Both men and women need a certain amount of testosterone to be healthy.
- is essential for normal sperm development
- regulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis under stress
- regulates cognitive function
- maintains muscle mass
- regulates platelet clumping
- influences libido
- plays a role in behaviour such as risk-taking
- helps build and maintain bone density
Weight loss, vitamin D, zinc, REM sleep and resistance training can all improve testosterone levels. Spearmint tea, licorice root, aging and hypoglycemia have all been demonstrated to reduce testosterone levels.
Many of the women that I see suffer from low testosterone levels which leads to infertility, low energy, drive and motivation, low libido, anxiety and depression.
Do I Recommend Testosterone Replacement Therapy or Steroid Use?
In most instances, no. Optimizing your body’s own production of testosterone is a much safer and healthier route to increasing testosterone in the long run. There are many natural means for both men and women to achieve healthy testosterone levels.
Potential Adverse Effects of Testosterone Replacement
- exacerbation of existing prostate cancer
- cardiovascular events including heart attack and stroke
- oily skin
- hair loss
See one of our naturopathic doctors for the healthiest way to regulate your testosterone level.