24 Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives That Won’t

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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!

The Categories

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 Table Of Foodtestosterone 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:

Foods That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives

Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List

Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

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
  • Alcohol
  • Tap Water
  • Bottled Water
  • Fizzy Drinks

Fizzy Pop 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:

Tiger Nut Milk

Tiger Nuts

Alcohol Pint Of Beer

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:

Fluoride Water Filter

Glass Water Bottles With Filters

Glass Water Filter Jugs

Tap Filters

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 Gift Set

  • Shower gels
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Face Washes
  • Hair Gels
  • Anti perspirants
  • Deodorant sprays
  • Shaving Cream
  • razors
  • 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!

Bulldog Products

Mancave Products

Cosmetics/ Make Up

Regarding cosmetics the things that lower testosterone are:

  • Mascarra
  • Foundation
  • Eyeliner
  • Lipstick

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.

Alternatives Face Painted Woman

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:

Organic Makeup

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!


16 thoughts on “24 Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives That Won’t”

  1. Norman says:

    It is just so amazing what can affect our testosterone level. It is so interesting to see that many of the foods we eat along with the many drinks that we consume can all have a negative effect on our testosterone. But it is good to know that you are providing that right kind of information to those that are facing these problems.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Norman, 

      I’m glad you found this useful, yeah suffering from low testosterone is becoming a big issue for more and more people and especially men. Yep check out my tips to make sure you have healthy T levels and the benefits that come with that!

  2. Michel says:

    Wow, I would have never thought Soy Milk, bottled water, tap water and almond milk would make it onto the list of things that lower testosterone levels.

    I can understand fizzy drinks because of the sugar content and even maybe caffeine. Very interesting. I have never heard of tiger nut milk. Is this a new product. I wonder if it is available in South Africa.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Michel, 

      Yeah the problem is that soy crop in the western world is genetically modified which is bad for your health as a whole but certain lowers testosterone. 

      Almond milk is very high in estrogen and unfortunately tap water and bottled water introduce chemicals in to our body which lower testosterone including causing other health issues.

      Yeah tiger nut milk is relatively new to the market, you can get it on Amazon so should be able to get in South Africa I’d imagine.

  3. Ruya says:

    Very interesting article! My testosterone levels used to be high. I don’t know why but they have dropped without taking any medications.. maybe because I drank a lot of soy milk and almond milk lol. Whatever it was, it helped me lower my testosterone levels…but if I had known about all these things that lower testosterone levels, maybe my T levels wouldn’t have been so high in the first place. Thanks for sharing this post. 

    1. admin says:

      HI Ruya, 

      Glad you found it useful!

      You just need to make sure you get a healthy balance of estrogen and testosterone but having too much estrogen can lead to health issues, so be careful!

  4. Barry says:

    Thanks for sharing this list. For the drink aspect, I don’t usually drink most of the stuffs there like alcohol. But I do take tap water few times, bottle water and sachet water. You didn’t talk about sachet water. Here in my country, we usually have access to sachet water. Will it expose me to some dangerous chemicals too?

    How do I filter my tap water?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Barry,

      What material are the sachets made from, if it is from plastic it definitely should be included as one of the things that lower testosterone.

      You can filter tap water in a couple of different ways, you can get a filter system attached to your tap or you can invest in something like a bottle that filters water. You can check this out on things that lower testosterone & alternatives

  5. Samson Oklobia says:

    I never knew there where food and drinks that reduced testosterone level in our body. I was amazed by the list you drew up but thankful that I did also. My concern however is the harm already done by consumption of these items over the years, is the testosterone level reversible? For me, I have been taking a lot of these items on your list and I really don’t know the level of harm done yet. Seeing this now, a turnaround in nutrition is urgently needed for me. Thanks Nate

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Samson, 

      Testosterone levels certainly are reversible, by changing up your diet and making other changes your body will start producing more testosterone. I advise you check out this foods that boost testosterone production article to get an ide of what foods to include in your diet.

  6. free4life says:

    The shower and skincare products I can relate to, but the makeup kind of throws me for a loop. We are talking about testosterone right? I mean, I guess I have seen guys use what you call guy liner, but they are rockers and the like. I suppose it just struck me as a bit odd. All in all, I think that my standing in the testosterone area is quite fine. Your article was interesting and I am a bit the wiser, or at least better informed now. 

    1. Nate Stone says:


      You’d be suprised by the amount of men who wear make up, like you say you have guy liner but now days you also get a lot of men wearing foundation and “manscara” it’s a brave new world and opting for non toxic make up if you want to wear make up is teh way to go!

  7. David says:

    This is useful information. I notice that non organic dairy drinks lower testosterone. Is there a limit that if people stay below that it would not. I get the idea that drinking say 1 litre of non organic milk in a day would lower testosterone, but drinking say 100ml of non organic milk in a day, would that lower testosterone as well? 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi David,

      Yes volume will potentially make a difference the less that you have, the less exposure you will get to the chemicals and hormones that lower testosterone production and can wreak havoc with your health. If organic is bit pricey I would recommend just lowering your dairy intake.

  8. Anusuya says:

    Testosterone, the male sex hormone is responsible for libido, production of sperm, bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength. It directs bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

    Low levels of T can have consequences on your overall health. For example, people with low testosterone are prone to bone fracture.

    This wonderful article has meticulously organized various food, drinks, cosmetics and other products responsibly for lowering the T level. It also has pointed out the the cause and how to stop/prevent it from happening.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Anuyusa,

      Sport on in terms of the things that testosterone does for our bodies!

      I’m glad you found it useful and why it’s important to recognise the things that lower testosterone and why you should look at voiding them.

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