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Natural ways to lower testosterone levels in women

Updated February 21, 2017

Testosterone is a male hormone responsible for increased sex drive, energy and maintenance of bone density and muscle mass, as well as the production of red blood cells. Higher levels of testosterone cause unwanted hair growth in women, but the benefits of increased levels far outweigh the reduction. Natural methods for lowering testosterone levels in the blood require simple behavioural, dietary and coping changes.

Diet

According to studies, including a 2001 study published in Metabolism, soy meal produces a significant increase in the level of sex-hormone-binding globulin. Drinking soy milk and eating soy products will lower your testosterone levels. Fat is also a culprit of high testosterone levels. A diet low in fat will promote low levels. Vegetarians have lower levels of testosterone. Meat and animal proteins will raise testosterone levels. You could replace the meat with soy to see a drop in testosterone levels.

Exercise

Exercise in moderation is the key to good health. When one exercises in excess this can cause a decrease in the testosterone levels within the body. Exercise is also relative, the more you exercise the better in shape you become and the more you will need to keep exercising in order to maintain a lower level of testosterone.

Stress

Stress causes an increase in Cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone that regulates our body temperature, blood pressure, metabolism, glucose management as well as testosterone production. The more cortisol that is present within our bodies the lower our testosterone levels will be. In order to maintain a good level of testosterone that is healthy for our bodies, it's important to relax and get plenty of rest.

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Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.