…More About Your Gut: Are Nanoparticles Destroying it?

By on 06/04/2015

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Nanoparticles, surprisingly, are not from some bestselling science fiction book, but are a very real threat to your health.

If you read my previous blog on the link between our gut health and brain health, then you probably wondered to yourself, “If gut health has been shown to be so significant now, surely they’ve studied it beyond the use of pro and prebiotics, right?”

You wondered this because you are smart, and of course you are correct.

There are new studies that prove exposure to nanoparticles can destroy a healthy gut-flora ecosystem… which as we now know can negatively affect your physical and mental health in significant ways.

Let’s start with some basics…

Nanotechnology is the engineering and manipulation of particles on a “nano” scale… and a nanoparticle measures in billionths of one meter. Another way to think of a nanoparticle is something really, really, really small that was created in a lab (very scientific, I know).

One way to think of it is this: If a red blood cell was likened to the size of a football field, then a nanoparticle would be the size of the football.

So what is the big deal about these itty, bitty, tiny creations of science?

Well, apparently these nanoparticles are vastly unregulated and unstudied but currently appear in many products we use daily.

… and the not so shocking twist:

Nanoparticles have now been shown to negatively affect our bodies and health.

(Well now who didn’t see that coming?)

So where do we encounter these nanoparticles?
  • Food
  • Water
  • Health Care Items
  • Many Consumer Goods

That narrows it down, huh? Nanoparticles are everywhere as it turns out.

More specifically, nanoparticles are used to filter water, used as an anti-caking agent, as a gelatin, and to prevent the growth of microbes like mold. Some products that contain nanoparticles are Mentos, Trident, and Dentyne gum, M&Ms, Jell-O pudding, Pop Tarts, and some Nestle coffee creamers.

nanoparticles in candy

All of these products contain one of the post popular nanoparticle: titanium dioxide (TiO2).

The list actually gets much longer though. Other popular particles, namely zinc oxide and cerium dioxide, are readily found in toothpastes, cosmetics, sunscreens, and paint.

nanoparticles in food

Again, as is with the food industry, these particles have already been introduced into our food supply first, without any amount of ample testing, inspection or regulations… and nothing will change until there is a large public outcry like that which is currently occurring with GMO food labeling.

We now know how easy it is to ingest and apply nanoparticles into and all over our bodies… So why does it matter?

Well, recent studies reveal that the nanoparticles I just named (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and cerium dioxide), when introduced into a model of a healthy human colon that contains all of the same organisms as a real human colon, will create visible, significant damage to that once healthy microbe environment. Specifically, they found membrane damage in eukaryotic cells, negative changes in Escherichia Coli, inappropriate crossing of the epithelial lining, reduction or full on elimination of many strains of “good bacteria” and more.

Basically, these nanoparticles completely disrupt and destroy a once healthy gut!

While this particular blog entry focuses mainly on the effects of nanoparticles on gut health, I feel it is also very much worth noting that nanoparticles have also been classified as carcinogens… meaning they have been scientifically linked to causing cancer.

…and guess where one of the most popular places for nanoparticle related cancer is… The gut!!!


The moral of this story:

Nanoparticles can destroy a healthy gut, which can affect all aspects of your physical and mental health.

There are no regulations on the presence or type of nanoparticles in foods and products.


This is a little known issue right now, but as the scientific evidence keeps rolling in and consumer awareness spreads, you better believe there will be uproar. Hopefully, in time, regulations, tests, controls and labeling will be in place to allow consumers to be fully knowledgeable about what they are ingesting. However, if history is any indication, we are in for a very long wait on this.

For now, the best you can do to protect yourself is avoid processed and packaged foods. Keep away from junk food, frozen meals, candy, gum, as well as any beauty/health item that have “whitening agents” on the label. There are alternative, whole ingredient (aka natural, not-from-a-lab) health care items like toothpaste, deodorant and sunscreen that do not contain nanoparticles. They may be a bit more expensive, but your health is worth this cost!


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Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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