Herbal testosterone boosters are a class of legal supplements that aim to naturally increase testosterone levels in the body. Unlike traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), herbal testosterone boosters aim to help the body produce more testosterone on its own so that it can make enough to supply itself rather than give the body the supply without teaching it how to produce it.
What is herbal supplement cycling?
Now that you know some of the herbs, let’s talk about how to cycle them for an added testosterone boost.
Herbal supplement cycling is basically changing it up, not taking the same supplement two days in a row and allowing time for the body to cleanse the herbs for a period within your cycle. The intentional cyclic use of supplements allows for the body to utilize the herbs in such a way that it aids in the production of testosterone.
Why is cycling a good idea?
Cycling herbal supplements is a good idea for so many reasons. Here are a few top ones:
First off, all living organisms (the human body included) adapt to things and form a line of defense against them. Basically, the body will eventually adapt to the herbs and they will have less and less of an impact. The body is more prone to developing resistance and adapting to stimulatory compounds such as alcohol, drugs, sugar, caffeine and herbal supplements. As a result of this resistance, the body not only feels less of a stimulatory effect, but these compounds can also lead to creating additional resistance to healthy things such as nutrients in foods or even medications.
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Second, constant stimuli of the endocrine system, specifically the hypothalamus-pituitary-testicles axis, can lead to what is known as adrenal fatigue, also referred to as “glandular fatigue.” Symptoms of this include atrophy of the testicles, a reduction in HPTA stimulation, inability to handle stress, cravings for salty food, weakened immune system, joint pain and low sex drive.
Did you even consider to think that the supplemental herbs you are taking may be combating healthy things that your body needs? It isn’t the herb’s fault; it is more so the manner in which the herb is being supplemented. It needs to be cycled.
Thirdly, the negative side effects of tradition Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) stink. Acne, hair loss, mood swings, aggression, bloating, testicular atrophy, etc.
Finally, herbal supplement cycling has resulted in men increasing their sex drive, having a bigger/heavier package and increased erectile functions all without the use of HRT and possibility of those lovely side effects listed above…
How do I cycle my herbal supplements?
There are a lot of options when it comes to cycling your herbal supplements and it doesn’t seem like anyone has the set in stone rule for this so it is really a personal preference, but here are some suggestions:
If you are currently taking herbal supplements, take a few days and cleanse your body of all herbs. It is recommended that one cleanse the body of all of the herbs every now and then (one week a month is pretty standard) to ensure that you do not overtax your endocrine system.
Do not take the same herb daily over extended periods of time. This goes back to what was discussed in the benefits of herbal cycling. Remember, doing the same thing over and over again isn’t necessarily a good thing, as this leads to the body developing adaptations and resistances.
Set a cycle schedule. A common cycle, if you take seven herbs, is to take one different herb each day and take a week off of all herbs each month. Another option, if you take two herbs, take one on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other on Tuesday and Thursday with Saturday and Sunday off. If you don’t take multiple herbs, the main point here is to not take the same supplement two days in a row and to make sure to cleanse the body in some fashion whether it be on weekends every week or one week off a month. The bottom line: don’t get yourself in a repetitive herbal rut.
Bringing it back around…
Herbal supplementation can be great, but you’ve got to give the body some variety with supplementation cycling. Just as you wouldn’t enjoy doing the same thing over and over again every day, neither does your body, specifically your endocrine system. You know what they say: “variety is the spice (herb) of life”.
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