If you want to build as much hard muscle as possible, or you just want to improve your masculine health and perhaps become the ‘alpha’ of your group, then you need more testosterone. We’ve gone over a number of different ways to increase T levels naturally with supplements and with lifestyle and health changes, so you should know how to start getting your levels above average (important seeing as the ‘average’ these days is abysmally low).
But if you think just increasing the amount of testosterone in your body is going to be enough then you are sadly mistaken. In fact, it’s not increasing testosterone that is the most important of all as much as keeping it. If your testosterone is being converted into estrogen in your body then no amount of vitamin D is going to fix things. And seeing as estrogen is the female hormone and has all the opposite effects to testosterone, this really isn’t something we want to happen. So how do you make sure that your testosterone stays as testosterone?
Signs and Symptoms
Table of Contents
If you are converting too much testosterone into estrogen then you may exhibit a number of symptoms which can include a build-up of fats around your mid-section particularly, a loss of muscle, a reduction in energy and generally poor mood. It has even been linked with depression.
How Conversion Happens
All of us will convert a little of our testosterone into estrogen and this is entirely normal and healthy. The problem though, is when we start converting a large amount of testosterone into estrogen leaving none left to have the positive effects. If you’re over the age of 40 then there’s a good chance that’s what’s happening.
Normally our body’s convert about 10% of our testosterone into estrogen while women have the opposite balance. It is an enzyme called ‘aromatase’ that is normally responsible for this conversion and that’s all good and well. But when you end up with too much aromatase this then means that your body gets a little carried away and you end up greatly reducing your testosterone production.
How do you get that extra aromatase? Well, there are a few ways. For starters, if you eat a lot of carbohydrates containing sugars and flours then this will increase your aromatase. Diets that are high in carbohydrates then can contribute to low T.
Meanwhile, a zinc deficiency can also lead to an increase in aromatase. Zinc is a mineral which your body uses, among other things, to get rid of that enzyme and thus if you don’t have enough of it, your aromatase levels can go through the roof.
Preventing the Change
So to keep your testosterone levels high and prevent it from being converted into estrogen, you need to make sure that you avoid eating lots of carbohydrates, flours, and sugars and that you conversely increase your intake of zinc.
You can also use a variety of supplements that are designed to help boost natural testosterone production while decreasing aromatase and estrogen. This is perhaps the surest way to increase your musculature and your masculine feelings of drive and confidence.
Role of Natural Testosterone Supplements
Natural testosterone supplements are extremely popular since they can boost your body’s own production of testosterone. What makes them a better alternative to hormone replacement therapy is that they do not have any harmful side effects and neither do they interfere with the endocrine system.
One of the most powerful and highly popular testosterone boosters that seem to be on top of a bodybuilder’s list of supplements is Testo Max from Crazy Bulk. This is a testosterone booster that is a notch above the rest. What makes it really powerful is that it has been standardized to 45% saponins (active component in Tribulus Terrestris). In other words, it is twice as powerful as other testosterone boosters in the market.