This informative MSN.com article explains how the world we live in is saturated with harmful chemicals that can have negative affects on mens sperm count and provides tips about how to avoid them and protect the little swimmers. Here’s a quick summary:
Say NO to Receipts: Approximately 40 percent of receipts today are coated with chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been linked to fertility problems. If you must take the receipt, keep it stored outside of your wallet in an envelope or drawer.
Eat Fresh and Choose Glass Over Cans: Canned foods are lined with a BPA coating which can diffuse into the food itself so try to eat fresh of frozen before going to the non-perishables. If it must come packaged, chose glass over cans.
Chose Safe Sex Toys: Many sex toys are made of vinyl materials which unleash phthalates (plastic-softening chemicals linked to cancer, allergies, birth defects, and infertility). Silicone toys, like the We-Vibe, are the safest possible products for your body AND the environment.
Shower Safety: The heat from the hot water in your shower makes it easier for the chemicals in your bathroom products and accessories to release into the air. Try to use simple, plant-based and unscented shower products and replace your vinyl shower curtain with terrycloth or hemp to reduce the risks.
Wash Your Greens: Pesticides used on most produce today contain a plethora of harmful chemicals. Make sure to wash produce thoroughly before consuming and buy organic whenever possible.
Find Local Fish: Although PCBs are banned in manufacturing, they do still exist in the environment and are specifically prominent in the water – and thus in fish. Try to find wild caught fish or check out your local fish market for information about the best filet to fry.
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