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Is Fizzy Water Hurting Your Health?

August 03, 2015 3 min read

Sparkling water is perfect in the summer, am I right? Maybe not. Right out the gate, fizzy water may is not so great for your teeth. The carbon dioxide used to create the bubbles also produces carbonic acid. "Although the acidity of some sparkling waters can be balanced by their natural mineral content," says Dental Hygienist Elaine Tilling, head of Clinical Education for oral hygiene specialist TePe, "the pH of most fizzy waters can be low enough to soften tooth enamel and leave it vulnerable to damage, especially if you sip it frequently throughout the day." Not good. What's worse, you could be doing even more damage if you add slices of lemon or lime to your drink as it ups the acid level. To minimize this damage, Tilling suggests drinking sparkling water only at meal times and to do so through as straw to minimize the contact with teeth. Guess what else? Some sparkling waters are very high in salt. We all know the damages too much salt can do to your body! The thing with this is that it creates a cycle. If you have consumed a lot of sodium, you may find yourself feeling thirsty. If your thirst quencher contains sodium, it will leave you thirst and cause you to consume more. Vicious, really.  Have a peak at labels and choose the brand with the lowest sodium content. Your fizzy drink could also be leading to a bloated tummy. 'The carbonation in fizzy water can create extra gas in your digestive system, which can exacerbate burping, abdominal bloating and flatulence,' says Dr Simon Anderson, consultant gastroenterologist at London Bridge Hospital. 'This can be particularly uncomfortable - painful even - for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms of which include bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea and wind.' Not cool. Do you get frequent heartburn? Carbonated beverages may be making it worse. By consuming all the gas in the beverages, you are putting extra pressure on your stomach and creating a scenario where things are more likely to come back on you. If you are prone to acid reflux, best to stick with flat water. The sale of flavoured fizzy water is on the rise. Sounds yummy but the thing is, some of these beverages can contain as much sugar as a can of soda. A study carried out at Bangor University in 2012 showed that drinking just two glasses of sugar-laced fizzy drinks a day dulls people's perceptions of sweet tastes and makes them crave more sugar. But get this: "The acidic effect created by carbon dioxide in water enhances our responses to other tastes, such as sugar," says Dr Hans-Peter Kubis, director of the Health, Exercise and Rehabilitation group who led the study at Bangor. "Though the sugar itself may create the craving, the acidity or fizz of the drink heightens our perceptions of the taste." Interesting stuff. Maybe this is more scare tactics. Maybe next week we'll find out that fizzy water and soda are a-okay to consume. But here's what I think, why don't we skip all that fancy stuff and just use water as our primary beverage? It isn't that hard. It isn't that horrible. What do you think? Is this a real issue or just more dietary scare tactics? source: Daily Mail Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_101621" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat snapcode code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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