Two Different Types of “Steroids”?
Any consumer or individuals interested in considering the use and dangers of steroids, both prescription and illegally obtained should first understand the difference between anabolic steroids and corticosteroids. Corticosteroid are used, usually for individuals suffering from an illness or physiological disorder, to improve or balance immune system response and reduce swelling in muscles and bones.
Anabolic steroids on the other hand are typically that of a synthetic nature, playing off of the DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) receptors in one’s body, to promote enhanced albeit unusual hormonal responses and the promotion of (unnatural) testosterone – also known as “boosting”. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a weak, androgenic naturally occurring hormone typically found most prevalent in males. While this hormone has many health benefits and positive performance effects, attempting to unnaturally stimulate the growth or exertion of such a chemical hormone in the body is both very risky, and unhealthy. Think of the usage of substances or illegal steroids that boost the levels in your body to be comparable to a sort of gambling, with the odds stacked against you.
What do steroids do?
Because steroids are not a natural method of obtaining a desired, increased amount of testosterone, they come with many negative side effects and at worse can lead to a heart attack or even stroke.
Several of the following examples could be situations resulting in poorer health and even the opposite desired effects, to include:
- Dramatically increased likelihood of a heart-attack
- Erectile dysfunction (so no, steroids do not “make you a man” per say)
- Difficulties urinating and damage to the penile glands
- Decreased sperm count and an inability to reproduce
- Painful erections and other soreness or weakness of the penis
- Unwanted development of breasts
- Aggressively developed acne and poor skin (can lead to jaundice)
- An enlarged heart – often responsible for said heart-attacks resulting from steroid abuse
- Mood swings, imbalances, and an increased likelihood of fits of “rage”
- Delusions or hallucinations (cut steroids and drugs with harmful chemical agents)
- Tendon rupturing, and can even cause baldness in males
There are many negative side-effects for women as well, some more obvious than others, such as:
- Increased growth of facial and body hair
- Deepening of the voice
- Reduced breast size
- Experiencing irregular menstruation patterns
- Experiencing unusual growth and size of the female Clitoris
What are safe, natural alternatives to steroids?
Those looking for safe, natural increases of the hormone testosterone can take various approaches to naturally improve their testosterone count. Here are a few recommendations:
- Increase or begin working out regularly. This can be as simple as walking 15 minutes a day, later transitioning to a jog, or even sprinting.
- Better health hygiene such as sleeping a regular 7-8 hours per night.
- A more consistent, healthier diet filled with natural fruits, vegetables, and protein
- Managing stress and coming up with more effective, safe, and healthy alternatives to the “couch potato” lifestyle
Many of these recommendations go hand-in-hand, and together will increase your energy levels naturally, in turn causing a higher sensation of motivation, overall mindfulness, and good health.