Welcome to the third part of this article series on unusual things that lower testosterone production. If you haven’t seen the first two articles you can check them out under this Things That Lower Testosterone Production section
As the title of this article series suggests, there are a number of “unusual” or unexpected things that lower testosterone levels and production. So the idea of this article series and this final piece is to make sure you aren’t getting caught out by these things and unwittingly causing your testosterone levels to drop.
If you’re reading this article, I’m hopeful that you already know how testosterone affects your health and the negative impact and wider risks associated with having low testosterone levels. There are also multiple benefits to be gained from having higher/ healthy T levels. If you’re not aware of the impact of testosterone on health or just need a reminder, check out these article on Testosterone And Health for more in depth information.
So let’s crack on with the list of unusual things that lower testosterone production!
Overdoing It In the Gym
Rest days are critical for testosterone production, over training is a common mistake made by many regular gym goers. When your body goes in to a state of being over trained it negatively impacts on T production in a big way. If you go in to a state of over training it can be months before your testosterone levels are restored to their natural levels.
Much the same way you want to make sure you include rest days as part of your training regime, you also want to make sure that you avoid doing a workout to complete failure! This can fatigue and put stress on muscles, this leads to the release of cortisol and cortisol inhibits the release of testosterone.
When it comes to lowering testosterone, licorice is actually a “double killer”! This is due to the high amounts of sugar & the fact it also inhibits the bodies’ ability to remove cortisol. As I’ve mentioned above; cortisol inhibits T production.
Continued Ibuprofen Use
Recently carried out research has shown that continued use of ibuprofen (in the region of 30 days plus) can lower your testosterone production. In fact a number of medications can lower T, one particular popular medication shown to be one of the more prevalent things to lower testosterone is statins, this is a mediation you may have heard of perhaps used! I advise to check with your doctors first & check before starting courses of medication and getting advice whether they can lower T.
Chemical Air fresheners
Chemical air fresheners are very high in endocrine disruptors, these are chemicals that disrupt hormone production, this includes lowering testosterone production. They also cause a number of health issues, you can find out more about this, in this Chemicals That Lower Testosterone – Where Are They Found Article
As we often use air fresheners in confined spaces this greatly increases the likelihood of inhaling these chemicals and also the concentration of the chemicals. So I suggest opting for organic options where possible!
Not cleaning/ hoovering
Research has shown that there are endocrine disrupting chemicals that accumulate in dirt & dust found in every room. So I advise to make your “spring cleaning” a weekly thing if you want to keep your testosterone levels up!
Being exposed to light during Sleep
For ideal testosterone production you want to be getting 7 – 8 hours of quality sleep per night. Something that can disrupt your sleep is being exposed to light, so you want to be looking to cancel out as much light in whichever room you sleep in as much as possible. Black out curtains or sleeping masks are ideal for this!
Eating Peanut butter
This one may shock you, as peanut butter is the choice of snack of many gym regulars. The problem is that peanuts are legumes & as a result high in estrogen, while legumes may not actively lower testosterone, if increased T is your aim you don’t want to be increasing your estrogen levels, as they are essentially opposite ends of the same scale. I suggest swapping out for Brazil nut butter, Brazil nuts are a fantastic source of selenium shown to increase testosterone production, you can find out a bit more this here!
Final Thoughts & Future Articles
I hope you have found this article on unusual things that lower testosterone useful. I will putting together articles looking in to some of the alternatives/ solutions I suggested in this article, so please return in future as I’ll be providing links to them from here. If you have any questions in regard to this article, things that lower testosterone or about testosterone as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.