- 17 Apr
3 shocking reasons why you should ditch plastic
If you want to pay attention to your health and do all you can to stay well, read on and take action.
In my Lyme Disease journey, the results of some of my tests show I am off the scale with the amount of plastic I have in my system. Because of that I have been researching not only what to do about it, but also how it got in to my system in the first place.
Some shocking findings
There is an increase in the use of chemicals in almost everything that we use.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are more than 800 chemicals in use in vast quantities in products, the environment and in the food chain. These Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) mimic the role of our body’s natural hormones, causing interference and disruption.
WHO and the UN Environment Programme published a report in 2013, identifying associations between exposure to EDCs’ and health problems including breast and prostate cancer, infertility, diabetes, early puberty, obesity, autoimmune disease, asthma, heart disease, stroke, ADHD and other learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The Endocrine Society say there is no such thing as a safe or tolerable level of EDCs and want tighter controls. Those tighter controls are yet to come so put your own controls in.
1. Water Bottles.
Regardless of whether plastic bottles are new or old, they release a chemical called BPA into the liquid when the temperature rises. Studies have shown that if you repeatedly scrub or dish wash polycarbonate bottles, including baby bottles, they release BPA.
Tip – Don’t over use plastic. Don’t let liquid heat up in plastic bottles. Don’t leave plastic water bottles in your car, in sunshine or in places where the temperature is high as you will be causing BPA leakage. Whereever you can, switch to glass.
2. Plastic Food Containers
When plastic heats up, the chemicals can leach into the food. The US National Institute of Environmental Health Science recommends that consumers should not microwave food in plastic containers as heat makes the chemical more likely to leach out.
Tip – Store your food in glass or porcelain. Heat your food in glass, stoneware or other such safe dishes. Don’t wrap your food in plastic.
3. Products and Environmental Damage
Plastic is slow to degrade. Discarded plastic is causing untold damage to land, waterways and the ocean. Marine animals get tangled in it or ingest it. Chemicals in products are absorbed by your skin. Animals and the earth cannot digest plastic any more than we can.
Tip – Limit your use of plastic bags, go for other options where possible. Pay attention to the products that you are using as well as the packaging. Be mindful and recycle.
Time to ditch plastic
I am now drinking water out of glass bottles. Even BPA-free plastics have other nasty chemicals in, so I have ditched all of my plastic containers and cooking utensils and replaced them with glass and wood. I am also reviewing all of the products I use and what chemicals are in them.
There is a growing body of research on plastic indicating damage to health so I would encourage you to consider your own health and the environment and do all you can to protect yourself and your family.