The Scary Reality of Microplastics in Breast Milk
We all know that plastic pollution is a huge problem. It's in our oceans, our landfills, and now, according to a new study, it's in our breast milk. That's right—researchers have found microplastics in human breast milk for the first time. And while we don't yet know the full extent of the health impacts of these chemical contaminants on babies, one thing is sure: microplastics are a problem that needs to be addressed urgently.
The study, published in the journal Polymers, looked at 34 healthy mothers who had recently given birth in Rome, Italy. The researchers collected samples of the mother's breast milk and analyzed them for the presence of microplastics. They found it alarming: 75% of the samples tested positive for microplastics.
So what are microplastics? They are tiny pieces of plastic that measure 5 millimeters or less in diameter. They can come from various sources, including cosmetics, detergents, packaging, and even synthetic fibers from clothing. Because they are found in all bodies of water today, and some studies have found fish are consuming them, they are part of our food supply. And now, researchers have discovered them in human breast milk for the first time, and we don't yet know the potentially harmful health effects—especially for infants who are still developing.
Some potential health impacts of microplastics include endocrine disruption (which can interfere with hormones), immune system suppression (which makes it harder for the body to fight off infections), and gastrointestinal problems. In other words, these tiny pieces of plastic can significantly impact our health—and the health of our children.
So what can we do about this problem? For starters, we can reduce our reliance on single-use plastics, including bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, using reusable water bottles, and avoiding unnecessary packaging. We can also filter our tap water with a home filtration system; studies have found that this can reduce microplastic contamination by 88 percent.
Finally, we can ensure that we get all the nutrients we need by using foods tested clean of over 140 other environmental toxins like IQed Smart Nutrition. IQed products are formulated with pure ingredients and are free of the icky stuff in our food supply today.
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The findings of this new study are alarming. But there are things we can do to reduce our exposure to microplastics—and to ensure that we're getting all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. By making small changes in our daily lives and being mindful of what we're putting into our bodies, we can make a big difference for ourselves and future generations.
Author, Founder, and President of The Cherab Foundation , Coauthor The Late Talker book, Mom Conceptualist For IQed
Lisa Geng got her start as a designer and patented inventor in the fashion, toy, and film industries, but after the early diagnosis of her young children with apraxia and ADHD she entered the world of nonprofit, pilot studies, and advocacy. L Lisa currently holds three patents and patents pending on IQed nutritional composition and is a co-author of a study published in a National Institute of Health-based, peer-reviewed medical journal.Results of a Consumer Survey on the Effectiveness of a Nutritional Blend Reported on Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms, Apraxia, and Other Conditions Involving Motor and Speech Delays. which showed 92% of respondents reported positive changes upon using IQed. Improvements in concentration, energy, motor skills, and speech