Gut Microbiome Affected by Toxic Chemicals in Products, Environment, Food – Chemical Free Life
Thanks to recent scientific and medical research studies, scientists, practitioners and the general public have begun to become aware of how gut microbiome impacts human health and well-being. The reason this is important: The microbes that inhabit our bodies are influenced by what we eat, drink, breathe and absorb through our skin, and most of us are chronically exposed to natural and human-made environmental contaminants. In this study, scientists reviewed the research linking dozens of chemicals present in our personal care products, home care products, general environment and our food to changes in the gut microbiome and associated health challenges.
Researchers examined studies focusing on compounds used in manufacturing consumer goods, including the bisphenols found in plastic food packaging, and phthalates, which are used in everything from vinyl flooring to plastic films. It also describes the science associated with exposure to persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. POPs include chemicals like PCBs; perfluorochemicals, which are used in nonstick cookware and food packaging; flame retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers; and pesticides and herbicides.
We are regularly exposed to toxic chemicals that can affect our health
“Chemicals such as bisphenols, phthalates and some pesticides, persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals can alter hormone metabolism and are associated with adverse health outcomes.”
-Dr. Jodi Flaws, researcher, professor of comparative biosciences, University of Illinois