Articles on carbonated water

Carbonated Beverages May Be Hurting Your Kidneys

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Carbonated sugar based drinks are amongst the unhealthiest beverages you can consume. Even the diet versions of these beverages are loaded with chemicals that adversely affect various organs. Studies highlight the potential negative effects that soft drinks and sugar can have on kidney health. Doctors have done studies and found that diet soda too can actually cause kidney failure and permanent kidney damage.Effect of Soda on Kidney In one study, researchers found that consuming at least two carbonated beverages per day is linked with proteinuria - or increased excretion of protein in the urine, which is a hallmark of kidney dysfunction. Drinking soda or other carbonated beverages each day may lead to hypertension and diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, reduced kidney function and kidney stones. Be it a cola, non-cola, diet soda or any other sugar-sweetened carbonated beverage, these beverages can increase your risk of serious health issues. Another study conducted in rats found that moderate fructose intake increases the kidney’s sensitivity to a protein (angiotensin II). Since kidneys regulate salt balance, this leads to increased salt re-absorption by cells in the kidneys.Major ingredients responsible for negative effects on the kidney• Soda contains high levels of phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid gives food a tangy taste and beverages the acidic taste we’ve come to associate sodas with. Phosphoric acid is closely linked with the development of kidney stones and other renal problems and strains the kidneys. The consumption of this acid on regular basis can lead to impairment in kidney function. • One reason doctors believe this occurs is because diet sodas contains high levels of sodium. • It is also believed that the artificial sweeteners that are used in all diet sodas are to blame for kidney damage too.Options to replace soda:• Consider drinking more water and less soda. • Lemonade (non-carbonated) is healthier and an easily available option to replace soda. • Buttermilk is a good replacement to soda. • Fruit juice (without added sugar) is also a refreshing beverage to accompany your meal. • Coconut water is a light and refreshing beverage.Soda is not evil, but regular soda drinkers seem to have a lot of health problems which is now even supported by various studies, so sodas are best avoided.

Just Add Water!

Ms. Tehzeeb, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Without a doubt, water is one of the most underestimated and undervalued nutrients we have available to us today. It is literally one of the easiest things you could do to get healthier and yet, here we are perceiving it as though it were some huge chore. Below is a compilation of some lame excuses I hear for not drinking water. They certainly don’t warrant any clarifications but just for the sake of argument, you will find those as well on the right sideI don’t like the taste of it: Water doesn’t have a taste really. And if you dislike it, then add some lemon or watermelon pieces or a sweet lime to it to give it a naturally sweet tasteI am too lazy to go pee all the time: It will provide that much needed stretch break from sitting on your desk all day and make you feel fresher and nicer. I know you’re innately lazy (we all are), but you need to work past the laziness. Isn’t that the whole point?I don’t have the time: This is a lie. What you actually mean is that this isn’t high up enough on your priority list. What’s it going to take for that to change? Constant muscle cramps, terrible looking skin, difficult bowel movements and a disease or two? We certainly hope notI am constantly on the go so I forget: Invest in a nice water bottle. Carry it with you and keep sipping constantlyBut I don’t even feel that thirsty: You need to wait for a hunger signal to eat. You do not have to wait for a thirst signal to drink water. During winters, they are even harder to come by so instead, just drink water when you canNow that you’ve run out of excuses, below are some reasons for why you should be drinking lots and lots of water: 1. It keeps you slim (Yes, your favourite reason). Often times, we confuse hunger signals and thirst signals. What this means is that you might in fact just be thirsty when you think you’re hungry. Excerpt of a conversation I repeatedly have with most of my clients: Client: It was so bizarre. I was really hungry and then I had a glass of water and my hunger magically vanished Me: Was this your first glass of water for that day? Client: Yes You catch my drift here? 2. Water has anti-ageing benefits (Your second favourite reason) One of the benefits of drinking water is softer, more moist looking skin. Dehydrated skin can be dry and flaky. Dry skin isn’t as resilient and is thus more prone to wrinkling. All those expensive anti-wrinkle creams have chemicals that provide moisture to the skin. You have a low-cost, easy solution at hand. Why wouldn’t you just use that? 3. Water helps keep our gut healthy Adequate water keeps things moving along our gastrointestinal (GI) tract and prevents constipation. When you are dehydrated, the colon is compelled to pull water from the stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation and dry, hard stools. Yes, eu but someone has to talk about it! 4. Water helps our body’s immune system The immune system is what protects the human body from diseases of all kinds. The immune system cannot work properly if the body isn’t adequately hydrated. The skin, the kidneys, and the circulatory system are all important to the body’s immunity and all of them rely on plenty of fresh, clean water to be able to do the work they are meant to do. 6. Other things that happen if you don’t drink enough waterWater retention/bloating - Your body holds onto water because it isn’t getting enough. This makes your face look puffy and your fingers swollenHeadachesMuscle crampsReduced alertness and energyMood swingsWe have at hand a simple solution to counter all these troubles! Below are some simple strategies to increase your daily water consumption:Keep refilling your coffee cup with water all through the morningInvest in a nice looking glass bottle which you can keep on your desk/within sight to motivate you to keep drinkingThere are several Apps in the digital world which could help you track your water intakeAs previously mentioned, purchase a cool water bottle and carry it around with you everywhere—sip constantly from itKeep reminders on your phone and calendarMost importantly, find strategies that work for you and stick to them. Find a way to track and monitor the positive shifts you experience after upping your fluid consumption. Once you feel the changes yourself, you will see the worthiness in constantly sipping on this neutral, life-giving goodness!

