Is it OK to drink sparkling water?

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Is there such a thing as too much sparkling water? I typ­i­cally con­sume around a bot­tle (1.5 litre) at night as I find it a lot eas­ier to drink than still water. With thanks, Peter C.

Hi Peter. Car­bon­ated water has been in­fused with car­bon diox­ide gas un­der pres­sure, the re­sult pro­duc­ing a bub­bly drink. There are also nat­u­ral sparkling min­eral waters, typ­i­cally cap­tured from min­eral springs, how­ever, these tend to con­tain min­er­als and sul­phur com­pounds.

Most of the re­search that ad­dresses the con­sump­tion of car­bon­ated drinks, is in soft drinks that also in­clude sugar and are there­fore not good for den­tal health. There’s no rea­son to give it up, but as with any­thing I would en­cour­age a mod­er­ate con­sump­tion of sparkling water. That means not con­sum­ing it for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Hav­ing a few sparkling waters at night in place of al­co­hol is ob­vi­ously go­ing to be far bet­ter for your health in the long term.

All car­bon­ated bev­er­ages with or with­out sugar con­tain phos­pho­rus. Blood cal­cium and phos­pho­rus lev­els are both reg­u­lated by the parathy­roid hor­mone. High blood phos­pho­rus lev­els pre­vent your body from stim­u­lat­ing the con­ver­sion of vi­ta­min D into its ac­tive form, and from ab­sorb­ing ad­e­quate amounts of cal­cium.

This leads to a re­duced blood cal­cium level and an in­crease in the re­lease of the parathy­roid hor­mone. High lev­els of parathy­roid hor­mone stim­u­late bone re­sorp­tion, or dem­iner­al­i­sa­tion, which can weaken bones.

How­ever, poor bone health is more of­ten seen when a high phos­pho­rus diet is cou­pled with a low cal­cium in­take. So en­joy sparkling water, but I en­cour­age you to make still water your main drink. Hi Ge­orgie. Here are some ideas: En­sure that you are drink­ing plenty of fil­tered water, herbal tea, or­ganic bone broth and vege juices to help keep your body and skin hy­drated. Flu­ids also help to flush out any harm­ful sub­stances from the body and pre­vent these sub­stances from need­ing to be ex­creted through the skin, where they can cause dam­age.

It’s fine to en­joy a glass or two of car­bon­ated water but still is still the best.

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