Water is essential for daily function, well-being, + mental health. We drink bottles + glasses of it every day, but even plain water can get boring. Sometimes, we need that *boost* from a refreshing drink, but without the heapings of sugar + chemicals typically found in soft drinks. Looking to switch up your H2O? Choose the bubbly, carbonated version — sparkling water! Before trying all of the latest varieties, understand the ins + outs of your new favorite thirst-quencher —
1] CHECK THE LABEL
Sparkling water is plain water charged with carbon dioxide bubbles. By itself, carbonated water is void of sugar, flavor, + artificial acids. Very similar to a soft drink’s fizzy after-taste, sparkling water leaves you with a refreshing, bubbly sensation in your mouth. But, once sugar is added for flavor, sparkling water can lose some of its health benefits. Check the back label before drinking to avoid a sugar-overload that can harm your teeth’s enamel!
2] BE CAUTIOUS
If you are sensitive to carbonated drinks, be cautious of consuming sparkling water. The bubbly beverage could upset your stomach or make you a little extra gassy. Learn your body’s limits + avoid drinks like sparkling water that are heavily carbonated. If bubbles aren’t your thing, you can still switch it up by infusing fruits // herbs into your water!
Yes — sparkling water is water, but it can fill you up pretty quickly after a workout. Avoid drinking carbonated beverages after a *sweat sesh* because the bubbles fill up your stomach + create the illusion that you’re fully hydrated! The carbon dioxide in the sparkling water settles the stomach + gives a filled effect, which could prevent you from drinking enough water afterwards. Track your plain water intake during the day, especially when you work out, to stay hydrated before enjoying any sparkling water.
4] PRACTICE GOOD HEALTH
Make your own creations at home to reap the full benefits of sparkling water. Add fresh fruits + herbs to plain sparkling water. The acid + carbonation in sparkling water does not harm your teeth or affect bone health, while sugary soft drinks // juices do. Use your best judgement while drinking beverages, but also enjoy different waters from time-to-time. Remember — everything in moderation, even your favorite soft drinks!
We’d love to see your bubbly creations! Test the waters + share a pic of your drink on Instagram // Twitter : )
++ Brittany Bluthardt [@brittanyblu_inchaarg] // Butler University