Microplastics. Would you eat and drink them ? (You already are…)
Microplastics are everywhere. In your food, and your water!
Microplastics, sounds tasty, right?
Well, of course not, but it is unfortunately a part of our diets. According to an article in Scientific American, “People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that’s probably a gross underestimate.” Further into the article, this really hit home “humans appear to consume somewhere between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles every year. That number goes up for people drinking bottled water rather than tap water. Now, is all this plastic ingestion safe? We simply don’t know.”
What effect can consumption of microplastics do to us?
First, lets look at where they come from. Plastics are a part of every aspect of our lives. Microplastics range in size from under 1 Micron (size of a bacteria) to 5 millimeters (size of a sesame seed). They typically come from synthetic textile fibers, cleaners, personal care products, cigarette filters, dust from car and truck tires, breakdown of plastic containers, microbeads in toothpaste, and too many other sources to list here.
Although in it’s infancy, there is a growing body of research starting to look at the effect of microplastics on the human body. Of particular interest is looking at materials used in the manufacture of many plastics and their known effects on your body. For instance, certain heavy metals used as additives in polymer products generate instant concern when you realize their toxicity. Issues such as the potential to cause cancer, metabolic disruption, birth defects, gastrointestinal damage, brain damage, anemia, hypertension, allergic reactions, cardiovascular effects, and the list goes on and on and on…
Can’t I just buy bottled water to solve this problem?
In a word, NO! A study published last year in Frontiers in Chemistry that analyzed samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries and found that 93% of them contained microplastic synthetic polymer particles. One of the most common brands in America contained more than 10,000 microplastic particles per liter!
RO is the Answer!
While we can’t help you with your food, you can look for BPE Free packaging and choose glass containers when possible. Water? we have you covered! The quickest way to remove the majority of microplastics from your diet is to filter your drinking and cooking water with a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system. Reverse Osmosis (RO) uses a membrane that captures the smallest particles. RO removes the most contaminants out of all methods of water filtration. Proven for effectiveness and shown to positively impact health, RO is at the forefront of cleaner, healthier water.
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