We know women and men have testosterone and estrogen in their bodies, just different amounts. So could a female with lower than normal testosterone levels or low T benefit from using a testosterone booster supplement?
Read on to find out…
Testosterone boosters are not the same as prohormones.
One of the most common mistakes people make is to assume that prohormones and testosterone boosters are the same things. But they are not. Prohormones and testosterone boosters are different both in how they work and their legal status.
Prohormones are sex hormone compounds that stimulate and amplify androgens including testosterone. When they enter your body they are metabolized by your liver and they become an actual hormone. Methylated prohormones are widely illegal and banned in most competitive organizations. (http://mindandmuscle.net/articles/the-effects-and-side-effects-of-todays-legal-prohormones/)
Testosterone Boosters are natural supplements that are designed to help the body produce more testosterone naturally. For example, they are metabolized by the liver but instead of creating an actual new hormone (to put as simply as possible) they amplify and support the hormones you already have in your body. They are legal and widely available to buy online and in retail. This does not mean they are accepted in the world of “natural” competitions though. Do your research! (http://www.testosteroneboostersreview.com/guides/testosterone-boosters-vs-prohormones-whats-the-difference/)
HOW DOES A WOMAN KNOW IF HER TESTOSTERONE IS LOW
Low sex drive: Women may experience a dip in sex drive after menopause and in prep for a competition or event. In addition, when a person is on a strict diet or is carb cycling you may also find that your sex drive lessens. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should be worried about taking a testosterone supplement. When you resume your “normal” diet and begin to add more carbs into your diet again your energy levels will again rise and so should your desire to have sex. This is another reason why it is so important to not continually restrict calories due to a competition or event. Testosterone patches have been found to revive sex drive, therapy and creativity could also help improve your sex life
Also possibilities of low T…
- weight gain
- difficulty losing weight
- mood swings/depression
- difficulty concentrating
- hair loss
There are ways to boost your testosterone naturally by eating foods rich in vitamin D and zinc.
Foods that are high in zinc include:
- pumpkin seeds
- dark chocolate
- sesame seeds
- watermelon seeds
- wheat germ
- squash seeds
- pine nuts
It is important for you to realize that eating a healthy, well-balanced diet will not cure low T levels, but it can help reduce the severity of symptoms.
Other foods that can help raise T levels are:
- egg yolks
- coconut and coconut oil
ARE TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS THE ANSWER
As soon as some women hear the word TESTOSTERONE, they think they will undoubtedly start growing chest hair and start talking like Darth Vader. But, this is not so in the case of over the counter testosterone boosters.
“Once a woman decides to add a testosterone booster to the supplement regime, she can start noticing better sleep, energy, strength gains and muscle gains. And, it is also possible that you may notice recovery in the gym to improve. I would suggest cutting the men’s dose by one half or a third to start out. Increase in the course of a 12-week cycle.
And, I would also add in a support for the liver, such as milk thistle.”
I reached 200 pounds after having my children and several things have led me to be healthier for myself and for my family; countless fitness DVDs, a gym membership, leading a weight management class at my church, and a personal trainer telling me I had good symmetry.
My husband and I have competed in several competitions from 2012 to 2015. Every competition brought more information on how to be better and stronger both mentally and physically.
I have learned many things on my fitness journey, but the one thing that I hear over and over no matter what size they are is the self-talk that many women tell themselves regarding the way they see themselves. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have the tools and wisdom of the people around me to help women of all shapes and dynamics to help them on their journey.
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