Drug Free Ways to Increase Testosterone Production in Men

Testosterone: it’s the hormone that makes you a man. And without adequate levels of this highly vital hormone, a man won’t just be less of a man (with diminished secondary male sexual characteristics as well as libido), but he will also experience a range of health problems ranging from depression to diabetes and decreased immunity against illness. And as inadequate levels of testosterone are becoming increasingly common among men in the western world, doctors keep starting more and more men on testosterone replacement treatments – drugs that create a dependence and that you can expect to never get off once you start using.

However, when we look at the causes of this epidemic of low testosterone we see that they are mostly due to dietary, environmental and lifestyle factors – most of which can be reversed. And when they’re reversed, testosterone production picks up and there’s no need for medication.

As always, if you suspect that you are suffering from pathologically low levels of testosterone, you need to discuss the matter with your doctor. Make sure you also discuss possible natural treatments for the problem, such as the ones listed here – which have been used by top level athletes and bodybuilders for years to increase testosterone naturally and improve performance.

Natural Ways To Increase Testosterone

  • Take a zinc supplement. Several studies have shown that problems with low testosterone levels can be rectified with a potent zinc supplement. Zinc is a mineral that is absolutely vital to testosterone production, and the modern diet is often woefully inadequate in this nutrient. Supplement with at least 45 mg of zinc daily, unless you take the specialized formula ZMA, which supplies only 30 mg per dose but provides a form of zinc (along with high doses of magnesium and vitamin B6) that ensures a very high uptake.
  • Lose weight. If you’re overweight, the extra fat you’re carrying will have a detrimental effect on testosterone levels. This is interesting, because low testosterone levels are also known to cause obesity – in other words we’re talking about a vicious feedback loop at work here that can be hard to get out of once you’re trapped. If you’re overvweight, do everything you can to lose weight, but at a slow and steady pace, as some studies also indicate that fast weight loss and low calorie diets lead to diminished testosterone levels.
  • Get plenty of vitamin D. This is another nutrient that is of great importance here, and low levels of this vitamin – due to the fact that we spend so much time indoors these days – have been identified as one cause of low testosterone levels. It is nearly impossible to get enough vitamin D through diet alone, so take a supplement or make sure your skin is exposed to adequate amounts of sunshine. You obviously want to avoid getting sunburned, though, as that could potentially have much more serious long term consequences than less than optimal testosterone levels.
  • Get plenty of sleep, rest and relaxation, and minimize stress. Stress can have a severely negative impact on testosterone levels and overall health. Learn how to deal with stress, or make the necessary lifestyle changes you need in order to minimize it. Also make sure that you get enough sleep every night to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for another day. Have a hectic schedule? Take time out to relax fully and let the body settle down completely at least once a day so that it can get on with the necessary processes needed for a fully functioning endocrine system.
  • Eat a well balanced diet. A diet that is too high in fat can compromise testosterone production, as can one that is too low in fat. And diets that lack any of the various nutrients needed for the myriad of processes involved in producing this hormone will have a negative impact. Eat a clean, well balanced diet full of quality foods, and minimize your consumption of any kind of processed foods.

We hope these few tips have been helpful for you. Good luck!

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