Is it OK to drink sparkling wa­ter?

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

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.

food, as it comes in na­ture is packed with a range of nu­tri­ents, all of which pro­mote great skin. Avoid pro­cessed food, caf­feine and al­co­hol and no­tice the dif­fer­ence this makes to your skin.

Vi­ta­min C is par­tic­u­larly help­ful for skin as it helps to com­bat free rad­i­cal dam­age, which is part of the cause of age­ing and wrin­kles. Vi­ta­min C rich foods in­clude cit­rus fruit, kiwi fruit, cap­sicum and broc­coli.

Skin loves fat! Fat helps the skin to main­tain its mois­ture bar­rier which helps keep skin soft and pre­vent dry­ing. Flaky and dry skin or cracked heels and cu­ti­cles can be a sign that you are lack­ing in es­sen­tial fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids are par­tic­u­larly help­ful for skin, and is the type of fat that most peo­ple are de­fi­cient in.

Oily fish like sus­tain­able sar­dines or sal­mon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and wal­nuts are all great omega 3 rich fats to in­clude in your diet. Co­conut oil also makes a great top­i­cal mois­turiser to use on dry patches of skin.

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

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