In connection with desire, sexual performance and experiences, there is often talk about an unhealthy lifestyle, stress and associated fatigue. The problem is that the quality of intimate life is significantly affected by chemicals that change hormonal levels and thereby kill passion. Which substances are among the worst?
Sex hormones, which include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, prolactin, melatonin and oxytocin, have a significant effect on mood and sexual desire. As soon as their levels fluctuate, people begin to excuse themselves from sex. Because of what? One of the possible causes is unwanted substances that you also encounter on a daily basis.
Receipts from shops
Approximately 40% of today’s grocery store receipts are coated with a hormone-disrupting chemical. It is called bisphenol A (BPA), which is an organic compound from the group of bisphenols, which is also used in the production of plastics, among other things. Bisphenol is associated with fertility problems and heart disease. That its negative effects should not be underestimated is evidenced by many studies, such as one that found that men with higher levels of BPA had lower sperm counts and lower quality “tails” than men with lower levels (1). Are you surprised?
You’ve probably heard it before… Popcorn is supposed to be a healthy, low-calorie snack, right? Not necessarily. If you put aside the artificial butter and genetically modified corn that appear in the bag of popcorn for a moment, there is another risk.
Studies have found perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical notorious in nonstick cookware (2), right in the lining of microwave popcorn bags. This nasty chemical, along with other potentially toxic substances in the lining of popcorn bags, evaporates when microwaved and turns from part of the lining into an invisible coating on your popcorn. Yum. It’s not for nothing that various environmental protection agencies have recognized that PFOA is “probably carcinogenic to humans” and can cause birth defects, testicular tumors, low libido and infertility.
Sex hormones, healthy blood sugar levels and insulin balance are closely linked. The spike in insulin and insulin resistance that results from consuming too much sugar and flour can lead to acne, irregular menstrual cycles and erectile dysfunction. Insulin resistance caused by excessive amounts of sugar has been shown to mainly reduce testosterone, a hormone responsible for a number of functions, including sexual well-being.
Atrazine, a common weed-killing chemical used to control weeds in a number of agricultural crops (corn, sugar cane, soybeans, potatoes), can drastically suppress sexual desire. It is certainly not out of the question to eat food in organic quality. Or do you not care anymore?
Sources: (1) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7304337/, (2) www.cancer.org/healthy/cancer-causes/chemicals/teflon-and-perfluorooctanoic-acid-pfoa.html
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