Whether we realize it or not, plastic inundates our lives in more ways than one. In recent years, there’s been a big movement to reduce plastic usage as it has a severe negative impact on the environment and waste control. Yet, many don’t realize that plastics used for food packaging and storage can also have a major impact on our digestive health. Using plastic to store food and beverage products may be inexpensive and cost-efficient, however, there are some important health risks associated with using these plastic products on a regular.
Here are just some everyday plastic objects that can have a negative impact on your health:
1. Plastic Water Bottles
Did you know that plastic leaches in plastic water bottles? It’s true. The chemicals used to make the plastic have been found to leach, exposing you to harmful endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the plastic.
Because of this, it’s so important to never refill a flimsy plastic water bottle. Drinking from an older water bottle that may have been exposed to heat, bisphenol A (BPA) and other chemicals can make their way into your bloodstream, which can cause obesity and various cancers as well as liver and kidney disease. Instead, I recommend using a reusable water bottle like a glass water bottle, Swell, Hydroflask or Yeti.
Receipts are the most common way to come into contact with BPA. In fact, 9 out of 10 receipts contain toxic BPA or bisphenol S (BPS). The plastic in the receipts can be absorbed by your skin and actually be an endocrine destructor.
If given the option, request for a receipt to be emailed to you instead of printed out. If that option is not available, be sure to wash your hands as soon as you can after handling the receipt.
3. Food Containers
Even the way we store food can affect our bodies in the long run, most specifically some researchers have found links to decreased fertility, neurodevelopmental issues and asthma. Plus, according to a recent study, there are more than 900 chemicals that are likely associated with plastic food packaging production, but very little information is known about them and their long-term effects. That’s why it’s so important to never microwave plastic materials. Those chemicals can attach to the food you’re cooking and make its way through your digestive system.
Try switching out your plastic food containers with reusable glass containers. They’re better for the environment and your health!
Conduct a Plastic Inventory
Like previously mentioned, plastic makes its way into our homes – and food – way more often than we’re even aware. I recommend doing a plastic inventory. Go around your house and collect which food or beverage items are placed in plastic. Then, see which items can be replaced and stored in a healthier container like glass or stainless steel. I’ve done this before and I was amazed by the results! Try it for yourself and let me know how it works.
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