Bottled water not only considerably adds to our state's landfills but also contains harmful microplastics that could have a major negative impact on your health.

In North Dakota, bottled water may have thousands of hazardous nanoplastics. The origin of nanoplastics primarily lies in the breakdown of larger plastic debris. Over time, factors such as sunlight, physical abrasion, and biological degradation reduce these larger pieces into increasingly smaller fragments.

Study: Nanoplastics Found In Bottle Water



That's according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers from Columbia University determined there are around 250,000 nanoplastic particles in an average bottle of water.


Nanoplastics May Cause Body To "Malfunction"

Researchers say nanoplastics are thousands of times smaller than microplastics and have been described as being as small as viruses or vaccine particles.



"Because (of) the smaller the particle size, they are easy to get into the human bodies and then cross different barriers, cross into the blood, and then can cross the different barriers to get into the cells, (interfering with cellular organs), causing them to malfunction," Beizhan Yan, the study's co-author, told The Hill. "

Bottle Water Industry Pushes Back

The bottled water industry is pushing back on the claims.

“Media reports about these particles in drinking water do nothing more than unnecessarily scare consumers,” the International Bottled Water Association said in a statement. “There currently is both a lack of standardized methods and no scientific consensus on the potential health impacts of nano- and microplastic particles."

Nanoplastics May Cause Many Issues To Body



However, The Lancet, released a study last month regarding the many dangers of nanoplastics and microplastics.

Officials claim these plastics can alter your body and lead to “oxidative stress, inflammation, immune dysfunction, altered biochemical and energy metabolism, impaired cell proliferation, disrupted microbial metabolic pathways, abnormal organ development, and carcinogenicity."

Helpless Utah Dog Rescued From Freezing Pond Caught On Video

If you're going to be out near water in freezing temperatures, let this Utah rescue remind you to keep an eye on your pet and stay SAFE!

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

More From KEYZ AM 660