There are several chemicals that lower testosterone and most of these we are exposed to on a daily basis. What I don’t expect you to be able to do is google every item & food group or search the label and know that chemical A is an endocrine disruptor & lowers testosterone. So the aim of this article is to advise you of the most commonly used items that contain endocrine disruptors and chemicals that lower testosterone production.
What Are Endocrine Disruptors & Why Avoid Them
You’ve probably noticed I’ve mentioned that chemicals are endocrine disruptors and these lower testosterone. I wanted to quickly cover off what endocrine disruptors are in case you aren’t aware. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with your endocrine/ hormone systems. These disruptions can lead to incorrect hormone production (lowered testosterone & increased estrogen production) & imbalance, cause cancerous tumors, birth defects & other developmental disorders.
Any of the systems in the body which are controlled by hormones can be devastated by hormone disruptors. Endocrine disruptors have also been associated with the development of learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, brain & cognitive development issues, body deformity & as alluded to above multiple types of cancers.
So on top of being chemicals that lower testosterone, endocrine disruptors as you can see can potentially cause a number of health issues. When you combine that with the health issues that come with low testosterone/ estrogen dominance, you get a feel for just how dangerous these chemicals can be. If you haven’t seen the impact low T can have on your health or need a reminder, I advise you check out this Health And Testosterone article.
Hopefully you’ve now got a clear idea of what endocrine disruptors are and on top of the fact they lower testosterone, why they can be so dangerous to your health as a whole.
The Products That Contain Them
So now we’ve covered the threat, let’s cover the different products & items that contain these chemicals:
- Shower Gel
- Shaving Cream
- Facial Wash
- Facial Scrub
- Hair Gel/ Mousse etc.
- Air Fresheners
- Cleaning Products & Chemicals
- Pesticides/ Insecticides
- Weed Killers
- Tap Water (drinking & washing/ showering)
- Non Organic & GM Food
- Non Stick Cookware
- Food packaging/ Tins
While the above isn’t an exhaustive list, it hopefully gives you an idea of the extent of the problem; obviously if we were to list every kind of plastic, pharmaceutical makeup, food packaging etc. the list would be gigantic; but the best rule of thumb is the more exposure you have the worse it is, so if you eat, drink, absorb or inhale large quantities directly or indirectly (through, food, liquids, facial pores etc.) the risk is increased.
What Can You Do About This
While avoiding all of these products is a tall order, there are certain things that you can do to reduce you exposure to endocrine disrupting & testosterone lowering chemicals. With a number of these products you can look at organic and non-toxic versions.
In this Things That Lower testosterone – Alternatives Pt 1 article, you can see alternative products that don’t contain/ have reduced amounts of chemicals that lower testosterone. So you can see alternatives for shower, tap water & cosmetics products.
In this Things That Lower Testosterone – Plastic Product Alternatives article, you can see alternatives to the many plastic products we use, again these don’t contain the chemicals that lower testosterone production. So check these out to find plastic free products saving your testosterone production & your environment at the same time!
I hope you have found this article on chemicals that lower testosterone useful. I’ve written some more articles looking at the specific types of products listed in this article, which you can check out here: Things That Lower Testosterone – They identify the chemicals in these products that are endocrine disruptors and need to be avoided. I’ll also be advising you about recommended products that don’t contain Chemicals that lower testosterone that you can use instead, so keep an eye out for these articles.
Final Thoughts & Commments
Hopefully this article on chemicals that lower testosterone, has given you an understanding of what products these chemicals are found in and what you ideally need to avoid. If you have any questions in regard to this article, testosterone levels as a whole or even a topic you’d like me to cover, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.