Even plain sparkling water can vary slightly brand-by-brand, as the flavour and composition can vary due to the source of the water. For instance, sparkling water made from mineral water will naturally have additional minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Sparkling water benefits
When it comes to keeping hydrated, you may think that still, regular water is your best (or maybe only) option. But sparkling water has a range of benefits. Sparkling water is hydrating, refreshing and versatile. It can also help you stay full, which can help with weight management. If you want the feeling of a fizzy drink, but want a healthier option, sparkling water is a great option. The main benefits of drinking sparkling water include:
Better for you than fizzy drinks
If you enjoy fizzy drinks, drinking carbonated water can give you the same bubbly feeling as you drink, but without all the negatives. Soft drinks are not only carbonated, but they contain lots of sugar and calories. Water is naturally calorie and sugar-free, so as long as you choose a sparkling water with no additional flavours or sugars, you can drink a fizzy drink without sugar and calories.
This is especially useful if you're trying to reduce your soft drink intake. The fizz of sparkling water can trick your brain, making those cravings go away. You can also add small amounts of herbs or fruits to enhance the flavour without adding loads of sugar.
Sparkling water can add a little extra to your hydration habits, making a refreshing change from fizzy soft drinks. The fizz provides the same sensation as pop, which makes you feel refreshed. You may also find that you prefer the taste of sparkling water over still water, and perhaps find it easier to drink.
Many people are concerned that sparkling water isn't as hydrating as still water, however, this simply isn't true. As sparkling water is just water with gas added, it is just as hydrating as still water. If you get bored of drinking still water, swap out a glass or two for sparkling water and you'll still get the same hydrating effect.
Sparkling water can be used as a mixer just like still water. So if you need a bit of flavour, but want to stick clear of carbonated soft drinks, use sparkling water to dilute cordial and you'll still get the same hydrating effects. For an even healthier option, add some cucumber to make the sparkling water even more refreshing, or add a slice of lemon for a citrus taste.
Another use for sparkling water is using is in cocktails. Some popular cocktails use sparkling water to give them their fizz. For instance, Aperol Spritz makes use of the fizz in sparkling water. You can find some cocktail ideas that use sparkling water in our post on the popular uses for sparkling water.
Help with weight management
Hydration is key to weight management. Your brain can't tell the difference between dehydration and hunger, so if you're feeling hungry you might just need some water.
Studies have shown that drinking sparkling water can help you feel fuller for longer, which can help with weight management or weight loss. Quite simply, the fuller you feel, and the longer you feel full for, the less you will feel the need to snack.
Several studies show the positive effect drinking sparkling water can have on your digestive health. For instance, the European Journal of Gastroenterology showed that drinking carbonated water significantly reduced constipation and indigestion.
Increasing your sparkling water intake
With all the benefits of drinking sparkling water, you may be wondering how you can increase your intake and drink it instead of still water. Luckily, you have plenty of options. You can always get sparkling water whilst you're out and about in bottles. But for the eco-conscious and those that want to reduce their plastic usage, you can get sparkling water at the push of a button with a sparkling water tap.
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