Testosterone is a male hormone that helps males have a deeper voice, build more muscle mass, grow body and facial hair and produce sperm. The levels are controlled by the pituitary gland but it is produced in the testicles and by the adrenal glands. The ovaries in females also produce low levels of testosterone.
Incorrect levels of testosterone can cause many problems for men and women. For men it can lead to infertility and erectile dysfunction. Many men will try to boost their testosterone levels when they are working out to make it easier to achieve muscle growth.
Dangers of Anabolic Steroids
Boosting testosterone can be dangerous when done to extremes, this is why some performance enhancing steroids are illegal. Anabolic steroids, when prescribed by a doctor are carefully monitored. But when abused by athletes they can cause impotence and sterility and greatly increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. There are long lists of the additional complications both men and women risk by self-medicating themselves.
It is possible to safely boost testosterone naturally. Some natural methods include eating a healthy diet with adequate amounts of both protein and carbohydrates. Staying at a normal weight will prevent the overproduction of estrogen, something body fat will increase. Regular exercise, limiting alcohol and morning sex have all been shown to also boost levels of testosterone in healthy men.
Medication and Supplements
There are plenty of supplements to choose from in health food stores, drug stores and online. Some may work, some do not and some may be unhealthy for everyone. If you are only looking to boost testosterone levels because you want more muscle mass, then choosing natural methods will probably give you all the help you need.
If you are concerned because you are having virility problems or are just not feeling right, contact a doctor. They can check your levels with a simple blood test. If it is low they will want to make certain nothing serious is causing the drop. Once the cause is determined, you and your doctor can work together to create a healthy plan to get the number back where it should be.