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8 Plastic Things That Lower Testosterone & Safe Alternatives

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Are Plastic Products Really Things That Lower Testosterone?

Sadly yes they are, this is due to containing toxic chemicals such as BPA, BPS and phthalates. 

These are chemicals that mimic estrogen & disrupt hormone balance and production, this includes lowering testosterone production. 

As a part of this series, we have looked at other products and things that lower testosterone & safer alternatives.

You can check out the first article reviewing this below.

Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives That Won’t 

The Problem With Plastics

toxic sign

As covered at the beginning of this article, the problem with plastics are they contain toxic chemicals that are endocrine disruptors.

These chemicals lower & ruin hormone production including lowering testosterone.

One of the main culprits is a chemical you may have heard of called BPA (Bisphenol A).

This is shown to lower T but is also linked to a number of other nasty illnesses.

There are however other chemicals like BPS & phthalates found in plastics that have similar & the same effects.

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So if something is marketed as BPA free, you still need to be wary and you’re best off avoiding plastics altogether.

Something to stress even further is if plastic is being put in your mouth or touching things that are put in your mouth the negative effect is increased!

Something else to note is plastic items that being heated leads to even more chemicals being leached.

Needless to say, this is even worse if they are being leached in to your food/ drinks and ultimately your body.

What Are the Most Commonly Used & “Dangerous” Plastic Items

So the following products should definitely be avoided as there are non plastic alternatives!

  • Plastic Tupperware & Food containers
  • Plastic Toothbrushes
  • Plastic Razors
  • Plastic Cups
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Drinking Bottles
  • Plastic Cooking Utensils
  • Clingfilm/ Cellophane

The Alternatives

Plastic Tupperware & Food containers

tupperware

As we’ve discussed plastic being exposed to food is a big no, no for testosterone production.

It’s even worse it you are heating up that plastic with food in, there are obviously many alternatives you can look at such as follows:

Metal Tupperware & Lunchboxes

Ceramic Bowls

Glass Tupperware

Plastic Toothbrushes

plastic-toothbrush

As I’m sure you are aware your average toothbrush is made from plastics, this is a bigger issue as your toothbrush is going in to your mouth.

So the toxic chemicals that lower testosterone work their way in to your digestive system.

You can in fact get bamboo toothbrushes, they are environmentally friendly, completely plastic free, bio degradable and don’t lower testosterone.

They are reasonably priced and easy to get hold of on Amazon.

Bamboo Toothbrushes

Plastic Razors

plastic razors

As we know your skin is very absorbent so rubbing plastic all over your face is just another way (the lubricating strip in particular) you can be exposed to toxic chemicals that lower testosterone.

Plastic razors are also disposable so there is an environmental angel as well.

So you as an alternative you can get safety razors which are metal and last for life or you can get bamboo razors which biodegradable.

You can check both out in a bit more detail and buy them on Amazon

Safety Razors

Bamboo Razors

Plastic Cups

Drinking from a plastic cup is another way testosterone lowering chemicals make their way in to your body.

The obvious alternatives are glass & ceramic cups/ mugs.

Plastic Cutlery

plastic cutlery

These are often handed out when you buy lunch at a supermarket or from some form of catering company.

Obviously these are hard to avoid but if you work in an office that has metal cutlery I’d advise to use that.

If you’re hosting a party amazon do edible chopsticks which can be a bit of fun.

Plus you don’t have to worry about carrying them around with you after use!

Plastic Drinking Bottles

“Do plastic water bottles lower testosterone” is a question I’m frequently asked, the answer is yes. 

Plastic water bootles present the same problem as plastic cups.

If you like to drink bottled water what I advise is investing in a glass or metal drinking bottle, you can even get glass bottle with a filter on.

This is the ideal scenario if you are filling up from a normal tap, as tap water also contains chemicals that lower testosterone.

There a number of options available for each, so check them out:

Glass Bottles

Metal Bottles

Glass Filter Bottles

Plastic Cooking Products

Plastic spatula

Plastic is also used for all manner of cooking utensils, from baking appliances through to things like mixing spoons & spatulas.

Again you are exposing your food to plastic but in many scenarios the plastics are being heated which means even more toxic chemicals.

These are making their way in to your food and body, this ultimately leads to a greater negative impact on testosterone production.

There are plenty of ceramic, wooden & metal alternatives which you can check out below:

Metal Baking Trays

Glass Ovenware

Wooden Cooking Utensils

Metal Cooking Utensils

Ceramic Ovenware

Metal Ovenware

Clingfilm/ Cellophane

Again used worldwide & particularly in the west to wrap foods; and even more dangerously lots of people heat food while it”s wrapped in it.

