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If the health and vigor of your youth seem a distant memory. And your energy and stamina remain elusive no matter what you’ve tried. Something hidden may be killing your testosterone levels.
There are testosterone assassins hiding in the most unexpected places. You may be surprised by what you read in this report.
Low testosterone will not only reek havoc on your quality of life. Low-T can be deadly.
Read on and learn where these T-killers are hiding. Some of them may surprise you.
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Your everyday environment is filled with man-made chemicals that look remarkably similar to the estrogen in your body. Your body can’t tell the difference between the estrogen it naturally produces. And the synthetic xenoestrogens that are used to make PCB’s, BPA and phthalates.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency there are at least 80,000 of these chemicals in use today. You would recognize most of them as some form of plastic.
The chemicals are found in shampoo, deodorant, water bottles, soup can linings, food wraps, clothing, and cash register receipts. And thousands of other products you touch and use everyday.
Consider how insidious this problem is to our health. One study of a 3-year-old girls showed breast and/or pubic hair development. Another showed decreased testosterone in boys 8 – 14 from exposure to BPA.
Study after study is showing what these chemicals are doing to our endocrine system. Even messing with the hormones in wild animals. This horror includes men, women, and children exposed to phthalates, which are chemicals found in plastics and personal care products.
Avoiding plastics is one of the biggest steps you can take starting today to boost your testosterone levels. Find and eliminate as many endocrine disrupters as you can. The Environmental Working Group is a great site to help you find which products are safe. And the testosterone killers you should banish from your life.
Municipal water supplies have consistently tested for estrogen-like compounds. This is the water coming from your tap. Even bottled water taken from a municipal water supply.
Most of these T-killers are coming from pharmaceuticals like birth control pills, and other prescription drugs. Your best bet is to install a reverse osmosis water filter. Or use bottled water tested for purity. But be wary of plastic bottles.
Plastic water bottles and food packaging to avoid include V (Vinyl), PVC, and PS (polystyrene). These should have the Number 3 or 6 recycling code stamped somewhere on the plastic.
BPA is a known endocrine disrupter. And is found in everything from food can liners, plastic bottles, cash register receipts to food packaging. Look out for recycling codes 3 and 7.
If you are in the USA you should know that most beef is injected with hormones to make them fatter. And ready for your supermarket sooner. This synthetic estrogen is transferred to you when you eat the meat.
Poultry is suspect too. Female hormones by law are not to be given to chicken, turkey and pork. But nothing prevents farmers from feeding their livestock conventionally grown corn and soy. Which are loaded with antibiotics and estrogen-promoting pesticides.
Your safest option for eating any kind of meat is to find grass-fed beef. Or free range organic chicken and turkey. Each has normal low levels of natural estrogen. And will not affect your estrogen or testosterone levels.
A study from the University of London’s Centre for Toxicology found 30 out of 37 widely used pesticides blocked or mimicked male hormones. 16 of the chemicals had minimal or no studies done up to that point. And the results came as somewhat of a surprise to researchers.
“Our results indicate that systematic testing for anti-androgenic activity of currently used pesticides is urgently required,” wrote the scientists.
But while we’re waiting on more testing it would be wise to avoid anything that isn’t certified organic. This includes all fruits, vegetables, fruit juices, and livestock.
The effect of heat on male fertility was first talked about by Hippocrates a couple thousand years ago. Ever wonder why many ancient statues and paintings feature nude male athletes? Testosterone is produced by the Leydig cells in your testicles. Clothing can over-heat your balls and shut down T-production.
Don’t cook your balls. Wear loose fitting trousers and underwear. Or better yet skip the underwear. Avoid hot showers and baths. And sleep in the nude.
Ever noticed how difficult it is to get and maintain an erection when you’re under stress? Chronic or long-term stress causes your body to produce too much cortisol. And elevated cortisol has a particularly nasty effect on testosterone.
