Common sense and TV commercials would have you believe that nothing starts the day better than a good healthy breakfast. The commercials always have their best interests in mind – they want to sell you something. I guess you can’t blame them. They’re just trying to make a living.
It’s your choice whether you buy it, anyway, not theirs. And, speaking of buying something, don’t buy into the hype about what constitutes a healthy breakfast. It could be killing your T-levels, and that’s the last thing you want.
Yogurt in all its forms is a pretty common breakfast staple across the world. It comes in plain, strawberry, blueberry, maple, vanilla, chocolate … and the list goes on and on.
People who are trying to lose weight often opt for a low-fat or no-fat version, which isn’t the best idea if you want high T-levels.
Your hormones are produced from fat and cholesterol. If you rob yourself of these key nutrients, your testosterone will pay the price. Full-fat yogurt – or a full-fat breakfast, for that matter – is a much better option.
You’ll see flax seeds everywhere: Milled flax seeds, ground flax seeds, golden flax seeds, and blends of flax seeds that contain other seeds. Because of their high fiber content and omega-3 fats, you may think you’re doing yourself a favor by including them in your breakfast.
But be warned: They contain compounds called lignans, which have been shown to blunt testosterone levels. The irony is that women with a condition known as hirsutism use flax seeds to reduce testosterone. (Just for the record, this condition leads to the growth of excess facial hair.)
You’re better off leaving the flax seeds and all their spinoffs to the ladies.
Do you know what the dominant hormone is in females? If you said estrogen, then you guessed correctly. Estrogen is responsible for all the female characteristics, including keeping the reproductive system on an even keel.
But there’s bad news. Soy-based foods have a high estrogen content, and eating them can send your T-levels into freefall without a parachute. This is another way of saying, steer clear of soy in your breakfast. And there are plenty of other places where you’ll find it, too.
It’s in cereals, granola, faux sausage, yogurt alternatives, and soy milk. If you’re vegan, you still have 9,000 other things to choose from that don’t contain soy. Over the course of time, a lot of soy-free foods have been created for this exact reason. You can find them in your local grocery store if you look hard enough.
If you can’t find soy-free alternatives, stick to something safe like quinoa, blueberries, and walnuts with some coconut crystals sprinkled across the top.
This last bit of information will likely cause you to raise an eyebrow, but bear with me. Even if you nosh down the healthiest breakfast in the world, it can still have a negative effect on your T-levels. This is only the case when you eat breakfast and then work out a little while afterwards.
You see, your body goes through a series of programs hours after you eat. Much like a computer runs updates to improve its performance, your body does the same thing. When you work out after, say, an 8-hour fast, a physiological change occurs and you get a solid testosterone dump. And 8 hours is basically the time you spend sleeping.
If you get up and eat oatmeal with chia seeds, walnuts, protein powder, and milk as a “pre-workout” meal, you may be thinking you’re doing something good, but it can actually have an adverse effect.
Don’t be mistaken. That is a healthy breakfast. It’s just not optimal for T-levels when you eat it before working out. You’d be better served by whipping up a batch, putting it in a container, and bringing it to the gym. Then eat it about an hour after your workout.
When it comes to T-levels, why take any chances? Instead, take every precaution you can to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders at all times. If this means making a few dietary sacrifices, then do it. You might struggle a little at first, but you’ll catch on after a while!