So These Odd Things That Lower Testosterone, What Are They?
Some Of Them Will Take You Massively By Shock, See What They Are Here!
Welcome to the second part of this article on unusual things that lower testosterone production. This is part two of what is going to be a three part series of articles, you can check out the articles in this series below.
There are a number of “unusual” things that lower Testosterone or at the very least things you more than likely wouldn’t associate with your T levels. So the idea of this series of articles is to make sure you aren’t “getting caught blind”!
Hopefully if you are reading this article, you already know the health and wider risks associated with low testosterone and the many benefits to be gained from having higher/ healthy T levels. If you don’t, check out these articles below for more in depth information.
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Completing A Marathon
Your testosterone levels can fall as much as 50% after completing a marathon, this is due to the stress your body is put under. When the body is stressed the hormone cortisol is released and cortisol inhibits the being out on your body, this stress results in a rise in cortisol which inhibits your ability to produce testosterone.
While marathons are probably the most extreme example, it isn’t just marathons, any exercise that consistently puts your body under stress (no opportunity to rest) will result in cortisol release and lowered T.
Obviously you don’t want to avoid cardiovascular exercise altogether, I recommend HIIT as a way to do your cardio while preserving your testosterone production. The rest periods stop your stress spiking and the release of cortisol.
Vegetarian/ Vegan Diet
It is very difficult to maintain and especially increase testosterone production when you have a vegetarian or vegan diet.
The main reason being is it is very difficult to get healthy saturated fats and a number of vitamins and minerals like Zinc and vitamin D, when you aren’t consuming animal based produce.
You then rely on supplementing, which is something that requires further investigation is the effect that plant based estrogen have on your estrogen to testosterone ratios, as most vegetarian/ vegan forms of protein are high in estrogen as well, which may lead to increased estrogen, which you obviously don’t want if increased T is your aim.
Consuming Too Much Protein
While protein is required & important for building muscle, eating an excess of protein can actually cause your testosterone levels to dip. This is a common mistake made by “gym newbies”, what you ideally want to be aiming for is approximately 25% – 30% of your calories being protein and that is ideal for testosterone production.
Eating Slightly Mouldy/ Mouldy Grains
This is potentially an issue for your testosterone levels as Myco-estrogen are estrogen produced by certain fungi & mould. Most commonly found in maize, barley, oats, wheat, rice, and sorghum.
Mycoestrogens occur when the these grains become mouldy, make sure you don’t eat any of these foods with mould or potentially sacrifice your testosterone levels by increasing your estrogen levels and further ruining the testosterone to estrogen ratio!
Final Thoughts & Future Posts
I hope you have found this article on unusual things that lower testosterone production useful. Hopefully I’ve done my job properly and a few of the things above have shocked you and you now know to try to avoid them. This is part two of what is going to be a three part series.
I will be publishing the final part of this series of articles, you can check that and the other articles in this series below.
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