Plastic is everywhere, literally. Bottled water, cans, cosmetics, textiles, even the ocean! This article will mainly be about how to detoxify tiny plastic particles from your body, but I am still going to touch on the impact and sources of these microplastics.
Microplastics are essentially small plastic granules and fibers that broke off from larger pieces of plastic, either during manufacture or disposal. These little pieces can impact marine and land loving wildlife alike, due to the variability in size, fish, plankton and other sea creatures can ingest these along with their food. In terms of the food chain, people in turn ingest the fish and the plastics along with it. I recommend investing in a water filter for your tap, as these microplastics have been found in tap water sources all over the world, not to mention various chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals and other contaminants that exist in tap water. This insures that you are not drinking, cooking with and using water which contains microplastics, its always good to prevent rather than to treat, or in this case detox; anyhow lets get to the good stuff, which supplements and herbs may be useful for a microplastic detox.
-Milk thistle: This herb has anti-oxidant properties and can protect cells from damage that microplastics and the chemicals that leach out from them.
-Activated charcoal: A tried and true detox supplement, the small pockets in carbon charcoal pick up and store anything from metals to cellular debris and synthetic substances like mircroplastics before leaving your body, useful huh?
-Folate: This B vitamin protects DNA, and enhances cellular repair, and although it does not directly detoxify mircoplastics, it can aid in keeping your cells safe from genetic damage caused by toxins like BPA and other bisphenols that sometimes leach out from them.
-Tea: Green, black, white, all have diuretic properties which helps your body get rid of excess fluids, not to mention the powerful anti-oxidant punch that they all have in store.
So the best thing you can do is eliminate sources where you will encounter microplastics in the first place, the three main sources being unfiltered tap water, canned food products, and conventional cosmetics and hair care products. Many health food stores carry natural soaps, shower and sink filters and natural foods that are not processed and packaged, go explore and see what you find!
It can be difficult to know where to start to lead a healthy, sustainable and wholesome lifestyle, but I hope that that our blog can help get you there, we are all on this road together after all!