There are a number of things that lower your testosterone production, some of them are what I would consider unusual or at least things that you wouldn’t associate with lowering testosterone production, so to make sure you don’t get caught out with these things, I thought I’d put a list together. This is part one of this series of articles, so keep an eye out for the future parts that will be coming soon!
Chew Mints/ Eating Gum
Are you fan of the taste of mint or like to eat mints/ chew gum to freshen breath? I have bad news for you, Mint is very estrogenic & as we hopefully know, estrogen is the opposite of testosterone. Consistently eating/ chewing mints will greatly increase your estrogen to the detriment of your testosterone to estrogen balance. If you want another way to freshen breath, I advise adding lemons/ lemon juice to water. The lemon juice will help kill bacteria and the high levels of vitamin C help reduce cortisol production, which will help further increase testosterone production.
Food/ Drinks Stored In Plastic Containers
Plastics contain a number of toxic chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. This means that they disrupt the balance of your hormones production and this includes lowering testosterone production. One of these chemicals you may have heard of is BPA, this is just one of the chemicals that is toxic found in plastics, so BPA free plastics still pose a risk.
The chemicals from plastic containers leach in to food and drink and the issue is increased when plastic is heated. You are best off avoiding food/ drink in plastic containers where possible, there are alternative options to plastics, you can find out more about this in this Things That Lower Testosterone – Plastic Product Alternatives
If you wear make up, you’d probably be horrified about the number of chemicals most commercial brands contain, that in one way or another are toxic. The chemicals used in makeup, include ones that both mimic estrogen and disrupt hormone balance which can include further lowering testosterone production. There are organic make up brands and ones that make a point of reducing use of toxic chemicals, to help both testosterone levels and your wider health I suggest you try these instead. You can see more about this on this Things That Lower Testosterone And Alternatives
Not Drinking Enough Water
This one is very simple, something that a lot of us are probably guilty of and is one of the simplest things that lower testosterone to counter; but not drinking enough water and being dehydrated can negatively effect testosterone levels. Studies show that up to two-thirds of us don’t drink enough water and this slows down testosterone production.
Blue Light Exposure
Blue light is the light emitted from screen devices, so think your TV, laptop, tablet, mobile phone etc. The issue is that blue light exposure leads to you sleeping less. This is because light exposure leads to lowered production of melanin, the “sleep hormone” and blue light at nighttime is the worst culprit! So using your devices at night leads to a worse nights sleep and you need to be getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night for healthy T production. Some devices will come with blue light filters; but many don’t. You can actually get glasses that block blue light and you can find out more in this Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally article
Low Calorie Diets
By a low calorie diet, I am referring to a diet restriction type of eating plan in the range below 1800 – 1500 calories per day. This is one of the most common things that lower testosterone production and again is arguably the simplest to address. There have been several studies conducted in to how a low calorie diet effects testosterone production and they all show a negative correlation. Check out some of these studies below:
Guezennec et al.:
They measured testosterone levels in soldiers consuming 1800 kcal/day 3200 kcal/day and 4200 kcal/day diets. They all had similar ratios’ of protein, carbs and fat. These diets were consumed over a five-day of prolonged exercise and sleep deprivation After the five-day period testosterone levels had decreased by approximately 50% on the lowest calorie diets and approximately 20% on the moderate and high calorie diets.
Strauss et al.:
They measured testosterone levels in wrestlers during their competitive season & for two months after their season. Large reductions in body fat due to caloric restriction & exercise throughout their season resulted in the largest decreases in testosterone. The wrestlers with an extremely low body fat demonstrated abnormally low testosterone levels that returned to normal after the season. Other studies have also shown decreases in testosterone levels in wrestlers during consuming low energy.
There are other studies which have also shown decreases in testosterone levels for wrestlers during times of low food/ energy consumption.
Overdoing It In The Gym
Overdoing it during your exercise routine can massively lower testosterone production. Research has shown that men who “felt the burn” & carried on exercising saw a 40% drop in Testosterone levels. You need to make sure that you add in adequate rest periods during your workout routine or your T levels will suffer.
Final Thoughts & Future Articles
I hope you have found the first part of this series of articles on the Unusual Things That Lower Testosterone Production useful. Keep an eye out for the remainder of this series (there will be at least two more articles) being published. If you have any questions in regard to this article, things that lower testosterone or testosterone production as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.