When it comes to hydration, we are firm believers that nothing is more healthy and more natural that water sourced from protected areas. Depending on what your needs are, there are many options out there that promise the ”optimal hydration”, the ”best replenishment” or ”the tastiest drink”, however, not all are as good for your health.
They damage your teeth, especially carbonated ones, but not because of artificially added CO2, but because of the sugar they contain and the other acids, thus putting a strain on your calorie intake without any nutritional values, but increasing the risk of diabetes and obesity.
Diet sodas, though they claim not to have any sugar, keep your sweet cravings alive along with the effects of artificially added CO2. The artificial addition of CO2 creates harsh conditions throughout the digestive system and actually increases the release of gastric acidity, ultimately leading to hypertension, ulcers, pressure on the diaphragm and more.
Assuming you know it is 100% fruit, one portion (150 ml) should be ok as it contains minerals and vitamins just like a portion out of five fresh fruit and vegetables you should eat every day, but keep in mind juice has less fiber and it does contain sugar. Natural sugar in fruit juice should be lumped together with that added to food and sweetened drinks as free sugar.
Sports drinks’ claim that they improve athletic performance and recovery by replacing fluid, energy and electrolytes – sodium, potassium and chloride – lost during exercise, however most of them contain a shocking amount of sugar that makes them not as good as natural sparkling water for the usual fitness junkie. What works for athletes might not be optimal for normal people, as the extra sugar is not usually consumed through physical activity. In 2012, BMJ found a “striking lack of evidence” for any claim related to sports drinks.
Newly added to the hip and fashionable healthy drinks, beetroot juice has its advantages, just like any vegetable juice. But drink it in moderation: its sugar content is the same with an orange and other common fruit juices. It also contains a large quantity of nitrates, substances that are linked with an increased risk of stomach cancer and other possible disease.
Either its wheatgrass, spinach or berries or whatever you prefer or need, smoothies are to be more regarded as liquid food rather than a drink, as they contain the same amount of calories and sugars as the greens or fruit that they are made of. The percent of water they contain is essential to hydration as well as the water you add to them. Since you are already choosing organic or as healthy as possible, you should consider adding sparkling mineral water to your smoothie for extra natural minerals and CO2 that is linked to the molecules, not artificially added.
Naturally Sparkling Mineral Water contains natural bicarbonates, which have proven beneficial health effects. Bicarbonates are necessary for digestion; they change the acid/base balance, as well as blood pH and all biological fluids, and also drain lactic acid from the muscles.
The high concentration of calcium and magnesium ions provided by nature in naturally sparkling water generates a higher concentration of bicarbonate, creating health benefits such as improved digestion, prevention of kidney stones, and neutralization of the lactic acid produced during physical activity.
AQUA Carpatica is the best choice because it is rich in calcium and magnesium bicarbonates.
AQUA Carpatica naturally sparkling water and natural spring water are both NITRATE-free, they are perfectly pure, and so you won’t have to worry about nitrate contamination.