6 Tips On How To Supplement Testosterone Therapyby Jay Motola, M.D. Health Professional
There are many pharmaceutical options available for testosterone replacement therapy. But are there any natural therapies that may work in conjunction with these medications? Here are 6 supplemental therapies that may be used in conjuction with medication to become a healthier you.
Obesity has been shown to be associated with lower testosterone levels and weight loss has been shown to naturally increase levels. Fat contains aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. High levels of estrogens result in a decrease in the natural production of testosterone.
High intensity exercise regimens have been shown to increase testosterone levels. Resistance exercises can result in a testosterone surge. Various exercise regimens will stimulate growth hormone which in turn will also result in increased muscle mass.
Diet is key
Overall healthy eating is also advocated as means to naturally increase testosterone. Healthy fats however need to be included in your diet as they contribute to various biochemical pathways. A goal of 20-30% of your daily calories should come from saturated fats. Cholesterol is involved in the biochemical pathway that leads to testosterone production. Sugar leads to higher insulin levels, which are associated with lower testosterone levels.
Focus on muscle
People trying to lose weight traditionally only focus on reducing calories instead of looking to build muscle. Men interested in supplementing their testosterone therapy should focus more on building muscle rather than counting calories as building muscle can burn pesky fat.
Zinc has been associated with many different uses, and perhaps it may related to testosterone production. Aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen can have some of its activity inhibited with higher levels of zinc. Beef is a good source of zinc as well as some seeds like pumpkin and sesame seeds.
Catch up on those Zs
Hallelujah! Studies have also shown that increased sleep is associated with increased testosterone levels. 40% decreases in testosterone levels have been show to occur with inadequate sleep. Ideally one should get 6-8 hours of sleep.