HOW CHEMICALS IN PLASTICS DESTROY TESTOSTERONE LEVELS

How Chemicals in Plastics Destroy Testosterone Levels

The more we learn about the properties of plastics and the compounds involved in their production, the more concerning health effects we discover. By removing BPA from baby bottles to reducing the use of plastics in food packaging, we now know more about the damaging effects of plastics the more we need to reduce it from our lives.

But recent studies have also highlighted a concern that plastics can cause a decrease in testosterone levels in men, leading to several health concerns. The concerns are centred around three specific compounds: BPS, BPA and Phthalates.

FIND OUT WHY MEN SHOULD ALSO PAY ATTENTION TO CHEMICALS IN PLASTICS

BPA

Bisphenol A or BPA is a compound found in plastic which stimulates estrogen activity. When it enters the body in traces from the packaging on our food, BPA behaves in the same way as estradiol which disrupts the male hormone balance. The presence of higher levels of BPA in the male body can lead to decreased fertility, among other health risks, including cancer, obesity and diabetes.

In the EU and parts of the US, the use of BPA has been banned due to the confirmed health risks associated with it. However, in other parts of the world, it is still permitted and used in plastics like food and drink packaging and water bottles.

BPS

The bad news is that one of the BPA substitutes being used is bisphenol S, or BPS. Many suppliers moved to BPS on the belief that BPS was better suited because it didn’t leak into the food or drink within the packaged containers. The logic was that if the chemical didn’t enter the food or drink, the population would consume far less and the harmful effects would be severely mitigated.

However, new studies have shown that even one part per trillions of BPS can still disrupt the normal cell function within the body. A 2011 test of plastic bottles and containers found that almost all of the 455 commercial plastic compounds used in the production of the container, had leaked into the food or drink, making BPS just as dangerous as its BPA counterpart.

PHTHALATES

Phthalates also lower testosterone levels by as much as a third in some cases, leading to reduced muscle mass, impaired sexual function and mood swings. This compound is used to soften plastics and is present in a variety of flexible plastic products including cosmetics and plastic bags.

AVOIDING PLASTIC PRODUCTS

Try and avoid plastic packaging where possible. Use glass bottles for liquids and paper products where possible for foods and avoid using straws when drinking. It is not easy to reduce the use of plastic in our lives, but by cutting down where possible, you might be able to reduce the impact of these compounds by exposing yourself to lower quantities.

The effects can also be offset by taking measures to increase your testosterone and boost your natural production. There are plenty of natural ways to do this. Governments have been slow to respond to the medical findings surrounding plastics, so it will be up to you to make the lifestyle changes to move away from harmful plastics and towards a healthier packaging material.

ANTHONY HILL, FOUNDER

Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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