I need some help. I am a 27 year old male. I weight 175lbs. and am 5'11. Therefore, I am pretty lean, but not where I was one year ago.
About two years ago, I started seeing a naturopathic doctor (N.D.). I had hot flashes (and still do about once every day), along with depression/anxiety, and low energy/vitality. She sent me to a Endocrinologist. He ran blood tests on my testosterone levels, among other things. My Testosterone, Total was 405. This was okay because the reference range was 250-1100. However, the % free testosterone level was 1.30 and the reference level was 1.5-2.2.
So, my naturopathic doctor put me on DHEA. In particular, it was this one: https://www.amazon.com/Ortho-Molecula.../dp/B001A5TP2I
She had me take 2 5mg tablets in the morning, dissolved under the tongue.
She also put me on some supplements for anxiety/depression from the this company: https://www.neuroscienceinc.com/index.php?p=home
The results were just okay for my depression/anxiety. My hot flashes decreased just a bit. However, my activity level became elevated a great deal. I was a workout machine and I felt like superman. My body became leaner and I lost about 15-20lbs (with a better diet). Now, I am still eating the way I did when I lost the weight, but with no supplements. I gained about 10lbs back over a period of four months without taking any supplements.
I would like to start taking the DHEA again for testosterone availability so that I have the strength to work out and maintain lean muscle instead of fat. Also, my libido is pretty low lately, for no reason at all. I have been attending therapy, so the depression and anxiety are not bad anymore. My question is: What are some natural ways I can increase free testosterone without taking DHEA?
I am trying to stay away from BPA, am lifting weights and doing cardio, and eating great. I will take DHEA if I have to, but I worry that it may make my endocrine systems lazy. \