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If you’re a man, most likely you put a lot of effort into keeping your body in good shape. Vigorous workouts, healthy eating regimes, regular sex, a sound sleeping routine… Everything aimed at one essential goal: to keep your testosterone levels as healthy as they were in your 20s.
Because hey, the big T starts to go down by 1% with each passing year after you hit the age of 30. And that’s just the physiologic decline: in reality, things can be much, MUCH worse.
Today we’re going to talk about 2 environment pollutants that could be destroying your testosterone silently and mercilessly, reducing to naught all your efforts to support your masculinity.
So, are you ready to get terrified?
Silent testosterone killer #1: Arsenic
What is arsenic?
Chances are you’ve heard about this one: arsenic is the 33th chemical element, a metalloid that’s actually FABULOUS for a lot of stuff out there. For instance, it’s often used in alloys of lead to create ammo, car batteries, and electronic devices; compounds of arsenic are also used to produce herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides.
At the same time, this element is highly toxic and has powerful carcinogenic properties. Additionally, arsenic can severely impair male fertility, disrupt testosterone synthesis and significantly increase the risk of getting erectile dysfunction.
Of course, no one in their sane mind would go out there chomping on pesticides: the trouble with arsenic starts when this element gets into sources of groundwater.
Common symptoms of arsenic toxicity
The main problem with arsenic toxicity is that none of its symptoms are really specific. For instance, stomach cramps might look like you’ve ate a spoiled fruit, and hair loss could be a sign of chronic stress and sleep deprivation. What I’m trying to say here is that it’s impossible to diagnose a case of arsenic toxicity without actually measuring the levels of arsenic in your body – and that’s why sometimes it’s hard to make an early diagnosis. Stay alert and look out for the following symptoms:
- Stomach cramps
- Hair loss
- A metallic taste in the mouth with no apparent reason
- Presence of blood in the urine (might just look a bit pink, not necessarily red)
- Heart rhythm abnormalities
- Patches of hard & dry skin on the hands and feet
- Testosterone levels decline, impaired fertility
Keep in mind that not all of the mentioned symptoms are mandatory. For example, if you’ve been gradually accumulating arsenic over a long period of time, hair loss and testosterone decline could be the only symptoms. It’s impossible to be more precise without doing proper testing for arsenic in the urine, as well as other diagnostic tests.
Who is at risk of arsenic toxicity?
The following countries have a naturally high level of arsenic present in their groundwater: India, China, Chile, Bangladesh, Argentina, Mexico, USA. This means that drinking water from natural sources in these countries could be dangerous for your health in general and for your testosterone in particular.
Contributing factors of arsenic toxicity include: working at factories that deal with arsenic, eating fruit and vegetables that have been irrigated with arsenic-polluted groundwater, smoking (tobacco accumulates arsenic present in the ground).
How to protect and treat yourself
- Remember the risks of arsenic toxicity and avoid them at all costs
- If in doubt, get yourself checked for arsenic. Treatment should be initiated as soon as possible
- If you are a male, take testosterone-boosting supplements to enhance your testosterone levels during the detox treatment
- Eat potassium-rich foods (squash, potatoes, beans, bananas) to alleviate heart rhythm problems
Silent testosterone killer #2: Endosulfan
What is endosulfan?
Endosulfan is a synthetic substance that was widely used in the 1980s as an insecticide and acaricide all around the world. Over the decades after its discovery, it became known that this agrichemical is actually extremely dangerous to human health due to its ability to accumulate in the tissues, lead to hormonal disruption, and even cause acute toxicity after high-dose exposure.
In 2011, a global ban on the production and usage of endosulfan was issued and over 80 countries have abided to it since then. However, endosulfan is still widely used in China, India, and a few other countries, putting thousands of people at risk of hormonal health issues.
Common symptoms of endosulfan toxicity
People that are chronically exposed to endosulfan in low doses (like farmers, for example) might not experience any prominent symptoms besides hidden hormonal problems (including low testosterone) and itchy skin rashes or mild irritations on the hands, feet, and other exposed parts of the body.
However, high doses of endosulfan promptly lead to a severe impairment in nerve function leading to the following symptoms:
- Shaking of the limbs
- Irritability and hyperactivity
- Lack of coordination
- Difficulty speaking, breathing, using routine objects and devices
- In severe cases – impaired consciousness and death
Who is at risk of endosulfan toxicity?
As this insecticide isn’t used in most countries of the world, the greatest risk factor is living and/or working in a country that still manufacturers endosulfan and implements it in its agricultural practices. First and foremost, these countries include India and China, but there have been reports of sporadic endosulfan use in the USA and Brazil as well (yes, even though it’s a banned substance).
Secondly, the people who are at most risk are either farmers or hired farm workers along with anyone who lives near a plantation that’s treated with endosulfan.
How to protect and treat yourself
There is no specific antidote to endosulfan toxicity, so general detox procedures should do a great job. This includes:
- Stay clear of any new endosulfan exposure
- Drink at least 2-2.5 liters of water per day to increase urination
- Take gastrointestinal sorbents
- Drink detox juices
- If you are a male, take testosterone boosting supplements to alleviate the damage done to the reproductive system
For most parts of the world, neither arsenic nor endosulfan are a real threat because they aren’t widely used anywhere. If you are from India or China, however, and are a man determined to keep his hormones healthy and powerful, be aware of the possible danger.
If you have the slightest doubt and suspect you’ve been exposed to arsenic and/or endosulfan lately, never hesitate to contact a professional healthcare practitioner and get yourself checked for these chemicals.
And while you do so – don’t forget to support your endocrine system by taking some natural testosterone boosters! They are safe, have zero side effects, and will surely help you to stay energized while you fight back the possible toxic effects of the chemicals we’ve discussed in this article.
Stay healthy – and good luck!