Potential Side Effects of Drinking Carbonated Water
With the rising popularity of carbonated water, it’s reasonable to wonder if carbonated water is bad for you. The main health concerns of carbonated water are its impact on tooth enamel and whether or not it can contribute to gas and bloating.
Is Carbonated Water Bad for Your Teeth?
Many people have concerns about carbonated water’s effect on their teeth because it exposes your enamel directly to acid. While more research should be done on the topic, one study found that sparkling mineral water damaged enamel only slightly more than still water.
Studies have also shown that carbonated beverages only destroy enamel if they contain sugar. In addition, several studies found that the combination of sugar and carbonation may lead to severe dental decay.
Plain sparkling water appears to pose little risk to dental health, but if you’re concerned about your dental health, you could drink sparkling water with a meal or rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking it.
Does Carbonated Water Cause Gas and Bloating?
For some people, the carbonation in sparkling water causes them to experience gas and bloating. For those that experience discomfort when drinking carbonated water, drinking plain water may be a better option.
Alternatives to Carbonated Water
If you’re still concerned about any possible side effects of drinking carbonated water, adding natural flavoring to still water can be a fun, healthy alternative to sparkling H2O.
Fruit-infused water has all the benefits of plain, still water, plus the health benefits of the added fruits. Infusing your water with antioxidant-rich fruits, such as peaches, raspberries, strawberries, oranges, mangos, and watermelon, can help flush toxins from your body, aid in muscle fatigue, fill your stomach so there’s less room for over-indulgent snacking, boost your metabolism, and shorten workout recovery time.
It’s really easy to make fruit-infused water at home. The key to making the best tasting, fruit-infused water at home is to start with filtered water. Next, combine your preferred ingredients into a pitcher or another kind of vessel, and let them steep for two hours to enjoy the full effect of the flavor.
Weighing Your Water Options
Carbonated water is a delicious, refreshing beverage that’s a healthier alternative to sugary sodas and fruit juices. In addition to the health benefits of drinking plain water, sparkling water can also improve digestion, and cause feelings of fullness to linger for longer.
For those who are concerned about the potential side effects of carbonated water, including gas, bloating, and tooth decay, filtered, still water may be a better option. Aquasana’s home water filtration systems provide a high-performance solution for those looking to drink only the cleanest, healthiest water directly from the tap. Contact us today to find the best home water filtration system for you and your family.