Every single day, you come into contact with several chemicals you’re not even aware of. Many of these are not known to cause harm but there are some chemicals that can affect men in unsuspecting ways. These chemicals are used to manufacture products that you probably use every single day. Though the amount of chemical may be minuscule, regular exposure could pose a health risk. Here are 7 such products you need to avoid.
You might be wondering what harm could come from sitting on a sofa. Your sofa is coated with flame retardants and protected with stain- and water-repellents made with a chemical called PFOA. Flame retardants are bad news for men.
They have been linked to lower sperm counts, low sperm motility, and abnormally shaped sperm, while PFOA exposure in occupational settings and in people whose water has been contaminated with it show that the chemical can increase cholesterol levels. If you can’t replace your sofa, dust and vacuum it regularly because both chemicals bind to dust which you’ll inhale every time you sit on the sofa.
2. Body Sprays
Body sprays are a synthetic concoction of chemicals and most of them contain a chemical group called phthalates, which are used to keep the fragrance from dissipating too quickly. Phthalates have been linked with several types of sperm damage, including lower sperm counts, impaired sperm movement, and abnormally shaped sperm.
According to a research study done by the National Institutes of Health, couples in which the man had high levels of phthalates took 20 percent longer to get pregnant than couples in which men had lower phthalate levels. So switch to natural fragrances and or look for sprays without phthalates.
3. Canned Foods
The epoxy linings of canned goods are made from BPA (bisphenol-A) which is a chemical that is added to many commercial products, including food containers and hygiene products. Cans marked “BPA free” also use chemicals that are similar in structure to BPA.
Apart from affecting your sperm and prostate, BPA has been shown in a number of studies to increase risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, in adults with high levels of the chemical in their systems. Avoid canned food as much as possible.
This one is quite obvious are there are hardly any benefits attached to smoking cigarettes. One of the reasons you should avoid smoking is because tobacco leaves have high levels of the heavy metal cadmium.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who smoke have twice as much cadmium in their bodies as nonsmokers. While Big Tobacco lobbies hard to deny any link between smoking and cancer, cadmium is suspected of causing prostate cancer.
The all American staple may be one of the best things about this country but industrialization of the meat industry had led to all kinds of chemicals finding their way into your burger. Fatty animal products are a significant source of exposure to persistent industrial chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These chemicals take decades to break down in the environment.
A number of studies show that men with high levels of PCBs in their bodies are at greater risk for both getting and dying from prostate cancer than men with lower levels. Just stick to lean meat and take it easy on the full-fat dairy products and butter.
6. Credit-Card Receipts
You probably have a bunch of them in your wallet right now. However, what you don’t know is that credit card receipts are coated with BPA, the same material in plastic containers and canned foods. They are used because they help in ink transfer.
As mentioned earlier, BPA is bad for your sperm, prostate health, and heart health. If you don’t need a receipt, just decline them. If you need the receipts, make sure you store them separately and not in your wallet.
If you love your rice, you should know that rice and rice products contain inorganic arsenic. Depending on where the rice was grown, the levels may vary but the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t test for the toxic element regularly. So you never know how much arsenic may be present in the rice that you’re eating.
Arsenic is a known carcinogen and may be responsible for increasing your blood pressure. It also interferes with your blood-sugar-regulating hormones causing insulin resistance, which could lead to type 2 diabetes. You can play it safe by reducing the amount of rice you eat to just two to three times per week.