Jul 15 2018

It’s time to say no to a plastic world.

Published by at 1:50 pm under General,Personal Care

It’s time to say “no” to a plastic world.
The negative impact of plastic water bottles on our planet and our health is outweighing their convenience.

We are at the peak of summer. Temperatures are rising and we need to stay hydrated. It is essential for our health. Dehydration can lead to many health conditions, even death if we let it go too far. With our bodies being made up of more than 60% water, it is essential we drink lots of it each day. On average, an adult male needs 3 liters of water a day while an adult female needs 2.2 liters. Staying hydrated has never been easier with plastic water bottles everywhere. They are at the grocery store, the gas station, and in vending machines. Everywhere we go, someone offers us a bottle of water. It’s great on the one hand, as we are doing good for our bodies to hydrate them. On the flipside, we are harming the planet beyond belief and we are actually harming our bodies, according to a new study.(1,2,3)*

 Everyone is using plastic water bottles. In fact, planet wide, we are going through them at the rate of one million bottles per minute. In the US, we are going through them at a rate of more than 3 million every hour. And not everyone recycles. In some cities and states, (perhaps yours), recycling programs are not offered. For every six bottle people buy, only one is recycled. Water bottles do not biodegrade, but rather photodegrade, which means it takes at least up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decomposes, leaking toxic pollutants into our valuable soil and water as they do. Plastic bottles are thrown into landfills, end up in our oceans and water ways and are killing our wild life and harming our ecosystems. “…At least 8 million tons of mishandled plastic waste washes into the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes each year..” 

When the plastic pieces get thrashed about in the seas, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, which ultimately get consumed by sea life and other wild life. And, much of it has accumulated in the “plastic ocean.” This term is given to the billions of pounds of plastics which can be found in a swirling convergence which makes up approximately 40 percent of the ocean’s surface.  “…Plastic is so durable that the EPA reports “every bit of plastic ever made still exists.”…”   (2,3,4,5)**

The energy and resources it takes to make plastic water bottles is equally mind boggling. It takes 17 million barrels of oil each year to produce water bottles, and almost 2,000 times the energy to manufacture  a bottle of water than it does to produce tap water. And it is estimated that it takes three times the amount of water to make a water bottle than it does to fill it. 5*

But beyond the trash and pollution factor, the use of natural resources, and the fact that we are ruining our oceans and killing our wildlife, there is a more personal concern for humans to consider before twisting the top off that water bottle. In a recent study commissioned by the non-profit, journalistic outlet Orb Media,”… researchers at State University of New York at Fredonia tested water from 259 bottles produced by 11 different companies and purchased in nine countries…” The researchers found an average of 325 plastic particles per liter of water. Out of the 259 bottles, only 17 were plastic free. In one bottle of Nestle Pure Life, the concentrations of plastics were as high as 10,000 pieces per liter of water. The most common type of plastic found was polypropylene, which is the plastic used to make bottle caps. (2,3)*

 This research has spurred the WHO to launch a review into the health risks of plastics in drinking water. They are finding that in many cases, when we drink water out of plastic bottles, we are consuming plastic fibers at a rate double to that found in tap water. While the effects of microplastics building up in a human’s body is not known, it is known to harm animals like fish, as seen in alterations in both behavior and hormones.  Earlier studies have found microplastics in tap water, beer, sea salt and fish, and  researchers are working to determine whether microplastics can be harmful. “…”What we do know is that some of these particles are big enough that, once ingested, they are probably excreted but along the way they can release chemicals that cause known human health impacts. Some of these particles are so incredibly small that they can actually make their way across the gastro-intestinal tract, across the lining and be carried throughout the body, and we don’t know the implications of what that means on our various organs and tissues.”…” The priority is to understand how much microplastic we ingest and what happens to it inside the body. It may be possible that tiny particles can pass through he lining of the gut, which begs the question…where does it end up?7*

According to one researcher, “…”The particles could stay within an immune cell in the gut lining, or be passed into our lymphatic system ending up in the lymph nodes, or there is a small potential for them to enter the blood stream and possibly accumulate in the liver. These are foreign hard particles which our body will obviously want to get rid of but it can’t because plastic is not degradable so that will cause harm to the local tissue. But at the moment we don’t know.”…”7*

So are you willing to do your part to cut down on the use of plastic, especially plastic water bottles? So much of it is retraining ourselves into new habits. Ask your local community to install more water fountains, or water refilling stations. Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. If you do use a plastic water bottle, reuse it and recycle it. Don’t throw it in the trash. If you see a plastic water bottle on the street, at the park or at the beach, pick it up, take it home and recycle it. It is easy to ignore this problem as it is “out of sight, out of mind”. But it is catching up with us quickly.*

Our gut health is tied into this problem as well, as the toxins and foreign particles which end up in our bodies can affect our cells and immune system. Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ works to detoxify our systems and carry toxins through our digestive tract. It is not as easy to stay healthy in this day and age in which toxins, GMOs, plastics, and pesticides are present in our food and water while we are unaware. Stay proactive with your own health and your own habits.*  

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html
  2. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/03/you-re-probably-drinking-microplastics-with-your-bottled-water
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/15/microplastics-found-in-more-than-90-of-bottled-water-study-says
  4. https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/
  5. http://waterbottles.healthyhumanlife.com/plastic-water-bottle-pollution-plastic-bottles-end/
  6. https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43389031


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