4 Common Environmental Substances are ROBBING You of Testosterone!

As far back as 2006, new studies have been showing that men’s testosterone levels have been dropping – across the board – in America since the 1980’s. Most scientists are drawing direct links between environmental factors that have been shown to negatively impact testosterone levels.


If you’re trying to build muscle, you already know how important testosterone is. It’s the difference between the guy slaving away at the gym hardly making any gains and the guy who puts in the same or less effort and gains significantly more size. We all know a guy who gains muscle like it’s nothing.


In this article: find out what this means for muscle growth, how you can avoid becoming a part of this negative trend, and how to maintain Golden Era Gains in an era of sinking testosterone.

Low Testosterone: The Dream Body Killer

Low testosterone has been linked to numerous symptoms, like:

  • Lack of muscle mass
  • Lack of muscle growth
  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased belly fat
  • Gynecomastia (development of breast tissue)
  • Emotional symptoms including depression, irritability, anxiety, mood changes, and difficulty sleeping
  • Weak bones
  • Decreased confidence, drive, ability to concentrate, and cognitive abilities.
  • Increases odds of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other major health problems.

We all want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and other Golden Era Bodybuilders who we look up to, right? In order to do that, we have to understand that those guys had higher testosterone than we do now.

Not only were they on steroids, but they lived in a pre-1980’s world – which these studies are showing was a time of higher testosterone for all Americans.

It’s time for us to fight back by identifying the problems and avoiding them. Here are the environmental villains stealing your testosterone.

Chlorpyrifos


Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide, that hopefully won’t be around for much longer. In addition to wrecking testosterone levels in both men and women, it has been shown to cause irreversible damage in infants even in small quantities, and the EPA is basically dragging its feet about banning this toxic chemical.

One of the scariest parts of all this is that nearly half of all produce you can get at the store has some form of chlorpyrifos in it. You can wash the fruit and vegetables that you get, but if it has been absorbed into the fruit… Then you’re still eating it.


How can you avoid it? You’re going to want to avoid any kinds of pesticides if you can – certain types of ant and rat poisons have these chemicals in them. But even more important would be to avoid produce that has had pesticides poured on it. Mostly fruit.


So if you can buy your fruit 100% organic and pesticide-free, you will be able to experience a natural spike in natural testosterone!


Pro tip: You can wash your fruit with a mix of water and ACV in a bowl to remove the vast majority of pesticides.

Carbaryl


Carbaryl is another toxin that has been shown to reduce sperm count and liveliness, as well as increase DNA damage and decrease testosterone.


It is found in the kind of lawn and garden care products that protect grass from weeds and roughly 4 million pounds of it is used each year in the US. So next time you are getting your lawn sprayed, ask what kinds of chemicals are going into it.


It might be time to ask for the organic compounds so you can be sure your testosterone levels stay naturally high.

Phthalates


This is one of the sneakiest environmental factors that causes low testosterone, because Phthalates are even in certain kinds of cologne! This one is tricky, too – just like the others, use has become so widespread that it is hard to avoid.


Phthalates are used as a softener for all kinds of plastics, so even IV bags at the hospital have phthalates in them… Vinyl shower curtains have phthalates in them… Most commercial air fresheners have phthalates in them (they preserve the smell for longer)… Hair gel and shampoo…


Even your girlfriend’s sex toys could have phthalates in them!


Look for the following ingredients:

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
  • DINP (diisononyl phthalate)
  • DEP (diethyl phthalate)
  • DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate)
  • DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
  • BBP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
  • DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
  • DIDP (diisodecyl phthalate)

Or even the dubious ingredient: “fragrance” can hide small amounts of phthalates in it.


Replace your products one by one with safer, “phthalate-free” alternatives (like cloth shower curtains) – and naturally increase your testosterone over time, instead of seeing it decrease.

Where You Grew Up And Where You Live Now


A recent study even suggests that where you grew up can influence your testosterone levels, drawing a correlation to challenging environments and lower testosterone, while those who grew up or live in a more privileged environment seemed to have higher levels of testosterone.


But moving to a different area seemed to help, as those who started off in a poorer and more challenging country and then moved to a more privileged one later in life had higher testosterone than their counterparts back home.


If you live in a rough area, moving to a safer environment could help increase your testosterone levels long-term and prevent the effects of “Low T” later in life. It might not be immediately available to you but you can always have that goal.