Drinking Seltzer Every Day
Is seltzer good or bad for you? We finally found the answer.
A lot can certainly happen to your body if you drink too much wine and beer regularly, or any type of alcohol. But have you ever thought about how your body is affected by simply drinking seltzer? While many claim seltzer to be healthy (and even say it helps you to feel fuller), we have to wonder if there's actually any research or data behind these claims. So we did a deep dive into what happens to your body if you drink seltzer every day.
1. Seltzer is acidic, but your body can handle it.
While it may seem like drinking a lot of acidic drinks could be bad for your body, your body will naturally sustain a stable alkaline level for you. According to Healthline, your kidney and lungs will do the work or removing the excess carbon dioxide you are drinking (which creates the bubbles in the seltzer), so you don't have to worry about drinking too much of it.
2. It's great for your teeth (compared to soda).
If you had to pick between soda and seltzer, seltzer is the clear winner. Why? Because it won't destroy your tooth enamel like a sugary soda will. Now, if your sparkling water has some kind of sweetener or flavor in there, it could start to affect your teeth over time. It's best to stick to playing flavored seltzer, or seltzer that doesn't have added sweeteners.
3. You'll have better digestion.
Need to clear your throat? Drink a seltzer! According to some studies, seltzer can actually help to clear your throat and improve your swallowing ability, which will assist with your overall digestion.
4. You'll have an easier time in the bathroom.
Find yourself dealing with some constipation lately? Drink a little more seltzer—really! In a two-week study, 40 individuals that have had a stroke drank seltzer and had even more frequent bowel movements than normal, causing 58% of participants to report decreased problems with constipation after drinking seltzer frequently. So if you're having a hard time in the bathroom, drink seltzer every day and you may find it easier for you.
5. It reduces your risk of heart disease.
While the research is limited, some say that drinking seltzer can actually help improve your heart health by lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood sugar, while also increasing your HDL (good) cholesterol. It was also reported that the estimated risk of getting a heart decrease over 10 years decreased by 35% when drinking carbonated water.
By Kiersten Hickman