

    I had heard about this topic and wanted to know more about it. These alternatives are pretty informative as  I had no idea about them before reading the post.

    I personally feel that the reatment is expensive and I wanted to see if there are any other ways that could improve my husband’s situation. Thanks for the wonderful post.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Shrey,

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      Yeah TRT is very expensive and isn’t always a necessity, I’d obviously need to learn a bit more about your husbands situation to make in depth recommendations as to whether TRT is right for him or not.

      As a starting point though, he should try these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy; they will help to increase T production either way & then if it isn’t having a large enough impact, he should consider looking at TRT.

  64. uechchi says:

    This article is useful. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing. I generally like to do things the normal way if conceivable, so TRT is certainly out. It’s great to realize that a mix of the choices you have recorded will fundamentally keep up and improve my testosterone levels. The arrangements of things that lower testosterone are unnerving thinking about that the vast majority of these things are normal family unit things and are utilized all the time. The more we can lessen our dependence on fabricated and handled things the happier we will be. I am grateful  thanks

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Uechchi,

      You’re welcome and glad you found my list of alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy useful. TRT isn’t necessarily a bad thing; but the main cause of low testosterone tends to be lifestyle. So TRT in a lot of cases won’t be a necessity, so avoiding certain chemicals like you alluded to will certainly helps boost testosterone, as does living a more healthy life as I’ve detailed in this article.

  65. Jose says:

    This is a very informative post on alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy. As a male over 50, this is a topic that I am starting to consider seriously. I am particularly interested in intermittent fasting because I have tried it a couple of times and felt more alert and stronger, but I have a hard time to keep it up.

    I’m looking forward to your article on intermittent fasting. I can use additional motivation with that, which will help with my testosterone level.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Jose,

      I’m glad that you’ve found this useful, hope you don’t mind me saying but as a slightly “older” male you are more likely to feel the effects of lowering testosterone levels.

      These alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy will certainly help you increase T levels, intermittent fasting indirectly helps increase T; but comes with so many other health benefits as well, like increased energy levels.

      Please do keep an eye out for the intermittent fasting article, it will be published soon!

  66. Kell says:

    Honestly, this article is very informative. Testosterone replacement therapy may not be the only way out, there are alternatives of which you’ve outlined and explained in detail. TRT although can be useful to boost testosterone production, but on the other hand may be expensive and may lead to some health issues probably to some.

    But I think we should always go with the natural way of which is just the best alternatives to TRT. Though may not be very effective as TRT but really help to prevent low testosterone levels.

    And of cause just like you pointed out, it is also good we do a TRT health check and Medichecks seems to be the one to go for because I see that it includes lots of things like a measure of full blood count, kidney, liver, etc. It’s good we do this to make sure we know that our TRT is working efficiently and safely!

    Thank you for this article.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Kell,

      Yeah your spot I’d always recommend looking at alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first and foremost.

      While TRT without questions the most effective way to increase testosterone, a lot of the time the cause of low T is lifestyle and changing your lifestyle can fix the issue.

      TRT is something that you have to do for life, is pretty expensive and can potentially come with some pretty bad side effects.

      That is why I recommend people try to optimise testosterone naturally first & keep TRT as a final option. Yeah so Medichecks UK provide a great test for those on TRT & steroids, so they check that your testosterone levels are actually increasing & against key health markers that can be impacted by TRT.

      Medichecks UK also provide a standard testosterone levels test, you can find out more about that on the link for their TRT check as well.

  67. Juan Saladin says:

    Fastening and Push-ups are my best friends in regards to testosterone levels improvement. The diet is quite important (Thanks for providing your list of 24 testosterone lowering foods).

    I had to take action over my testosterone levels control after experimenting a decrease in sexual appetite. My biggest intake from your post, bread and milk consumption control. Currently a piece of bread and cheese every morning is the way to start my day.

    Thank you for a great post!

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Juan,

      Yes fasting is an effective way to indirectly to increase testosterone production. I personally tend to fast through my breakfast.

      Resistance training is a very effective way to boost testosterone & for some strange reason is one of the most overlooked alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy.

      Yeah reduce bread consumption, opt for organic dairy where you can & increase your intake of healthy saturated fats. So if I were you, I’d consider swapping the bread for eggs.

