Thinking about Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

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Products like Androgel have started a new market for testosterone replacement therapy, promising older men that they will feel more energy, have a higher sex drive and retain more muscle tone. While drug companies are confident doctors remain skeptical, cautioning that testosterone might carry some health risks. According to studies, older men taking testosterone are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and even death. For those looking to boost their testosterone the all-natural way, here are a few pointers:

Nutrition: Vitamin D and magnesium are essential for testosterone production, so give your body a natural boost with nutrient rich foods like salmon and dark leafy greens.

Stress: Stress produces cortisol, which can weaken your immune system and slow production of testosterone. So eliminate sources of stress in your life and take a moment to relax.

Sleep: Not enough sleep (or low quality sleep) increases the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. It also increases cortisol production because your body does not have time to heal itself and recharge.

Exercise: The easiest to recommend but the hardest to implement, a half hour of exercise a day can decrease stress, jump-start weight loss and contribute to a deeper, more restorative sleep.

Prescription Drug Side Effects: Many common prescriptions, like antidepressants, come with a risk for decreased testosterone production. While we would never suggest that anyone stop taking their prescribed medications, it is important to keep these factors in mind so you can better plan your alternatives.

Before starting a testosterone regimen, try some of these tips for a natural, more sustainable (and less expensive) boost. The results may surprise you!

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