Unusual Things That Lower Testosterone Production Pt 2

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 first article here: Unusual Things That Lower Testosterone Production pt 1

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 article on Testosterone And Health for more in depth information.

So now lets not delay any further and get started with the list!

Fumigants Insect Repellents & Pesticides mosquitoe

If you live in a country where you are bothered by insects and bugs, like mosquitoes, ants, spiders etc. The use of pesticides, fumigants and repellent will likely be lowering your testosterone production, all of them contain endocrine disrupts & other chemicals that lower testosterone production. If you’re unsure of what endocrine disruptors are and the types of chemicals that lower T, I suggest you check out this Chemicals That Lower Testosterone – Where Are They Found Article

As an alternative citronella oil is an effective natural insect repellent and is shown to be particularly effective with mosquitoes. There are more natural & organic pesticide brands being released as people become more aware of the threat of endocrine disrupting chemicals. If you’re feeling in a bit of “DIY” mode, you can even create your own pesticide using water, oil and rubbing alcohol. So you don’t need to reserve yourself to just being tortured by insects!

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 tofu

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 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. Bread RollsMost 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, you can see the first part here: Unusual Things That Lower Testosterone Production Pt 1

I will be publishing the final part of this series of articles in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. If you have any questions in regard to this article, things that lower testosterone or on testosterone as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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12 thoughts on “Unusual Things That Lower Testosterone Production Pt 2

  1. Interesting articles. I actually was surprised to find out that the vegan and vegetarian diet could lower levels of testosterone. The finishing a marathon facto was also surprising. One thinks that the tough the sport is the better the health! 
    I was more surprised by part one of this topic as well. Gum and makeup were the most surprising ones.

    Thank you for the article, it is informative and helpful. Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Fadia, 

      Yeah the problem with vegan and vegetarian diets is that you can miss out on quite a few vitamins and minerals, it can cause a lot of inflammation and you don’t get cholesterol which is needed for testosterone production. That is something that is often missed when people are considering a vegan diet. I’m glad you found the rest useful too!

  2. Dear Nate,

    Thanks a lot for the interesting and informative article.

    I have missed the part one, thanks for the link and I read the part one as well. Great insights, as you mentioned drinking water is the simple thing but many of us miss that. I often read about the numerous benefits of drinking enough water but still not practicing it. After reading your post I am determined to drink more water.

    You know what, In the part of the world where I live before going to bed compulsory we use Mosquito coil or Mosquito liquid. You not only discussed the problem but provided with the solution as well. Going forward I will use citronella oil and thanks for the recommendation!

    I can tell you I have taken some great insights from this article and every single time I read an article of yours I learn so much new stuff! Eagerly waiting for the part 3.

    Much Success!

    Paul

    1. Hi Paul, 

      I’m glad you found it useful, yeah it’s surprising how something simple like not drinking enough water impacts our health. Yeah sadly the chemicals in mosquito and pest repellent sprays are packed with chemicals that lower testosterone production and potentially cause multiple health issues!

      I’ve put together part three, you can check it out here: Unusual Things That Lower Testosterone Part 3

  3. Very helpful post, thank you! Honestly I had no idea that things such as pesticides, marathons, vegan diets and slightly mouldy grains could contribute to lower testosterone levels, so I found this post to be quite helpful. Stress is an important factor to weigh when considering testosterone loss. Thanks for giving the gym newbies some advice on too much protein as I feel this could be a common problem. Overall great post here and I’m looking forward to reading more of them!

  4. Wohoo! These are definitely unusual things, I can’t even imagine fumigants lowering testosterone, let alone running a marathon, or the talk of Veganism.

    Forgive me for asking this, but how sure are you about the vegetarian/ vegan diet lowering testosterone?

    I have a friend who has decided to go the vegan way, and I am very sure he has no idea about this. Guess I will have him check this article out.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Cheers..

    1. Hey,

      I’m glad you found this useful, yeah fumigants, pesticides, even shower gels, shampoos etc. for the best part contain chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. These can disrupt hormone production, lower testosterone and cause a number of health issues. 

      Yeah the problem with vegan and vegetarian diets is that you can miss out on quite a few vitamins and minerals, it can cause a lot of inflammation due to excess omega 6 (cooking with vegetable oils) and you don’t get much cholesterol which is needed for testosterone production. That is something that is often missed when people are considering a vegan diet. 

  5. Hi, what a great post with amazing information provided.  I would not have thought that the things you mentioned would actually lower testosterone production.  Very interesting that these very things are cuprits, insecticide pesticide repellants?, Running a Marathon…wow, too much protein and moldy grains?  Crazy but I would never have known that.  Thank you for the excellent post, I am looking forward to reading your other posts on your website.  

    1. Hi Smac,

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      Yeah it is crazy some of the unexpected things that lower testosterone, yeah please do keep an eye out for my future articles!

  6. Unusual indeed. This was a good read and has vital information. Interesting enough being healthy of course is a choice and it is hard now a days with all the Mc. Donalds deals and coupons you get in the mail. Eating healthy is hard and it takes time to make and prep meals especially for larger families that have kids. I think its most important for kids but of course for us parents to read up on things such as this article. The marathon caught me off guard but was good ! Thank you 

    1. Hey Trevor,

      I’m glad you found this useful!

      I agree eating healthy is hard,, especially in terms of meal prep times and knowing what to cook, I personally bulk cook and freeze meals which overcomes some of that issue.

      I advise you check out my review of a great diet plan / cook book called Paleo hacks, it provides you with loads of recipes, that are quick, easy to make and include only non processed foods, so it is ideal for fat loss, muscle gain and increasing testosterone production, you can check it out here:

      Testosterone Booster Diet Review: Paleo Hack Recips

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