The intensity of spermatogenesis and sexual behavior of the stronger sex depend on the level of testosterone. With a deficiency of this hormone in men, libido decreases, female type obesity develops (fat deposits form on the abdomen and hips), breast glands increase, face and body hair growth decreases.
An insufficient amount of testosterone can be caused by both various diseases and nutritional errors.
Here is a list of foods that often cause hormonal imbalance in men:
Salt is a source of sodium and chlorine, which are necessary for the body to maintain water-salt balance. Without sodium, which is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses, our nervous system cannot function normally. In addition, sodium deficiency violates the composition of blood plasma. Chlorine is part of bile, its lack makes the liver difficult. It is believed that the norm of salt for an adult is 10-15 g per day. It should be borne in mind that almost all products that have undergone industrial processing (bread, meat, fish cookery) already contain NaCl. Therefore, the daily intake of salt in its pure form needs to be reduced to 5-7 g. It has been proven that in salt food lovers, inhibition of testosterone production is more often observed.
When you use refined sugar, your blood glucose level rises sharply. To compensate for the imbalance, the body releases a portion of insulin into the bloodstream, which inhibits the production of testosterone. In the absence of heavy loads, the body does not have time to spend a significant part of the “fast” calories and transfers them to the reserve in the form of fat. Fat contributes to the production of estrogens, which disrupt the hormonal background in men. To avoid problems, it is recommended that you limit your intake of pure sugar to 6 teaspoons per day. Do not consume confectionery or sweet carbonated drinks. The best source of glucose and a healthy treat can be fruits, berries and honey.
It is known that in the industrial production of meat, some producers use female hormones to stimulate the growth of farm animals and birds. Most often, high doses of substances that are harmful to men’s health are found in chicken, pork, and beef. But lamb, rabbit meat and fish can be considered the safest foods.
Soy contains a complete protein that replaces proteins of animal origin, but men should not include it in their diet. There are many phytoestrogens in this product – plant-based analogues of female sex hormones. Once in the male body, they inhibit the production of testosterone.
The use of soybean, rapeseed, corn, and linseed oil has a negative effect on testosterone production. Sunflower is considered less harmful to the reproductive health of men. But nutty and olive are recognized as useful and absolutely safe. The recommended norm for an adult male is no more than 6 tablespoons per day. Oil is already included in this amount, which is used for cooking.
Testicular tissues are sensitive to the ingress of alcohol into the blood. It was found that after taking 100-150 g of strong alcoholic beverages, the level of testosterone in a man’s blood drops by 20%. To restore performance, it takes from 12 to 20 hours, but a certain number of testicular cells die. The most harmful effect on the male reproductive system is beer. In addition to alcohol, it contains female phytoestrogens, which cause hormonal disorders in the body of a man. In addition, the use of this intoxicated drink is often accompanied by a salty snack, foods treated with liquid smoke, foods containing trans fats and flavor enhancers. That’s why beer lovers have low libido and other reproductive dysfunctions.