Today I want to look at eight easy ways to get rid of that pesky hormone known as testosterone.
What Is Testosterone?
For those wondering what role testosterone plays in the body, here are just a few of the irritations brought about by this hormone: enhanced libido, increased energy, increased production of red blood cells and protection against osteoporosis. And who would want all of that stuff? Not me! Read on to learn the ways you can make sure you keep your testosterone levels as low as possible, ensuring a lack of sex drive and low energy levels.
Given that I focus predominantly on diet as a means of health around here, I figured diet is a good place to start when we’re looking to decrease our testosterone levels.
Low Fat Diet = Healthy, Right?
Further, make sure the fat you do eat (it’s unfortunate that we can’t avoid all sources of fat, isn’t it?) is polyunsaturated rather than monounsaturated and especially not that deadly saturated fat. Studies have shown that when total fat, monounsaturated fat, and saturated fat intakes increase, so does testosterone.
Avoid Sins Of The Flesh
We already know that soy helps with reducing our testosterone levels, so replace that nasty meat with some good ol’ soy.
Remember Your College Days
Now see, in the very short-term, one study found that a subset of people (or rather rats) get a small increase in testosterone even when intoxicated. Luckily, for the rest of us, there is up to a 44% decrease in testosterone after five drinks. If you’re an overachiever, go full bore: Chronic alcohol consumption has a detrimental effect on male reproductive hormones and on semen quality. It seems that alcohol has this effect by promoting the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
We can’t expect diet to do all of the heavy lifting. It’s important to also incorporate some lifestyle factors in our efforts.
Smoke a Doobie…Or A Cigarette
I’ll Rest When I’m Dead
Numerous studies have shown that never stopping to rest your body will help to lower your testosterone levels via overtraining:
Of course “overtraining” is specific to the individual, so you’ll need to just keep working out more and more until you start to feel the effects.
Freak Out About Everything
Since increased cortisol (and in fact, all glucocorticoids) brings with it decreased testosterone, we want to make sure that we make a mountain out of every molehill we come across. Someone cut you off in traffic? Curse, rant, rave, flip that $#*!% off. Coworker screw up? Ha! We don’t make mistakes in the office, so let them have it! And if your spouse says something that could possibly be offensive, but probably wasn’t intended to be, make sure you take it the wrong way.
Catch The Late Show…And The Late, Late Show
This study showed that older men experience the same testosterone declines seen in younger men when quality and quantity of sleep decline:
And since most nighttime testosterone is released during the late stages of the non-REM sleep cycle and the early part of the REM stage of sleep, any other steps we can take to screw up our sleep are important. For instance, alcohol will keep you from hitting good REM sleep and cause more Stage 4 sleep. Leaving the TV on is probably also a good idea to make sure there are some flickering lights.
What other ways do you know of to decrease this pesky sex hormone?