  68. Princess says:

    What a great blog, very informative. I think increasing testosterone naturally is the best way to consider in order to avoid the TRT Therapy Side Effects.

    Majority of us believe, or at least like to believe, that we know how to eat. After all, this is something that we do on a daily basis, multiple times a day. Therefore, how can someone not know how to eat? Well, it is actually quite possible, and most of us really don’t have any idea about healthy eating. These are things that we won’t learn in school. We won’t learn during college unless you are doing a nutrition-related major.

    We don’t know what foods are made of, especially the processed options that we buy without thinking twice at the supermarket. We are always just looking for taste, for something that we like, without paying much attention about what exactly that is. Thank you for educating us.

    fasting and eating for health is great way to heal our body and maintaining a healthy weight.

    My understanding is that the testicles primarily make testosterone in men. Women’s ovaries also make testosterone, though in much smaller amounts.

    The production of testosterone starts to increase significantly during puberty, and begins to dip after age 30 or so.

    Do you know what causes the decrease of testosterone production?

    Do you think smoking and drinking can be contributing factors to low testosterone production?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Princess, 

      Thanks and I agree that natural alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy are usually the best option, at least at first anyway!

      Yeah I certainly agree that as a whole most aren’t really aware of what healthy eating looks like, we aren’t readily informed about what is in our foods (especially processed foods).

      Yes fasting is an excellent way improve your health as a whole, which indirectly increases testosterone production. Improving your diet as a whole is a great way to improve not only your testosterone production but your wider health as well.

      Yes you are correct about the testicles and the ovaries about them being the primary place where testosterone is produced. 

      T production does tend to lower naturally around the age of 30; but in recent decades that drop has been far more severe, this is mainly due to poor diet and inactivity; but also down to  exposure of toxic chemicals found in products like shampoo, shower gels, toothpastes, mouthwash and plastics.

  69. drinkteahub says:

    What a great, informative article. I think it’s so important to explore every possibility before resorting to artificial treatments of all kinds, including hormone replacement for both men and women. Your article rightly points out there are so many environmental and dietary factors which can have a negative impact on testosterone levels, so thank you for sharing these, and providing advice as to how to go about changing them before resorting to testosterone replacement therapy.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey,

      That’s precisely it, more often than not environmental factors, dietary factors & inactivity are the causes of low testosterone.

      That is what I recommend people looking at fixing these things as alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first. 

      Quite often fixing these things is enough to get T and hormone levels back to healthy levels. 

  70. Linda says:

    I never really thought about hormones until I dated a guy one day who took alternatives for testosterone. Supplements are important because it helps us stay in tact. I used to think it wasn’t good because I saw it as a fake thing only because its an alternative for the real nutrient. Boy was I wrong. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Linda, 

      Yeah so there are a lot of alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy as supposed to testosterone itself. 

      So when people supplement, they are adding things they may not necessarily be getting in their diet, so perhaps vital vitamins & minerals like Zinc, magnesium, Vitamin D3. 

      These are nutrients that everyone needs & part of their function is to aid with testosterone production. For me supplementation is probably the last thing you look at, ideally you want to look at diet and lifestyle change first. 

      Then supplementation to essentially fill any gaps.

  71. Michel says:

    Looking at the terrible side effects that could occur, I urge all you gents to try alternative therapy first. Sometimes it is just something simple like eating healthier or exercising that can make all the difference.

    However, I had no idea that intermittent fasting could boost testosterone levels and I will definitely be looking out for your next article, as this will be very interesting. I have also taken note of the vitamins that should be taken in conjunction with a good diet. I will definitely pass all this knowledge on to my hubby.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Michel,

      Yeah I always recommend that people look at alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy first.

      Quite often replacement therapy isn’t a necessity & low/ optimised testosterone can be achieved by lifestyle change & simply living more healthily.

      I think a big part of the issue is that there is so much disinformation in terms of what is healthy, so people don’t know what to do anymore, to optimise their bodies performance.

      Yes so fasting increases androgen receptor sensitivity & the more sensitive they are, the more testosterone you can utilise, so more of an indirect impact. Fasting has so many benefits, it’s worthwhile for everyone to do really.

      Yeah please do keep an eye out for my next articles & share the information with your hubby, to be honest most of those vitamins you need for multiple bodily functions, with testosterone production just being one of them.

