Getting enough hydration each day is essential to our health, yet is something many of us struggle with. Hydration comes from the fluids we drink, as well as some of the foods we eat. A good general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in oz of water each day.
There has been some controversy around potential negative side effects of carbonated beverages, such as reduced bone density or damage to tooth enamel. Colas, sugary beverages, excessive caffeine or alcohol absolutely have harmful side effects on our body, but to date there is not sufficient research to show issues with carbonated water.
Water is always best, and once in a while sparkling water can be a good option to satisfy your taste buds. Be sure to read the label and stay away from added sodium, sugar, artificial colors or sweeteners, or other unhealthy ingredients, and always practice good oral hygiene. Plain and simple, sparkling water can help you reach your hydration goals.