Boosting testosterone naturally doesn’t have to be hard. One thing that you can do from this day forward, to help boost your levels of testosterone is to start to reduce and even eliminate the toxins and chemicals in your body that are causing your levels of testosterone to plummet.
There’s no doubt, absolutely no doubt in my mind, that daily exposure to these common chemicals is actually hurting your body’s ability to boost testosterone levels. So what are these chemicals? And where do they come from?
Sadly, they are everywhere. They’re a by product of the modern consumer society that me and you both live in. And they are so common that we’re no longer even aware of them.
Take a minute and stop and look at the room that you’re in and see how many plastic products you can find, because it’s these things that contain the harmful chemicals. I can see: laptop/phone/pens/TV/headphones/bags/remote control/power cables/files…
and so many more they are absolutely everywhere, including the food that we eat, the clothes that we wear, the products in our environment, even the things that we smear on to our bodies, without even knowing,
BPA is a chemical added to commercial products such as food containers, plastic packaging, and hygiene products. It actually has the ability to mimic oestrogen would you believe. Because of its shape BPA can actually bind itself to oestrogen receptors in the body and influence bodily processes such as cell repair, growth, energy levels and even foetal development.
Scientists believe it’s because of this ability to mimic oestrogen that it’s actually harmful to our health. Now, common products that contain BPA include:
- plastic containers and packaging
- canned foods
- hygiene products
In one study, a group who avoided packaged foods actually showed 66% less BPA in their urine after only three days. Another study, two groups were given canned soup and fresh soup. The ones who had the canned soup, after five days, the amount of BPA in their urine was 1,221% higher than the group who only had fresh soup
Parabens are a preservative used in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. They actually have the ability just like BPA to mimic oestrogen and therefore impact the levels of testosterone in your body. The most common forms of parabens are:
- Benzyl paraben
About 85% of cosmetics contain some form of parabens. Now it’s much easier these days to actually get paraben free products because there’s greater awareness and the market for paraben free products is growing each and every day.
I’ve saved the worst to last. So I hope you’re ready. Pthalates are just about everywhere. They’ve actually been referred to as chemical enemy number one. In recent years, research has linked them to so many things, including ADHD, breast cancer, asthma, autism, obesity, infertility, diabetes, and even brain development issues.
Pthalates are actually a plasticizers or chemical added to plastics to make them more flexible and durable, to increase their lifespan basically, the most common form is PVC, poly vinyl chloride. Pthalates can be found in so many things such as:
- vinyl flooring
- wall covering
- lubricating oils
- food packaging
- blood bags and tubing
- personal care products such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes and others
And the list goes on and on and on. Pthalates have been shown to be able to mimic and actually displace hormones and interrupt their functioning.
Also, for testosterone, pthalates have been shown to be able to signal Leydig cells to die. And if you remember Leydig cells are the exact cells that the body actually uses to produce testosterone. So when it comes to your overall level of testosterone pthalates will destroy Leydig cells and the body’s ability to produce testosterone.
So what can we do when it comes to boosting testosterone naturally?
I know it seems really difficult. However, given the increase in awareness around these plastics and these chemicals, and the harm they can do to our health is getting a little bit easier to at least limit our exposure to these substances. For example:
- Look at the eco friendly alternatives
- Avoid plastic containers that contain bisphenol A (BPA).
- Use heat-resistant glass or lead-free ceramic containers in the microwave. Don’t heat food in plastic. High heat allows plastic to leech chemicals faster.
- Use pots and pans that are steel clad, enamelled, cast iron, or anodized aluminium and avoid non-stick coatings.
- Further reduce your exposure by reducing the amount of time your food is stored in packaging made with it.
- Avoid products made from polystyrene.
- Opt for stainless steel bottles
- Store food products in glass over plastic and store leftovers at home in glass or ceramic containers as well.
- Avoid plastic labelled with the recycle symbol #3 is made of PVC.
- Use eco friendly chlorine free cleaning products
- Use unbleached paper products
Boosting testosterone naturally does not have to mean complex new diets or supplements…a great way to start is to help the body by reducing as many of the things that are actually scuppering the body’s ability to boost testosterone in the first place, and one of those is to limit the exposure to the above plastics.