Whether you are fanatically obsessed with natural testosterone maximization (that’s a mouthful) or you are just an average Joe, there are things that lower testosterone levels and yes, they DO exist! I’m not a magician but I’d take a wild guess that you are one of those guys that would trade his liver for what these things might be?
This, my friend, puts you in the same category as loads and loads of other folks – cheers for that. We can successfully tackle the plague that low testosterone is only if we study our enemy. Of course, this ain’t done by wearing pink clothes and listening to One Direction.
Getting yourself familiar with the different aspects that can affect your masculinity in a rather unpleasant way is the way to go. And never forget about your nutrition fellows, knowing what to consume and what to avoid is essential for your macho side!
When it comes to being a man, there’s nothing more important than keeping our androgens active and on FIRE! Let’s roll, but first…
Do you actually know your testosterone levels?
Be honest with yourself here since I don’t have medium powers (for now) and there’s no reason no lie now, don’t you think? If you have around ZERO clues how much testosterone is flowing through your veins then perfect – this is why we’re starting here!
I’ve dedicated an entire article on what the normal T levels for us guys are and there’s no better time to check it then… well, NOW! Keep in mind that doctors are doctors and they always prefer prescription drugs above everything else, so hold on before jumping to conclusions.
First and foremost you’ll be wise to get yourself a blood test to determine where you stand on the testosterone scoreboard, so to speak. Then you either start panicking, go berserk or simply sit down with a nice cup of tea in front of your PC screen (or tablet, smartphone or whatever bloody device you’re on) and effortlessly keep on reading Testosterone Nerd!
Just to recap (in case you forgot or you didn’t even check my related article – shame on you then!), these are the possible ways to get your primary male hormone values tested:
If you’re nuts you can possibly do them all three, at once! Nah, we’ll leave that for ogrish.com or other gruesome parts of the web. For now, focus on the blood-y option since it’s the most accurate to date. Saliva and urine are best utilized elsewhere… blah, anyway let’s JUST proceed!
Top things that decrease your testosterone!
No more mumbo jumbo nonsense, we’re going forward to the main point and we like it that way! I’m far from even trying to present every single element out in the whole universe that could potentially have a negative effect on your virility in order to preserve YOUR and MINE sanity!
I’m sure that your latest road rage accident (which saw you leave with your tail between your legs) took a chunk from your T levels, or maybe your last visit to your grandma… perhaps even working with a lot of women is feminizing you.
But without wasting our vital life force on the trillions of tiny pieces, we’re going to tackle the BIG antagonists as real MEN! Straight in your face, here it comes:
Can you possibly e-mail me your shocked face expression after reading this? In case you didn’t even raise an eyebrow – congratulations guys, captain obvious to the rescue! Seriously though, booze is known to have an almost ONLY negative impact on human physiology, psychology and what not.
No shocker then if I inform you in a calm tone that liquor is far from the best thing for your manhood as shown in academic research. Evidence for the relationship between impaired testosterone production and alcohol has been studied for some time now and there’s no doubt about the connection.
Hey, even Indian researchers did some studies involving chronic alcoholics and oh my can you guess what they had found? Hypogonadism (not enough T production) is best friends with booze.
Conclusion? If you’re one of these people that simply CANNOT resist a night out every weekend, please stay safe and replace the whiskey (whiskey d!ck is a real b!tch) with juice or in a perfect world – pure water!
Obese guys, I’m sorry but the truth is harsh for you fellows. Everyone is trying to get lean these days, yet many fail and remain in the higher spectrum of body fat percentages. Why would that be a problem in terms of our masculinity you might ask?
Maybe because adipose tissue in greater amounts means that you’ll have more estrogen in you. As simple as that! The enzyme called aromatase (nothing aroma about it) becomes more active, the more lard you have on your frame. More of that enzyme translates to less testosterone because it DOES convert it to estrogen.
Even some supplements are including ingredients that they label is “aromatase inhibitors” in order to help bigger folks with their androgen profile. But I’d say the better option would always be to simply lose fat and get lean, period!
