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The truth about sparkling water

Water, in any of its natural form, whether liquid, vapor, or solid like ice, gives life. From the condensation that falls from the heaven, to the vast oceans and down to the human body, the abundance of water is marvelous. This is the reason people could go on longer without food and die sooner in the absence of water that leads to dehydration and complications.

(Manila Bulletin)

(Manila Bulletin)

Water is in fact a miracle drink. Able to make people lose weight, it lowers cholesterol, increases immunity, and more! We are talking about plain still water here but what about the one that’s bubbly, also known as sparkling water?

Does sparkling water have any health benefits or is it detrimental to one’s health? Flavored sparkling water or fizzy drinks may contain added sugars and artificial flavorings and colorings, which we all know must be consumed sparingly. Pure, unadulterated sparkling water, however, has many benefits and uses, debunking myths that cast this one miracle of nature in a bad light.

(Manila Bulletin)

(Manila Bulletin)

Sparkling water can be artificially made by adding carbon dioxide to plain water rendering it slightly acidic due to the carbonic acid. But the best type of sparkling water is the one made naturally.

One such sparkling water is Gerolsteiner, which is directly sourced from the Volcanic Eifel in Germany, a place considered to be of unique geological character. As the water finds its way through the various layers of rock, every drop of water becomes naturally carbonated. This is an important process, as the carbonic acid allows the water to absorb the precious minerals and trace elements from the dolomite rock.

The water gathers at a depth of up to 200 meters after going through filtration via various rock layers.  Purity and freshness are retained thanks to the carbonic acid. It is bottled directly from source in order to maintain this level of natural purity. Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water is a true miracle of nature—naturally pure and protected from external impurities.

Due to its volcanic origin, it inherently contains valuable minerals like calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate, which, as it is alkaline in nature, neutralizes the weak acidity of the carbonic acid. It is beneficial to the human body, as each mineral has a specific effect on our health: Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth, while magnesium strengthens muscles and nerves.

Some waters taste neutral but contain only small amounts of minerals; others have minerals but taste rather salty or bitter due to their sodium chloride or sulfate content. Gerolsteiner, on the other hand, tastes neither salty nor sour nor bitter, which can be attributed to its balanced content of calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate and comparatively small amounts of sodium and chloride.

Sparkling water can be enjoyed in several ways:

1. Add to 100 percent fruit juices or fresh fruit slices to substitute for softdrinks.

2. Drink with meals to help make you feel fuller and eat less.

3. Add to batters and breading to make crispier chicken nuggets, tempura, and the like.

4. Drink to make yourself burp and relieve indigestion and bloating.

5.    Can enhance water intake for better hydration.