If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that genetics aside, I am a firm believer that the way you look and feel, is very dependent on your hormones.
Unfortunately, there are many factors that can negatively affect your hormones – food, exercise, stress, supplements, and today’s topic – 7 things in your home, that are lowering and killing your testosterone levels and at the same time, increasing your negative, “anti-testosterone” hormones.
This is a problem for both men and women, but much more so for men because they are very dependent on testosterone.
Basically, with all of these testosterone killers in your home, the end result is that you look and feel older. You’re going to lose your sex drive, lose muscle size and strength, get fatter, feel depressed, and accelerate the aging process!
And it seems that a primary cause of these problems is excess estrogen, which indirectly lowers testosterone. Also, estrogen is the primary cause of both breast AND prostate cancer.
So, it’s a big problem that you want to fix.
Now, your body can create its own estrogen internally (endogenously). However, there are also environmental estrogens, from the outside (exogenously), and that’s what I’m going to quickly discuss today because these you CAN control.
Thus, you should try your best to limit or hopefully eliminate the following 7 testosterone killers in your home.
1 -Bisphenol A (BPA)
Otherwise known as BPA, it is probably the most well-known of a family of chemicals used in the production of polycarbonate plastics for its effect on the hardness of plastic. Not only has it been linked to low testosterone levels, but also to erectile dysfunction and cancers, both prostate and breast. You can find it in:
- Reusable plastic bottles
- Kid’s sippy cups
- Clear, hard plastic items
- The lining of food cans
2 – Parabens
Another large family of chemicals has a weak affinity for estrogen receptors.
They are most present in sun-blocking, SPF-blocking lotions though… and this is where they have the potential to cause more damage because you’ll be applying these sunblocking lotions all over your body. This is not only a very large surface area, but your skin also absorbs the chemicals quickly.
So if you’re out in the sun, please have a gradual exposure or use a paraben-free lotion. You will find those in a wide variety of products in your medicine cabinet:
- Shaving gels
3 – Phthalates
Many air fresheners, scented candles, and also other items with the mysterious ingredient “perfume” are actually phthalates, a compound also used to make plastics more flexible.
You can find them in many cosmetics and personal care items as well. Make sure you stay away from:
- Non-organic/non-Essential Oil-based scented candles
- Body spray
- Most commercial perfumes
- Air Fresheners
- Scented bathroom sprays
- Aromatic personal care products
- They have also been found in a lot of fast-food items
So these 3 are external “xenoestrogens”. There are also food-based ones, that would be internal. The two worst are Soy and Beer.
4 – Soy
This is the main food source for massive amounts of phytoestrogens. Many vegans and vegetarians want to compensate for the lack of protein from animal sources by eating more soy, which leads to a host of health issues – one of the worst, in my opinion, being a decrease in thyroid levels.
But suffice it to say that regular consumption of soy, even a large dose of the fermented sources, can have detrimental effects on your testosterone levels. Soy is most commonly found in:
- Meat substitutes
- Soy protein powders
- Soy cheese
- Soy mayonnaise
- Soy sauce
- Soy yogurt
- Textured soy protein (TSP) or textured vegetable protein (TVP)
5 – Beer
Hops found in beer are actually a rich source of phytoestrogens, and even beer on the weekends does decrease testosterone levels. So regular drinking or large amounts have effects on your androgen levels that are compounded by the other health hazards that alcohol has.
6 – Triclosan
This is the main antibacterial agent found in antibacterial soap. It, and its cousin triclocarban, have a testosterone-lowering effect by decreasing the biosynthesis of testosterone.2,3 In fact, it’s also a carcinogen (cancer-causing). It’s so bad that the European Union banned this chemical in 2010, and so has the state of Minnesota – but not the other 49 states.
It should also be noted that they do a poor job of killing bacteria and are partly to blame for the development of new strains of bacteria that are more resistant. You can find it in:
- antibacterial soaps and shampoos (Dial, Softsoap, Clearasil…)
- skin cleansing wipes (SaniCart)
- toothpaste (Colgate Total…)
- deodorants (Old Spice, Right Guard…)
- shaving gels (Gilette…)
- children’s toys (Playskool…)
- brake fluids (STP, Valvoline, Pennzoil…)
- antibacterial socks (Fruit of the Loom, Dickies…)
7 – Benzophenones
These types of chemicals are found most often in sunscreen lotions – something I told people to avoid over 20 years ago, but that’s another topic. Not only do these chemicals lower your testosterone, but they also decrease androgen receptor sensitivity.4 So, that’s doubly bad.
Oh, it also happens to lower thyroid production as well5 – so now you’ll be losing muscle AND getting fatter at the same time.
Speaking of getting fat, these chemicals ALSO increase estradiol (estrogen) levels in men.6
The Short List
Unfortunately, there are a lot of other chemicals found in your home that kill your testosterone levels, while also increasing negative estrogen levels. I just wanted to list some of the most common and potent.
There are also environmental ones, such as most herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. But, I’ll discuss that another day.
What’s The Solution?
My suggestion here is to reread this blog and go through your home and eliminate these types of products and ingredients. As I said, there are more – but this is a good start.
Try your best to eat natural, organically grown foods.
Then, you’ll need to reverse the damage by stimulating your body to produce more testosterone, while reducing and eliminating excess estrogen levels – in addition to other “testosterone killing” hormones.
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