Polluted EnvironmentAvoiding chemicals and toxins is virtually impossible as they can be found in our water, soil, air and food. When chemicals are dumped into our water supply or the ground, the pollution can continue to contaminate the water or soil for years. Other chemicals are placed directly in our foods
Farmers often use pesticides to help preserve their crops. These crops then make their way into your local grocer for your consumption. Foods that have been processed frequently have additives and preservatives added to them so that they will not only taste fresh but also be have a longer shelf life.
Animal tests have shown some food additives, like MSG, to reduce fertility. Moreover, a diet made up mainly of processed foods has been shown to contribute to obesity, a factor which can also cause fertility problems.
Chemical WashingNumerous shampoos, soaps and other personal care items are chock full of harmful chemicals. While many people like to believe that those chemicals that are particularly harmful would be banned, the reality is they are not. One such toxin is phthalates, which is an industrial plasticizer used in various cosmetics and personal care items and has been linked with causing reproductive damage in both men and women.
Harmful phthalates not banned in the US
Despite the fact that Europe has banned the use of phthalates in products and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found in two separate investigations that both men and women had staggeringly high and unsafe levels of phthalates, the use of the toxin has yet to be prohibited in the United States. And, since American labeling laws do not require that fragrances (where phthalates are often used) list their ingredients on their packaging, it can be difficult to avoid the toxin.
So just how bad are phthalates? Even though women tend to have higher levels of the toxin, it is men who experience the most severe reproductive consequences. In men, phthalates have been shown to cause low sperm counts; damaged or absent epididymus; absent or damaged testicles and absent prostate glands.
Avoid Parabens in cosmetics
Other toxins found in personal care items, as well as in the environment around you, have been shown to be endocrine disrupters. This means that they not only have the ability to imitate other hormones in your body but can even cause your genes to mutate and change. Parabens, for example, are regularly used in cosmetics as a preservative. However, when they are absorbed by your body, they can imitate estrogen and interfere with your body’s natural hormones.
Reducing contact wih chemicals
While it is next to impossible to avoid chemical and toxin exposure during your lifetime, it is possible to try and reduce just how much contact you do have with them.
By using natural and organic personal care products, buying organic foods, avoiding the use of pesticides on your lawn and plants, and wearing a face mask while working in a well-ventilated when using chemicals (even when you paint or clean your home), you can help minimize your exposure to those toxins that can harm your fertility and your health.