So We Know There Are High Chances, That Your Daily Routines Involve A Plethora Of Things That Lower Testosterone
If you have seen the other articles in this series, you are hopefully over the initial shock about how much of what you do daily includes things that lower testosterone.
The good news is, we are over the halfway point now and there is only one more article to go on this subject, so after the final one, you can breathe a sigh of relief and take stock of the many, many things 😉 that you need to look at adjusting to boost testosterone production.
In this article, the same as the others, we’ll be going through more things people may do daily, why these are things that lower testosterone and looking at potential alternative options that won’t lower testosterone or even help boost testosterone production.
Eating/ Drinking From Plastics
Most plastic products contain chemicals that are toxic, the most famous one (and one you may have heard of) is BPA. BPA can seep into food or drinks from containers, BPA can imitate estrogen and is an endocrine disruptor.
If you aren’t familiar with endocrine disrupting chemicals, they interfere with your hormone production. This interference includes lowering testosterone, the issues don’t stop there though.
The hormonal imbalances these can cause, have been linked with multiple health issues, like increased risk of diabetes, reproductive issues and developing cancers.
BPA has been brought up quite a lot in the media recently due to health threat it poses, and as a result a lot of plastics are now BPA free, the problem is that this is more of a “publicity stunt” as there are other toxic chemicals that have the same/ similar effect on the body, as an example one is BPS, which is essentially the same as BPA and there are other chemicals.
The easiest way to avoid this is to eliminate plastic products as much as possible, especially when it comes to eating and drinking vessels. I recommend multiple alternatives to eating and drinking utensils, including gym/ portable bottles and you can check these out in this article below:
Eating Soy/ Replacing Meat
Soy (And soy products like Tofu) is very estrogenic & can potentially be a genetically modified food/ GMO, there is conflicting research whether the estrogen in soy can affect estrogen & testosterone ratios; and seems like more research is needed in this area.
Again another area that needs more research is the effect of genetically modified foods on hormone production & wider health. Research has suggested that the consumption of GMO foods leads to an increased likelihood of developing immune and gastrointestinal. Research has also shown that the regular eating of GMO foods is toxic to testicular cells and disrupts protein synthesis.
So you can see why eating Soy or Soy products could lead to lowered testosterone production. The other side of this is, that if you are eating these as supposed to meat, you aren’t getting B vitamins which greatly aid with testosterone and it’s less likely that you will get enough healthy cholesterol (Soy has very little in the way of natural healthy fats) in your diet, which is a building block of testosterone.
The Antiperspirant/ Deodorant That You Put On
Sadly most brands of antiperspirants contain a number of toxic chemicals, these include chemicals that imitate estrogen and our old friend endocrine disruptor. As we went through above, these chemicals lead to lowered testosterone production. The issue doesn’t just stop there, these chemicals are linked with a number of other health issues on top of lowered testosterone production.
You can learn more about the different toxic chemicals found in antiperspirants, how they negatively impact your testosterone and other areas of your health in this article below:
As I’ve mentioned, the majority of brands contain these chemicals. In order to avoid these chemicals, you need to look at an organic alternative or brands that specifically don’t use these chemicals.
There are a couple of different brands that tick these boxes which I’ve personally used, these are Bull Dog Skin Care And Man Cave Skin Care, you can find out more about both brands and see where to purchase them if you wish in my article below:
Eating Too Little
This is usually done as a way to try to lose weight, some people will do this thinking lowered body fat will help boost testosterone. While that is true, having a calorie restrictive diet is not the way to do that!
There have been several studies conducted in to how a low calorie diet effects testosterone production and they all show that it has a negative impact. There are two studies in particular, which are Guezennec et al. and Strauss et al.. I’ve actually covered both of these studies in greater detail in this article below:
There is no real alternative to eating too little, the main thing I suggest is that you eat a sensible amount and you aim to get your calorie deficit through exercise.
So if you normally eat 2,500 calories and you need to eat 1,800 calories for fat loss, as supposed to eating 1,800, aim to burn perhaps 500 in a gym session & reduce your calorie intake by 200 calories. Basically make sure you are eating enough and achieve calorie deficit through exercise.
Final Thoughts & Other Articles
I hope you have found this article useful and it’s clear why some above that you may do daily, are things that lower testosterone. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, there is one final part in this series to be published, so keep an eye out for that. Again if you haven’t seen the earlier articles in this series, you can check them out below:
As always if you have any questions in regard to this article, things that lower testosterone as a whole or just testosterone production, please drop me a comment below. If you think there may be anything that I’ve missed in terms of daily habits that can lower T, drop me a comment as well and I’ll see about adding it to this series of articles.