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Each of us unknowingly eats plastic

Recent scientific research alarms that plastic is present not only in the oceans and the natural environment, but also in our bodies.

Every day, without realizing it, we consume microplastics, which can have serious consequences for our health. In this article, we will look at this issue and find out how we can reduce our exposure to plastic.

Beware of seafood

One of the main sources of microplastics in the human diet is seafood, such as fish and oysters. Plastic accumulates in sea waters and marine organisms absorb it with their food. Unfortunately, when we consume these organisms, plastic also enters our bodies. Therefore, it is worth choosing ecologically certified marine products and limiting the consumption of fish caught in polluted areas.

Plastic in the gut

Scientists have discovered the presence of microplastics in the human intestines. It is not yet clear how exactly plastic enters our bodies, but it is suspected that it may be through eating contaminated food products and drinking water from plastic bottles. This discovery raises serious concerns because microplastics can cause various health problems, such as intestinal inflammation and hormonal disorders.

Our own homes are poisoning us

Our own home can be a source of plastic that enters our body. Plastic packaging, dishes, bottles and toys can degrade and release microplastics that enter the air we breathe and the food we eat. Therefore, it is worth avoiding plastic packaging, especially those that are exposed to high temperatures, such as plastic bottles used to heat drinks in a microwave.

The smog plague of cancer

Another disturbing aspect of the presence of plastic in our environment is its role in the formation of smog. When plastic degrades, it can emit toxic substances into the atmosphere. These substances can contribute to the formation of smog, which in turn is linked to many diseases, including cancer. Environmental protection also means health protection.

Your suggestions

It is worth considering how we can reduce our exposure to microplastics. Here are some suggestions:

  • Avoid plastic packaging and everyday items.
  • Choose ecological and organic products.
  • Avoid eating seafood from contaminated areas.
  • Drink water from glass or steel bottles and avoid disposable plastic bottles.
  • Support initiatives to reduce plastic and educate society about it.

Recommended articles

If you are interested in the impact of plastic on health and the environment, we also recommend reading the following articles:

  1. “How plastic affects the oceans and their inhabitants”
  2. “The impact of microplastics on marine organisms”
  3. “Plastic in the food chain – threats and effects”
  4. “How to reduce plastic in your everyday life”

Maintaining the health of our body and protecting the natural environment depend on our actions. Therefore, it is worth being a conscious consumer and making pro-ecological decisions that will help us avoid unconsciously consuming plastic.

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