Xenoestrogens & Your Junk!
August 25, 2015
Men today are battling a silent war against their manhood even if they are unaware that it is happening. Our world is filled with a multitude of hormone disrupting chemicals, like the xenoestrogen BPA that mimics estrogen, reduces testosterone and is linked to testicular cancer. Fortunately there is one weapon men can use to win the battle - ZINC! That’s right zinc for the d*nk. It’s simple, easy and a solution any man can incorporate into his daily diet.
How does this weapon work against the gender bender chemicals a man is exposed to every day? Casanova understood the importance of zinc, so let’s take a look and figure out why every man (and woman for that matter) should boost their intake of zinc.
50 Oysters a Day!
The legend of Casanova is that he woke every morning and ate 50 oysters for breakfast. Oysters are one of the richest food sources of zinc but have been known for centuries to be an aphrodisiac just like the little blue pill of today. Now, I’m not suggesting that every man eat oysters for breakfast, but I am suggesting that men incorporate zinc rich foods into their diet.
Zinc is an important element in the reproductive cycle of both males and females. In men, zinc is required for proper testosterone production. In women, zinc indirectly increases progesterone by increasing the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), causing ovulation, which triggers the ovaries to produce more progesterone. Zinc is also critical for proper sperm production in men, ovulation in woman and fertilization of the egg. During pregnancy a zinc deficiency can cause a number of problems including miscarriage, premature birth and congential malformations.
It's a Big Deal
Estrogen mimicking chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) that line pop and beer cans can interrupt testicular steroidogenesis. The same is true of the xenoestrogen phthalates found in men's cologne. Steroidogenesis is a big word that simply describes how testicles make the steroid hormone testosterone. Disruption in testicular steroidogenesis means lower testosterone levels, lower sperm count and myriad of corresponding issues most guys don’t like to talk about.
Think your manhood isn’t affected because you are only exposed to small amounts of chemicals that act like estrogen? Current scientific evidence says otherwise. Gender bending xenoestrogens are most effective at low-dose exposure (parts per million/billion/trillion). That's approximately the amount a person is exposed to by drinking one can of beer a day. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to give up beer, just give up the can the beer comes in - choose glass bottles instead.
Zinc Vs. Cadmium
Zinc also has protective qualities against the heavy metal cadmium. Cadmium interferes with testosterone production in males and ovarian function in females. Having sufficient quantities of zinc in the body prevents cadmium from being stored in the kidneys, liver and testicles.
Zinc is considered to be one of the most common mineral deficiencies in developed countries. A mild zinc deficiency can lower sex drive, limit muscle gain potential and interfere with energy levels. It's best to get this mineral from zinc-rich foods but a zinc supplement is another good alternative.
Food Sources of Zinc
- Toasted Wheat Germ
- Veal Liver
- Sesame Seeds & Tahini (Sesame Butter)
- Roast Beef
- Pumpkin Seeds
Support Your Body
Zinc is in my opinion one of the most important minerals for both men and women. It is essential for a variety of cellular functions in the body and is very effective at raising testosterone levels in men and boosting progesterone levels in women. Make sure your diet is zinc rich and your body and hormones are sure to thank you!
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by Bonnie Penner
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