How Society is Making You Less of A Man: Effects of Diet & Environment on Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is the ‘man hormone’. Women have their estrogen and we have our testosterone. Higher natural levels of testosterone are good for us. We repair tissue faster – which is not only a great thing for building muscle, but a great thing for maintaining a healthy body. We also have healthier ‘soldiers’. And if you want to have a kid some day, ‘healthier soldiers’ are a must.
Higher testosterone levels also result in lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart attacks, improved immune function, and smaller waistlines. The more we can naturally produce this powerful ‘man hormone’, the healthier we’re going to be.
But society is trying to keep us down, and it starts from the day we’re born. Bastards! It’s time we wise up fellas.
How our surroundings lower our testosterone levels
Plastics are terrible for us. More and more studies are coming out showing the negative effects of plastics, especially when heated. They increase the likelihood of us getting cancer, but they also raise our estrogen and cortisol levels – the enemies of testosterone in men.
What’s worse, we’re exposed to these plastics when we’re most vulnerable: at birth. We spend our first few hours in plastic incubators. We’re given heated milk in plastic bottles when we’re young. Food heated in plastic containers, and don’t forget the toys and utensils that are made out of guess what? Plastic.
Men on the whole are producing far less testosterone than our fathers and grandfather’s did. This means lower sperm counts, more emotional problems, and less men being able to impregnate women because our soldier’s either aren’t there, or they aren’t swimming strong and in the right direction.
Things in our environment that have a negative effect on our testosterone levels:
- Warm showers – so have cold ones in the morning and at night to boost your testosterone levels and sperm count.
- Tight underwear – wear loose boxers. Heat is a toxic environment for ‘our boys’. Let them breath.
- Plastics – use metal or glass when you have an option. Put your food on plates before you heat them up. This includes pots, pans, and water bottles as well.
- Cell phone in the pocket – the radiation from our cell phones can kill our sperm count, also having a negative effect on our testosterone levels. Carry it in the breast pocket of your jacket (on the right side, away from your heart), or get a arm-band cell phone case.
- Lack of sleep – I mention cortisol a few times in this article. Maintaing low cortisol levels is a huge part to maintaining high testosterone levels. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night will help you keep your cortisol levels in check.
How our diets lower our testosterone levels
Our diets are filled with ‘the fake’. That is, they’re filled with man-made, or artificially created nonsense pawned off as something that’s good for us. The first thing we should be doing is eating more natural foods. Foods that come from the ground or that need to be killed in order for us to eat them.
Our diets are also starting to include fewer and fewer animal fats. The words ‘low fat’ or ‘no fat’ are on almost everything we can buy. Butter can even be low fat now! The yolks are even being taken out of our eggs for shite’s sake!
The truth is, fat helps us produce testosterone. Without fat we’re not going to have the testosterone levels we need or want.
What to do:
- Testosterone-boosting snack upon rising and before bed: 3 brazil nuts + 3,000-5,000 IU of D3 + 1 glass of whole raw milk
- Eat meat. Red meat. Eat fish. Eat fatty foods that are natural. Never cut them out of your diet. Trans fats and fast carbs have been shown to have a much greater negative effect on our hearts and waistlines than animal fats are.
- If you’re a boy, don’t eat soy. There are different theories as to just how much soy boosts estrogen in men. I’m of the belief that if it has any negative effect, then why bother eating it?
Our testosterone levels are at their highest from 4 am-6 am in the morning. Which means the last meal we have before we go to bed and the first meal we have when we wake up are two of the most important meals in the day. Make sure they have enough good fat in them.
Start your day with Brazil nuts, eggs and veggies. Cook your eggs with butter, many oils change chemically when heated, going from saturated or monounsaturated fats to their evil cousin, trans fats.
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How our training lowers our testosterone levels
Longer training sessions are better for us. That’s been the mentality for a long time, but they’re not. When we hit that 60-minute mark of a workout, our bodies begin to release that nasty hormone, cortisol. So how do we combat this? It’s not just by having shorter workouts. Here are some things you can do to help boost testosterone levels with how you train.
- Sprint. Sprints help us boost testosterone and HGH levels. Long runs result in the release of cortisol levels. So if you can, sprint, don’t go for long runs.
- Carbs during a workout. Carbs while we’re training (or right after) gives our bodies something to burn, stopping – or at the very least diminishing – the release of cortisol.
- Lower body heavy lifting. Heavy lifting with exercises like squats and deadlifts results in the rise of HGH and testosterone levels. So the upper body training fad that dominates the gym isn’t making you look more like a man.