TESTOSTERONE-BOOSTING DIET PLAN | Foods That Lower Testosterone Levels

Welcome back to the final video in my series
on testosterone nutrition. When boosting your T levels naturally, there
are a variety of things that you can do that synergistically work together. But if you don’t have your nutrition dialed
in, none of the other things that you do will work that great. In this video, I’ll share with you the final
piece of the testosterone nutrition puzzle… foods that you want to avoid. Foods that you want to eliminate from your testosterone nutrition plan. And if you’re like me and you want to turn
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to my channel and hit the bell to be notified when I post a new video every Tuesday Alright, if you haven’t been following this
series of videos on testosterone production, there are links to the first 2 episodes below. If you have been following this series, then
you know that in the last 2 videos, we discussed how stored fat can convert testosterone into
estrogen, how it can disrupt the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, how good nutrition can provide the building
blocks for the synthesis of testosterone, the importance of macronutrients for good
hormone health and which foods to eat to obtain those macros and which vitamins and minerals
are essential to healthy testosterone production. In this video, I’ll wrap up the series by
going over those foods that you should avoid in your testosterone nutritional plan, which foods you want to eliminate, but I’ll also explain why. So, in the last video I talked about how most nutrition plans come with a list of foods that you want to eat, and a list of foods that you don’t want to eat. Most nutritional plan come with a list of foods that you want to either avoid like the plague, or that are OK to eat but only in really limited quantities. a testosterone nutrition plan is no different. Just as there are foods that you want to include
in your diet to boost your testosterone levels, there are foods that you want to avoid. Foods that are toxic to your testosterone
production. Most of these foods fall into 2 classes. Foods that cause chronic inflammation or
foods that are estrogenic. So, chronic inflammation is toxic to testosterone production. When the human body experiences any type of
inflammation, it ramps up the production of cortisol. Now cortisol is the stress hormone, it’s produced in the adrenal
glands, and it ‘s regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. So, cortisol is considered by the body to be absolutely critical when you’re in survival mode. And it has a number of functions, but on of it ‘s functions is to shut down systems that are consuming energy that are not considered to be critical to your survival. Systems like the digestive system, and the immune system and your reproductive system. So cortisol is synthesized from cholesterol,
which is the precursor for cortisol. Since cholesterol is also the precursor for
testosterone, when your cortisol production is up, testosterone production
is down. Because testosterone is not considered to be critical to your survival. Cortisol can actually destroy testosterone molecules that are circulating in your blood system. So, cortisol can shut down your reproductive system, it uses the same resources as testosterone and gets a higher priority, and it can destroy testosterone molecules. Cortisol is really bad for testosterone production. Consequently, you want to avoid anything that
causes chronic inflammation, and there are a number of foods that do this. Refined sugar can cause inflammation. Trans fats can cause inflammation. Feedlot beef can cause chronic inflammation. A diet high in omega-6 fatty acids and low
in omega-3 fatty acids can cause inflammation. So these are all foods that you’ll want to avoid like the plague. Gluten can also cause chronic inflammation, as can lactose, it can cause chronic inflammation. But these are foods that are tolerated by the body in small amounts, so it’s OK to include these in your nutrition plan if you really limit them. So, the other type of food that you want to avoid
are estrogenic foods. Estrogenic foods are foods that contain a
high level of estrogen, the female hormone, or that contain a molecule that mimics estrogen,
producing many of the same effects as estrogen. So, estrogenic foods can contain high levels of natural estrogen, because they’re either injected directly into the animal to promote rapid growth, like feedlot beef, or they contain high levels of natural estrogen due to lactation, like dairy. So, in the first group, I’m talking talking
about cattle, pigs and chickens that are a product of industrialized farming. In an effort to get animals to market-ready
weight in the shortest possible time, they are injected with growth stimulants which
include 3 different types of estrogen…along with synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics. All these chemicals remain in the meat and
they are all toxic for your testosterone production. The second type of food is high in natural estrogen because of lactation, and I’m talking about dairy. Dairy cattle are milked about 300 days out
of the year, and they’re pregnant for most of that time. The later they are in the pregnancy, the higher
the estrogen levels. The Harvard Gazette has reported that dairy
accounts for 60%-80% of the estrogen that we consume in our diets. So eliminating dairy, along with beef, pork
and chicken that has been produced in an industrialized farming environment is key to eliminating
estrogenic foods from your diet. A much better option is to eat organic, grass-feed
beef and dairy that comes from organic, grass-fed sources, and free range chicken…animal products
that come from animals that are raised in an environment free from chemicals, estrogen, growth hormones and antibiotics. Some foods are estrogenic because they contain a molecule that mimics estrogen, A lot of these come from plants that produce a type of enzyme called isoflavones, also known as phytoestrogens. Now, isoflavones are a type of xenohormone that mimic estrogen. And two of the worst offenders are flaxseed and soy, whether it’s soy beans, soy milk or soy protein. Fermented soy is OK, so soy sauce is fine. I know that these foods are touted as super healthy foods, but if you’re focus is on boosting your testosterone levels, these foods are your enemy and you need to avoid them at all costs. Now, on the list of things to avoid, there’s a final
entry that isn’t really a food, but you consume it by eating or drinking it. Remember earlier when I mentioned xenohormones? Xenohormones are chemical compounds that mimic estrogen and they can occur naturally, like isoflavones, but typically they’re man-made. And they fall into a class of compounds called endocrine disruptors, which disrupt your body’s endocrine, hormone producing organs. And there’s a whole list of man-made endocrine
disruptors that are deadly to your testosterone production. Endocrine disruptors can really screw up your
endocrine system. They increase production of certain hormones, they can decrease the production of certain hormones, they can change certain hormones into other types of hormones, they imitate hormones, they interfere with hormone signaling, they tell cells to die
prematurely, they compete with essential nutrients, they bind to essential hormones, and they
build up in organs that produce hormones. And unlike other toxins, damage is not dependent
on dosage, but can be dangerous in very small amounts. Expose levels are measured in parts per billion,
which is equivalent to one drop in 20 olympic-sized swimming pools. So, some of the endocrine disruptors that
you absolutely need to avoid are: BPAs…Bisphenol A. BPAs are a compound that mimic
estrogen and is found in plastic water bottles. If the symbol on the water bottle is either
a 3 or a 7, don’t buy it, or throw it away. I only use glass or metal, or in a crunch, plastics that are BPA-free. Next on the list is Phthalates. They’re in everything because they smell
good, and they’re as bad a BPAs. They’re in #3 plastic wrap, vinyl products,
air-fresheners, shampoos, kid’s toys, cosmetics and paint. Dioxins. Dioxins are found primarily in animal products and
can be avoided by using organic meats. Altrazine, which is a weed killer, which is
so powerful it can turn male frog into female frogs. You can avoid it by putting a filter on your
water tap that is certified to remove Altrazine. And finally we have PFCs, or perflourinated chemicals. PFC have a really strong chemical bond and
they don’t break down, either in the environment or in the human body. They’re used in non-stick cookware, the
coating inside microwave popcorn, fast food containers, waterproof clothing and car wax. I can’t overstate the importance of good
nutrition to the goal of elevating your testosterone production. You may be doing the right kind of exercises
to promote healthy testosterone production, you may be getting enough sleep, and the right kind of sleep. You may be meditating and eliminating stress
from your life. But if you’re not getting the right kinds
of nutrients in your diet, then all of that other great behavior is going fall short of
what’s possible if you include great nutrition in your plan to naturally elevate your testosterone
production. Without good nutrition, you’re just not
going to be able to get your T levels up to where you want them. If you enjoyed this video, if you found it’s
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