the testosterone phthalates & cortisol link...

Testosterone is considered the life force hormone. It supports sex drive and sexual function, helps to maintain lean muscle mass, protects against bone loss, and is associated with an overall sense of well-being. Low levels of testosterone have been associated with depression, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer.

Although testosterone levels do drop naturally as men get older, we are starting to see levels of the hormone decreasing prematurely among men in their late 30s and 40s, and decreasing more steeply than nature intended among many older men. 

This is a symptom of our way of life. Stress, lack of sleep and a poor diet increase the demand of our stress hormone, cortisol. The same building blocks that make cortisol also make testosterone. So if your body is busy making cortisol it won’t make as much testosterone as you need.

Research has shown that the biggest testosterone robbers include weight gain and a large waist. This can lead to symptoms such as low sex drive, erectile dysfunction (ED), osteoporosis, sleep disturbances, depressed mood, lethargy and diminished physical performance. Additionally, many men experiencing ED don’t need medications they just need to lose a little weight.

Phthalates are a class of industrial compounds added to plastics to increase their flexibility and durability) in products such as PVC (polyvinyl-chloride) shower curtains, baby toys, paint, floor tiles, makeup, hair spray, food containers, nail polish, liquid soap - the list goes on and on.

Becoming popular in the 1930s, phthalates are in many products that we come into contact with on a daily basis.

They work against hormones like testosterone and low testosterone is connected to weight gain and decreased muscle mass in women and men. Studies have linked Phthalates to birth defects in boys, reproductive problems in men, and thyroid problems in both men and women. 

The immune system is also affected by phthalates, increasing inflammation in the body because of cell damage and hormone imbalance. This inflammation can also be associated with illnesses such as allergies, asthma and contact dermatitis. In addition, the increase in cortisol demand created by the inflammation causes an increased risk of belly fat, weight gain and severe hormonal imbalances.

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