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Foods That Kill Your Sex Drive and Lower Your Testosterone

Have you found yourself going to bed without an urge for some sexual relief more than usual? It might be something you ate. These days, more men suffer from decreased sex drives than ever before and some of the major culprits are as simple as what you’re putting in your mouth.

Foods can negatively impact your libido, especially as your age, so it’s vital to limit or get these ball breakers off your plate. T levels affect sexual desire, so anything that depletes your hormone (“man-mone”) levels can eventually kill your sex drive.

FOODS TO KILL BEFORE THEY KILL YOUR LIBIDO

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5. Soy – Don’t worry about getting “man boobs” if you have small, irregular amounts of soy in your diet, but excess amounts of the legume-derived products (soy milk, tofu, edamame) can drastically reduce the levels of testosterone in the blood and decrease your libido, according to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researches found that men who consumed 120 mg of soy a day had a decrease in testosterone. If you’re working on becoming a dad, make sure you cut down or delete it entirely from your diet since it can lower sperm count.

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4. Graham Crackers – Surprised? I was too. When Dr. Sylvester Graham created Dr. Graham’s Honey Biskets in 1829, he believed the graham meal would suppress carnal desires (i.e. masturbation).

Any refined carbohydrates, such as those loaded into graham crackers, can still wreak havoc on a man’s intimate time between the sheets. Excess refined carbs (bleached white flour) can kill T levels. Sugars from refined carbs will not only make you gain weight, but can raise your estrogen levels and deplete T levels. So, if I were you, I’d lower your intake of S’mores.

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3. Alcohol – I’m being serious. I know this is a tough one. A little here and there never hurt anyone’s lust, but surprisingly, overindulging can bring things down by the end of the night.

Sex coaches are really big on this known fact and┬ásex therapist, David Yarian, tells us, “Too much alcohol, too much rich food-too much food in general-is going to make the person sleepy and not that interested.” Another coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure, Amy Levine, advises to “work on having two to three drinks max if you want to be ready later.”

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1. Meat containing hormones (especially red meat) – Foods that contain added hormones or antibiotics are a huge sex offender by unbalancing a man’s natural hormones when consumed in excess. For some, certain foods can even affect secretions like semen, sweat, urine and breath, according to Amy Levine.

Overall, red meat has its pluses when consumed as grass fed beef with no hormones. You can then embrace the awesome-ness of red meat by gaining muscle and zapping fat if you also opt for leaner cuts.

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1. Eating in excess – This is the #1 sex drive killer for any man. The worst food that a man can have for his sex drive is too much of it. Diet accelerates the aging process. Anyone carrying extra weight from ages 35 to 60 is accelerating the aging process. Midsection increase is probably the number one reason
for lost sex drive. A good diet equals good sex.

Tristan "Lucky"

 

 

 

 


Written by: Tristan “Lucky”

Have a Testosterone Boosting Three Way: Part 1

Boost Testosterone with DietIn our prior post, What You Probably DON’T Know About Testosterone, we covered aromatase – testosterone conversion to estrogen, synthetic vs. natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and (my personal favorite) “moobs”.

I promised a post that shows a 3-step plan to help boost testosterone naturally. This formula has been successful for many guys, including myself, over the years. For some, it doubled their T levels within a 90-day period. We will cover this topic in a series of three posts so you get all the info without getting a migraine afterwards.

Testosterone levels are taking a nose dive. Studies have shown that the average male’s testosterone in today’s society is nearly 25% lower than in the 1980’s. Without the big T, men become infertile, impotent, docile, and weak.

The FIRST STEP to increase T naturally is: DIET

Not to surprise you, but diet plays a huge role in our testosterone production. Our glands need certain minerals, like zinc and magnesium, to get T production started and our Leydig cells need cholesterol to make testosterone. Some foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can boost levels by removing estrogens in our body that lower our T.

One of the biggest changes I made to my diet was increasing my fat and cholesterol intake. There’s a reason why bodybuilders drank raw eggs once upon a time (though, perhaps some still do). Studies have suggested that higher fat and cholesterol consumption results in increased levels of total T; in fact, men eating low-fat diets typically have decreased testosterone levels.

The Hormone Shop states that essential fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids and saturated fats, are essential for normal testosterone production and by avoiding such fats you will decrease your natural T production. According to 4-Mens Health, evidence suggests that consumption of meat boosts T levels. Vegetarian diets, on the other hand, cause a decrease.

Before you go out and buy a bunch of eggs, bacon and steak, I want to remind you of something very important. The antibiotics and stress levels in animals not raised in a humane manner can actually cause hormone shifts in your own body. You owe it to yourself, your health, and your testosterone to buy grass-fed beef, organic eggs, and bacon that is nitrate-free. Chicken needs to be free-range and fish needs to be wild caught, not farm raised. I cannot stress enough to buy organic and memorize what the Dirty Dozen is. It may be a bit more expensive, but the alternative isn’t worth it. Say “NO” to GMO.

Weekly Food PrepThe cholesterol question is indeed a good one. If you want to read more about it, then check out The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol and The Straight Dope on Cholesterol – Part 1 and Part 2.

There are quite a few foods that naturally boost testosterone levels. In fact, click here to view the list of the Top 50 Foods That Boost Testosterone Naturally.

On the flip-side, diets which are high in complex carbohydrates and simple sugars will result in lower T levels. Consuming excessive amounts of carbs will cause blood sugar to elevate and therefore release increased levels of insulin and cortisol.

The “Journal of Endocrinology” has determined that soy (which contains phytoestrogens) will decrease testosterone levels. A study performed by the Gifu University School of Medicine located in Japan revealed that testosterone concentrations were inversely related with the intake of soy products; hence, the fear of consuming soy products. According to a 2008 Harvard study, sperm counts in male infertility clinic patients were found to be lower by 41 million/ml in those who included soy in their diets. If you do decide to indulge in soy, only buy organic and non-GMO.

No BeerThis may break your heart, but the hops in beer are so estrogenic, they are currently being studied as a treatment for hot flashes in menopausal women. If you want to optimize your testosterone levels, it’s best to completely avoid alcohol. Research has shown that even two drinks per day can lower your T levels. My advice would be to avoid alcohol during the week and sip on vodka on the weekends. A couple of filthy martinis won’t crush your testosterone as much.

TIP #1: To keep your metabolism running on high, eat 5 small meals per day. The easiest way to do this is to food prep for the week. Many people will spend Sunday evenings cooking up a storm. Yes, their fridge ends up looking like the kingdom of Tupperware. End the day with a slow-digesting casein protein unless you are dairy intolerant. In which case, I suggest a protein shake.

TIP #2: Always use BPA-free bottles since it may be the biggest culprit to declining levels of testosterone. BPA is Bisphenol-A, a synthetic chemical often found in various plastic containers that leach out once heated. When workers were exposed to BPA, it resulted in lower T levels and androstendione, a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen. BONUS: If you’re trying to have kids, a recent study showed that 89% of men attending fertility clinics had BPA in their urine. Not only did they have lower T, but also lower TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Bottom line: Use glass or stainless steel whenever possible.

TIP #3: I cannot emphasize enough the importance of increasing muscle mass and decreasing body fat when it comes to testosterone levels. Adipose tissue (fat tissue) contains an enzyme called aromatase that converts testosterone into estrogen. The more body fat = more estrogen = less testosterone. Period. End of story.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

Tristan "Lucky"

Written by:
Tristan “Lucky”
www.ripped-science.com

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