Is your water filter / water bottle / water jug / water ionizer BPA free? Have you asked for proof?
I can clearly remember when polycarbonate water bottles were the best bottle to buy. It wasn’t that long ago!
Today.. we are seeing the results.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) in mothers’ urine linked to low birth weights in China.
We now know that a pregnant woman’s exposure to BPA can increase the risk of delivering babies with low birth weights.
During the course of the Chinese study from 2012 to 2014, 452 mother-infant pairs were selected from Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China. (Yes, Wuhan.. before the pandemic still had problems!)
Urine samples were collected from the mothers at delivery and measured for bisphenol-A .
Using birth weight data obtained from medical records, researchers then evaluated the relationship between urinary BPA levels and low birth weight.
According to the study published this month in Environment International, they discovered that mothers of newborns with lower birth weights had significantly higher BPA levels in their urine than the control mothers.
They also found that the relationship between low birth weight and higher BPA levels was stronger among the female babies, suggesting female babies might be more susceptible to BPA than males.
This study was the first of its kind in China, and it certainly adds to growing evidence that fetal exposure to BPA might cause developmental problems.
BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that can act like estrogen in the body.
Human and animal studies have linked the chemical to reproductive, behavioral and endocrine effects.
Even the most diligent mothers-to-be may find it challenging to avoid contact with BPA. It is just so ubiquitous—used to make polycarbonate plastics and commonly found in food and drink packaging, and in thermal cash register receipts.
Let’s be clear.
The study doesn’t prove BPA caused the low birth weights. Low birth weight can happen for a number of different reasons.
But… it is concerning. Babies with low birth weights may be more at risk for other health problems, such as increased susceptibility to disease and infection, or longer-term problems such as learning disabilities or delayed motor and social development.
It isn’t the first study to link prenatal BPA exposure to impaired development.
In 2013, findings from a Dutch study suggest that BPA exposure at levels commonly found in people may slow fetal growth.
In 2014 a study linked high BPA levels in the placenta to lower birth weights.
As you are probably aware, we have a no-BPA policy at AlkaWay.
We are in the front line, delivering water bottles and filters that are used every day, year in, year out.
That’s why we spent the money on the most stringent testing in the world for the UltraStream; the EU safety certification tests.
To our knowledge, we are the ONLY water ionizer in the world to have this certification. Given that you may be spending thousands on a water ionizer, we strongly recommend that you ask for independent test proof of the product’s BPA status.
The Alkaway UltraStream is not only BP-A free: it has also been tested to prove it does not allow BP-A through its multistage ultrafiltration system. Learn more about this cutting edge water filtration technology now.