Is Sparkling Water Good for Hydration?

Close-up view of sparkling water glass with lemon slice garnish

More than a few self-proclaimed experts have taken to the web at various times to declare that you cannot maintain proper hydration if you drink a lot of sparkling water. Are they right? If you are fond of drinking Sparkling CBD Water instead of regular bottled water (or tap water) are you destined to shrivel up like a prune and suffer the slings and arrows of chronic dehydration?

Absolutely not! Anyone who has ever told you that sparkling water will not keep you properly hydrated is wrong, and below we’ll go over why that is.

Sparkling Water's Effects on Hydration

Let’s say you were never a fan of plain old bottled water and decided to swap it out for sparkling water. Then one day you were talking to someone and they told you that you can’t stay properly hydrated drinking sparkling water and you’d better change back before you do permanent damage to your body. Were they right? Nope.

It’s a scientific fact that as long as you are not drinking tonic water, which typically includes sugar or high fructose corn syrup, sugar free sparkling water will do just as good a job providing hydration as regular bottled water.

Of course, you might not want to drink it while you’re participating in a sporting event as the carbonation is bound to produce some measure of gas. But beyond that drinking sparkling water like our Sparkling Citrus Water and Sparkling Hibiscus Water will do right by your body, and taste a lot more satisfying than tap or plain bottled water ever could.

Origins of the Myth That Sparkling Water is Bad for You

The myth about sparkling water being bad for you is a multifaceted one. It starts with the false notion that sparkling water will not hydrate you properly and extends to include claims that drinking sparkling water can increase one’s risk of osteoporosis and even lead to bone loss. You also don’t have to search the web too long to uncover claims that sparkling water erodes tooth enamel, thereby increasing the odds that you’ll lose your teeth in the long run.

Fortunately, all of these claims are patently false. Sparkling water does not increase your risk of bone loss or osteoporosis, nor does it erode tooth enamel and lead to long-term dental problems.

Tracking down the source of these rumors and myths is a time-consuming process that leads down a lot of dead ends. Which may be one reason the myths endure. While researching this blog post we came across numerous websites that flatly stated “sparkling water is bad for your teeth”. We’re not going to speculate on why anyone would propagate such a myth, but be aware that it’s simply not true.

Potential Benefits of Sparkling Water

The benefits of drinking sparkling water go beyond simply keeping you well-hydrated. Other benefits include:

  • Making You Feel Full: People concerned with controlling their weight often find that drinking sparkling water enables them to feel full and stave off unwanted eating. This feeling of satiety is crucial if they are to meet their weight loss goals.
  • Helping to Relieve Constipation: Some research suggests that drinking sparkling water on a regular basis could help to alleviate symptoms of constipation such as stomach pain.
  • Reduce Your Sugar Intake: If you are concerned about the amount of sugar in your diet, making sparkling water your go-to beverage is a great way to reduce your sugar intake. Sugar-free sparkling waters allow you to enjoy crisp, refreshing flavor without sugar.

Is There a Downside to Drinking Sparkling Water?

There's a downside to everything, so of course, if you look hard enough you will find a couple of potential pitfalls to drinking sparkling water, minor though they may be. Those potential pitfalls include:

Mild stomach issues

While studies indicate that sparkling water can actually reduce indigestion in most people there are those who may be more sensitive to the effects of carbonation than others. Those more sensitive individuals may experience some or all of the following if they drink large amounts of sparkling water:

  • Bloating
  • Burping
  • Discomfort
  • Gas

If you discover that your digestive system does not tolerate sparkling water the solution is no more complicated than switching back to regular still water.


Those of us in the beverage business know that producing and marketing sparkling water costs more than bottling and marketing still water. The good news, however, is that the retail price of sparkling water is usually not that much more than still water. Nonetheless, there is a difference, and those trying hard to make ends meet may find that difference in price to be more than they can accommodate.

Final Thoughts From the CBD Beverage Blog

As popular as our CBD Sparkling Sodas are, and as modest as the amount of sugar they contain is, we know that there are those for whom any amount of sugar in a beverage is too much. For those people, we recommend they try our Hibiscus and Citrus-flavored CBD Sparkling Water. Both are made with the same care as our Sparkling CBD Soda, but are completely free of sugar. And remember, both will do a fine job ensuring you are always properly hydrated.