Although eight cups of water a day is the recommended daily water consumption, there are recognised health benefits to substituting several of these glasses with sparkling water. Carbonated water, plain water in which carbon dioxide gas has been dissolved, has been enjoyed since the latter half of the 18th century.
Substitute for Soft Drinks
Drinking sparkling water is a healthier option than partaking of soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. While the sodas and booze have high amounts of sugar and calories, carbonated water has neither.
Reduces Bad Cholesterol
Studies, such as the one published in 2004 in the Journal of Nutrition, have shown that the sodium in sparkling water actually reduces bad cholesterol. The same properties also help cardiovascular health.
The bicarbonate in sparkling water has been shown to help prevent osteoporosis. It retains valuable calcium in the body and prevents acid-forming foods from leeching the mineral from the body.
The carbonation in sparkling water helps calm stomach problems. It also aids in relieving constipation, and helps digestive processes in the gut.