Not only that but you’ll be
glad Academic works support that statement to know that the more visceral (internal fat, surrounding your organs) you’re carrying, the LESS primary male hormone you’ll be producing. and it actually makes sense, because obese people are obese everywhere – both inside and outside!
It’s not like you DID NOT possibly expect this to be a part of this list, right? Food either makes or breaks you – don’t you all agree? I know I do! And when it comes to elements that downplay our manhood, what enters our mouths (ladies are a different story) is VITAL!
Whether it’s soy products, flax seeds, licorice etc., such eatables will screw up your natural T production and you’ll start wearing pink clothes, going to One Direction concerts and Lord knows what else! My dedicated article named “5 foods that lower testosterone” will be your guide so make SURE you read it extensively.
Who doesn’t like eating, especially when we are bombarded with affordable, artificially-enhanced food that tastes amazing but the consequences to our mojo will be noticeable! Better think twice before you hit the drive-through next time mate.
Oh, there’s still hope, however – certain foods are actually super-friendly to our testosterone production and DO boost it! So not all is lost as you can see. You’d be wise to incorporate most if not ALL of these into your diet so that you start to feel like a MAN!
Not only that but some of these are mega tasty as well – take olive oil for example. You can do all KINDS of magic in the kitchen with it. Whether you add it to salads or seafood (fish etc.) it’ll always be an amazing addition and of course with the superb bonus of upping your manliness!
Screwed sleep patterns
How I cherish sleep, oh how I adore the feeling when my head hits the pillow and I go lights out! EVERY single time I intentionally (or not) cannibalize some of my sleep, even if it’s only for a day or two, I end up being 100% miserable. Copy that? Good!
It has been (scientifically) shown that sleep and testosterone are related – make sure that you DO sleep more if you want to boost your androgen concentrations! Sleep duration is directly related to our optimal male hormone environment, so it’s in our best interest to make the most of our time spent in the bedroom (yeah I know what you’re thinking about!).
You know the saying that goes like this: “Less is more“, yeah? In the case of sleep, we can rearrange it into something along the lines of “MORE is MORE“! The uber cliche of 8 hours of sleep is the golden standard and what EACH and EVERYONE of us should go for, as a minimum of course!
Don’t tell me you’ve never been hit in the ballsack in your ENTIRE life! If you’re such an exception then I pray you stay that way – this is undoubtedly the worst pain a man can endure. I still remember playing soccer as a kid and getting whacked in my testicles with the ball – ouch, the pain is completely embedded into my memory!
Perhaps I’ll bore you to death if I suggest that damage to your gonads could impair their ability to produce our beautiful hormone – testosterone. Nevertheless, this is a conclusion that any human being with LOGIC can come up with! Voila.
Obviously, the severity of a given impact on your nuts will determine how bad the injury is and the possible outcome, but as a general rule of thumb testicular injuries DO affect the T production. Your gonads won’t operate so well when they’ve received a blow and this might very well lead to hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism is when your testicles don’t produce enough of our manly hormone or big T. In the case of an injury to the balls, we’re talking about PRIMARY hypogonadism, as this one originates from a problem with the testes, a.k.a. primary testicular failure. So please, protect your valuables AT ALL COSTS!
Recap – what have you learned?
After bombarding you with antagonists that minimize our masculinity, it’s time to make sure you’ve learned your lesson well! Keep in mind that some (or all) of these DO contribute to conditions such as low testosterone, but if you’re particularly interested in what the causes for this are – absolutely feel free to check my thematic article!
Straight to the point now, these are some of the main stuff that screws your T production:
- Testicular injuries
Would it be reasonable to push yourself and try to adjust each of these? Absolutely! Even though you might not be able to instantly reverse your damaged nut sack or how fat you are – don’t get discouraged. Good things take time to happen! Roll up your sleeves and get to work with the help of this website.
Your manhood as at your own hands
If you set realistic goals and try to become the man you were originally designed to be, then you’ll get there eventually! But hey, enough wisdom sharing and high-end philosophy for you guys. Get busy now and off you go to your awesome new macho-style, testosterone-optimized self!
Got anything else on your mind? Is something troubling you? You want to share your testimony about how well you deal with these things that decrease your T? I’m waiting for you in the comment section!
Founder of Testosterone Nerd