During our recent team trip to Las Vegas, we made it a goal to stay extra hydrated during our 12-hour days running back and forth between BlogFest speaking sessions and our booth at the IDEAWorld Expo. Thankfully, carbonated H20 was the star of the busy weekend, and we enjoyed sipping and sampling various flavors and brands. But was this fizzy stuff even hydrating? Was it good for me?
I had to find out.
Sparkling or carbonated water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It’s a $1.5 billion dollar market, and over the past few years, Gerolsteiner, La Croix, San Pellegrino, Perrier, and other brands have gained popularity, especially among the millennial crowd. What was once an alternative to sugar-laden carbonated beverages is now a trendy and classy everyday staple.
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It turns out that sparkling water is actually good for you. It’s hydrating – just like flat H20 – and according to this study, it might actually help you drink more. And heads up: sparkling water won’t erode your tooth enamel or leech calcium from your bones – you can blame these rumors on the combination of sugar and carbonation found in beverages like soda. Think of seltzer water as normal water – but upgraded. In fact, there is even evidence it might reduce constipations and improve swallowing ability.
Warning: not all carbonated water beverages are created equal. Always read the label and look for brands that are unsweetened and have limited – if any – citric acid (mainly lemon, lime, and grapefruit). Citric acid is hard on your enamel and can have the same corrosive effect on your teeth as orange juice. I prefer to drink Gerolsteiner Mineral Water, the world’s No.1 Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, which also happens to be unflavored.
Due to its volcanic origin, Gerolsteiner naturally contains valuable minerals like calcium and magnesium. Not only does it have a pleasant and neutral taste, but it’s also great for your body! One liter of Gerolsteiner sparkling water provides more than a quarter of your daily magnesium requirement – you know, that little mineral that’s crucial for the function of your muscles and nervous system.
While I enjoy it unflavored, sometimes it’s nice to spice it up and make a mocktail by adding a dash of 100% cranberry or orange juice, fresh fruit, or, my favorite, mint leaves.
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Whether you like it flat or sparkling, staying hydrated is key. By drinking enough water, you’ll have clearer skin, better workouts, and increased energy throughout the day.
I’ll take sparkling, please.
Featured image via Cup of Catherine.