“It must be something in the water.”
How many times have you heard that old phrase before? Or used it yourself to comment on someone’s puzzling behavior? I know it’s one of MY favorites.
Well, hold on to your hat, my friend. Because, it turns out, that for men battling sagging energy, a slowing sex life, or those dreaded “man boobs,” that old saying might be a reality.
It really COULD be something in the water that’s behind all those troubling symptoms. And that may not even be the worst of it.
So put down that glass, and step away from the tap until you read this. Because it turns out your drinking water could be robbing you of a critical “manly” hormone.
Testosterone levels are tanking
You’ve heard of “Low T” before, of course. It’s shorthand for sagging testosterone levels. And it’s the bane of many men’s existence.
These days, it’s practically an epidemic. In fact, in some ways men today are quite literally HALF the men their fathers used to be.
Testosterone levels have been dropping for decades. One study found, for example, that in 2004 the average 60-year old guy’s T levels were 17 percent lower than guys of the same age in 1987.
And signs are that it’s just getting worse. But now experts think they may know why. They believe the villain behind some of those tanking testosterone numbers is lurking in our tap water.
It’s a creepy compound called atrazine. And if you’re a long time Healthier Talk reader, you may recall I started warning you about it 10 years ago.
Creepy chemical could be robbing you of T
Atrazine is a popular herbicide. It’s used to prevent unwanted weeds from growing on croplands, golf courses, and residential yards. The chemical is also a potent endocrine disruptor that can mess with your hormones.
How potent? Well, let me to tell you about one shocking study that illustrates what we’re up against here.
A group of researchers raised a small army of 40 frogs in atrazine contaminated water. And the results were disturbing, to say the least.
- 30 of the 40 frogs were unable to reproduce
- 50 percent had their testosterone levels plummet and estrogen surge
In other words, it essentially chemically castrated them. But that’s not even the worst of it. The atrazine did SUCH a number on the frog’s hormonal systems that some of them literally SWITCHED SEXES to females. They were even able to get pregnant and have offspring.
The amount used in the frog experiment wasn’t excessive, either. The levels were below the so-called “safe” ones set by the EPA.
So you can just imagine the havoc this herbicide might have on YOUR “manly” hormones if it sets up shop in your system. And some scientists think that may be exactly what’s happening.
Testing has revealed that 87 percent of the drinking water here in the United States contains 30 times the amount of atrazine used in that frightening frog experiment. Now you aren’t going to wake up a woman one day, of course. But all that exposure COULD cause your testosterone to plummet.
Use a filter for safer drinking water
So when this was discovered, what was done about it? Absolutely nothing. Well, unless you live in Europe, that is, where they saw the writing on the wall and banned the creepy chemical nearly a decade ago.
Here, in the United States, however, atrazine is still being sprayed on the fields where our foods are grown, the golf courses where we relax, and in some cases, even our own front lawns. And that’s despite a growing stack of studies finding links between the herbicide and hormonal problems in animals and humans.
But you don’t have to sit by while atrazine causes YOUR testosterone to tank and your love life to fizzle. Simply filtering your water can remove much of the offending chemical.
But you do need to use the right kind of filter. To be sure it’s capturing a good deal of the atrazine, look for one certified by NSF International to meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard 53 for VOC (volatile organic compounds) reduction.
The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) recommends using one that fits right on your tap. And I typically suggest a reverse osmosis version if you can find it.
It’s a good idea to skip the bottled water too. You can’t be sure it was filtered to remove the herbicide. Plus, it’s not just low testosterone you need to worry about. As I warned in this recent free report, there are also damaging “forever” chemicals in the bottled stuff… potentially making it a double danger.
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