I’ve highlighted the significance of testosterone for men in a few of my articles.
And there’s a big reason for that.
This hormone is vital for your strength, muscles, and libido.
Testosterone takes part in the work of your heart, brain, bones, glands, and it helps prevent diabetes type 2.
Therefore, the level of testosterone is mainly important for your health and sex life.
There are foods, supplements, and exercises that help you boost your testosterone levels.
And there are certain things that can reduce it, too.
Testosterone levels drop as we age, but some things can make it drop additionally.
Stress, sedentary jobs, obesity, a bad diet can lower your testosterone. (1)
And following foods!
So, here is the list of foods that kill testosterone (and you need to avoid):
If you have a low testosterone level, drinking alcohol can only do you harm.
Alcohol increases the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and that’s one of the reasons why men become so emotional after a few glasses.
Bad news guys. Beer is one of the beverages you need to avoid if you want to boost your testosterone levels.
I mention beer separately (although it’s alcohol) since it has a really bad effect on your testosterone levels.
Unfortunately, beer is the worst choice because it contains a lot of hops which contain a lot of estrogen.
Maybe that’s why men who drink beer get the “beer belly” and man boobs.
Don’t worry if you drink only a few beers per week, but if you drink a few beers a day, don’t be surprised if you have a low testosterone level and belly fat.
Licorice helps make a balance between estrogen and progesterone in your body since it contains isoflavones.
It affects cortisol and estrogen and it reduces the production of testosterone up to 50%.
4. Bottled water
Water is not the problem here, but the bottle is.
Plastic bottles in general, are harmful to men.
They contain bisphenol.
That is a chemical substance found in plastic products.
It can significantly lower your testosterone.
The harmful chemical substance bisphenol A, better known as BPA, can lead to sexual dysfunction and it can lower the number of spermatozoa in men.
BPA is found in plastic bottles and plastic dishes.
It’s better to drink tap water instead of bottled water.
5. Microwave popcorn
Everyone loves watching movies with a bowl of popcorn, but microwave popcorn has a negative effect on testosterone levels and sex drive.
A bag of popcorn isn’t healthy because of the package and the content inside.
It contains a lot of chemicals which can cause infertility, low sex drive, and even testicular tumor.
Make your own popcorn instead of buying an unhealthy one.
I don’t have to tell you that sodas are unhealthy.
They are loaded with calories, sugar, and caffeine.
They are bad for your health, weight, and testosterone levels.
Although flaxseed is high in fiber and it’s healthy, some research shows that it can reduce testosterone.
Flaxseed is high in lignans, plant compounds that bind to testosterone and afterward your body gets rid of testosterone (it excretes it).
Mint tea is good for your stomach, but it’s bad for your libido.
Mint decreases testosterone levels, so try to drink mint tea as rarely as possible.
9. Fast food
You already know that fast food is unhealthy.
It’s the main reason for those extra pounds which can lower your testosterone level.
Junk food and unhealthy snacks are also a common source of trans fats.
Consuming trans fats from junk food can decrease testosterone.