You ever notice there are some days you feel more masculine than others? Honestly, I assumed it was a part of the journey until now realizing I was eating most of these 21 foods that lower testosterone levels, regularly.
I really want to share this with you guys because I hear a lot of stories of people going through this same struggle. Once I figured out a way to keep my hormones balanced I made this list of testosterone-boosting foods to make everything easy.
1. Not getting enaought sleep
While you may have been searching for foods that lower testosterone, it’s actually been proven that not giving yourself enough sleep can make your testosterone levels drop big time. Testosterone’s most circulated and distributed throughout the male body during sleep. Disrupted or inadequate sleep negatively affects your overall health including your hormonal balances. It’s recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep to maintain overall health.
While I’ll agree it can make you feel better at the moment… Alcohol makes you feel worse in the long run. Consuming alcohol in excess amounts kills testosterone production.
If you didn’t already know, there are chemicals in almost everything. These chemicals are linked to lower testosterone and life-threatening diseases.
Parabens and phthalates, 2 chemicals linked to low testosterone, infertility, weight gain, cancer and are probably in every single one of your cosmetic products. Shampoo, hair spray, moisturizer, and even deodorant, you can bet that it’s in them.
If you have a choice buy paraben-free and phthalate-free cosmetic products. Always check the labels and make sure your products are free of parabens and phthalates.
A huge jug of all-natural shampoo on Amazon is around $18, smells great and has lasted me a long time. If you really want to stay away from these testosterone killing products make sure your deodorant is aluminum-free.
4. Not exercising
Exercise is a great way to maintain your testosterone levels. Many studies indicate that exercise including endurance, resistance, and weight training for about 45-60 minutes at a time are the most effective ways to stimulate the production of testosterone. If you’re like me and have gym anxiety I’ve recently purchased this In-Motion Elliptical Trainer for my home cardio workouts and I’ll be honest it feels so great to be active again especially through the winter months.
If you like the in-home gym approach but are strapped for cash, a bench press, and some weights are inexpensive on Kijiji.
Waterproof fabrics such as Gore-Tex, Perfluorooctanoic Acid, and other Teflon-based plastics have been linked to increased risk of cancer, infertility, and, you guessed it, lower testosterone levels.
If you have the option, avoid synthetic chemicals and opt for natural fibers such as wool, cotton, and leather.
Increase in the stress hormone cortisol slows the production of testosterone dramatically. Balancing your hormones begins with balancing your mind. Taking time out to focus on your own goals, listening to your body and being mindful of how you feel is important to maintaining healthy testosterone levels.
7. Microwave popcorn
Microwave popcorn bags contain perfluoroalkyl acids, such as PFOA or PFOS which can lower testosterone levels as well as decrease your sex drive! I love popcorn but Fuck that!
Try getting organic lose kernels and making popcorn on the stove instead with coconut oil, it tastes better anyway!
Research shows that too much tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, or other soy products can lower testosterone levels. Eating lots of soy products on a regular basis can lead to estrogen dominance in men and women.
9. Foods with hormones and antibiotics
Avoid foods that are raised or treated using hormones or antibiotics, things like poultry, milk, cheese, yogurt. Unless you are buying these foods from a trusted or local supplier I would avoid buying them if interested in keeping your testosterone levels at maximum levels and taking it seriously
10. Low quality processed meats
Low-quality meat that has been sprayed with hormone treatments and antibiotics for preservation triggers hormonal imbalances.
Processed meats and ready meals are said to be equally damaging to your hormones as they are high in sodium, calories, sugar and, trans-fats and are hardly ever real meat.
Dairy products like ice cream and cheese are some of my weaknesses, though when I remind myself that the lactic acid in dairy can destroy libido and testosterone levels it makes it slightly easier to avoid.
Cow’s milk and products containing it can also be filled with synthetic hormones, throwing off your hormones. Which is a waste of money if you’re on HRT.
Though calcium, is linked to better sexual health, so make sure you find it elsewhere, such as in a fortified milk alternative or in some leafy greens.
12. Fried foods
Fried foods are high in unhealthy PUFA. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are an absolute nightmare for your body’s production of testosterone.
13. Comparing yourself
Comparing yourself to other males obviously doesn’t lower your testosterone levels but it definitely doesn’t do any favors either. If you’re looking to boost your testosterone levels to be the more “manly” type man then you may need to do a double-take on what being “manly” is and what it means to you. Every body is different and for great reasons, its fun to have an array of people and influences to meet in your day to day life. Imagine if every guy you met was the same old manly man, how boring. I get the whole trying to be more macho to help yourself pass during the transition but all I’m saying is don’t lose yourself and all your natural greatness in the process. <3
14. Refined carbs
Refined carbohydrates, like those found in bleached white flour, pasta, cereals, bread, and snack foods like crackers, cookies, and chips are horrible for your testosterone levels and often for sex drive, which is closely linked.
Sugars from these carbohydrates make you gain weight while increasing your estrogen levels. Try grabbing good carbs like whole grains and vegetables instead.
Heavy sugar consumption shuts down testosterone production and produces belly fat. There is nothing wrong with a little belly pudge but when it comes to boosting your testosterone levels it can stand in the way if it was conceived by eating all the testosterone destroying foods. Not to mention it can make you feel more dysphoric about your hips and chest. Try to minimize the foods you eat with added sugars.
(Sugar has numerous names, including high fructose corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, corn syrup, etc.)
This includes all forms of mint, such as peppermint, spearmint, and other hybrids. It’s used in a ton of household and personal care products, like shampoos, soaps, cough relievers, and toothpaste.
In one recent study, a woman consumed mint on a consistent basis to successfully treat her excessive facial hair growth due to slightly increased testosterone levels.
It’s fair to say If you are looking to increase your testosterone levels or even in maintaining them I would stay clear of mint.
While hopefully, we can agree that all refined sugars are terrible for our body in general… Eating and drinking anything with fake sweeteners, especially aspartame, affects your serotonin levels, which are crucial to sexual enjoyment and productive testosterone levels.
18. Tap water
Fluoride has been linked to having a lower IQ, but also to decreasing testosterone. Not only is tap water bad for your testosterone levels but it is bad for your overall health. If you have to drink water from the tap try using a filter like Brita.
19. Kitchen containers
99% of the stuff you have in your kitchen is not only lowering your testosterone levels but are killing you. Cans, containers, and water bottles all contain a chemical known as Bisphenol-A, or BPA for short.
BPA is linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and is also known for having low testosterone.
The solution to this is using only glass storage devices. The exception to water bottles and canteens which should be metal or glass.
20. Negative self talk
This doesn’t necessarily kill your testosterone levels. It does destroy your self-esteem and make you see yourself as less of a man. Speak highly about yourself ESPECIALLY when talking to yourself.
21. Licorice root
Among many other herbs and spices, licorice root can also reduce testosterone.
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