When it comes to drinking, I try to stick with filtered water as it is the best way to stay hydrated. But once in a while, I yearn for something different. I have many healthy drinks, including sparkling water. But not all bright water is healthy!
What Is Sparkling Water?
Bright water is water that uses carbon dioxide naturally or in production. Its carbon dioxide turns to carbonic acid. This reaction causes the nonsense of the tongue.
Drinking carbonated water is not exactly new, but dates back to the eighteenth century. Mineral water has been discovered in natural springs and has been used for health reasons since its discovery. At first, it was used for bathing, but it didn’t take long to see if there would be even greater health benefits to drinking it.
Bright water was also known as seltzer. One of these springs is located in Niederselters, Germany. Another type of carbonated water is club soda, which is carbonated water and contains minerals such as sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, potassium sulfate, and disodium phosphate. For the rest of this post, we’ll be sharing Bright Water and Seltzer.
Benefits of Carbonated Water
While it may sound somewhat ugly, there are actually some health benefits (and warnings) to consider for this carbonated drink…
Better Than Soda
Many people do not argue that seltzer water is healthier than soda (regular and diet). Seltzer does not contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners (sometimes they are absorbed into beverages like seltzer). When you need a bubble drink, seltzer water is always a better choice than soda.
Helps With Digestive Upset
This bright drink also helps with digestive problems. Many people find that drinking bubbles can help with stomach pains from illness or indigestion as well as motion sickness (or morning sickness!). Science also supports this successful proof. Researchers have found that bright water helps to improve digestion, empty the gallbladder, and improve constipation.
Bright mineral water (unlike seltzer water) contains essential minerals, including magnesium, a mineral that is insufficient for most of us. Minerals help the body stay hydrated and perform many of the necessary tasks.
Blood Sugar Control
Mineral water also helps with blood sugar issues. A 2015 study found that drinking mineral water (containing bicarbonate) significantly decreased serum glycoalbumin levels compared to participants who drank tap water. These levels are related to blood sugar control. Bicarbonate in the body helps balance pH and regulates blood glucose levels.
What About Flavored Seltzer?
There are a few variations besides one tasting and another (obviously!). Flavored seltzer contains natural (and sometimes artificial) flavorings that are highly processed and nutritious.
As Mark Schatzker explained in an interview with Food Babe, even natural-derived flavors should be avoided because it forces the body to think where it is lacking nutrition. The flavor is derived from a combination of nutrients in a food, which tells us what our body needs in our food. True craving is what it is – it needs some nutrients. But when we eat or drink flavors we don’t get that nutrition.
Flavored seltzer often contains citric acid. Citric acid, as well as other flavors, can make the drink more acidic (more on that below). In addition, flavored seltzer may contain added sugar and artificial sweeteners (so always check the ingredients).
Can Sparkling Water Make Me Fat?
Because there are no calories (and no artificial sweeteners that can cause weight gain), the answer is usually no. However, as discussed in this New York Post article, there is some evidence that the intake of this drink can cause stomach upset and trigger hunger hormones.
On the other hand, another study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Vitamin Sciences found that drinking carbonated water among healthy girls helps them feel full in the short term.
Can It Harm My Teeth?
There is some concern that bright water or seltzer can damage tooth enamel because the acidity of this drink is slightly higher than plain water. However, evidence for unsuitable variants does not support this.
Alternatives to Sparkling Water
If Bright Water isn’t for you, or if you like to mix it up once in a while, here’s a list of my favorite healthy drinks. Bonus, these fermented drinks are low in sugar and contain healthy probiotics!
- Water Kefir
Also, non-fermented drinks give them an added flavor:
- Electrolyte Sports Drink
- Homemade Root Beer Recipe
- Natural Ginger Ale
Non-carbonated drinks for variety:
- Water filled with fruit
- Iced tea
- Herbal Tea
Clean filtered water is always my go-to drink, but when we or the kids need something a little different, we make one of those drinks.