There are many dangerous and toxic chemicals lurking in the everyday items we use.
From our shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, shaving cream to even the vinyl shower curtain, many products found in our bathroom contain chemicals which are not only unhealthy but can significantly impair our male and reproductive health.
Men everywhere need to pay special attention to these items.
Chances are you will find at least a few of these items lurking in your bathroom.
4 Bathroom Items to watch out for:
1. Personal Lubricant: Many of the major brands of personal lubricants contain “Parabens”. Although there is much debate whether Parabens cause cancer, increasing studies show Parabens do cause serious hormone disruption. A Japanese study showed that exposure to butylparaben reduced sperm count in men and caused “feminization of boys”. This should be reason enough to stop using all products that contain Parabens.
2. Shampoos, Body Wash & Fragrance Products: If it smells good, chances are it may not be good for you. Many body washes, cleansers, bubble baths and other nicely fragranced products may contain DEA (diethanolamins), MEA (monethanolamine) or TEA (triethanolamine). These chemicals have been shown to be carcinogens and hormone disruptors. It is always wise to check the ingredients of non-food ingredients. Although we don’t “eat” non-food items, many of the chemicals in these products are none-the-less absorbed by the skin.
3. Shaving Gels: Many popular shaving gels also contain Parabens and since a large appeal of shaving gels is their fragrance, often more than one Paraben will be listed in the ingredients to help with maintaining the shelf life of the fragrance.
4. Vinyl Shower Curtain: Vinyl curtains contain high concentrations of chemicals which have been linked to reproductive system problems. One study found high concentrations of phthalates which cause reproductive problems. High levels of phthalates have also been associated with poor sperm quality in men and low testosterone levels. The same study also noted that the “New Curtain Smell” was responsible for releasing over 108 volatile compounds into the air – and as it turns out that “New Curtain Smell” is really just the smell of toxic chemicals.
What is the Potential Effects on Men?
There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence to support exposure to many of these (everyday) chemicals can directly reduce semen quality, result in low sperm count, male infertility, lower testosterone levels, hormonal changes, and potentially be linked to testicular and prostate cancer.
List of Toxic Bathroom Ingredients to watch out for:
Check the ingredients in your bathroom for these potentially dangerous ingredients:
- DEA (diethanolamins)
- MEA (monethanolamine)
- TEA (triethanolamine)
- BPA (Bisphenoal A)
What is the Protocol?
Take a few minutes and read the labels of the shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, personal lubricants and other toiletries you use.
Make sure the products you expose your skin to are safe and become familiar of the numerous chemicals that exist in our everyday environment which pose a threat to our masculinity and reproductive abilities.