Xenoestrogens, endocrine disruptors that dramatically lower our testosterone, are absolutely everywhere in our environment.
As men, we give a damn about our health, vitality, and our well-being. Our testosterone is a huge part of our this. It’s the lifeblood of what makes us men.
Testosterone makes us horny. It makes us healthier and more masculine. It makes us clearer-headed, less stressed, less fat, it gives us stronger muscles, and it simply makes us feel more alive.
So it’s a huge problem for us as men that there are endocrine disruptors known as xenoestrogens all over our environment attacking our testosterone levels.
There’s a lot of information out there, and it’s hard to sort it all out. In this article, I’m going to explain to you the best and cheapest ways to avoid xenoestrogens in the environment. With some education and practice, it’s much easier than you probably think.
Avoiding these widespread endocrine disruptors mostly comes down to basic education on the issue, creating new habits, and buying slightly different products than you normally buy, which generally just cost a little bit more than the ones loaded with xenoestrogens. There are some sacrifices you’ll have to make if you want to cut them out as much as possible, but I suppose that’s what happens when you’ve become “woke” to the realities of the 21st century.
Note that I get a commission off the products in this article. This has no influence on my recommendations. I recommend these products because they’re cheap and they are free of xenoestrogens to the best of the current research. If you’re skeptical (which you always should be), be sure to read the customer reviews on the products as well, plus all of the research on the internet and linked in this article.
Also, another note that I am not a doctor and none of this is a replacement for informed medical advice. Don’t you like how I put informed in italics? If you have any health concerns, especially if they’re hormonal or cancer-related, be sure to see a doctor who has a background on the issue of xenoestrogens. There are some out there.
One final note: this site is directed at men, but if you happen to be a woman reading this, note that these issues affect you as well. Early puberty, miscarriage, and breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, plus various other conditions just don’t sound fun to me.
The Issue of Testosterone and Xenoestrogens
Xenoestrogens have been widespread in our environment for many decades. They have been especially prevalent since the 1960s, and they’re only becoming more widespread in most areas.
At this point, word has gotten out that men’s testosterone levels have been under massive attack for decades. If you somehow aren’t aware by now, let me wake you up. Men’s sperm counts have dropped by 50% since 1973 and testosterone levels have dropped accordingly.
It’s hard to say exactly how much this issue has affected men’s health, considering a low testosterone level is a shared risk factor for many chronic diseases. But, it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that it’s probably been very significant. Lower testosterone levels are correlated with obesity, heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, and a lot more.
And let’s be real. Everywhere you look, you see men with high pitched voices, wearing skinny jeans, and who look like they don’t even lift (bro). It’s a war zone out there. Girls regularly admit that they want little to do with these types of men — which makes it a lot easier for us men who actually care about our fitness and health. It doesn’t matter how much our Neomarxist society tells everyone that masculine men are bad, women will be attracted to us anyway.
The “soy” meme has caught fire online, thanks to gentlemen such as Mike Cernovich, Alexander Cortes, and Michael Porforino. It has even been spread to people with huge audiences such as Paul Joseph Watson, who has done a very good video on it.
I’m very glad to see this because it raises awareness of the soy issue. But unfortunately, soy is not the only issue facing our health and testosterone in society.
Xenoestrogens are less trendy to talk about, but more dangerous to your testosterone and health than soy because they are synthetic and stay in the body for much longer. But xenoestrogens just don’t have that “ring” to them. “Soyboy” has a ring to it, but nobody calls anyone a “BPA-boy” or a “Xenoestrogen-boy.” Let me know when you come up with a clever term.
Anyway, gentlemen, I won’t lie to you. This is a challenging subject because xenoestrogens are everywhere.
However, this guide is purposefully written to make it as easy as possible to avoid xenoestrogens for as cheap as possible. Keep reading.
How Many Types of These Synthetic Endocrine Disruptors Are There?
Xenoestrogens are everywhere in our industrialized environment. They’re found in almost all plastic, thermal paper, soap, hand sanitizers, hair and body care products, household cleaning products, non-organic fruit, cosmetics, and a lot more. Because of their widespread use, 93% of Americans have been shown to have BPA (the most studied xenoestrogen) in their urine!
Sadly, BPA is far from the only xenoestrogen. Types of Xenoestrogens include:
- The Bisphenols – Bisphenol A (BPA) is the most studied, and therefore, it is the most well known. It’s known for being in almost all non-BPA free plastic containers, cosmetics, canned foods, dental and medical products, compact disks, and more. Unfortunately, its replacement in many plastics is BPS (Bisphenol S), which is said to have the same toxic effects. Many BPA free plastics are not BPS free. Generally, plastics are generally best avoided because the additives are said to be estrogenic even in plastics that are BPS/BPA free.
