Steroids increase strength, mass and intensity levels. But steroids also cause acne, baldness, explosions of rage and high blood pressure. Most importantly, for men, steroids can causes testosterone levels to increase unnaturally, which, in turn reduces the body's ability to produce testosterone on its own 1. After getting off steroids, there are ways to help the body produce testosterone naturally again.
Increase Your Intensity
Power is the most important key to bringing back testosterone naturally. Quit worrying about toning, and hit the heavy weights instead. Your intensity level needs to go up. When you are in the weight room, lift aggressively. Focus on free weights, and force your body to the point of almost failure. Also, hit more than one muscle group per day, which is called compound exercising. A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology in May 2000 showed that with increased intensity levels of training, there was a higher increase of testosterone levels compared to subjects that trained at a moderate level 1.
- Power is the most important key to bringing back testosterone naturally.
- Also, hit more than one muscle group per day, which is called compound exercising.
Carbohydrates & Testosterone
Try to get aroused naturally, not with pills. With testosterone not flowing like it should, it is a commonly difficult to get an erection. A decrease in testosterone levels is also caused by not getting stimulated over long periods of time.
Keep Testicles Cool
Men’s testicles are on the outside, which keeps them cooler than items inside the body. Sperm do not like it warm. A study published in the Society of Reproduction and Fertility journal in 2001 showed that by keeping testicles cooled, they produce higher testosterone levels. Boxers and shorts are a good way to keep cool.
- Men’s testicles are on the outside, which keeps them cooler than items inside the body.
- A study published in the Society of Reproduction and Fertility journal in 2001 showed that by keeping testicles cooled, they produce higher testosterone levels.
How to Increase Libido in Your 60s
All it takes is two drinks a day. When alcohol enters the liver, it has difficulty breaking down estrogen. Extra estrogen means less testosterone. Stay away from alcohol. Former nurse, nutritionist and health expert Sandy Halliday argues that eating raw cruciferous vegetables helps rid the body of estrogen. In her book, "The Definitive Detox Diet--Insiders Secrets to Radiant Health," she argues that these vegetables, which include:
- provide fiber that flushes the body of excess waste
The waste will consist of excess estrogen in men.
- All it takes is two drinks a day.
- When alcohol enters the liver, it has difficulty breaking down estrogen.
Carbohydrates & Testosterone
How to Increase Libido in Your 60s
Can Exercise Increase Thyroid Function?
Nettle Root Extract for Bodybuilding
Ways to Increase Semen
How to Increase Testosterone Levels in Men Over 60
The Effects of Progesterone & Estrogen in Men
Diet & Exercises for Men to Build Muscle & Lose Stomach Fat
Can Caffeine Decrease Testosterone?
High Testosterone & Pregnancy
- BodyBuilding.com: How Can One Increase Their Testosterone Levels
- Anabolics Mall: Raise Natural Testosterone Levels
- Detox Specialist: How to Detox Environmental Estrogen to prevent Estrogen Dominance
- Springerlink.com: Hormonal Responses to High and Moderate Intensity Strength Exercise
- "Improvement of Semen Quality by Nocturnal Scrotal Cooling and Moderate Behavioural Change to Reduce Genital Heat Stress In Men"; "Reproduction--The Journal of Society for Reproduction and Fertility"; A Jung, M Eberl, and WB Schill; 2001
- Volek, J. S., Kraemer, W. J., Bush, J. A., Incledon, T., & Boetes, M. (1997). Testosterone and cortisol in relationship to dietary nutrients and resistance exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology, 82(1), 49-54.
- Wang, C., Catlin, D. H., Starcevic, B., Heber, D., Ambler, C., Berman, N., ... & Swerdloff, R. S. (2005). Low-fat high-fiber diet decreased serum and urine androgens in men. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 90(6), 3550-3559.
- Heller, R. F., Wheeler, M. J., Micallef, J., Miller, N. E., & Lewis, B. (1983). Relationship of high density lipoprotein cholesterol with total and free testosterone and sex hormone binding globulin. Acta Endocrinologica, 104(2), 253-256.
- Blesso, C. N., Andersen, C. J., Barona, J., Volek, J. S., & Fernandez, M. L. (2013). Whole egg consumption improves lipoprotein profiles and insulin sensitivity to a greater extent than yolk-free egg substitute in individuals with metabolic syndrome. Metabolism, 62(3), 400-410.
- Steels, E., Rao, A., & Vitetta, L. (2011). Physiological Aspects of Male Libido Enhanced by Standardized Trigonella foenum-graecum Extract and Mineral Formulation. Phytotherapy Research, 25(9), 1294-1300.
- Prasad, A.S., et al. (1996). Zinc status and serum testosterone levels of healthy adults. Nutrition, 12, 344.
- Topo, E., Soricelli, A., DâAniello, A., Ronsini, S., & DâAniello, G. (2009). The role and molecular mechanism of D-aspartic acid in the release and synthesis of LH and testosterone in humans and rats. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, 7(120), 1482-1488.
- Wehr, E., Pilz, S., Boehm, B. O., Marz, W., & Obermayer?Pietsch, B. (2010). Association of vitamin D status with serum androgen levels in men. Clinical endocrinology, 73(2), 243-248.
- ZELIGS, M. A. (1998). Diet and estrogen status: the cruciferous connection. Journal of Medicinal Food, 1(2), 67-82.
- Shaner, A. A., Vingren, J. L., Hatfield, D. L., Budnar Jr, R. G., Duplanty, A. A., & Hill, D. W. (2014). The acute hormonal response to free weight and machine weight resistance exercise. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 28(4), 1032-1040.
- Kraemer, W. J., Marchitelli, L., Gordon, S. E., Harman, E., Dziados, J. E., Mello, R., ... & Fleck, S. J. (1990). Hormonal and growth factor responses to heavy resistance exercise protocols. Journal of Applied Physiology, 69(4), 1442-1450.
Timothy Townsend is a health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in various online publications. He recently received his bachelor's degree with a double major in education and kinesiology.