Have you ever enjoyed a drink of sparkling water to settle your stomach? It turns out that you’re in good company and there’s even scientific evidence to back it up. A research report published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that sparkling water reduces dyspepsia, also known as indigestion and eases constipation. As an added cherry on the top, sparkling water improved gall bladder emptying, and a gall bladder that empties well is less likely to develop gallstones.
News that drinking soda’s and soft drinks can leach calcium from bones and decrease bone density made a lot of people worry that drinking sparkling water would have the same effect. However, it’s not the bubbles that are at the root of the problem. The jury is out, but most experts argue that its either the phosphoric acid in soda's that are to blame, or the caffeine. Sparkling water doesn’t contain either of these ingredients.
The American Dental Association (ADA) published a research article on the pH values of popular beverages. Sparkling water is the least of our dental concerns. Speaking to the New York Times in 2016, one of the study’s authors confirmed the pH of most sparkling waters didn’t cross the tooth enamel erosion danger-zone. He sets the threshold for tooth erosion at a pH of lower than 4 and well-known soft drinks have a pH of around 2.4. Sparkling water has an average pH of 5. This is above the low pH levels that are likely to harm your teeth.
The health benefits of sparkling water also include all the benefits of drinking water in general, and of course, proper hydration tops the list. According to Medical News Today, water has many functions in the body:
Filtered water overcomes the taste issues that put many people off tap water. Add a bit of sparkle and things get even better. A twist of fresh lemon, berries or other fruit, a sprig of mint or basil, or even a couple of slices of cucumber are just some of the ways to add flavour to your sparkling water and with a little creative mixing and matching, the possibilities are virtually endless. Now, that’s great motivation to drink more water and keep things interesting.