Last week we discussed on how soda causes harm to your kids. If your kids enjoy drinking soda so much that they can’t keep their hands off it no matter how hard you want them to, the healthiest way is by switching to SPARKLING WATER!
So now, let me provide you 10 reasons why you and your kids should switch to sparkling water.
Sparkling water (also known as carbonated water, club soda, soda water, seltzer water, or fizzy water) is water into which carbon dioxide gas under pressure has been dissolved. Some of these have additives such as sodium (seltzer water is almost always composed of water and carbon dioxide with no other additives). This process, known as carbonation, is a process that causes the water to become sparkling. Most sparkling water is sold in ready to drink bottles as mineral water and carbonated beverages such as soft drinks. However, it is rather easy to prepare at home with soda makers.
Sparkling water = Regular water
Sparkling water, first and foremost, is just as efficient at hydrating the body as plain tap or mineral water. Because of its distinctive flavor, one tends to drink more soda water as well, which overall is beneficial in and of itself. With the extreme heat we are experiencing today, opting for soda water may just offer a solution to stay hydrated.
"If somebody doesn't like the taste of water, they shouldn't be concerned if sparkling is all they're drinking," said Manhattan-based nutritionist Keri Gans, RDN, CND. "Sparkling water is just as hydrating. All it is is added carbonation."
Sparkling water consumption may also aid those with impaired digestion as well as those who are predisposed to gallstones formation. In a study published on the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, patients suffering from constipation were divided into two groups, with one group made to drink carbonated water while the other with tap water for more than two weeks. Those who drank soda water reported improved overall digestion and gallbladder emptying and lesser incidence of constipation.
No calcium depletion
But if sparkling water doesn’t damage your stomach, how about your bones? Does it weaken them? Again, the evidence so far suggests not. A Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center study, for instance, has proven that sparkling water consumption does not result in the leaching of calcium to the urine. A Tufts University study, on the other hand, has established that it isn’t the carbonation but instead the use of the phosphoric acid in commercial soft drinks that causes low bone mineral density.
If you drink a lot of sparkling water you might find you feel bloated, but researchers in Japan have found that this side-effect could be put to good use. They had a group of women fast overnight and then slowly drink either still or sparkling water. They found that 900ml of gas was released from just 250ml of water, so not surprisingly the women’s stomachs distended slightly and the had the perception of feeling full, even though they hadn’t eaten. They didn’t feel uncomfortable and so fizzy water has been suggested as a way of avoiding overeating, because it makes you feel fuller.
Low dental erosion
Sparkling water has long been vilified as one of the culprits that cause dental erosion. While it is true that sparkling water has erosive properties, its dental effects prove highly negligible as was proven in a University of Birmingham study. In the study, it was found that sparkling water’s erosive capacity is still one hundred times lower than that of commercially available sweetened soda and pop drinks. It turns out the sugar content as well as the type of acidity regulator used, which in the case of most sodas is phosphoric acid, are the ones to blame for dental erosion and not carbonation itself.
It Relieves Upset Stomach
Some sodas and sparkling water can help relieve stomach problems, such as nausea and indigestion. In a study conducted on people who drank carbonated water and regular water, it was found that those who drank carbonated water experienced reduced indigestion. Many people rely on sodas and non-caffeinated beverages to reduce nausea as well.
Carbonation and cellulite
Cellulite is what happens when fat cells push against the connective tissue beneath your skin. Your age, genetic make-up, and thickness of your skin all factor into whether you will develop cellulite and, if so, how much you have. If you're still thinking sparkling water is bad for you, it's not, and it doesn't result in cellulite. What will contribute to cellulite is the inevitable weight you’ll put on if you drink too many sugary sodas.
In the case that you own a sparkling water machine, undoubtedly that it is cost-efficient in a long term. The current cost to make 1 litre of sparkling water is only around RM 0.65 using a sparkling water machine compared to RM 3.20+/L for a local brand of sparkling water and RM 10.90+/L of an imported brand from the store. Other than that, it is easier to make yourself a sparkling water anything you crave for it rather than have to head down to the store and buy one.
Enjoy different flavors
Plain sparkling water allows you to alter and play with different flavors. This allows you to be creative and mix and match various flavor to satisfy your taste buds. There are a lot of flavor categories that are healthy and taste just as good that you can choose from; fruit infused sparkling water, detox sparkling water, cordial sparkling water, fruit punch, and isotonic sparkling water.
10. No link to esophageal cancer
The big scary “C” word. Relax. A 2006 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that “high carbonated soft drink consumption did not increase risk of any esophageal or gastric cancer sub-type in men or women.”
That said, Livestrong notes that if you suffer from gastric re-flux or frequent heartburn, the stomach acid that’s brought back up into your esophagus can cause acid erosion and raise your risk for esophageal cancer.
It is no doubt that drinking sparkling water is much better than drinking soda. Changing to sparkling water not only a smart choice, it also will lead you to a healthy life style. Therefore, having a sparkling water machine in your home would be a MUST for every sparkling water fan. Buy SodaXpress SPHERA-T and start living smart today!