4 Things KILLING YOUR TESTOSTERONE
By Anthony Alayon
Low-T levels are at an all-time high in our society. Men are suffering from this and there seems to be no end in sight. Some of the causes of this cannot be controlled such as aging with time. However, there are some things that lower T-levels that fly “under the radar”.
This is why I am going to reveal 4 things that are killing your testosterone levels and what you can do today to ensure this never happens to you.
1 AIR FRESHENERS
We’re not going to name any particular brands here. However, air fresheners contain volatile oil compounds that react with the ozone in the air of your home. When you or anyone else sprays an air freshener to reduce the impact of a nasty odor, these compounds create toxins such as a hydroxyl radical and formaldehyde, into the air.
Air fresheners contain phthalates (thalates), which can interfere with your body’s production of testosterone. In the womb, some forms of phthalates can lead to a male fetus’ decrease in testosterone.
2 BOTTLED WATER
You drink water, believing that you’re doing something good for your health. However, when you drink bottled water, you may drink it from a bottle that contains a chemical called bisphenol (BPA). Men working in a chemical plant were found to be exposed to BPA and as a result, their levels of testosterone had dropped. More specifically, their levels of “free” testosterone, or the form believed to have the most influence within the body, had fallen.
Not only does BPA lower your level of “free” testosterone, it can also decrease your sperm count and increase the possibility of sexual dysfunction. BPA is similar to estrogen, the female sex hormone. While you normally have very low levels of estrogen in your body, the effects from BPA can be easier to spot than they would in women.
Bottles used for water used to have BPA in them, but ever since 2010, bottle manufacturers have worked to get rid of the BPA in the bottles they made. Now, you can find BPA-free bottled water if you search for them.
Chronic stress has an effect on your body. When you are in the middle of a high-stress situation, your body is flooded with cortisol, which has been associated with lowered testosterone. If you have been experiencing high levels of stress, then finding ways of dealing with the causes of your stress can help with the symptoms you may have been experiencing, such as depression, low energy and a decreased libido.
Testosterone and cortisol work against each other inside your body. A situation such as an athletic competition or a fight can cause your cortisol levels to increase. At the same time, your T-levels drop significantly.
This is a form of “mutant estrogen” and it can affect your body’s level of testosterone. BPA is a xenoestrogen and, as bottled water is shipped from the bottling plant to stores across the country, BPA–and thus, xenoestrogens–are released into the water.
This synthetic estrogen gets into the fat cells of your body, where it is very difficult for you to get rid of it. You may notice lowered sex drive, increased body fat in your chest area, erectile dysfunction, and loss of muscle mass.
Some ingredients in your shampoo fall into this class such as:
• Sulfates, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate help your shampoo to suds up. These ingredients get into your bloodstream
• Parabens increase the shelf life of your shampoo and conditioner. However, there is a direct link between your exposure to parabens and lowered testosterone. Buy only shampoos that have no “–parabens” in them
• Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol stabilize the fragrance in your shampoo. They break down the structure of your cells inside your body, enabling quicker absorption of this and other xenoestrogens
Products that you use every day and reactions you experience on a daily basis can harm your body’s ability to produce sufficient testosterone. Now that you know about this, take steps to reduce your exposure and restore your T-health.
Symptoms of low testosterone can include:
• Trouble sleeping
• Lack of energy and interest in activities around you
• Loss of libido
• Feeling irritated
Here are some healthy ways of increasing your testosterone and lowering your stress:
Exercise several times a week
Don’t overindulge in caffeine or alcohol
Stay away from recreational drugs
Get enough sleep
Get help from others
Set realistic goals for yourself
Find ways of relaxing and lowering your stress level