While there is no real alternative in terms of being able to heat food, if you clearly want it wrapped to keep food fresh.

I recommend swapping it out for tin foil which again won’t lower testosterone.

Final Thoughts & Future Articles

I hope you have found this latest article in this series of things that lower testosterone and alternatives useful.

Hopefully it’s become quite clear just how many plastic products we’re exposed to.

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On the plus side, you can see that there are alternatives that can be used which won’t actually lower testosterone or negatively impact health.

I’m going to be covering the remaining things that lower testosterone and alternatives in the next couple of articles so keep an eye out for them.

Any questions in regards to this article, just drop me a question in the comments and I’ll get back to you.

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If cover plenty of things that lower testosterone & ways to naturally optimize your testosterone production. 

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12 thoughts on “8 Plastic Things That Lower Testosterone & Safe Alternatives”

  1. Melinda says:

    Great post. I hadn’t even thought about my toothbrush being a potential hazard to my health. Wow! Plastics are really everywhere.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Melinda,

      Yes plastics are bad for your health & testosterone production; unfortunately when they have contact with your mouth the effects are increased. I’d advise trying a bamboo toothbrush, you can check them out, there is a link in the article.

  2. Jay says:

    Testosterone is a hormone that is extremely important and there are things that we do on a regular basis that can reduce our testosterone levels.
    Little things we are not even aware of. Things like our toothpaste, bodyspray, air freshners, soymilk, bear.
    I had no idea that even plastics are among one of the things that can cause a drop in testosterone levels. Good thing I came across your article. Thanks for the health tips.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Jay,

      Thanks, I’m glad you found the article useful!

      Yes it is shocking the amount of things that lower testosterone, having low T is a serious issue. I advise that you take a look at this article on testosterone and health to understand the serious health implications of having low testosterone levels.

  3. Benji Wilkins says:

    I had no idea that some of these everyday items played a role in reducing testosterone levels. A bamboo toothbrush sounds like a nice idea; it will not only be a better alternative to a plastic one, I’m sure it will also look great too. I understand what you’re saying about plastic drinking bottles, but do you not think they are much safer to carry around and use in an everyday sense? I think taking a glass bottle in your bag could be a big safety hazard! Thanks for your input. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Benji, 

      Yes I use a bamboo toothbrush, I think they look pretty cool and they are far more gentle on your teeth as well! Plus as an added bonus they are better for the environment.

      I understand what you are saying re a glass bottle, the ones I recommend I use myself and it’s very strong, it has a silicone cover on the glass as well, which prevents it breaking. If glass breaking is a worry of yours, I’d recommend opting for a metal bottle with a filter on it.

  4. Tom says:

    Hi,

    I knew that plastics were bad for us (and everything else), but I hadn’t considered that they lowered testosterone levels. However, I’m glad that there are alternatives for us to use instead.

    Additionally, I wasn’t really aware on how lowered testosterone effects your body, until I followed your link. Therefore, I am going to assess my lifestyle to see what I can improve. Thank you for this, it is very useful and insightful. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Tom, 

      I’m glad you found this and my other articles useful!

      Yeah the effects that low testosterone has on our physical and mental well being is quite scary. For those of you who aren’t aware, check out this testosterone and health article

  5. Michel says:

    My goodness. Who would have thought that the innocent plastic toothbrush could do so much harm to our bodies. I mean humans have been using plastic toothbrushes for as far back as I can remember. I was also under the impression that Tupperware products were safe for microwave use, unlike other cheaper plastic products.

    As you say plastic products are bad for testosterone production. If they are bad in that department, imagine what other havocs plastics are wreaking on the human body. Maybe they are responsible for the hike in cancer over the past decade.

    Thanks for this informative article. It really gives us a lot of food for thought.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Michel, 

      Yeah unfortunately all plastics contain chemicals that are endocrine disruptors, these lower testosterone production but are also linked to issues like developing cancer, type 2 diabetes and other health issues.

      Yeah please do take it on, it’s a health issue for everybody!

  6. Balthasar says:

    This is super interesting and scary too, we truly need more awareness about things like this.
    Thank you for writing this.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Balthasar,

      I’m glad you found the article useful!

      Yeah it is scary the number of products out there that are things that lower testosterone; and expose us to chemicals that damage our hormone production and health.

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