Years ago when plastic was invented, it revolutionized the world. Unfortunately, it came with consequences. In the past few years, the potential dangers of plastic to human health as well as the environment have been put under the microscope. But despite those dangers being known, plastic is still one of the most widely used materials in every industry, including manufacturing and construction, among others.
This makes it’s very difficult for anyone to not be exposed to plastic – even those who are exerting effort to live a clean and healthier lifestyle. Even if one does their best to avoid anything plastic, it is not enough. This is because plastics are used in food manufacturing and production. It is true. Most of the food you eat is already contaminated by plastic even before it reaches you.
Yes, that’s how difficult it is to be completely free from plastic. If that is the case, why, then, is it so important to try to live your life without it?
True Dangers of Plastic
There are a number of studies that show the connection between exposure to plastic and a variety of health issues. As you know, plastic is made up of different chemicals, most of which potentially cause health problems when they find their way into our food or when they become part of dust particles.
Phthalates, a group of chemicals that make plastic more durable and flexible are also linked to health problems involving the neurodevelopment of children. According to studies, there is an association between high levels of plastic metabolites in the urine and cognitive and behavioural problems like lower IQ, issues with hyperactivity and attention, and poor social skills, among others.
BPA or Bisphenol A is a toxic component of plastic that has been shown in studies to have a connection to serious health problems. Because of this, there are many restrictions on the use of BPA.
Does that mean BPA-free plastics are safe?
It is not that simple. You cannot simply switch to “healthier” BPA-free plastic and call it a solution. After all, BPA is not the only thing in plastics that cause problems. In fact, some studies have also found that even some BPA-free plastics have the same estrogenic activity as plastics with BPA. There are also BPA analogs linked to reproduction issues, endocrine problems, and even neurotoxicity. You see, most plastic products have compounds that are categorized as having estrogenic activity, no matter their retail source, resin, or BPA-free designation.
The only thing we can do is make a conscious effort to at least minimize our exposure to plastic. Here are some ways to do that:
- Use glass containers instead of plastic
- Remove food and other items from plastic packaging right away
- Avoid heating up food in plastic
- Shop for food items at farmer’s markets
- Carry your own cutlery when you’re on the go
These may be very simple things but doing them can greatly help minimize your exposure to plastic. By following these steps, both your health and the environment will thank you.
One more thing that you can do to minimize the effects of plastic on your health is by detoxifying. Sloan Natural Health can help you with that. Give us a call and let us help you!