Is being dehydrated bad for testosterone and cortisol levels_

Not drinking enough water daily can significantly affect a man’s testosterone, cortisol levels and ability to achieve stable erections. Water accounts for 60 percent of your body, staying hydrated has many benefits such as:

  • Balancing Mood
  • Temperature Control
  • Memory Function
  • Joint Lubrication
  • Healthy Bowel Function
  • Aids Digestion
  • Better Immune System
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle Efficiency

But why does water contribute to the lowering of testosterone levels in the body?

Dehydration can increase cortisol levels which means there will be a natural decrease in testosterone levels. Researchers from the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory demonstrated that cortisol levels were increased by dehydration. In addition cortisol to testosterone ratio was significantly higher, creating a biochemical state that interferes with the balance between anabolism and catabolism, which in this case shifting the body toward fat gain and muscle loss.

According to a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Scientists found that men who were dehydrated prior to a workout had lower T-levels, compared to when they had consumed plenty of water beforehand. The dehydrated lifters also had higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that may depress testosterone, says study author Dan Judelson, PhD.

How to tell if you’re dehydrated

  •  Bad breath – Saliva has antibacterial properties in it, but dehydration can prevent your body from making enough saliva.
  •  Muscle cramps – Changes in the electrolytes, changes in the sodium and potassium can lead to muscle cramping as well
  • Headaches – The brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull, explains Higgins. If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches.
  • Dark-colored urine – The reason this happens is that your urine is over-concentrated with waste. “When you’re fully hydrated, the waste is easily flushed out in a more efficient manner,
  • Lack of sweating
  • Heart palpitations
  • You’re Constipated –  Water helps move your waste through your colon and out of your body. “But if that water isn’t there to begin with, it won’t be able to move your food waste onward and outward as efficiently,

Warning! what do you store your water in?

Dehydration is not the only factor we have to stay clear of, did you know bottled water contains BPA or bisphenol a chemical used in making plastic resins such as the bottles used for drinking water and even plastic used to contain food. Now BPA contains xenoestrogen.

Xenohormones are a group of man-made laboratory synthesized chemicals that are hormonally active agents that differ from phytoestrogens (estrogenic substances from plants) and can be divided into pharmacological estrogens and agents that have an unintended detrimental estrogenic effect.

So in simple terms, Xenohormones can increase your estrogen levels which what us men want to stay clear of. High estrogen levels in men contribute to prostate cancer and heart disease as well as gynecomastia ( enlarged breasts).As the testosterone is transformed into estrogen the low levels of testosterone can cause many unpleasant symptoms including loss of muscle mass, fatigue, low libido, erectile dysfunction.

There are bottled waters that are BPA free. Ensure that you buy brands that use BPA free bottles and only use BPA free drinking water bottles.


Staying Hydrated Fights Erectile Dysfunction

French researcher Simon Thornton suggests that the importance of blood volume – the amount of blood (both red blood cells and plasma) circulating in our bodies, which is directly correlated to the amount of fluids we consume – is overlooked in cases of erectile dysfunction.

In another study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine highlights the relationship between blood volume and levels of the angiotensin, a hormone that’s linked to sexual dysfunction. And suggests the level of angiotensin rises as our blood volume drops. Therefore, as proper hydration is one way to boost blood volume, so increased water intake may be a way to improve sexual function.

Staying Hydrated all day is easy

Testosterone is not directly affected by how much water we drink but instead our cortisol levels are much more likely to increase when we don’t drink enough water, having an overall negative effect on testosterone levels. Don’t forget to drink clean water free from BPA you can always play it safe and carry around a BPA free bottle like this one (Link).