Is It Safe To Drink Alkaline Water During Pregnancy?
Water is an essential
part of life, but it is even more essential when you are pregnant. Pregnant
women require around 5L of water per day for the healthy growth of their babies
(1). In fact, a pregnant woman has increased
nutritional needs and so needs more of everything, including water, food,
minerals, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, etc.
Being pregnant is a joyous time, but there are many things to worry about, one being whether you are feeding your growing baby correctly. Safe nutrition is at the forefront of every mother’s mind, but clean water is more often forgotten. Of course the obvious substances coffee and alcohol are avoided and should be replaced with sufficient clean water instead. But is tap water sufficient or should alkaline water be the pregnant woman’s first choice?
Dangers of Tap Water
Tap water can be dangerous to all
people, not just pregnant women. Tests have found hundreds of harmful particles
in our public waterways. These tests have shown that public water contains micro-plastics, fluoride, chlorine, rust, sediments,
bacteria, parasites, herbicides, pharmaceuticals,
industrial chemicals, tri-halomethanes, heavy metals, organic chemicals,
particulates and mold (2). Just imagine what all
these toxic particles are doing to your developing baby.
Public water is treated with chlorine to remove bacteria and germs, but exposing a fetus to chlorine can cause irreversible damage. Chlorinated water can cause respiratory problems, including the development of lower respiratory tract infections and asthma (3). Research also shows that there is a link between cardiac defects and chlorinated water. A chemical known as trihalomethanes (THMs) within chlorine increases the risk of holes in the heart, cleft palate and anencephalus during the development stages. This can result in the underdevelopment of the brain, skull, and scalp in infants (4).
Heavy metals are also found in tap water and can cause development disturbances, growth problems, learning difficulties, memory impairment, nervous system damage and behaviour problems like ADD or ADHD. Extreme exposure can cause irreversible brain damage (5).
Pharmaceuticals from human waste have also been found in public water, especially a high level of estrogen, which can affect female and male fertility, reproduction, pregnancy, and breast feeding, as well as cause other hormonal disorders (6).
During the ‘cleaning’ process of public water, many essential minerals are lost due to the added chemicals. These lost natural minerals are essential to babies, and in the long term, affect the population as a whole. Mineralized alkaline water can put those lost minerals back into your water.
Is Mineralized Alkaline Water Safe To Drink During Pregnancy?
Yes, mineralized alkaline water is a safe
and healthy option for pregnant women and their growing babies. Alkaline water
means that it has a high pH level, which helps to fight acid build up in the
body and improve overall health.
Santevia’s water filters restore alkalinity by adding in the essential minerals that are lost during the water ‘cleaning’ process. Santevia uses the natural process of nature to replace lost minerals. In nature, fresh water runs down river rock beds, where the water picks up natural minerals and turns the water alkaline (7). Santevia products use this natural way of creating mineralized alkaline water. The World Health Organisation recommends adding minerals to your water for better health (8).
There are many benefits to drinking alkaline water during pregnancy, including:
- Mineralized alkaline water is full of antioxidants, which can help to fight free radicals.
- Mineralized alkaline water strengthens the immune system and the immune system of your growing baby.
- Mineralized alkaline water has smaller molecular content and so is more easily absorbed by the body, thus boosting hydration for both mother and baby.
- Mineralized alkaline water promotes the flushing of toxins and chemicals from the body.
- Mineralized alkaline water can neutralize acid, thus reducing acid reflux, which is a common side effect of pregnancy.
Alkaline water and pregnancy go hand in hand. So invest in an alkaline filtration system. Santevia water filters reduce harmful chemicals in your water, including chlorine, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, trihalomethanes, heavy metals and organic chemicals. Plus the filters oxygenate the water, raise the pH level and add important minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc and magnesium. Water is a basic need of life and with an alkaline water filter you will be able to provide healthier water for your growing family.