Endocrine disruptors suppress and lower our testosterone levels – and cause a slew of health problems.
Unfortunately, they are all over the place – no escaping them in our modern world! So here’s what you can do to save your body from these T Killers. They are bad news, and you need to work hard to avoid ’em!
In case you missed this in your high school biology class, here’s the deal with endocrine disruptors…
The endocrine system comprises all of the glands needed to produce and circulate hormones, such as testosterone. An endocrine disruptor, therefore, is any type of chemical that inhibits the endocrine system’s ability to work properly.
Examples of endocrine disruptors include…
- Lead (old canned food, drinking water delivered through lead pipes, paints, some cosmetics, ceramic glazes, traditional medicines, etc.)
- Arsenic (Factoid: arsenic is found in rice – both white and brown – because of the way it’s farmed)
- BPA (cash register receipts, airline tickets, containers, lining of canned food, etc.)
- Plastics (plastic bottles and containers)
- Mercury (Found in fish)
- Organophosphate pesticides and the weed killer glyphosate – used on genetically modified (GMO) crops such as 95% of sugar beets, 93% of soybeans and 86% of corn
- Fire retardant (Guess what airline seats are full of?)
- Glycol ethers — commercial cleaning products, paints, perfumes, soaps, cosmetics and foods
- Some health care products (shampoos, laundry detergents, perfumes, deodorant, cosmetics, etc.)
A lot of familiar products, right?! So you can see how critical it is to buffer your body from these silent and pervasive T killers.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is now supporting studies to determine whether exposure to endocrine disruptors may result in human health effects including lowered fertility and an increased incidence of endometriosis and some cancers.