Increase T without medication: Garlic Fenugreek Aspirin Tea Coffee Lift weights Drink water Eat saturated fat Lose fat Sleep Avoid hot baths Avoid endurance activities Avoid cold temperatures
Details:In a study, rats fed more garlic had more testosterone. These rats would end up posing for rat bodybuilder magazines.Garlic: Testosterone
These results suggest that dietary supplementation with... garlic alters hormones associated with protein anabolism by increasing testicular testosterone and decreasing plasma corticosterone in rats fed a high protein diet.Garlic supplementation increases testicular testosterone
Tip:Fenugreek seed extract is available in supplement food at health food stores or online. It is inexpensive as well.Fenugreek: Testosterone
It was concluded that Testofen [fenugreek extract] demonstrated a significant positive effect on physiological aspects of libido and may assist to maintain normal healthy testosterone levels.Physiological Aspects of Male Libido
Thus:Aspirin has many benefits for heart health. But it may also help increase your testosterone levels. It is safe and cheap.Aspirin, Bodybuilding
Note:Tea is the only food that does this. It inhibits a process called testosterone glucuronidation.
Info:This process breaks down testosterone in the body. When green tea inhibits this process, circulating testosterone levels raise.
Performance-enhancing:This means green tea leads to higher testosterone. Green tea is a performance-enhancing drug.
The anabolic steroid testosterone can be used by athletes to enhance athletic performance and muscle growth.... Inhibitors of testosterone glucuronidation could have an impact on circulating testosterone levels, thus aiding performance, as well as... masking testosterone abuse.Dietary green and white teas
Tip:Drink several cups of green tea each day. Even drinking a gallon of green tea every day would be beneficial.
Important:It would lead to less fat and more muscle mass—even with no exercise. Do you like the couch?
Black tea:This has less performance-enhancing chemicals in it (called catechins). But it also helps (go easy on the sugar).
Caffeine:Coffee, with caffeine, would also lead to higher testosterone levels.Coffee: Testosterone
Following caffeine treatment, testosterone increased... relative to the placebo condition.Caffeinated chewing gum: study
Tip:If I were choosing a drink to improve my health, I would use high-quality green tea. Coffee and black tea are also effective.
Important:Lifting does not simply increase testosterone. Instead, it modifies the ratio of hormones in your body.
Ratio:Cortisol is part of the testosterone-cortisol ratio. Lifting weights modifies this ratio so that more muscle growth occurs.Lift Weights: Testosterone
Previous studies with different results have suggested that total and bioavailable testosterone levels are modified by physical exercise. Such changes may be related to modifications in cortisol levels and could be reflected in some urine androgens.SHBG, plasma and urinary androgens in weight lifters
Growth hormone:Weight lifting also modifies the level of growth hormone available. This requires enough sleep to be effective.Growth Hormone
Sleep:For increasing growth hormone levels, the second half of the night's sleep is important.
So:I investigated this using PubMed. I found a scientific study done on college runners.
Measurements:Some were done in a dehydrated state (hypohydration). Others were done in a normal health state (euhydration).
Hydration state had no measurable effect on testosterone concentrations before, during, or after exercise at either intensity. Regardless of exercise intensity, cortisol concentrations were greater during hypohydration than euhydration pre-exercise and 20 min post-exercise.Hydration state: testosterone and cortisol
And:Cortisol breaks down tissue. Testosterone helps build it. This is a simplification. The actual biology is (as usual) complicated.
Tip:The testosterone-to-cortisol ratio is improved when you stay hydrated. This is key to bodybuilding.
Study:One study tested the effects of these oils on rats. The rats given coconut oil had the highest increase in testosterone levels.
But:Other foods containing saturated fats, like butter, canola oil and other oils, also would be effective.Butter: Testosterone
In addition, levels of Testosterone in the [canola oil-fed rats] and [coconut-oil fed rats], and Free Testosterone in the [coconut-oil fed rats] had a remarkable increase.Effect of consumption of fatty acids
Warning:A low-fat diet decreases T and growth hormone. This does not end up with you on the cover of a muscle magazine.
Eggs:Another good food for getting more saturated fat is eggs. These can contribute to higher testosterone.Eggs
Thus:With more obesity, testosterone is lower. If an overweight man loses fat, his T levels may increase.
Several studies have confirmed the significant inverse correlation between testosterone and obesity.... After decades of intense controversy, a consensus has emerged that androgens are important regulators of fat mass and distribution.Impact of testosterone on body fat composition
And:Cortisol increases. This leads to muscle atrophy—smaller, weaker muscles.
Sleep is important for maintenance of skeletal muscle health. Sleep debt can induce muscle atrophy by increasing glucocorticoids and decreasing testosterone, growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-I.Resistance exercise: A non-pharmacological strategy
Also:Exercise most days to be tired enough to sleep at night. Often the easiest way to get more sleep is to go to bed earlier.
So:It is a good idea to avoid exposing your balls to excess heat. Generally be careful with your balls. They are important.
And:Wearing loose, cooler underwear and not taking excessive hot baths will possibly help increase your T levels.
Hyperthermia significantly decreased the testicular testosterone level in old male rats.... These data imply that frequent hot baths might impair testicular steroidogenesis, especially in old men.Testicular steroidogenesis, hyperthermia
Tip:Shorter bursts of exercise, like lifting a heavy barbell, are better than sustained activities like marathons.
Severe physical and environmental stress seems to have a suppressive effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis in men....Hormonal responses, race across frozen Alaska
Seven men completed an 850-km North Pole expedition in temperatures varying from -3 degrees C to -47 degrees C.... Declines in cortisol, total testosterone, bioavailable testosterone and free thyroxin returned to normal values....Hematological profiles, North Pole expedition
Note:Most healthy men already masturbate. So this tip is not likely to improve your testosterone.
However:I think natural ways to increase testosterone, like those I shared, are a better approach.
And:If done in the long-term, I think they can fix mild cases of low-testosterone in men (not severe medical problems).