A little while ago I did a video about the “3 Best Foods For Increasing Your Testosterone & Libido”.
So today, I’m going to do the opposite and reveal the 5 WORST foods that LOWER your testosterone & libido and thus, foods you want to reduce, avoid or eliminate from your diet.
However, don’t worry … if you still want to consume these foods, there is a workaround and a simple fix, and that’s by taking specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help undo some of the damage.
However, improving your diet should be the priority.
So let’s get started and these are in no particular order.
Some of you may have heard how soy products can lower testosterone levels. This is true and false.
In older studies, it did show that the phytoestrogens found in soy, which act as estrogen or are estrogen-like compounds, can lower testosterone levels.
For example, a 2013 research study found that men drinking 20 grams of soy protein isolate per day over a two-week span, showed lower Testosterone levels than those that drank whey protein isolate or a placebo.
However, newer studies and meta-analyses have shown no effects of soy on testosterone levels.
So what should you do? What do I suggest?
Well, if you’re a vegan, then eat your soy protein. It’s a good source of protein and vegans need a lot more complete proteins.
However, if you are not a vegan, then I’d limit my soy protein intake. I wouldn’t consume processed soy such as soy protein powder or tofu and similar high-protein substances and foods.
But I think it’s perfectly fine to have some edamame or maybe tempeh. It’s more natural.
On the other hand, I do believe dairy products are bad for your health, especially for your hormone and testosterone levels.
One main reason is the actual cows. You see, pregnant female cows are the primary source of milk that’s produced and sold commercially, and their milk is filled with estrogens and progesterone because these cows are drugged up all the time.
Those hormones adversely affect testosterone by suppressing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which men need for the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH). When they’re not released, your testes can’t synthesize testosterone.
A 2010 analysis supports the adverse relationship between dairy products and men’s hormones. It’s also worth noting that 98 percent of soybean meal is used for animal feed, so chances are that estrogen levels in cows’ milk are even further increased.
Milk causes digestive problems, gas, bloating, and extra mucus – simply stated, most adults don’t do well with milk, especially the commercial milk found in our supermarkets.
This includes any dairy product that contains milk – so read your labels.
In Pumping Iron, Arnold Schwarzenegger said how “milk is for babies” and “when you grow up, you drink beer”.
Well, Arnold was right and wrong.
He was correct about the milk being for babies, but alcohol is problematic for testosterone levels, especially beer.
The truth is, there is no real benefit to any form of alcohol for your body or brain, despite what some studies may say.
Alcohol is a poison. It’s that simple.
Now, if you want to drink 1 or 2 glasses of alcohol a WEEK, that’s fine. But doing it daily isn’t good and binging on it on the weekends is even worse.
This is one reason guys get what’s called “whisky dick” and can’t perform sexually when they drink too much – an instant decrease in testosterone.
Alcohol might be good for reducing inhibitions, but not good for physical or sexual performance.
Yes, alcohol will decrease testosterone and yes it will increase cortisol, and stress hormones… and increase inflammation. All being bad for your hormones and sexual performance.
Plus, alcohol ruins deep sleep, which is when a major portion of your testosterone is produced, and thus, less testosterone production results.
I know this one food people don’t want to hear is bad for your testosterone, but… now you know. The choice is yours.
Another food type that’s bad for your testosterone and sexual performance is certain fats, more specifically transfats. And, these are primarily found in processed foods and baked goods.
Having too many omega-6 fats from seed & vegetable oils can also be a problem.
Certain fats are good for your health and are needed, including testosterone production – as I mentioned in my previous videos.
However, read the labels and try your best to reduce trans, hydrogenated, and high omega-6 seed & vegetable oil fats. Again, these fats are primarily found in packaged foods, especially those high in carbohydrates… such as chips, pastries & desserts.
Finally, sugar is another food that’s very problematic for your health, but also your testosterone levels.
Research shows that the average American male ingests about 17-20 teaspoons of sugar daily—that’s more than double the recommended limit.
The problem with sugar is that it can drop your testosterone levels by more than 25% quickly, right after ingestion and testosterone levels remain lower for 2-3 hours.
And the bigger problem is that these days, sugar is found in so many foods.
Yes, the obvious sugar is in sodas. But, a lot of pre-workout drinks are full of sugar. If you drink juice, that’s just as bad as a soda.
People having their fancy expensive high calorie, yummy coffees, again – usually full of sugar.
Using any kind of syrup, agave, and similar substances – are all sugar under different names.
It’s not good for your testosterone levels, insulin, or stress hormones.
It’s not good for your mood or energy. Sugar causes muscle loss and increases belly fat.
Sadly, of all the testosterone-killing foods on this list, sugar is arguably the easiest and the most difficult one to eliminate from your diet.
Read labels. Start slow and build a consistent habit of reducing the foods I’ve mentioned today for better health, fitness, and longevity … in addition to higher testosterone levels and better sexual performance.