If you don’t get enough water in your diet, people are always coming up with new and different ways to add it in there. They will tell you to drink carbonated or sparkling water instead. Some will suggest tonic water or seltzer water. It will get you to drink more, tastes great, and can even replace the amount of soda you drink. The bubbles are just enough to make you feel like you aren’t drinking plain water, but you are still being healthy.
Most people feel this way – water is just a boring drink that we down because we know we have to. But let’s be honest: we don’t drink as much of it as we should. As we get older, however, we need to be careful about what we drink.
So, is it possible that people can have their cake and eat it too with sparkling water? Let’s break it down a little more about whether we can consider something like seltzer a replacement to water in their diets:
Does Sparkling Water Hydrate You?
Most doctors will agree, sparkling water will hydrate you just as much as flat water will, but it may not make you feel as hydrated. In reality, the only difference is that you add carbon dioxide to the water, which gives it bubbles.
You don’t feel like you are drinking as much water when you have sparkling water because you want to drink it more. Then, the carbonation may actually make you feel like you need to drink more. There are trace amounts of sodium and gas that leaves you wanting more, so you drink more of that and start the process all over again.
What about Bloating with Sparkling Water?
Sparkling water does make you bloated, which mean it could be a good thing to drink if you are trying to lose weight. It will increase how full you feel, which means that you will eat less and not feel as hungry throughout the day.
Are There Any Downsides to Sparkling Water?
Yes, there are a few downsides. The first is that sparkling water tends to be more expensive than regular water and you can’t just get it anywhere. There have also been some fears that the carbonation process will eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing them to break down. This has not been proven true at all for regular sparkling waters. However, if you like to drink flavored seltzers, then you may be doing some damage to your teeth.
Is There Any Difference in the Types of Waters?
There is some difference, but it really isn’t enough to warrant research into each type. Plain seltzer is just plain water with carbonation. Sparkling mineral water has minerals and carbonation added. Club soda has certain minerals added as well. All are equally good to stay hydrated, though you may want to check sodium content to find the best one for you.
How Do I Choose the Best Brand of Water?
If you are trying to be healthy, you want to pick the brand that has the least additives. Avoid and waters that add sugar or artificial sweeteners to something that is supposed to be good for you. If you get flavored waters, try to find a water that does it naturally.
It is suggested that you drink your water from a glass bottle instead of a plastic one.
What Can I Do After the Water Goes Flat?
You can either drink it, because it should still taste good. Or you can use it as you would other water bottles – you can water the plants with it.
Remember that drinking regular water as well as sparkling water is the best way to keep yourself healthy. You don’t want to only to drink one type of water. If you really can’t drink traditional tap or flat water, you can consider sparkling water a good option. Just make sure you buy things that are high quality and don’t use too much sodium. When trying to determine which one to buy, aim to get glass bottles. If you must drink water that adds acids or things that could eat away at the enamel of your teeth, drink it through a straw.