Do you believe that there is plastic in your body?
Recently, a scientific report shows that there are actually micro-plastics in the human body. Many small partners feel very shocked after hearing this news--what? I am very healthy, good! Shouldn't this plastic be in the junkyard?
However, this news is reported by the New York Times. It is impossible for such an authoritative news magazine to fool people.
You may not know that there was a meeting in Vienna a few days ago, called the European Joint Conference on Gastroenterology. It was originally quietly opened, but the result was shocked by a research result.
Yes, this conclusion is:
The researchers found microplastic particles in the feces of volunteers from eight countries.
And this is the first time in history that humans have been contaminated with micro-plastics.
- Plastic that was not originally your body -
First of all, let's first come to everyone, Popco, what is the little goblin in micro-plastics?
It is understood that millions of plastic bottles and plastic bags can be sold every minute in the world, and an average of nearly 8 million tons of plastic waste can be produced every year.
The degradation time of plastics is very long, ranging from decades to hundreds of years. The vitality is extremely tenacious. When they are not finished, they will break into many small pieces and become "microplastics".
Gradually, they are not satisfied with staying in only one place. They go to the rivers and lakes, go to the mountains and rivers, go to the polar regions... I have been to more places than I have ever eaten.
And now, they are coming to my body again...
- A misfortune -
So why are we polluted by plastics?
Having said that, the weather is getting colder and colder, and winter is coming soon.
Every winter, the happiest moment is from the outside of the ice and snow into the warm room, but unfortunately, this process is accompanied by the bitterness of the little friends -
"Oh, the smog is coming again... I want to be a fish..."
Everyone can't wait to become a fish swimming in the water, no need to breathe dirty air, but do you know the bitterness of the fish?
There are thousands of places to travel in the world, but micro-plastics prefer to be active in the sea, although they are forced to...
Because, for some people, the ocean is a natural trash can!
So big seas, don’t throw some plastics in, there’s still some itching, so...
The smog will enter the human lungs with the air, and for marine life, these waste plastics are ocean smog.
And these "smog" will also enter the body with their breathing and diet...
In the ocean, there are as many as hundreds of kinds of organisms, there are micro-plastics, they enter the blood, liver, intestines of animals...
From plankton to whales, marine life inevitably consumes plastic.
In this way, fish eat plastic, we eat fish, over time, how can we not be polluted?
According to research, people who regularly eat shellfish may eat 11,000 pieces of plastic pieces each year.
A team in the United States went to New Zealand Beach to investigate and the results were shocking.
They can find hundreds of pieces of plastic on a few square meters of beach!
When these debris enter the ocean, they are likely to become the “deserts” of fish and eventually enter the human food chain.
According to a long-term survey by the University of Auckland, 8 of the 9 most common fish species on the New Zealand market have been invaded by plastic fragments!
In addition to marine life, even micro-plastics may exist in the water we drink.
Last year, microplastics were detected in 83% of the world's faucet samples, the most severe in the United States.
In addition, according to investigators, food packaging, plastic bottles and micro-plastics in caps are also likely to enter the body as food enters.
and! The salt we use! In fact, it is also polluted!
As early as a few years ago, researchers discovered micro-plastics from salt. According to a recent study, more than 90% of the world's salt brands have been contaminated with micro-plastics. The highest proportion of pollution.
According to a report in Environmental Science and Technology, only three of the 39 salt brands from 21 countries do not contain microplastic particles, including China's refined rock salt.
Studies have shown that on average, each adult can eat up to 2,000 microplastic granules per year because of salt.
- Protecting you may be hurting you -
In addition to these, have you observed your personal skin care products?
I don't know when, "matte" has become a trend, and many toiletries contain different levels of microbeads.
According to the survey, it is a common scrub facial cleanser that contains about 300,000 plastic particles.
After we clean the face, these plastic particles will enter the sewer with the water, and the final destination is probably the ocean...
The poor fish who swim in the ocean, they can easily eat this plastic particle.
And this not only affects their health very much, but it is also likely to enter the human food chain...
Seafood, sea salt, facial cleanser...
- The causal cycle, the ending is set from the beginning -
When did it start, even our most basic daily life steps became unsafe?
How many million tons of plastic waste is discharged into the ocean each year, and how long can our oceans support?
In fact, when you are still unaware, plastic pollution is everywhere.
Everyone knows the "Dragon", right? It once discovered microplastics in Antarctic organisms, and this creature is in a deep sea area of about 4,000 meters...
When plastic waste is everywhere, where should humans escape?
Although human beings are at the very top of the food chain, today, we are no longer safe to eat.
Even if we are smarter, we can't deny that we and other creatures are in a circulatory system, and the damage we do to them will return to ourselves sooner or later.
- Not known -
The extent to which microplastics are harmful to the human body is still unclear.
Researchers say they may affect the immune response of the digestive system and may also help toxic chemicals and pathogens spread throughout the body.
After being broken down into smaller substances in the body, the microplastics are likely to be absorbed by the circulatory system and eventually enter human organs.
One very interesting statement is that our daily life is actually in an unknown state.
The water you drink may or may not contain micro-plastics.
The seafood you eat may or may not be contaminated with plastic.
The salt you buy may or may not contain plastic particles.
Unconsciously, plastic has invaded all corners of our lives, invisible, intangible, and even felt.
But the fact is that as the makers of marine waste, while bringing disaster to other creatures, we are gradually ruining our own lives, and those things that we throw away are being returned to us a little bit.
And how long can we persist?
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