Hi, in this series of articles we’re going to be kicking of the list of the various different things that lower testosterone production & the alternative products available to you that won’t lower T levels. For the purpose of this article series we’re going group all the things that lower testosterone under eight categories. While you will likely notice some cross over between categories & reoccurring patterns I’ve always found this to be a nice way to group them.
For the best part we will be keeping this list at a high level, this is because if we were to cover every item in detail we could be here for a very long time!
The Aim Of This List
The idea of this list of things that lower testosterone is to give you an easy to refer to guide of potential threats to your T levels, so you know at a glance what to avoid and what you should consider seeking alternatives for!
So the categories are as follows:
- What You Eat
- What You Drink
- Shower & Skin Care Products
- Personal Care & Cosmetics You Use
- Oral Care Products
- The Physical
- Plastic Exposure
- Toxic chemicals’ exposure
- Medication You’re Taking
In the first instalment of this article we’re going to be covering “what you eat”, “what you drink”, “Shower & Hygiene products” & “cosmetics” We will be covering each at a high level below and some of the biggest culprits for lowering testosterone within these categories.
What You Eat
Your diet is one of the biggest things that affects your wider health & hormone production, this also includes your testosterone production. I’ve actually covered this subject in some detail, so I actually direct you to a couple of my previous articles where I identify the various different foods that can be included as things that lower testosterone and why, foods that boost testosterone and alternate foods to ones that lower T, check them out in this article:
What You Drink
What you drink is every bit as important as what you eat when it comes to your wider health and your testosterone production. These are the things that lower testosterone as far as fluids you consume are concerned!
- Fizzy Drinks/ Sodas
- Non Organic Dairy
- Soy Milk
- Almond Milk
- Tap Water
- Bottled Water
- Fizzy Drinks
There isn’t an alternative to fizzy drinks that are better for testosterone production as the main issue is the amount of sugar which leads to reduced testosterone production, even the diet versions have high amounts of artificial sweeteners which essentially have the same effect. The main thing I can recommend is cut down on your intake and try to opt for regular fizzy drinks with lower sugar amounts, if you absolutely need to have a “fix”
With regard to dairy, almond milk is high in a plant source of estrogen (phytoestrogens) therefor lowers testosterone, all non organic products potentially lower T due to the chemicals’ the livestock are fed and finally soy is genetically modified, this is an issue because the same chemicals added to non organic crops are added to seeds at a genetic level so still has the same effect of lowering Testosterone.
The most obvious alternative to non organic dairy, almond & soy milk is organic dairy but there is another milk source thought to potentially double testosterone production & that is tiger nut milk! You can check out this research article looking in to the affects of tiger nuts & tiger nut milk here:
You can buy Tiger Nut Milk on Amazon:
There is no real alternative to alcohol, other than no drinking alcohol, what I do advise is that alcohol greatly reduces testosterone production, beer/ larger & bitter are the worse culprits. The best alcoholic options as far testosterone production is concerned are clear spirits (vodka, gin etc.) & red wine.
Tap Water & Bottled Water
I’m sure these two being on the list are potentially confusing you, water is important for your health and your testosterone production. The reason that tap & bottled water are on this list is that both expose you to chemicals’. Tap water has added chemicals such a chlorine, fluoride and bottled water gets infected with chemicals’ like BPA which leach in from the plastic bottles.
The best alternative to tap and bottled water is to have a water source that is filtered, I personally recommend using a glass for when you are mobile as it’s portable & for your home a glass water filter jug or filter on your tap. One thing to clarify, is that your standard water filter isn’t enough to filter out fluoride. You do need a specialist one for that (they filter out everything else as well) which is slightly more expensive. You can check out the Fluoride water filter I use along with the other types of filters below:
Shower & Skin Care
The majority of shower & skin care products that are commercially available contain chemicals’ that are endocrine disruptors, these lead to an imbalance in hormones production and this includes Testosterone. These chemicals’ are also linked to a number of serious health issues & diseases, some potentially fatal including the likes of cancer.
Products included under this category are:
- Shower gels
- Face Washes
- Hair Gels
- Anti perspirants
- Deodorant sprays
- Shaving Cream
- face creams
- skin moisturizers
- Lip Balm
The good news is there are a number alternatives that can be found on places like Amazon for all the above. There are a couple of products I personally use called Mancave & Bulldog, both offer a wide range of products for all the above that are free of toxic chemicals’ & of great quality find out more about both here!
Cosmetics/ Make Up
Regarding cosmetics the things that lower testosterone are:
Essentially all make up items are a potential threats and this is the same for the male branded types like “guy liner” or “man makeup”. Much like shower care items they contain chemicals’ that are endocrine disruptors and that is why they lower testosterone.
My main recommendation for this would be to consider organic makeup & ones free of parabens & toxic chemicals’; or of course avoid wearing make up altogether! You can check out some organic make up providers here:
Final Thoughts & Future Posts
I hope you’ve found this article useful, if you want any further information or have any questions on this article just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you. Keep your eye out for the future parts of this “things that lower testosterone” series of articles as well!