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How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime

 

We all know how important it is to rehydrate after a sweaty kickboxing or strength training workout. Research has shown that drinking around 64 ounces—or eight, eight-ounce servings—of water each day can help you lose weight and get in shape. But sometimes, plain water just doesn’t quench your thirst. This may have you wondering: Does sparkling water count toward your “eight glasses a day” goal?

 

What is sparkling water?

Simply put, sparkling water is just regular water combined with carbon dioxide. The CO2 is what gives sparkling water those addictive bubbles—just like in soda or beer. Sparkling water goes by several different names, and there are some differences between the bubbly beverages.

       Sparkling water/seltzer/carbonated water – Plain ol’ tap water infused with carbon dioxide.

       Soda water/club soda – Carbonated water with an additive such as table salt, sodium bicarbonate, or potassium bicarbonate. These compounds can give water a slightly salty flavor.

Tonic water – Carbonated water with quinine. Quinine is a compound derived from the bark of trees native to Central and South America. It’s
completely safe to drink, but it may add a slightly bitter flavor to water. This is why tonic water usually has some sweeteners added. It’s also why tonic water is most frequently used as a mixer for some alcoholic beverages.

       Mineral water – Here, the carbonation comes from minerals that occur naturally in the water. In some cases, additional carbon dioxide is added for extra bubbles. Since mineral water is all-natural, it tends to be a bit pricier.

 

Is sparkling water as healthy as regular water?

Good news, seltzer fans: Research shows that water with bubbles is just as hydrating as plain H2O. Turns out, your body processes water the same way—with or without added carbonation. However, there are some things to think about before you start guzzling seltzer after an intense gym session.

 

A few studies have shown that the bubbles in sparkling water actually increase feelings of fullness in some people. This may be great for weight loss, but it could also lead to you drinking less water overall. If you’re prone to bloating, seltzer can make this worse. Finally, the citric acid used to flavor those zero-calorie, fruit-flavored waters has been shown to break down the enamel on your teeth if enjoyed too frequently.

 

The bottom line

Sparkling water can be a healthy addition to a meal plan. It can even rehydrate you after a workout. For extra nutrition, try adding your own lime juice, cucumber, berries, or even herbs to plain carbonated water. Or stir in Farrell’s HydroPLENISH X Electrolyte Booster for a bubbly, fruity drink that replenishes your electrolytes after a tough workout or class at the gym.


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