Sparkling water has become increasingly popular in recent years, even sparking a new trend of flavored sparkling waters.
But does sparkling water really hydrate you the same way still water does? And what about all those other flavors?
You'd be surprised to learn that several studies have been done on the topic of hydrating beverages, and surprisingly, the results are in — your preference for sparkling water is probably a matter of personal taste.
If you want to learn more about the relationship between carbonation and hydration, keep reading.
Bottom Line Up Front:
Many people prefer sparkling water to regular water because they think it tastes better. Fortunately, sparkling water hydrates you just as much as regular—so drink up! But some brands of sparkling water contain hidden sugars or artificial ingredients that could be more detrimental to your health.
Still or Sparkling?
The question of whether to drink sparkling or still water begins with many restaurant meals. And people are increasingly choosing carbonated waters for their homes as well.
According to Beverage Industry, the nonalcoholic sparkling water market in the United States is one of the fastest-growing beverage categories. And it's easy to understand why, especially with the 18 percent annual growth rate seen between 2020 and 2021.
As more people shy away from sodas and beers—both of which are high in sugar, sodium, artificial chemicals, and calories—they’re turning to seltzer water as a healthier alternative.
Some people find the taste of tap water unpalatable or lose interest in drinking plain water all day long. Sparkling water will give an exciting fizz in your mouth, and no calories are needed to enjoy a variety of tasty flavors. But does sparkling water hydrate you as well and provide the same health benefits as regular still water?
Is there a Hydration RDA?
You probably know that staying hydrated helps keep your body functioning at its best.
The body must eliminate wastes efficiently to keep tissues healthy and adequately hydrated. There's only one way for your body to do that: by getting the proper amount (and balance) of fluids. But this might be harder than it seems. According to the Mayo Clinic, most people don't get enough water throughout the day.
No one knows precisely how much fluid you need daily because the amount varies according to your gender, activity level, and location (temperature and humidity). There is, however, one accepted measure that comes from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine:
- women should get about 2.7 L of water per day
- men should get about 3.7 L per day
That sounds like a lot, doesn't it? But keep in mind that we can get just less than a quarter of that from our food, roughly 20% in fact.
Although water is ideal for hydration, whether or not your beverage bubbles may make a difference.
What Makes a Good (and Hydrating) Sparkling Water?
The USDA is clear on its standards for sparkling water. There should be no calories, no sugar, or artificial sweeteners. Always check out the brand and determine the extra added ingredients. Some brands do have a small amount of sodium added, but this is usually for adding extra flavor.
Still Water vs. Sparkling Water: How Do They Compare?
In a randomized trial that tested the effects of 13 commonly consumed drinks on the hydration levels of 72 men, researchers found that beverage hydration indices (BHIs) could be developed for each drink based on its efficacy in replenishing fluid loss. The study results were made public in March 2016 after publication in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Thanks to this study, we can confidently say that sparkling water is as hydrating as its still counterpart. The study found that sparkling water and still water were equally effective at hydrating the body. While there are no specific guidelines for what constitutes good hydration, this study suggests that drinking sparkling water will leave you just as hydrated as drinking still water.
Many people find the fizz and flavor of seltzer appealing, but excessive carbonation can cause bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort because air is being added to your gut. Yes, sparkling water is good for you and hydrating. The fizz could cause some gastrointestinal discomfort if you drink a significant amount.
CENTR Sparkling Water
CENTR offers a citrus forward, zero-calorie sparkling water that has been enhanced with ingredients to deliver extra health benefits.
Think of it as your new tool to keep your concentration and focus in tip-top shape, so you can stay on track and centered amidst everyday chaos.
CENTR Enhanced and Enhanced+ are your new boosters, and they’re the perfect alternative to soda. It’s the perfect choice if you are looking for a low-calorie beverage that will help keep your mind sharp and boost your focus!