In this article, we’ll look at some of the most amazing things that may be reducing your testosterone, so you can avoid them and ensure that everything you do is able to support and encourage healthy anabolism.
When it comes to manipulating testosterone level, we tend to focus on the ‘usual suspects’. This means protein, for example, supplements and sleep. But what you probably didn’t know is that almost everything you do has some kind of impact on your free testosterone level, no matter how small. Some very surprising things can actually change your level dramatically, so it is important that you also take them into account when trying to encourage muscle development and fat burning.
Myoestrogens, like the most well-known xenoestrogens, are a substance found in mold and fungi that can reduce testosterone and increase estrogen. This means that eating moldy bread can actually hurt your earnings as well as not being very attractive. It also means that mushrooms can have an adverse effect on your muscle development even though they are a good source of protein. Worse, myoestrogens are also found in cornstarch, barley, wheat, rice and sorghum. This is just one of the many reasons why a vegetarian diet can encourage low testosterone.
Many people seem to think rice improves testosterone, but unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rice is a potent inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, and since 5-alpha-reductase is used to convert testosterone into the most potent DHT, this is bad news for your body. In fact, it appears that rice is actually more effective at blocking testosterone than even drugs developed for this purpose!
Insect repellents not only repel mosquitoes – they also destroy your testosterone level. In the past, these products contained antiandrogens that directly prevented the conversion of cholesterol to testosterone. Today they no longer have this problem, but now the problem is the chemical ‘chlorpyrifos’, which is converted to TCPy when it enters the body. And TCPy is known to dramatically reduce the amount of testosterone circulating in the body.
Stop eating this licorice! Despite being healthy in many other ways, licorice is one of the worst things you can consume for your testosterone level. One study found that just 0.5 grams of glycyrrizic acid (found in licorice) a day is enough to nearly halve the testosterone level!
Swimming may be a good form of cardio, but it is terrible for your testosterone. This is unfortunately due to a toxic halogen that eliminates halogen in the body. One study found that children swimming in chlorinated pools had lower testosterone the more regularly they used the pool.
Of course, many swimmers have great physics, so don’t worry too much . Still, if you can choose, you should always choose to swim in the sea or other natural waters!
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. It turns out that sunscreen, low calorie diets and even many medications can all lower testosterone. And then there are all the things we know that testosterone lowers to take into consideration too… it’s a dangerous world out there for bodybuilders!