Does Sparkling Water Count Towards Your 8 Glasses of Water Per Day?

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Does sparkling water count as real water? Does it actually make a dent in that "drink eight glasses of water a day" that we all hear about?
According to Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT, registered dietitian and the author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies,: YES! She says, "Sparkling water certainly counts when you are aiming for eight glasses of water per day as this is just water with added carbonation. Fluids rich in sugar—such as juice or caffeine—are less hydrating due to water losses in digestion of calories/sugar as well as the diuretic properties of caffeine, but sparkling water contains no calories/sugar and is caffeine-free, making it a great way to hydrate."

Fact to Take Note Of!!

There are subtle differences between sparkling water. Some are carbonated water, while others are often marked as "mineral water", which often have added sodium. Bubbly water with sodium is both good and bad, says Palinski: "Sodium is an electrolyte. When you sweat, you don't just lose water but electrolytes as well. Drinks containing electrolytes can be very hydrating. However, too much sodium can have a negative impact on health, so it is important to not drink only mineral water as your sole source of fluid each day."

Also, experts say that the "eight a day" is a great general rule—but remember you still get a lot of credit for fluids through what you eat too.  

How do you know if you actually drink 8 glasses of water each day? A simple tracker like the below could help – print it out and pin it to your office desk. Old school, yet effective method. There are also many apps available on mobile phones now which can achieve the same result. As for me, I keep a big water bottle on my desk, and I make sure that I finished drinking at least 1 full bottle each day. Everyone may have their own unique method to stay hydrated – what’s important is to pick a method that works the best for yourself. Cheers, and drink up now!

 

Reference: 

http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2013/05/does-sparkling-water-count-tow

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