Proper hydration is essential for good health. In fact, some studies have shown that the impact of dehydration could be as bad as smoking. On the other hand, one should also be aware of water toxicity.
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Where you get your water from, is also is an important part of whether you are getting proper hydration or not, since habits such as drinking hot water from the tap could be terrible for health.
Lately, the number of people switching out their beverages for sparkling water has increased exponentially. The reasons for this varies from people trying to reduce alcohol consumption, to people trying to make healthier choices for themselves. But is sparkling water really a good idea? Here's what Popsugar has to report on the topic.
How sparkling water impacts your body
Plain and unflavoured sparkling water in itself does not have any more calories compared to regular water. Sparkling water is just plain water infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure to give it its bubbly quality.
Plain sparkling water without any additives is just as hydrating as regular water, and could make for a healthy substitute if you are drinking it in lieu of sodas etc, which have high-sugar content.
However, there are sparkling water brands which come with added sugars and flavours, which could be high in calories. Hence, always check the nutrition labels before consuming these drinks.
Dentist Ronald T. Plotka, DDS, told Popsugar when it comes to the effects of sparkling water on the teeth, it does not have any negative impact on the enamel when compared to water. He says,
Sparkling water and regular water have the same effect on enamel, according to the American Dental Association.
It's a little more acidic but not significantly enough to cause any damage to the enamel.
The impact of sparkling water on overall health
As per the experts, while sparkling water is as hydrating and good for health as regular water, it should not be a substitute for plain water.
The bubbles in sparkling water mean that you might not be able to drink as much of it throughout the day as you need, in order to be fully hydrated. Dietician and trainer Jim White, RD, ACSM, explains to Popsugar,
The only factor that could potentially result in seltzer water being less hydrating than regular water is the bubbly effect, which not only may make the water slightly more difficult to drink, but also gives the consumer a 'fully belly' bloated feeling due to the carbonation of the liquid.
In conclusion, while sparkling water is a brilliant substitute for sugary sodas or alcohol, it is not a substitute for plain water.
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