Xenoestrogens are endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen in the body and alter the normal function of hormones. Rather than being flushed out of the body like natural estrogen, xenoestrogens are not biodegradable and get stored in fat cells. This promotes estrogen dominance, which has been linked to prostate and testicular cancer, infertility, endometriosis, diabetes, and obesity.1 An excess of estrogen (real or from the environment) can cause other symptoms such as low testosterone, increased body fat, especially in the chest area (i.e. “man-boobs”), lower sex drive, loss of muscle mass, and erectile dysfunction.2
So men, it is critical for you to avoid these toxic estrogen-mimicking chemicals and keep your body’s detoxification system operating at full capacity. Here are some things you can do to support balanced hormone levels and the health of your entire package:
1. Avoid parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol. These compounds are common in most shampoos and body washes and are also used in products like car-washing detergents, engine de-greasers, anti-freeze, and oven cleaners!1 Chuck them in the trash and avoid a bomb-dropping load of estrogen-mimicking, T-lowering toxins into the blood stream. Read labels. I recommend Jason brand.
2. Avoid excess alcohol and trans-saturated fats (i.e. deep-fried foods). These will clog the liver and promote fatty-liver disease.
3. Support liver detoxification. The liver works overtime 24/7 to flush toxins of all kinds out of your body; give it some love. Eat plenty of bitter leafy greens (i.e. skip the fries and have a salad), such as arugula, endive, parsley, lacinto kale, spinach, etc, and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions and garlic; drink teas containing dandelion or burdock root and lemon water upon waking; add turmeric root to your diet or take a daily supplement.
4. Avoid plastic food containers and never, ever eat out of a plastic container that has been microwaved. Serve in plastic and serve up a beefy dose of xenoestrogens… mmmmm.
5. Avoid excess soy. This includes soy milk, tofu, tempeh, soybean oil, and soy protein powders. Soy mimics estrogen in the body and can induce estrogen dominance.
6. Eat foods that support the health of the prostate. Zinc is especially important; oysters and pumpkin seeds are two foods high in zinc, as are grass-fed beef and lamb, sesame seeds, lentils and garbanzo beans.
You may think that using “natural” shampoo, eating salad, and drinking tea are a feminine routine, but you’ll be more of a man for doing so, literally. Yeay Men! Cheers to your health!