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Have Pre-Workout Drinks Hammered Our T Levels and Thyroid?


#1

Hope this is okay to post here, if not please remove / move. Did a search and didn’t find anything.

Have been wondering, if the years of using pre-workout drinks (‘NO Xplode’ in my case - which I stopped about six months ago), have possibly contributed to low T levels and/or compromised thyroid function? Every morning for years I would get up at 5 AM, grab my pre-workout drink and drink it on the way to the gym on an empty stomach… Anyone else wondering this or have any information to suggest it has or hasn’t? Thanks.


#2

Likely not. Stimulants are rumored to cause “adrenal fatigue” through elevated cortisol but the science isn’t even settled on whether adrenal fatigue is a real thing.

To find out if your T/T3 levels are messed up get a blood test. Search “Stan Efferding Blood Test” on youtube for where to get it and what to test.

To maximize natural Testosterone:
Sleep 8 hours every night
Eat adequate cholesterol
Eat adequate calories (all 3 macros)
Weight train
Have sex once per week
Manage stress (set goals, fix your mindset)

Use booze, stims, and OTC prescription drugs sparingly