Toxic for Men
This is a list of basic foods and substances for men to avoid if they wish to keep their testosterone levels high. What these food stuffs do is mimic estrogen or help the body produce it, either way not in the best interest for any man focused on maintaining a healthy level of testosterone. The problem is, this stuff is everywhere and sometimes difficult to avoid.
Soy proteins - soy milk, soy flour, endamame, tempeh, and tofu may be the most estrogenic of all foods. Soy is too high in phytoestrogens for men. There is an Asian saying goes like this: "If your man is too sexy, give him soy." That about says it. Too much soy can also overwhelm women and unbalance their system if eaten too often. Babies should not be given soy products. Fermented soy like soy sauce is fine though.
Lignans - or seeds such as flaxseed, pumpkin, poppy, and sesame seeds, and whole grains are natural foods that act like estrogen. Lignans are phytoestrogens and they are able to bind to estrogen receptors and mimic the action of this hormone in the body. Men can eat these periodically without trouble; daily consumption could be problematic though. As far as whole grains like wheat, you may want to read the book "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, it may change your life.
Licorice - which contains glycyrrhizinic acid has been shown to reduce testosterone in men and women. Spearmint tea, clover, and the herb thyme also reduce testosterone levels. There are scores of phytoestrogen herbs so it is best to do your research before consuming any.
Canola oil - lowers testosterone levels along with the other cheap vegetable oils, lard and too much butter (a little is ok). As you can see it is not a good idea to replace butter with margarine or another fake "vegi-oil" butter product. Olive oil and coconut oil are beneficial for good testosterone levels. Testosterone is made from cholesterol and the good cholesterol is made from medium chain fats like olive and coconut oils.
High fiber - consumption can lower testosterone levels, we need fiber but "all things in balance." The common misconception is that the older you are the more fiber you need. Scientific studies are showing this to be untrue.
High protein - meals without sufficient carbohydrates lead to lower testosterone levels. This may go against what you've been taught if you are competition bodybuilder, but it may be that you are building muscle at the expense of your testosterone. Balanced meals are always best.
Non-Organic Dairy - dairy products that are not organic contain estrogen and prolactin hormones. High levels of prolactin suppress TSH or Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone. In men, excess prolactin depresses testosterone which leads to low libido.
Pesticides - are endocrine disruptors that lower testosterone levels or interfere with hormone delivery. It appears those "Eat Organic" folks knew what they were talking about after all. The worst of the bunch are the fruits and vegetables on the "dirty dozen" list of high pesticide produce: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach and strawberries. Avoid all or go organic to keep t-levels up.
Xenoestrogens - are synthetic forms of the female hormone estrogen but, unlike natural estrogen, these chemical-based “mutant estrogens” are very difficult for your body to dispose of. Instead, they’re trapped away in your fat cells and disrupt the natural balance of male hormones, literally transforming men into women (no kidding!). This helps explain why it's more difficult to raise testosterone levels while overweight.
• Plasticizers in plastic bottles and food containers and wraps. The more acidic the food in these containers the more leaching that will occur.
• Bisphenol-A, a breakdown of polycarbonate, in plastic bottles. It’s also found in the lining of many food cans and juice containers.
• Avoid heated plastics altogether, plastic lined items and Styrofoam (microwave, oven, sun), as the polycarbonate escapes it goes into the air and food.
• Use glass, ceramics or steel to store/consume foods and liquids.
• Buy hormone-free animal products (eggs, poultry, meats, dairy) to avoid xenoestrogen injections, supplements, bovine growth hormone.
• A common food preservative in processed foods (BHS: butylated hydroxyanisole).
• Avoid non-organic coffee and tea and spices. They are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
• Use reverse-osmosis filter water or purchase your own filter (drinking and bathing).
• Many skin creams and contain parabens and stearal konium chloride.
• Most skin lotions, creams, soaps, shampoo, cosmetics use parabens and phenoxyethanol as a preservative. These substances are 100% absorbed into the body. Avoid propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate.
• Sunscreen can contain benzophenone-3, homosalate, 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor, octal-methoxycinnamate, octal-dimethyl-PABA.
• Many perfumes, deodorizers, air fresheners have artificial scents and contain phthalates.
• Most colognes are petro chemically based.
• Choose a condom without surfactants or spermicidals.
• Dryer sheets, fabric softeners and detergents put petrochemicals right on your skin. Use laundry detergent with less chemicals or use white vinegar and baking soda.
Excitotoxins - saving the best (worst) for last - this stuff shrinks testicles and more importantly kills neurons in the brain. While experiencing a MSG headache you are feeling brain cells die.
Other names: Monosodium Glutamate, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Calcium Caseinate, Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy, and Wheat Protein, Autolyzed Yeast Extract and Natural Flavors! That's right, if you see "natural flavors" on any food label you are looking at MSG in disguise.
• Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
• Almost every Diet Beverage
There is actually more, but that's enough for now - you have your work cut out for you, read the labels and make your choices accordingly. Once you get your testosterone level up, and normalized for your body composition, then you can reintroduce some of the above little by little to see what you can get away with.
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