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The Risks of Body Building Steroids

Apr 11, 2008
If you've been using body building supplements for a while and have not seen the results you want, or if you're looking for way to increase your muscle mass in a short amount of time, you may have considered body building steroids.

While some steroids, such as anabolic substances, have become legal to use in conjunction with many body building formulas, there are still some risks involved that you should be aware of before you start taking steroids.

When you're taking weight lifting supplements, it's important to give your body some time to get used to the formula before you determine whether or not your muscle supplements are working.

This could take a month or two, so keep this in mind before you consider taking body building steroids. Usually, when the supplements you are taking begin working over time, it means they are conforming with your body chemistry to help your muscles develop naturally--this is always a good sign.

Steroid Side Effects

Some of the negative effects of body building steroids include tears in your muscles, as well as enlarged prostate, insomnia, acne, and even an enlarged heart just to name a few. Eating foods high in lycopene (which is found abundantly in tomatoes), has been suggested as a counter substance in lessening these effects, though it efficacy is still in question, and to take willow bark for muscle pain and headaches.

If you do choose to take steroids for muscle gain and you do notice these symptoms early in your use of body building steroids, discontinue your use and try to take protein or calcium supplements in order to restore your muscles and regulate your blood levels.

Other effects of taking weight lifting supplements that contain steroids include hypertension, which could lead to heart and attack and stroke. You may also experience stunted growth and premature hair loss as a result of taking steroids, and your mood could change dramatically.

Many men that take steroids become very aggressive and angry for no apparent reason, and have been known to take this aggression out on friends and family members. This is a direct result of the hormonal imbalance that occurs in the body as a result of taking body building steroids.

To find the best alternatives to steroids, be sure to visit your local health food store to find herbal supplements and natural formulas that will help you to build muscle mass naturally. If you are already taking steroids and want to know how to get off of steroids safely, be sure to visit your doctor to find out ways to change your diet and lifestyle in order to make the transition healthily.
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Listen to Corbin Newlyn as he shares his insights as an expert author and an avid writer in the field of health and fitness. If you would like to learn more go to Woman Body Building advice and at Male Bodybuilding tips.
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