Okay so I have been writing all about how to increase testosterone levels naturally. But haven’t written anything about foods that are hindering our progress with enhancing our testosterone levels. There are foods that actually decrease our testosterone levels and it’s as important to know what these foods are so you can avoid them.
These are foods and drinks that should be cut away from your diet if you want to maximize your testosterone levels. Once you finish reading this I want you to go to your kitchen and throw these foods and drinks away and next time you go shopping never purchase these items again “its that simple”.
Some of these foods lower testosterone by increasing the activity of an enzyme, aromatase, which converts testosterone into estrogen. The overall effect of increased aromatase activity is to lower testosterone levels and increase estrogen levels.
For most men that have been actively living a healthy lifestyle most will be already staying clear from cheese due to its high fat content. But there is another reason to stay clear from cheese. Cheese if derived from cow’s milk (which could be loaded with synthetic hormones), it could potentially mess with your body’s natural production of hormones, including estrogen and testosterone.
Eating soy is known to boosts a man’s estrogen levels apparently. Even though studies are starting to conflict each other I would play it safe and still avoid supplements that contain soy. This one isn’t all bad — for women, at least. Soy has high levels of estrogen, which means that ingesting soy products prior to sex will boost a woman’s libido significantly.
I know how hard it can be to avoid fried food, especially when working long hours and it seems that all your local stores near work only provide some sort of fried or disgusting foods. And when you do finally find some fresh food or a salad they charge you an arm and a leg for it.
But its time to put more effort in avoiding fried foods and foods that are high in fat (which, yes, means fast food in most cases) which leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Shockingly, that’s not very sexy. Even worse, hydrogenated fats and oils suppress male testosterone levels.
Luckily enough I don’t own a microwave , usually if it needs reheating, it cant be that good for you or its not fresh. But did you know that Microwaveable popcorn can reduce your testosterone levels?
The popcorn bags contain perfluoroalkyl acids, such as PFOA or PFOS, which significantly lower sperm counts, according to a 2009 study. These chemicals found in the inner lining of the microwave popcorn bag can cause a lower sex drive, so try your hand at homemade popcorn, cooked right on the stove top. Pop corn cooked on a stove can actually be a healthier option for a snack.
Diet soda could wreak havoc on your sex life. It’s the artificial sweeteners that are to blame here. Eating and drinking anything with fake sweeteners, especially aspartame, affects your serotonin levels, which are crucial to sexual enjoyment. Let’s be honest, no health-conscious individual should be drinking these beverages anyway. Let this be one more reason never to touch diet soft drinks.
If you are a subscriber of this website and are aiming to be in peak condition you shouldn’t be drinking any soft drink. I cant remember the last time I had soft drink in my fridge. “alcohol yes, soft drinks No” haha jokes aside take it easy on the soda.
I love a licorice so this came as a surprise to me . Due to a natural ingredient in the candy called glycyrrhizin, eating a high amount of licorice can suppress your libido and lower testosterone levels. Granted, you would have to eat a lot of licorice for this to be a serious issue.
Alcohol / Beer
Okay before you guys get upset this is a concern only if you drink a high amount of alcohol to the point of being tipsy/drunk. All alcohol affects the liver’s ability to get rid of excess estrogen, phytoestrogens – plant-derived estrogens are present in the hops used to make beer. What’s more, severe drinking can cause liver damage, and because the liver is largely responsible for metabolizing hormones, a less-than-efficient one can convert androgens into estrogens, resulting in a diminished sex drive.
Tip – Avoid cheap alcohol, try drinking high quality alcohol next time, this will have a less harmful effect on the body due to the alcohol being more pure.
Do yourself a favor next time buy yourself a high end whisky, cognac or whatever you enjoy. It may cost more but if you are going to drink why not treat yourself to something of a higher quality. To learn more about why alcohol is bad for testosterone production visit this post (Does alcohol lower testosterone levels?).
This one took me by surprise as well; the menthol in mint lowers testosterone, which in turn depletes your sex drive. And yes chew-gum does contain mint.
The water isn’t the culprit here; it’s the plastic bottle. Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA, is a chemical component found in most plastic food containers and cans and is associated with negative impacts on fertility in both men and women. A Slovenian study in the journal Fertility&Sterility found a statistically significant association between urinary BPA concentration in men and lower total sperm count, concentration and vitality. Women with the highest BPA levels in the body produced 27 percent less viable eggs when tested during a study out of Harvard School of Public Health.
This morning after gym I actually purchase a bottle of Voss water it only cost a couple of dollars and comes in a glass bottle. The bottle makes for a perfect carry around glass bottle “no more plastic”. Or you can try one of these BPA free bottles.
I enjoyed writing this post its now over 1000 words long, if you have read this far subscribe I will be definitely writing a part 2 to this subject. The best thing is nearly all the above foods/drinks I mentioned above are very easy to avoid and remove from your diet. Since writing this post I have written another similar post which is worth a read especially if you enjoyed this one. Here is the link (10 foods that lower testosterone ).