Can Carbonated Water Replace Normal Water in our Diets ?
It is common knowledge that staying well hydrated will improve your overall health. For those of us who attempt to be health conscientious people, we repeatedly try to increase our water intake—but despite our good intentions, we somehow end up failing (miserably). How do you combat all these failed attempts? How is it possible to escape the sweet temptations soda and sugary beverages provide?
Maybe water is just too bland or you crave that carbonated component in any beverage more than the need for sugar. In such cases, why not try sparkling water? Sparkling water can easily be substituted into your daily hydrating routine, and by doing so you will reap some of these lesser known benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Carbonated Water?
- Keeps up your hydration levels
You may not think of water as a nutrient, but it is essential for good health. Water keeps you hydrated, is necessary for moving nutrients throughout your body, keeps you feeling full between meals and reduces fluid retention. Adding carbonated water to your drinking routine may help you meet your daily fluid needs to stay hydrated.
- Alleviates Constipation
A 2002 study also found an improvement in constipation in the study participants who drank carbonated water. When you’re dealing with constipation, you know to up your intake of foods high in fibre. But getting enough fluids is as important as fibre when it comes to constipation. Fluids, such as carbonated water, help the fibre work better in your gut and make stools normal and regular.
- Improve Indigestion
If you’re feeling a little sick to your stomach after eating, drinking a glass of carbonated water might help, according to a 2002 study published in the “European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.” Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms that occur in the upper abdominal area and may include bloating, nausea, vomiting or quickly feeling full after eating. The researchers of the study do not explain how carbonated water helps.
Any Downfalls of Carbonated Water?
- Bone Mineral Density
Colas, fizzy drinks that include caffeine and phosphoric acid, can lead to weaker bones, but carbonated water will not cause mineral loss, according to a study published 2006 in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” The human study found that only the intake of colas, and not other carbonated soft drinks, including carbonated water, causes low bone mineral density.
- Can Cause Heartburn
Heartburn, also called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, happens when the sphincter between your muscle and esophagus allows the contents of the stomach to regurgitate up slightly into the esophagus. This creates a burning sensation in your chest and stomach area that can be potentially dangerous if it occurs frequently. The extra gas in carbonated water creates more pressure in your stomach, increasing the chances that your stomach will regurgitate contents upward. Some carbonated waters also include natural flavorings, such as lemon or lime, which can increase acidic content, making the heartburn worse.
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