Is Carbonated Water Just as Hydrating as Regular Water?

Table of Contents:

What is Carbonated Water?
Comparison of Carbonated Water to Still Water in Terms of Hydration
The Effect of Carbonated Water on Hydration
Risks Associated With Drinking Carbonated Water Regularly
How to Get the Most Out of Your Carbonated Water for Optimal Health Benefits
Tips on How to Ensure You're Getting Enough Water Each Day
Conclusion

 

Many people think carbonated water isn't as hydrating as regular water, so why even bother? But the truth is plain and sparkling water are virtually the same in terms of hydration. 

 

Carbonated water may even have some other benefits over regular water. It's a great alternative when you're bored with your old drink. Even better, a study suggests that carbonated waters may be more effective at keeping you hydrated because they can be absorbed more readily than most other drinks.

 

In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the science behind this popular beverage and dive deeper into the topic of carbonated water's hydrating powers. So let's get started!

What is Carbonated Water?

 

Carbonated water offers a refreshing and bubbly alternative to regular tap or filtered water. It is made by adding carbon dioxide to still drinking water, which results in that delightful effervescence.

 

Carbonation is the process of adding carbon dioxide gas to water. This occurs naturally in mineral waters like sparkling water, but artificial variations such as soda water and club soda are also available.

 

Carbon dioxide gas dissolves in the liquid and forms carbonic acid, giving the beverage its characteristic bubbly taste. It also lowers the pH of the water, making it slightly acidic.

Comparison of Carbonated Water to Still Water in Terms of Hydration

 

Hydration is important to stay healthy, which is why many people drink water regularly. But it turns out that carbonated water can be just as hydrating as regular water. 

 

Both types of water provide your body with the same amount of hydration and feature similar levels of electrolytes like sodium and potassium. However, drinking carbonated water may help improve digestion because the bubbles in the water can move food faster through your system. 

 

This isn't to say that you shouldn't still drink regular water, but when you don't feel like drinking plain H20, adding a bit of fizz can be just as beneficial for hydration.

The Effect of Carbonated Water on Hydration

 

When it comes to hydration, carbonation has no effect. As previously mentioned, the amount of water in carbonated beverages is still the same as in regular water. And because it contains no additives or calories, it can be just as hydrating.

 

However, if the carbon dioxide concentration is too high, it can slow the absorption rate in the body, making it less hydrating. In addition, sugary or acidic beverages such as soda and energy drinks can actually dehydrate the body.

 

That's why it's important to note that your overall hydration will depend on more than just the water you consume. Factors such as temperature, activity level, and diet can also impact your overall hydration. 

Risks Associated With Drinking Carbonated Water Regularly

 

While many of us enjoy the occasional fizzy drinks, experts encourage moderation when it comes to drinking carbonated water. 

 

While it may provide some benefits – such as providing the sensation of feeling full – there have been questions recently about whether or not there may be risks associated with drinking too much of it.

 

For instance, regular consumption might cause unwanted bloating and gas in some people due to higher levels of carbon dioxide. In addition, many studies also point to negative impacts on dental health due to added phosphoric acid and sugar commonly found in flavored sparkling water.

 

Although some people may use sparkling water to reduce their soda intake, it's always best practice to stay mindful of what you're drinking and avoid going overboard.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Carbonated Water for Optimal Health Benefits

 

As stated earlier, when ingested in moderation, carbonated water can be a great addition to your diet. Not only is it low in calories, but it also helps the body stay hydrated and can even aid digestion.

 

To get the most out of your carbonated water consumption, there are a few easy measures that you can follow. Most importantly, make sure to monitor your portion sizes. While still hydrating, too much carbonated water can have a negative effect on your stomach.

 

Additionally, try to look for flavors that contain natural ingredients as opposed to artificial sweeteners since flavored carbonated waters may be higher in added sugars than unflavored options. And finally, look for brands that use natural carbonation or sparkling mineral water instead of artificially flavored or sweetened sodas if looking for more health-conscious beverages.

 

With these measures in place, you'll soon be on the path to making better drink choices with every pour.

Tips on How to Ensure You're Getting Enough Water Each Day

 

Water is essential to our survival, and maintaining proper hydration levels is crucial for our health. Drinking enough water each day can help improve our mood, increase energy levels, and promote better digestion. 

 

If you're struggling to drink enough water throughout the day, here are a number of ways to make it easier:

 

Carry a refillable water bottle with you

One way to help you stay on top of your fluid intake is by carrying a refillable water bottle with you at all times. This way, you'll always have easy access to water and can see how much you're actually drinking.

Add some juicy fruits and vegetables to your diet

When planning your meals, remember to include some juicy fruits or vegetables, as these are packed with important vitamins and minerals while giving you something flavorful to sip on during the day.

Set reminders on your phone

Another great tip is to set reminders throughout your day as gentle nudges to help remind yourself to drink more water - nobody likes feeling parched, after all.

Conclusion

 

So, there you have it! Carbonated water is just as hydrating as regular water. For anyone concerned about staying hydrated throughout the day, opting for a fizzy version of H2O can be beneficial. However, bear in mind that carbonated water may contain a slight amount of sodium and other minerals that regular drinking water does not have.

 

Additionally, it may be wise to exercise caution and moderation when drinking too much - generally speaking, both carbonated and non-carbonated water should be consumed in equal measure throughout the day.

 

If you're looking for an easy way to make your own carbonated water at home, the GlacierFresh Sparkin Cold Soda Maker is definitely worth checking out. Thanks for reading!

Michael Song is GlacierFresh's chief water specialist with more than 10 years of experience and knowledge within the water purification industry.


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