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!
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.
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. 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, 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.