- Phthalates – Another type of xenoestrogen known as phthalates are known as a softener for certain plastics and as a solvent in cosmetics. Their names all end with -phthalate. They are found mostly in vinyl, backpacks, soap, and cosmetics. For most men, the biggest concern is their vinyl shower curtain, plus the cologne and soap that they use. You can get phthalate free soap here. Keep reading for more phthalate-free items.
- Parabens – Parabens negatively affect your hormones as well, and are also found in a lot of soap and cosmetic products. Anything ending with ethyl, methyl, butyl, and propyl are generally items with parabens in them.
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) – This is mostly found in Vinyl products and kling wrap. This is actually said to be among the most toxic and dangerous types of xenoestrogens. Avoid this at all costs. You can up a shower curtain that is not made of vinyl for cheap.
These are the main ones to watch for, but unfortunately, there are much more than these. For a more complete listing, click here.
Is It Worth The Effort To Avoid Xenoestrogens?
You might ask if it’s worth putting in the time and effort to avoid these synthetic endocrine disruptors.
I say yes, without a question. As I’ve said multiple times, these things have dramatic effects on your testosterone and health and they are mostly avoidable with some education and practice. The research out there is prevalent and very clear that they are horrible for you.
I’ve educated many people on this issue. Many of them approach this issue with statements like “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and “there’s no sense in trying to protect myself from everything.”
Most of the time, this indicates a lazy mindset by someone who simply doesn’t want to put in the effort into their health. Either that or they just selectively care for their health and think that this issue is just too much effort. Some take the approach that they’ve lived as long as today and that there’s no sense in stressing over yet another set of “so-called” harmful chemicals.
You don’t have to go half-crazy with this information, gentlemen. Simply educate yourself on this issue with this article, search for more information if you find it necessary, and put as much as you can into practice.
Removing xenoestrogens is just another way on the path to higher testosterone levels, which benefits you immensely as a man, for the reasons already stated. And if you put in the effort, it’s not hard to avoid most xenoestrogens. Again, it’s mostly a matter of education, forming new habits, and buying slightly different products than you normally buy.
Remember: you get out what you put into your health. It’s worth it to educate yourself and act on this issue. The rest of this article is going to make it as easy for you as possible.
How to Avoid Xenoestrogens
For starters, you should try the supplement known as Diindolylmethane or DIM. It has been shown to block the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, and it is a strong anti-oxidant as well.
I like to see DIM as an insurance policy for xenoestrogen exposure since it’s virtually impossible to entirely avoid them. It’s also dirt cheap: regular supplementation will run you between $60-$125 a year. I currently take 125mg a day, so that’s a little over $60 a year. Read my review on DIM here.
Now, I’ll be honest, the list below can seem like a lot. As I’ve said, you’re free to put as much effort as you want into this. I strongly recommend you review all of it and do as much as you can, but it will help just to do a few of these suggestions.
Without further ado, here are general tips for avoiding xenoestrogens:
- Plastics are some of your biggest culprits. Unless you are specifically sure it is BPA and BPS free, throw out anything plastic that you use for food storage (and even then it may not be 100% safe, keep reading). Seriously, just throw them out now. Use ceramic, stainless steel, or glass to store your food and water.
- If you still use plastic for ANY reason, do NOT warm it up, and do NOT drink out of water bottles that have been sitting in the sun. BPA is not bound to the container, so warming it up is the worst thing you can do because the BPA becomes activated and leaks into the contents of the container.
- Plastics with recycling code 1, 2, and 5 are generally considered “BPA free,” but the problem is that almost all of them still have unstudied compounds in them. Studies have shown that it’s not the base plastic itself, but rather the commercialized added compounds that cause the synthetic hormones to leak out. Still, if you use a plastic container, you may want to look for this code.
- If you have kids, again, it’s safest to not use plastic, even if it’s labeled BPA free. Try a stainless steel baby bottle instead. (Note: I have no personal experience with this item but it’s highly rated)
- Replace your vinyl shower curtain liner with one such as this one. Vinyl is among the most toxic substances because of PVC.
- As I’ve said, even BPA/BPS free plastic may not be 100% safe. I say that you’re better off avoiding plastics whenever possible because they almost always have additives in them that are unstudied and may have the same effects as the Bisphenols. However, if you’re using a plastic product, it’s best to look for ones that are BPA/BPS free. Most will only label themselves as BPA free.
- Some helpful products are plastic packaged only, so honestly, sometimes you have to take your hits if there’s no alternative. This is another case for taking DIM as a backup option.
- Stop drinking bottled water. Filter your water with a pitcher that removes fluoride (it’s made of plastic but it’s labeled as BPA-free at least; I don’t know of any pitcher that’s not made of plastic) and buy a 100% stainless steel water bottle (get the 32oz) for when you’re in the gym or on the go.
