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Microplastics and The Immune System (Guest Post)


We have observed the effects of #plastics on #hormonal health, but how does this extend into overall immunity? When plastics are broken down into smaller particles #MicroParticles (MPs)less then 5mm, they are absorbed into various organs and tissues within the body. These foreign substances cause an inflammatory reaction which calls out the immune defense system producing chemicals to kill the invaders while precipitating the cyclic reaction.


In previous weeks, we talked about nutrition and exercise and here we can look at our environment and homecare products that we come in contact with every day. Plastics covering our food is only one source, but what about appliance cleaners, floor cleaners, dish and laundry soaps? These often contain plasticizers to make them easier to use.


The same is true for skincare items. The smoother and creamier, the greater the likelihood that there are plasticizers inherent in the product.


What we eat, drink and breathe will impact the entry of plastics in our #environment. Check labels for the following chemical names and examples:

  • Acrylic or Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) – #plexiglass

  • Polycarbonate (PC) - sunglasses

  • Polyethylene (PE) – plastic bags, shrink wrap, boats

  • Polypropylene (PP) – medical devices and food storage containers

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET)

  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) - pipes

  • Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) – luggage, children’s toys

While we will not entirely rid industry of plastic use, we can make personal efforts to reduce our exposure and that of our family.


Julie Freeman, MA, RD, LD

https://juliefreeman.net


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