Foods That Kill Testosterone
Your Diet And Testosterone
Did you know that there are a number of testosterone killing foods? Ones that can really have a negative effect on your health and wellbeing?
If you want to discover what foods you should be avoiding to stop them harming your masculinity, rendering you fat, with poor muscle tone and a sluggish sex drive, then please read on.
Testosterone Reducing Foods and Why You MUST Not Eat Them
Diet is crucial when ensuring optimum hormone levels, there a number of testosterone boosting foods, but there are some that will cut though your testosterone levels like a hot knife through butter.
Keep these in your diet and you will be putting your hormone levels at real risk, potentially leaving you open to a range of health problems.
Here are some of the foods that you really need to avoid.
Taken from the root of the glycyrrhiza glabra plant, this sweet, black food stuff contains a saponin compound known as Glycyrrhizin.
This is used to sweeten and add flavour to many foodstuffs and other products including, herbal teas, alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, candy and even some breath fresheners too. It is also found in some medications as well.
Clinical studies have shown that the Glycyrrhizin in liquorice can reduce testosterone levels by as much as 40%.
Other studies have shown that Glycyrrhizic acid ( a derivative of Glycyrrhizin) can reduce testosterone levels from an average reading of 740ng.dl to a low of 414ng.dl – Now that is getting close to low testosterone territory (hypogonadism).
A third study followed a group of men who were given 7g of liquorice to eat each day for 7 days. After that time, Their testosterone levels were checked and the scientists found that they had on average dropped dramatically by around 26%.
This is one of the hardest food groups to cut out – for most of us anyway, we all like a drink from time to time don’t we?
The fact its that the odd drink wont do us any harm, but if you reach for the bottle on a regular basis, it’s likely that your testosterone levels will take a dramatic hit.
Alcohol contains Ethanol, it depresses the nervous system and slows the bodily functions, one of the reasons why we slur our speech and struggle to walk when we have had a bit too much.
Alcohol is almost as high in calories as fat (7kcal per gram), toxic in large quantities at can provide energy but virtually no nutrients.
Studies have proven that alcohol is a massive testosterone killer, one study tested men before and after a drinking binge (1.75g of alcohol per KG of body weight)
Their testosterone levels reduced dramatically after the ‘binge’ and the effects lasted for at least 24 hrs. If you drink daily, you are effectively reducing your testosterone on daily basis.
Most of us love a soda, probably the most popular type of drink in the world, consumed by adults and children alike.
They are packed with sugars including sucrose, dextrose, fructose and corn syrup, an average 330ml can containing as much as 8 teaspoons of sugar.
We all know that taking on board too much sugars increases our calorie intake which usually leads to weight gain, and its well documented that increased calories often lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease too.
Weight gain is one of the biggest causes of reduced testosterone
The junk food industry is big business with annual sales running in the billions worldwide.
Junk food is usually classed as anything that is high in sugar, calories, fat or has very little nutritional value. It’s not just hamburgers, hot dogs or pizzas either, sweets and candies are also high in sugar too and are also low in nutrient value offering no real health benefits.
Its fact that men with unhealthy diets have lower testosterone levels. One massive study involving 8000 test subjects discovered that junk food directly exposes you to a group of chemical found in the production of plastic called phthalates. This has been proven in studies to reduce testosterone levels by up to 30%.
Certain Vegetable Oils
The last foodstuff on our list are vegetable oils, particularly those with a high level of polyunsaturated fat (PUFA). Its well known that a high intake of these oils can cause certain illnesses including diabetes, high cholesterol, heart problems, bowel problems and some types of cancer.
Examples to avoid include canola, soybean and safflower oils.
Studies have demonstrated that these types of oils can reduce male fertility, sperm motility and count along with testosterone levels.
To Sum Up
Maintaining a healthy and active body is all about the food that you put into it, nutrition is crucial to ensuring that your testosterone levels are at their peak.
The foods listed shouldn’t do you any harm on a very occasional basis, but they should never be part of a regular diet for any man who wants to remain fit, strong and well.