Is There a Link Between Low Testosterone and Alcohol Consumption?
Drinking alcoholic beverages beyond moderation could lower your testosterone level.
It may be considered “manly” to be able to hold your liquor, and many competitions of strength and skill are often played out in bars. However, the latest research indicates that alcohol consumption could lower your testosterone levels.
From a health standpoint, there are several good reasons to minimize your consumption of alcohol. While one drink has been known to loosen the mood, alcohol can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Alcohol in excess also reduces testosterone, and increases production of estrogen, which can further lower testosterone, and negatively impact sexual performance.
What is the Link Between Alcohol and Low T?
Moderate, or “social drinking” has little impact on testosterone production. In fact, there have been recent studies that have found that alcohol in moderation, particularly red wine, and surprisingly beer, has many health benefits. It is what you drink, and how much, that can begin to have a negative impact on testosterone level.
What you drink is almost as important as how much you drink, because it is often the other ingredients or chemical compounds, and not the alcohol that has the greatest impact on testosterone. For example, “phytoestrogens,” or plant chemicals that increase the production of estrogen, are found in hops, the principle ingredient in beer. Phytoestrogens are also found in wine, and in rye and corn based spirits such as bourbon. When a man’s body produces more estrogen, your testosterone level is lowered.
But, that does not mean that alcohol itself is not a problem. We have known for years that excess consumption of alcohol lowers sperm count, lowers testosterone, and is otherwise “toxic to the testes.”
So how much and what should you drink? By all accounts regardless of what you drink, moderate drinking, no more than one drink a day, should have little impact on testosterone level. More than that, especially binge drinking, particularly many drinks in one sitting over a short period of time, is the real problem.
Other Ways To Maintain Healthy Testosterone Levels
Just as there are certain things such as alcohol, you should avoid consuming in excess, there are things you should consider adding more of in your diet that can help maintain, or raise your testosterone levels. Consider eating more tuna fish or other vitamin D rich foods such as milk, or egg yolks. Vitamin D is a precursor to testosterone production. Zinc rich foods, such as oysters and shellfish, can also aid in testosterone production. Beans, such as kidney beans and black beans are good sources of both vitamin D and zinc.
In addition to dietary changes, here are some other ways to naturally increase your testosterone levels.
- Lose Weight
- Get regular exercise, particularly high intensity interval training
- Reduce stress
- Get enough sleep
The Many Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
You can take steps to increase and maintain healthy testosterone levels. However, if you are a man between the ages of 35 and 55, and after taking these steps, still feel tired, weak, or are facing sexual health issues, you may want to have your hormone levels checked. You could be a candidate for testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy can:
- Increase your energy
- Help you lose weight
- Help you build muscle
- Improve mood and cognition
- Improve libido, sex drive, and sexual performance
Hormone therapy is a safe and effective way to replace what time and nature take away. However, you can only receive hormone therapy with a doctor’s prescription.
Contact our offices today, to see if our hormone therapy programs can help prevent you from missing out on life!