You are what you’re eating. You can say it also as; a man is less or more “man” by what he is eating. Testosterone is one of the main hormones that plays important role in manhood. Doing hard Work, lifting weights, having a sex drive, and also keeping an erection as much as needed. All these things are related to testosterone levels.
While testosterone plays an important role in a man’s body, women also have this hormone.
First of all, there are other things affecting testosterone such as age, physical activity, stress levels, bad eating habits, and, obesity.
Still, food plays an important role to increase or decrease these levels. Having a balanced and healthy diet will affect your overall health and testosterone levels.
Does soy lower testosterone?
The soy foods such as Feta, edamame(green soybeans), and soy nuts contain phytoestrogens. These compounds are similar to estrogen in the body and function in a similar way.
There are several studies on how soy is affecting the T-levels. FOr example, according to a 2013 Study, men who are consuming 20gr of soy protein over a two-week study showed lower testosterone levels compared to those who are drinking whey protein.
On the other hand, another German Study suggests that the effects of soy are mostly on estrogen levels. Below is the conclusion of the study.
Phytoestrogens are present in different edible plants being most abundant in soy; among others, they are used to compensate for estrogen deficiency in menopause. However, the estrogenic potential of phytoestrogens does not prevent from extensive use of soy in infant food and other foodstuffs as well as pediatric parenteral nutrition. The feminizing effect of phytoestrogens and soy products may be subtle, and detectable only statistically in large populations; it can be of particular importance for children and adolescents. This matter should be clarified by independent research, which can have implications for the future of soy in agriculture.
Does Dairy Mess with Your hormones?
It is suggested that the antibiotic is given to animals and also synthetic and natural in the milk affect the level of testosterone in men. Eating products made of milk such as cheese contains the estrogen hormone at high levels and it passes to the human body.
Which alcohol is good for testosterone?
The short answer is, none.
Although some studies say a small amount of alcohol such as wine increases testosterone, in general, this is not the case. Alcohol, if consumed regularly and overdosed will kill the testosterone levels.
In this article, you can read the whole study of alcohol on males. I am sorry to say that drinking a few beers after work will not help your testosterone level.
Sugar kills your manhood
Although it is a pleasurable and sweet thing to eat and drink sugary things, the effect of sugar on t-levels is not that sweet.
A study that was applied to men between 20 to 39 years old shows that sugary beverages reduce testosterone levels.
Low-quality meat and processed food
Low-quality meat means the meat coming from an animal that was growing on antibiotics and hormone treatments. These supplements are passing to the human body and causing hormonal imbalance.
Processed meats such as smoked/cured meats, sausages, and bacon, and also ready foods are high in sodium, trans fat, sugar, and calories which are resulting in low testosterone levels.