It’s no secret that having high, healthy testosterone levels is crucial for your happiness as a man.
Low testosterone has been linked to depression, low energy, low libido, and worst of all, low levels of success. In fact, studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between how much testosterone a man has, and how much money he makes.
So clearly, you want the highest testosterone levels possible—your entire life depends on it.
Most people focus on how to boost testosterone levels, which is important, but do you know what’s even MORE important? Avoiding things that are KILLING your testosterone! Just by cutting these foods out of your diet, you can expect to raise your testosterone levels by at least 20%.
“Milk is for babies.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
Yup, that’s right—cheese, yogurt, milk…it’s all absolutely horrible for you. “But Jon, isn’t milk an American staple food?” Why yes, yes it is. That’s why we’re all fat as fuck over here.
Dairy cows, in our modern agricultural complex, are basically treated like absolute trash. They’re stuck into tiny cages, fed ridiculous amounts of hormones to fatten them up, and given tons of antibiotics, otherwise they’d die from such stressful conditions.
So, logically, when they create milk, what do you think that milk contains? All of those hormones and antibiotics.
Most cows in the United States (and other countries, too) are given what’s called an estrogen implant. It’s a little pill that they inject behind a cow’s ear, and it slowly seeps estrogen into the cow’s system. Estrogen is basically the opposite of testosterone—it makes you emotional, lose muscle mass, and gain fat.
This is why drinking dairy is absolutely terrible if you’re trying to shred fat as fast as possible. If you can get your hands on raw milk, which isn’t pasteurized or homogenized, and comes from grass-fed cows, then this is a lot better.
But even so, I personally avoid dairy at all costs. The only exception is if I’m trying to bulk up and can get my hands on some raw milk.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are almost chemically identical to estrogen. They also contain isoflavones that activate your body’s estrogen receptors. So, in other words, soy is a double whammy—it’s one of the worst foods for your testosterone levels out there.
To make matters even worse, it’s in damn near everything that’s processed. This is why I always recommend that men read the damn labels for what you’re eating! Don’t put something into your body if you don’t even know what it is. Or, better yet, just follow a paleo diet so that you’re only getting whole foods.
If the label on your food contains any of the following of the ingredients, it’s got soy in it:
Manufacturers are absolutely NOTORIOUS for putting soy into places where it doesn’t belong—like, for example, in beef jerky. Yes, that’s right. Even seemingly non-soy-related items are actually filled with soy. Is it any wonder why most men are weak nowadays?
Ah, trans fats—one of the scientific atrocities of the modern world. I won’t go too in-depth here, but basically trans fats are made by high-heat and high-pressure processing.
These things literally change the physical, molecular makeup of fats to the point where your body doesn’t even know how to fucking digest them. Yes, that’s right. Your body literally has no clue what to do with them. They increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and more.
Trans fats also destroy your testosterone levels. And again, what’s worse, is that they’re in damn near everything:
Trans fats also prevent the synthesis of prostacyclin, which is a compound that keeps your blood flowing. Yes, that’s right—trans fats literally stop your blood from flowing effectively. I couldn’t make this stuff up.
Peppermint is one of those seemingly unsuspecting testosterone killers—after all, isn’t it a holistic remedy to stress? Well, yeah, it is, but it also completely obliterates your testosterone levels.
In a study conducted in 2004, researchers found that both peppermint and spearmint lower testosterone levels by a whopping amount:
Yup, that’s right. Just 1 cup of spearmint tea can cut your testosterone levels in half. Imagine what would happen if someone drank a cup of spearmint or peppermint tea every single day?
The study doesn’t mention using peppermint for aromatherapy and its affects on the human body, but I suspect that it wouldn’t lower testosterone levels. Just be sure not to drink anything peppermint or spearmint related.
Yeah, I know, I know. How are you supposed to go out clubbing and pickup chicks if you can’t drink? Well, that’s where willpower comes in.
Alcohol, despite ads showing bearded men in pickup trucks, actually decreases your testosterone levels. There’s quite a few catches though—it depends on how much, and at what time.
For example, one study showed that when rats were fed a diet where 5% of the calories came from alcohol, testicle size shrunk by 50%. This is the human equivalent of half a drink a day.
Most studies also agree that if you’re an alcoholic, consuming more than 3 drinks per day, you’re going to have very elevated estrogen levels, and suppressed testosterone levels.
What’s surprising though, is this weird Finnish study that completely flies in the face of reason. In this study, participants drank half a glass of vodka immediately after lifting weights, and their testosterone levels increased by 100%.
Was this because Finnish people have a weird alcohol-related gene? Or maybe the testosterone increase came from lifting, and not the alcohol? Or maybe the study was just a fluke. Who knows?
Either way, it’s best if you minimize alcohol consumption if you want to save your testosterone levels—and when you do decide to consume, be sure to stick with red wine, which has the least impact on your testosterone.
After learning to successfully trade the market, build a six pack, start a social circle from scratch, and increase his IQ by 15 points, Jon Anthony has decided to teach others how they can, too. He plans to move to Las Vegas next year to invest in real estate and live it up.