As you may know, testosterone is a good thing and “high” testosterone = feeling and looking younger. You’re also much healthier because youthful testosterone levels improve cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and many other health ailments..
In the past, I’ve spoken about a variety of ways of naturally increasing your testosterone levels. However, it does you no good to increase testosterone, if you’re still doing things that are KILLING and lowering your testosterone levels, right?…
So today I’m going to quickly discuss the top 10, clinically proven testosterone killers you must avoid. And in future articles, I’ll discuss each one in more detail.
Plus, at the end of today’s article, I’ll also reveal one of the most potent ways of naturally increasing your testosterone in minutes and more importantly, KEEPING It high so you continue to get the benefits day after day, month after month.
Top 10 Things That Reduce Testosterone
Increased and chronic stress is one of the biggest testosterone killers. In fact, don’t sleep for one night and then take a testosterone blood test the next morning and I guarantee that your testosterone will easily be at least 50% lower.
When under a lot of stress, your body releases high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol blocks the positive effects of testosterone.1
What’s interesting is that most people think that the opposite hormone to testosterone is the female hormone estrogen – but it’s not, it’s Cortisol.
Now, you can’t eliminate stress, but there are lifestyle changes and specific vitamins and herbs that you can take, that will help lower Cortisol levels and decrease your stress.
Diet plays a major impact on your health, especially all of your hormones, including your testosterone. You want to avoid packaged foods, soy, low fat, and low carbohydrate diets. You want to reduce your sugar intake, especially high fructose corn syrup.
Most of us eat enough protein, but we eat too many of the wrong kinds – such as dairy, and non-organic, non-free-range meats. Your diet should consist of at least 25% of healthy fats – including saturated fats such as egg yolks and coconut oil.
Also, forget about low or no-carb diets. Eat carbs every day, especially vegetables. Too low or high both decrease testosterone.
Even with a “healthy” diet, most people are not intaking enough nutrients to reach peak efficiency and increase testosterone. The combination of poor food choices, over-processed foods, and poor farming practices has resulted in a food system that provides substandard nutritional support.4
There are supplements, herbal extracts, and nutrients that help fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet – from general components of your daily vitamins and minerals – to the nutritional support of clinically proven herbs, like testosterone boosters and hormone balancers.
Lack of Exercise
One of the easiest ways to boost testosterone production is with exercise. Simply put, the RIGHT form of exercise increases testosterone.2 Just the same, the WRONG form kills testosterone.
You want to lift weights and build muscle – that increases testosterone. You want to eliminate strenuous cardio sessions, like running – which lowers testosterone. Fast walking, weights and yoga all help improve your hormones.
Having too much body fat has a lot of negative consequences for your health. One of the main problems with higher body fat is that your fat cells produce estrogen and estrogen lowers testosterone5 Sadly, the older we get the slower our metabolism and harder it is to lose body fat.
As your liver processes alcohol, it produces compounds that inhibit the release of testosterone.6 Unfortunately, just one or two drinks result in a decrease in testosterone levels, as well as an increase in estrogens and cortisol levels.
Also, beer is the worst because the hops in beer contain more estrogen (estradiol) than any other plant on earth. So if you’re going to drink, don’t overdo it and stay away from beer.
The side effects of many popular medications is definitely adding to the rapid decline in testosterone levels. Some commonly prescribed medications, such as statin drugs used to lower cholesterol, are indirectly contributing to Low T.7
Blood pressure, anxiety, antidepressant drugs, antacids, heartburn meds, and so many other prescription drugs all reduce testosterone.8
In addition, a lot of estrogen-based medications used by women end up (such as birth control pills) up in our water supply, which unknowingly impacts men.9 It is essential to be aware of your intake of medications and their potentially unintended impacts.
Lack of Sex
Sex is a natural way of keeping your endocrine system stimulated and boosting your T levels.10 With a lack of sex, your body is missing out on the opportunity for these natural surges in testosterone.
In fact, simply having an erection can quickly boost your testosterone levels. And yes, this also works for elderly men. One study showed that elderly men who had more sex also had higher testosterone.
Female Hormone Mimickers
Female hormone mimickers (xenoestrogens) are found almost everywhere: from skincare and personal care to household cleaning and outdoor products. In addition, they are found in our food – commercially raised meats and poultry, soy products, flax seed, as well as food wraps and plastics.
These feminizing chemicals mimic estrogen, which of course limits your body’s production of testosterone.
In one study, atrazine, a feminizing chemical in a commonly used weed killer, affected animals at doses as small as 0.1 parts per billion.11 Be cautious around such products and choose organic meats and natural body care products.
One inescapable influence on your testosterone level is aging. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines – typically about 1-3% a year after age 25.”12
By your mid 40’s, your only producing 50% of what you used to. By the time you’re 60, your testosterone levels are less than 1/3 of what you had in your 20s.
By the time you hit 80, you may have only 15-20% of what you had when you were young.
However, normal aging is only one component of the many lifestyle factors that lower testosterone. It is still in your control to boost your T at any age!
Unfortunately, you can’t stop aging. However, you CAN make all the improvements I’ve suggested today, to slow down the aging process tremendously.