Don't Drink Bottled Water
The use of plastic water bottles has become a staple in many people's lives, but it's important to understand the potential health hazards associated with drinking from these containers. The presence of microplastics in bottled water has become a growing concern, and there is evidence to suggest that these tiny particles can have toxic effects on the human body.
Microplastics are defined as plastic particles that are less than 5mm in size. These particles are created when larger plastic items break down into smaller fragments. Unfortunately, microplastics are not biodegradable, which means they can persist in the environment for hundreds of years. They have been found in oceans, lakes, rivers, and even in tap water and bottled water.
One study found that bottled water contains up to 90 times more microplastics than tap water. This is a significant concern, as the ingestion of microplastics has been linked to a number of health problems. For example, microplastics have been found to cross the blood-brain barrier, which is a protective layer that separates the brain from the rest of the body.
@taborplace Day 21 - Don’t drink bottled water. Other reasons to not drink bottled water: - PFAs @taborplace - 5 reasons not to drink bottled water: @taborplace Microplastics, those tiny fragments that degrade and break free from the millions of metric tons of plastic waste we generate each year, are again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Scientists in Korea have recently published the results of their work demonstrating the toxic impact potential of microplastics on the mammalian brain. Their work adds to a growing body of literature demonstrating the threat that microplastics pose to humans, animals, and marine life – including weaking muscles, impairing cognitive ability, altering the shape of human lung cells and causing aneurysms. Similarly, in humans, micro-sized plastic fibers have been detected in lung tissue, indicating possible translocation of micro- and nanoplastics into the human body via particle inhalation. Besides these findings on the neurotoxicity of micro- and nanoplastics, a wide range of toxic effects in diverse species have been reported. These can be summarized as: alterations in gene expression inflammation of gut, gills, liver, kidney and/or muscle particle accumulation in tissues of intestine, liver, kidneys, gallbladder and/or gonads(lipid) oxidative damage in body/organs disturbed metabolism alterations in motility and behavior, alterations in intestinal barrier function and gut microbiome reduction of overall fitness increased mortality #toxicchemicals #microplastics #hormoneimbalance #plasticfree #plasticisbad #nanoplastics #neurotoxicity #alzheimers #braintumor #inflammation #bottledwater #bottlesofwater #waterbottle #plasticwaterbottle ♬ original sound - Beatrice, CEO of Tabor Place
One of the companies that has come under scrutiny for its use of plastic in bottled water is Nestle. The company produces billions of plastic water bottles each year, and studies have found that the water from these bottles contains significant amounts of microplastics. The presence of these particles in Nestle's water raises serious questions about the safety of drinking bottled water.
Microplastics have been linked to a number of health problems, including neuroinflammation. Neuroinflammation is a process in which the immune system becomes activated in response to injury or disease. This activation can lead to the production of harmful substances, such as cytokines and free radicals, which can damage the brain and nervous system.
There is evidence to suggest that plastic can cause neuroinflammation in humans. For example, one study found that exposure to plastic particles increased the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in mice. These cytokines are known to play a role in the development of neuroinflammatory diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
There is also evidence to suggest that plastic can cause neuroinflammation by disrupting the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for producing hormones that regulate various bodily functions, such as growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Exposure to plastic has been shown to alter the levels of hormones in the body, which can lead to neuroinflammation.
In addition to neuroinflammation, exposure to plastic has also been linked to a number of other health problems. For example, plastic has been found to contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA), which have been linked to a number of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
In conclusion, drinking from plastic water bottles can be toxic to your health due to the presence of microplastics. These tiny particles can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause neuroinflammation, which has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It is important to consider the potential health hazards associated with plastic and to take steps to reduce your exposure to these particles, such as drinking tap water or using a reusable water bottle made from a safe, non-toxic material.
"Microplastics in Bottled Water: How Harmful is it?" Water Quality & Health Council, https://www.wqhc.org/microplastics-in-bottled-water-how-harmful-is-it/.
"Microplastics in Drinking Water Pose Risk to Human Health, Study Finds." The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/environment
- Prust, M., Meijer, J., & Westerink, R. H. (2020). The plastic brain: neurotoxicity of micro and nanoplastics.