Why we store our drinking water in glass containers now

Scientists find about a quarter million invisible nanoplastic particles in a liter of bottled water

A new study has found that the average bottle of water contains nearly a quarter million fragments of “nanoplastics” — plastic particles so small they can potentially gum up the machinery of human cells. 

The study team was concerned by nanoplastics, which are particles thousands of times smaller — measurable in billionths of a meter. These smaller sizes can translate to greater danger because the smaller the particle size, the easier they can get into the human bodies and then cross different barriers.

The tiny compounds can cross into the blood, and then can cross the different barriers to get into the cells, interfering with the organelles — cellular organs — and causing them to malfunction.

That survey of recent research found that tiny plastics can interfere with the chemistry of the human body — causing impacts both on and from the communities of microbes in our gut that help us digest food. 

Micro- and nanoplastics can lead to oxidative stress, inflammation, immune dysfunction, altered biochemical and energy metabolism, impaired cell proliferation, disrupted microbial metabolic pathways, abnormal organ development, and carcinogenicity.

And studies in mice have found that micro- and nanoplastics lead to cell death in the lining of the intestine and increase inflammation in the gut. 

If nanoplastics are able to get from the digestive system into the blood stream, impacts could be much further reaching — beginning with heart disease. 

***We still use a Big Berkey to purify our water, but we no longer place that purified water into 5 gallon plastic jugs, which then went on our water cooler. Playin’ it safe!!!

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