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Can Harmful Chemicals In Shampoo Lower Testosterone Levels?

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES


Guys, you already have heard plenty of information on aging and declining testosterone levels.

So I won’t bore you and hit you over the head with any more information about that.

But today, there is something that you put ON your head and this might be causing lower testosterone levels.

In fact, it is not just something you put on your head…

But under your ARMS!

And ON your FACE in the morning!

SHOCKING revelations which you and your testosterone levels NEED TO KNOW ABOUT!

Protective Layer

Your skin is an amazing organ.

It protects us from external toxins, germs, and bacteria which are floating around us every day.

But one thing your skin does is allows for certain things to enter into your body.

Take, for instance, water.

Water is vital to our survival because all of our cells are made of water.  Yes, there is protein and other trace mineral, but we are made up mostly of WATER.

Also, your skin allows for absorption of CHEMICALS to enter, wrecking your testosterone levels!

What products do you think I am talking about?

Shampoo, Deodorant, And Shaving Cream

These products not only affect you, but they also affect everyone who uses them!

Your spouse, kids, parents…the list goes on and on.

You might be asking how these products can lower your testosterone, right?

Let me explain…

Chemicals found in these products can be harmful to your testosterone levels and your body.

There are THOUSANDS of chemicals that are made each day.  This results in a pretty extensive list of chemicals which may be HARMFUL to us.

Not just harmful, but EXTREMELY harmful.

There are THREE big ones found in shampoo, deodorant, and shaving cream that you NEED to know about.

Products Should Have No Scents To Them

Phthalates is a chemical which is not typically found on a shampoo label. 

But it’s there!

It’s just masked by the smell.

Phthalates is a potent chemical that is found in plastics and a variety of other products.  Phthalates are very unstable, resulting in leaching into water, food products, and YOUR SKIN!

YOU have levels of PHTHALATES in YOUR body!

Most of us do! 

Phthalates are able to penetrate the skin, allowing for lotions, shampoo, and other products to soften the skin.

Phthalates adversely affect male reproduction and fertility.   In fact, high doses of phthalates have been shown to reduce testosterone and lower your sperm count.

Why?

This chemical enters the body and acts as an endocrine disruptor.

Meaning it negatively affects your hormone levels.

Most companies are not putting phthalates into their products anymore, due to high consumer complaints about the potential adverse health conditions.

Why Do Shampoos Have To Be Preserved?

Paraben is the chemical alternative to a preservative. 

It is found in everyday cosmetic products like shampoo, conditioners, deodorant, shaving cream, and lotions.

What’s the big deal with parabens?

Parabens mimic estrogen in the body!

Increased levels of parabens may result in lower testosterone levels and circulating testosterone.

The reason: Paraben is also an endocrine disruptor.  When it enters into the body, it mimics estrogen.

This mimicking estrogen then binds to estrogen receptor sites on your cells. 

This causes hormones to be released.  But they aren’t supposed to be released!

Parabens have also been shown to be present in breast cancer tumors. Granted, in low levels, but they are still present!

So not only does it possibly disrupt your normal hormone response, but it can be carcinogenic in your body!

Plastic In My Shampoo…What?

The last and possibly the more common chemical around is BPA.

I am sure you have heard of it.

It has gotten a lot of media and press, due to its harmful nature and adverse side effects.

BPA is a chemical commonly found in reusable plastic containers and the inside of canned products. 

The problem: the chemical may leach into water or the contents in canned food that you are about to eat.

The reason it is bad for you: BPA also acts as an endocrine disruptor.
 

But BPA is different. 

It inhibits cholesterol synthesis from occurring in the liver and mitochondria, which may result in lower testosterone synthesis and sperm production.

What To Do To Stop It

There is still an even bigger problem:  With all the possible adverse reactions from chemicals, they are still produced and added to products EVERYONE commonly uses.

Most chemicals may be cancer-causing agents and IN MEN can reduce testosterone levels and sperm production and mobility.

There are hundreds of other chemicals which can lead to lower testosterone levels and adverse health reactions. 

Even though there is a lot of press and media on the adverse effects of chemicals, there are ways you can PROTECT your testosterone and manhood.

Go into any health food store, and you may find a wide selection of organic products, which may be free from harmful chemicals like what is mentioned above.

I am happy to spend a little more to be sure my family and testosterone levels are healthy

Wouldn’t you?


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