  72. sabrinamou says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article. I’m glad I found this article. I know somebody who has quite recently taken testosterone treatment. In the event that I had discovered this post before, I would’ve emphatically prescribed your option here. It is constantly a superior alternative to take regular cures and I don’t imagine that numerous individuals think about this yet. I’ll do my part by sharing this and ideally, individuals see it and take to this other option. Your article is really unique and informative. Best of luck.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Sabrinamou,

      Glad you found it useful, yes it’s a shame they didn’t see my article on alternatives to testosterone replacement before going down the TRT route.

      That being said, they will still get value from this article and my site as a whole, as testosterone replacement therapy is at it’s most effective when you are leading a lifestyle that naturally optimises testosterone as well.

      So yes please do share with your friend and others if you can!

  73. Curtis says:

    There is a lot of good information here about low testosterone, TRT and options besides TRT. Personally, I prefer the alternatives because there are just too many bad side effects with TRT. I have found some great natural testosterone boosting supplements in my own research. What about natural supplements, will they boost testosterone in men? It seems like you are against TRT, but at the end of your article, you recommend a place for TRT. Why?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Curtis,

      Thanks, I’m personally a fan of looking at alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy as the first stage. I do believe there are certain scenarios where TRT is a necessity, so want to make sure that those who do go that route speak with a reputable consultancy.

      Plus there are always the people who have decided that TRT is the way to go, so again want to make sure they make contact with people who know what they’re doing!

      Yes I believe natural supplements can help increase T, I frequently recommend minerals & vitamins that people are deficient in as a way to naturally increase testosterone.

  74. Sam says:

    OMG!  I wasn’t aware that testosterone therapy could be so horrible.  I suppose it makes sense though, as it is quite a significant hormone.

    I am so grateful for your article, as now I can assist my husband to keep his testosterone levels healthy in other ways.  

    What are the signals that a man has either a too high or too low testosterone level?  I mean, when should one be worried, and what harmful effects does it have?

    I especially appreciate your section on the vitamins and minerals.  I’m a firm believer in treating various other mental conditions with vitamins and supplements, so I find it very interesting that the same names pop up when stabilizing testosterone.

    Thanks once again.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Sam,

      Yeah it’s more that testosterone replacement therapy can be an issue when it isn’t managed properly. Yes it is very significant hormone, especially as far as male health is concerned.

      This is why I usually advise that people look at alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy at first, as it is possible to increase T levels naturally & in a lot of scenarios TRT really isn’t necessary.

      It’s extremely unlikely that a man will have testosterone levels that are too high (unless they are being artificially increased). In regards to levels that are too low, I suggest you check out this article on testosterone and health

      Yeah to be honest our diet & nutrition majorly impact our health & testosterone included; all the vitamins and minerals that increase testosterone are areas of nutrition we should be getting anyway & many of us aren’t, so in a lot of scenarios, it’s just fixing nutrient deficiencies.

  75. Bai Asha says:

    Your article is very helpful for everyone. 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. Your guide is very helpful for everyone.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Bai,

      Thanks, glad you found this useful!

      Yeah the potential side effects of TRT are pretty scary. If you work with a reputable clinic, these side effects can be avoided; but in a lot of scenarios TRT isn’t a necessity.

      This is why I put this article together on alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy, a lot of people can fix low testosterone issues by employing these methods & I’d strongly advise trying these first before going down the TRT route.

  76. Enrique says:

    Hi, Nate,

    Diet and exercise are really important. I had to undergo surgery a few years ago, and my doctor advised me about this. A consequence of the surgery was lower testosterone levels. Even though I hate it, I have to admit that eating properly and exercising regularly helps.

    However, there are things I can’t control like stress. I can control my diet, my exercise routine, my sleep but not my stress! I suck at dealing with it! My job is really stressful and it’s impossible to not stress out.

    Thanks for the tips. I’ll bookmark your post for future reference.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Enrique,

      Yeah sadly low testosterone can occur as result of some surgeries. Dependent on your T levels, you may want to consider testosterone replacement therapy if the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy like diet & exercise aren’t working.

      Stress is a big issue for a lot of people, I’d suggest trying things like yoga & meditation throughout your day, you may also want to consider supplementing with Ashwagandha, all are very effective for lowering stress levels.

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