- If you do use a plastic item, know that there are companies that pay attention to the research and keep all of their plastics hormone-free to the best of the updated research. Polar bottles are one of them; they make very good BPA/BPS-free plastic water bottles, but I still try to avoid plastic as much as possible. You can read their company statement on safe plastic here. And Tritan plastic, a common BPA-free plastic, now says that they are totally Bisphenol free (which includes BPS as well), although there are questions whether or not they are truly estrogen free or not.
Personal Care and Cosmetics:
- Do not use regular deodorant; the parabens and phthalates inside will absorb into your skin. Use paraben/phthalate free deodorants such as Primal Pit Paste. You can also use baking soda.
- Don’t use regular hand sanitizer or soap. Use this type of soap. It’s great soap, it comes in a box, and it is free of xenoestrogens, including phthalates and parabens.
- Minimize or eliminate your use of cologne. Note that there are paraben and phthalate free fragrances out there. I don’t use any cologne anymore, so I cannot say I have ever vetted them. If you do use regular cologne, at least spray it on your shirt instead of your skin.
- Dump the regular detergent and don’t use dryer sheets. Wash your clothes with this detergent instead, it works and it smells damn fresh. If you want to use a dryer sheet, use these instead. From what I’ve seen, Mrs. Meyers is a good brand for this type of stuff.
- Use all natural sunscreen (Note: I have not tested this product but it gets excellent reviews).
- Eat foods that are not processed or packaged. Avoid canned food, because cans are lined with BPA. Tomato sauce, in particular, seeps the BPA directly into it due to its acidity.
- Freeze vegetables instead of eating canned ones.
- Eat organic whenever you can; the pesticides used in inorganic food are said to contain xenoestrogens. I understand that this can cost you a lot of money. Again, put as much effort and money into this as you’d like. Organic food is healthier in general.
- Non-organic dairy is potentially loaded with xenoestrogens and hormones. Ideally, eat organic, free-range meat and dairy.
- Use a French Press machine for your coffee. Regular coffee machines are among the worst source of xenoestrogens because the plastic is warmed up in the coffee maker before you drink it!
- Avoid drinking from styrofoam cups, especially coffee, because of the heat.
- Dine out a lot less. You can always ask, but you don’t know how restaurants prepared their foods. Most of them are uneducated on the issue or don’t care enough because it won’t hurt their sales.
- Don’t use non-stick Teflon cookware. This is full of xenoestrogens and fluoride. Use a cast iron pan or titanium pan instead.
- Eat cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli when you can to help lessen the effects of these endocrine disruptors. This is what DIM is from, however, and it’s much easier to get the recommended dose of DIM through supplementation than eating.
Other Environmental Xenoestrogens:
- Minimize contact with hot thermal paper (receipts and tickets), and definitely don’t touch them after using hand sanitizer (which you should never use anyway). If I am given a receipt, I just touch the tip of the paper and put it in my bag.
How to Practically Use This Information
I think that’s enough for now.
There’s a lot here, right? So how do you get started?
First, obviously, make sure you read everything above to familiarize yourself with it.
You may not want to do all of this at once, and I understand that. It’s a lot to understand and do. For that reason, I recommend bookmarking this article so you can refer to it multiple times down the road as a guide for you.
When you’re ready to start, I’d start by dumping all plastic containers and replacing them with glass, stainless steel, or ceramic ones. Replace your Teflon pan with an iron cast pan and get a good cooking spray (not one that contains soy or “vegetable oils”) or just use butter instead.
Now, apply as much of the above advice as you possibly can. At the very least, I recommend that you replace your coffee maker, soap, detergent, deodorant, and shower curtain, throw out plastic containers and avoid plastic as much as possible (and if you use plastic, get BPA/BPS-free plastic), and then supplement with one capsule of DIM a day as an overall insurance policy.
Then follow that list again and do your best to make everything else there a habit.
Aside from the cost of organic food and perhaps replacing all plastic containers, all of the above advice would run you about $100 and the rest would mostly be a matter of habit. If $100 is too much for you, just purchase and do a few things at a time.
As I’ve said, I recommend that you do as much as you can. Even if you just do a few things here, you’re doing a lot more for your health and testosterone than you would if you did nothing.
Removing xenoestrogens as much as possible has been one of several things that I’ve done, naturally, to increase my testosterone. The biggest personal difference I’ve noticed is greater sex drive and an overall better sense of well-being.
Hopefully, this post has helped you think in the right direction regarding all of these dangerous endocrine disruptors in our environment.
If you found this article helpful, you should also check out my article on the easiest, cheapest ways to remove fluoride from your water.
I linked to a handful of xenoestrogen-free products here, but I will link to a lot more in the next article. I will discuss a wide variety of mostly very cheap xenoestrogen free products that you can use.
And just remember, avoiding xenoestrogens is a matter of education, habit, and buying the right products.
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