What If I Told You That Your Daily Routine, Includes Several Things That Lower Testosterone Production?
I imagine that you’d be surprised right? Well I suggest that you put your jaw back in place and check out the list below; because a lot of the things listed here will be things you do on a daily basis! They are things that lower testosterone, I’ll be explaining why they lower T and where possible what your alternatives are!
You get handed them at the till, find them in your pocket, may go through them when you are checking your bank statement, as a general rule most of us touch receipts on the regular. The issue is that thermal paper receipts are printed on contains high amounts of BPA.
If you aren’t familiar with BPA, it is a chemical that’s used to coat thermal paper and is used in the production of many plastics. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, in short it mimics estrogen in the body and can lower/ temporarily halt the bodies’ testosterone production.
I advise to avoid taking receipts where possible, plenty of companies now email receipts, if you do have to have the receipt ask the server to place it in the bag for you and when handling at a later date, especially if you’re handling multiple ones, use gloves.
Your Oral Care Routine
Most peoples oral care routine is a threat to testosterone production on three different levels:
Where most toothbrushes are made from plastic, they expose you to our friend mentioned above BPA, as we now BPA mimics estrogen in the body and can lead to lowered testosterone production.
A BPA free toothbrush alternative is a bamboo toothbrush. That is the type I personally use and recommend, you can see more about this here.
Your toothpaste is worse than your toothbrush in terms of exposing you to things that lower testosterone. Your average toothpaste contains multiple chemicals that lower testosterone production, you can find out more and testosterone friendly alternatives in this article on Chemicals That Lower Testosterone In Toothpastes
Much like toothpastes, your average mouthwash contains several chemicals that are things that lower testosterone and can cause multiple health issues.
Often advertised as a “The best way to start your day”. Cereals and cereal bars are one of the major things that lower testosterone as people eat it day in day out without question, they also potentially pose a risk to your wider health!
The primary reason cereals are one of the most prolific things that lower testosterone is, down to the very high amounts of sugar in cereals and cereal bars. I’m talking about all cereals here and not just the ones that obviously have high amounts of sugar, even your “healthy cereal” as well. High amounts of sugar leads to insulin spikes and when insulin is spiked, testosterone production is suppressed.
Going To Bed Too Late
This is one of the major things that lower testosterone production, if you get less than 5 hours a night, your testosterone production will severely suffer and for ideal testosterone production you want to get 7 – 9 hours of fitful sleep.
There are a number of things such as blue light exposure (the light from device screens like mobiles, laptops etc.) the room being too hot, light exposure when trying to sleep and not being able to breathe properly during sleep (sleep apnoea, snoring) that can all lower quality and volume of sleep.
There are a number of solutions to address the above and make sure you get the best nights sleep possible.
If you are like me and use your laptop, mobile or tablet till quite late at night. I’d strongly recommend investing in a pair of blue light blocking glasses, as mentioned above, blue light exposure is a major disruption to sleep.
Final Thoughts & Future Articles
I hope you have found this article on things that lower testosterone you may be doing daily useful. I imagine you may have spotted a few things that you do yourself (if not all of them). Hopefully my tips will help you to avoid these things and if you, you will see a noticeable increase in your T levels, which will hopefully show in other areas of your life.
I will shortly be publishing parts two and three of this series, so please keep an eye out for this, as there are at least another 8 things that lower testosterone, many of you will do on a daily basis. So I’ll be taking you through those and how to avoid these as well, as always any experience with the above or questions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below and I’ll get back to you.