The problem is that alcohol lowers testosterone production when ingested.
While I agree the amount of alcohol you’re likely to swallow from mouthwash in minimal.
The issues with mouthwash don’t end there and as you’ll see below it isn’t a necessary ingredient.
Alcohol is a key ingredient of most mouthwashes due to the strong tingling sensation which people associate with cleanliness and the powerful antibacterial qualities.
The issue is that the alcohol is so powerful it destroys the good bacteria as well.
The alcohol in mouthwash is also a known carcinogen and it’s believe that there is now sufficient evidence to show that mouthwashes that contain alcohol can contribute to the increased risk of developing oral cancer.
So plenty of reasons to use natural alcohol-free mouthwash or an alternative like gargling salt water.
Studies have shown that continual high exposure to fluoride can badly damage the male reproductive system.
This includes reducing testosterone production, sperm motility, sperm quality and overall fertility.
There have been several highly controlled studies conducted and they have consistently found that direct exposure of fluoride to the testes or semen, inhibits testosterone production and damages sperm.
Sodium lauryl sulfate, which often appears as SLS, SLES or sulfates on ingredients lists.
So if you see an ingredient with sulfate as part of the name remember to avoid! So SLS is a detergent, surfacant & emulsifier.
It’s a key ingredient in thousands of products which includes cosmetics, hygiene, oral care and industrial cleaners.
It’s often mistaken as being a healthy/ safe ingredient as it originates from coconuts.
However the manufacturing process that is gone through to create SLS that results in it becoming toxic.
With it becoming toxic it’s a chemical that lowers testosterone and a danger to your endocrine system.
SLS poses a threat to your testosterone production and wider endocrine system as it breaks down the moisture barrier of your skin.
This breakdown enables other toxic chemicals & substances (like the other we’ve listed) to penetrate the skin and makes it easier for other chemicals that lower testosterone to make their way in to the body.
SLS breaks down the moisture barrier so greatly, it is believed to make the skin 100 times easier to permeate and penetrate.
The other key issue with SLS is, that when combined with other chemicals it becomes a “nitrosamine”. Nitrosamine is powerful carcinogen and is a toxin to the body.
There have been studies conducted in to the effects of SLS exposure, these studies have found links to organ toxicity, skin & eye irritation.
Reproductive & developmental toxicity and reduced testosterone production/ endocrine disruption.
Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical which helps to fight plaque and gingivitis; however this protection comes at a pretty high cost!
Triclosan has been linked to issues with antibiotic resistance & our old friend/ recurring enemy endocrine disruption.
As we’ve covered endocrine disruption can cause multiple health issues including lowering testosterone production.
This chemical is used in wide range of skin, cosmetics and oral care products, including mouthwashes.