Your testicles produce an enzyme called 11ßHSD-1. This enzyme protects your testosterone from the effects of cortisol. But when your stress levels are too high, there’s too much cortisol for 11ßHSD-1 to handle. Testosterone is destroyed in your testicles before it has a chance to enter your bloodstream.
Do whatever you need to do to get stress under control. Take up yoga, meditation, see a therapist, or quit your job. Not kidding. Stress will not only jack up your cortisol and destroy your T production. It can kill you.
Caution: Do not stop any medication before talking to your doctor first! Dead serious here. Drugs are serious business. (And that was not intended as a pun.) But think twice about starting any medication. Until you have researched all your options.
Find natural or holistic alternatives whenever possible if you want to boost your testosterone levels. You can find natural alternatives for most drugs for diabetes, depression, high blood pressure or blood sugar, sleep, statins, and the list goes on. Many of these pharmaceuticals can kill your sex life. And cause erectile dysfunction.
This includes recreational drugs like amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. Even over the counter pharmaceuticals like common painkillers can kill testosterone production.
When you think of a “man’s man” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Likely some outdoorsy-type who spends his time in the rugged outdoors. Hunting and fishing for fun. Riding a horse and rounding up cattle for a living.
What makes these men the stereotypical man we envy? Time spent in the sun. Sunlight is key to helping your body naturally produce Vitamin D3. Many studies have documented Vitamin D’s influence on androgen levels. You need ample amounts of Vitamin D to produce testosterone.
So the more sun you get the more testosterone you make. Spend more time outdoors. Find a nude beach and get some sun on your testicles. And supplement with Vitamin D to be sure.
Low testosterone causes you to gain fat around your abdomen. And abdominal fat decreases testosterone, and increases estrogen. It’s a vicious cycle that gets worse as you get older.
There’s no question that losing excess weight will increase your libido, improve your erections and boost testosterone. There are many ways to safely lose weight. And to keep it off. This is an important and big subject that we’ll have to cover in another article.
Is Soy “the Most Dangerous Food for Men?” This article in Men’s Health may have the answer for you. Soy protein contains genistein and daidzein. And both act very much like estrogen in your body. Soy is promoted as a “health food” for humans, and fed to livestock as a cheap source of feed.
If you grab a protein bar or shake after a workout you may want to check the label. Soy shows up in the most unlikely places. It’s in the “vegetable oil” you put on your salad, in snacks and drinks, the popular meal-replacement drink for older adults, in baby formula, and soy lecithin in processed foods.
This gender-bending protein can give you man boobs and wilt your erection. One study shows daidzein is a powerful anti-androgen. Another study showed soy associated with prostate cancer. And reduced sperm counts.
If you are starting out with low testosterone levels be careful about your training program. Research has proven what our wilting erections were trying to tell us. Repeated heavy endurance exercise without adequate rest can result in a significant decrease in testosterone.
High intensity, short workouts can boost testosterone. Allow yourself time for rest and recovery. Listen to your body and adjust your training accordingly.
A fondness for those “curiously strong mints”? One study shows the equivalent of a cup of peppermint tea reducing total testosterone by 51%.
There have been no studies in human males with mint’s effect on testosterone. But there are studies on women. In this study of women bio-available testosterone dropped by 30%.
Our advice is to stay clear of anything that smells like mint if you want to boost your testosterone.
Sugar and sugary foods (including some fruit) will severely deplete your testosterone production. You eat sugar because it tastes great and might temporarily make you feel good. And it seems like it’s in everything you put in your mouth. But sugar does nasty things to your physical and emotional health.
If you want to boost your libido, sex drive and have healthy erections then cut back on, or eliminate sugar from your diet.
There are testosterone killers lurking behind nearly everything we do and everywhere we go during our day. This is life in our modern society. With some planning and discipline, you can avoid these T killers. Supplement your efforts with a boost from Prime Male everyday. And you’re well on your way back to youthful testosterone levels.