If you’re worried that your son may have low testosterone, you might be right. There are industrial chemicals polluting the environment, drinking water, and food, which are able to dramatically damage testosterone levels (and other hormones too). Thankfully, there is a lot we can do to protect ourselves and get testosterone levels back up to where they naturally should be!
How to tell if it’s low testosterone
Taking into account his personality, a high testosterone guy will be energetic, cheerful, interested in socializing, playing sports, and so on. Low testosterone guys often aren’t as enthusiastic for these things. Also if there seems to be an unusual and “hormonal looking” fat gain and absence of muscle; a soft and flabby body, that’s a strong sign of low testosterone. To really know, you can get a blood test done to measure testosterone.
Plastics and chemicals in the water
Get a good water filter that can remove all the endocrine disruptor substances. Pesticides, microplastics, pharmaceuticals, literal estrogen, heavy metals, and chlorine are all frequently present in modern drinking water, and they all lower testosterone. A good water filter can remove them all.
Pesticides and additives in the food
Organic food is a must in certain categories. Grain type food is very important to get organic, because grains are heavily sprayed with pesticide typically, and this accumulates in the final food product. (Source) Organic grains are certified to be free of pesticides. (In reality there can be a small amount of pesticides that accumulates here, but we do our best! Buying straight from a small natural farmer or even growing your own food would be the ways to do better, and even then, a tiny amount of pesticide residue could blow in accidentally.)
You also want to avoid unnatural, weird additives like dyes, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
Seed oils (vegetable oils) in junk food
Junk food is typically made with vegetable oil, also known as seed oil, which may possibly lower testosterone. More info about that can be found in our article about that here.
Snacks made without seed oil are few and far between, which is why we are making potato chips fried in real tallow and no seed oil. No additives either. You’ll find them at https://noseedoil.com/chips
Home products that are natural and won’t hurt the hormones
It would be good to get natural versions of these products, and not chemical-filled ones: Soap, shampoo, moisturizer, sunscreen, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, shower curtain. Here’s our guide to laundry detergents.
Get 100% cotton or 100% wool instead of polyester underwear. Polyester is a type of plastic, believe it or not, so it can produce microplastics.
We’ve posted some all natural underwear in our guide here.
Finally, a word about lifestyle
You may have suspected that lifestyle also plays a role in this, and you are right. Getting good exercise, not being overweight, not being sedentary and spending all day in front of a screen are all very important. However, it may be a bit of a vicious cycle. A low testosterone guy could spend all his time being inactive, on his computer, not socializing, not playing sports because he isn’t craving outside, energetic, active, social things like a high testosterone guy would be. So fixing the lifestyle and the chemicals at the same time might feed on each other and get testosterone levels up!