Research shows that the average man’s testosterone levels have declined by 25 percent since 1992. And the estrogen levels have increased by 40 percent. Not only that, men nowadays have 40 percent less sperm count.
The chemicals in our foods have hugely contributed to this. But chemicals aren’t just in food – they’re also in drinking water, air we breathe, medicine, pesticides and so on. In fact, we’re all exposed to these chemicals each day.
Reducing exposure to these chemicals will improve your health and boost your testosterone levels. Here are 8 chemicals you should avoid to save your manhood.
1. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
BPA is found in plastic bottles, containers, and food cans. This chemical is used to prevent foods or beverages from having a plastic or metallic taste. Canned acidic foods usually have high amounts of BPA because the acid dissolves it into the food. Studies have linked BPA to many health problems such as infertility, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
This chemical is found in soaps, detergents, plastics, plastic bags, nail polish, water pipes, and hair spray. Research shows that exposure to phthalates can lead to low sperm count, inflammation in newborn babies, and other reproductive problems.
3. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
PFOA is used to prevent things from absorbing water or oil. It’s found in non-stick coatings, popcorn bags, fast food wrappers and so on. Unfortunately, this chemical can stay in the body for years.
Studies show that PFOA can cause health conditions like cancer, thyroid disorder, and high cholesterol. Avoiding non-stick pans is one way to reduce exposure to this chemical.
4. Bovine growth hormones
This chemical is usually found in animals bred in factory farms. Bovine growth hormones are given to animals to enhance their growth and make them fatter. You can ingest this chemical through consumption of non-organic meat or dairy.
Fluoride is found in the water we drink, and even though it’s supposed to improve our dental health, it does the body more harm than good. Exposure to fluoride has been linked to different health problems like joint pain, hormonal imbalances, low sperm counts, and infertility. Using water filters can help eliminate fluoride from your water.
This chemical is found in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Recent studies show that parabens mimic estrogen, so it can reduce sex drive and put your hormones out of whack.
7. Nonylphenol ethoxylates
Nonylphenol ethoxylates or NPEs is a chemical used by textile manufacturing companies. It ends up being discharged to rivers, and lakes. In fact, NPE has transformed some male water species to female. Note that some clothes also contain NPE, only until they’re washed.
Metalloestrogens increase estrogen levels in the body. This chemical is found in metals, especially most consumer products.