Plastic has become an integral part of our daily lives.

From the meat we buy to the vegetables we consume, it seems like everything is wrapped or packaged in plastic. Even our clothes are made from recycled plastic bottles. However, the prevalence of plastic in our lives has led to a concerning issue: the presence of microplastic particles in our bodies.

Why should we be concerned about this? Numerous studies have shown that microplastic particles are being found in various parts of our bodies, including our blood, lungs, and even placentas. Furthermore, research suggests that the plastic used to wrap our food is a significant source of microplastic contamination. Additionally, the chemicals present in plastic are known to be harmful to our health.

In a study conducted on different types of food, researchers found that plastic-wrapped dinners contained significantly more microplastics compared to unwrapped meals. In fact, consuming just one traditional roast dinner wrapped in plastic could result in ingesting up to 230,000 microplastics, which are plastics smaller than 5mm in size. This highlights how plastic packaging of food acts as a pathway for plastics to enter our bodies. Moreover, eating one plastic-wrapped meal every day is equivalent to consuming two plastic grocery bags annually. Interestingly, non-plastic-wrapped foods were not only found to have fewer microplastics but also cost 37% less.

Several studies have detected microplastics in human blood, lung tissue, and placentas. Microplastics were also found in the stool of animals and humans across different regions. Furthermore, microplastics have been discovered in everyday self-care items, including personal care products and disposable face masks. This indicates that our exposure to microplastics extends beyond just our food.

The impact of microplastics on our health is a cause for concern. Studies have shown that microplastics can disrupt fat metabolism and cause liver dysfunction. There is also evidence suggesting that microplastics can influence our immune system, potentially affecting the development of diseases like cancer.

Fortunately, there are steps we can take to reduce our exposure to plastic. Avoid cooking or storing food in plastic containers and opt for alternatives. When shopping, choose fresh produce that is not wrapped in plastic. When buying meat, request that it be wrapped in parchment paper instead of plastic. Websites like EWG.ORG can help you find chemical-free self-care products, reducing your overall chemical exposure.

If you are interested in minimizing plastic pollution in your daily routine or want to enhance your body’s detoxification process, consider discussing it during your next health visit. Taking control of your plastic consumption and promoting a healthier lifestyle can contribute to your overall well-being.

The NHCAA

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