Drink water... and Look Beautiful!

Dr. Shreeshail Kumbar, Dermatologist
Water is very essential as far as beautiful skin is concerned, as it not only enhances your skin, but it also gives you an inner glow .Drinking water keeps your skin cleansed, hydrated, tight and toned. Water flushes  toxins ,encouraging clear, fresh skin by eliminating the dirt that clogs the pores of your skin, giving you a healthier glow.Naturally body  fills cells with water to make them firm and tight, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles with a smooth finish.  Water filled cells bulged and push against your skin from inside, and this can help to reduce  cellulite and flabby skin.When skin is hydrated, plump and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and will block external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.With your body feeling cleansed and in excellent working condition you will feel and look great, giving you a natural confidence boost.How much water?Recommend water intake is 2.5 litres a day. There’s very little research out there to back up water as a skin treatment or declare it a myth. That’s because, since pharmaceutical companies can’t really patent and sell water, researchers are hard-pressed to find anyone to actually fund studies on its benefit. Still, if your skin looks better, how does it matter?Water intake and Acne.I’ve even found that my patients tend to get more acne when they’re dehydrated, especially whentravelling.Little changes in diet can affect the type of oil and sebum that your skin makes, which in turn, maybe associated with an increase in acne formation. Dehydration may work the same way to initiate these changes in the oil glands in the skin. It is criticalto have a stable balance of water to oil on the surface of skin. If the skin is too heavily covered in oil relative to water, can lead to clogged pores withacne breakouts and blemishes.How to drink waterI recommend giving your skin a steady flow of water as opposed to guzzling them all at once.Every day, aim for 8 to10 glasses and spread them out throughout the day as your body can only absorb somuch water each hour. After that, you’re just going to pee it out before it ever makes its way to your skin. Water you drink may not affect your outermost layers of skin, the ones that get dried out from soaps andcleansers. Moisturizing your skin both internally and externally is a critical combination for healthy, beautiful skin.If you exercise regularly, it is recommended to drink even more water to replenish the water lost during the workout.How to know if you are drinking adequate water ?If your urine is dark yellow then it is a sign that your body is dehydrated and you should increase your water intake.Pale yellow or colorless urine is a good sign of hydration. Water is the secret behind supple, glowing, ageless and always camera-ready skin“So drink adequate water and keep glowing”…

Is Drinking Cold Water Bad for Health?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Come summers and our thirst for cold water begins. Cold water has helped many of us tackle the summer heat by instantly giving us a cooling sensation. It has not only quenched our thirst but also cooled our sweating hot bodies down. Those sigh of sheer happiness when you finish drinking cold water after fighting the insufferable heat of the peak summers. Bliss!I think it is safe to assume that most of us love drinking cold water in the summers and wouldn’t trade it with any other beverage of any other temperature. But when we come across the ‘internet facts (read fads) or popular myths’ like drinking cold water harms your body and affects your health adversely, we can’t guiltlessly enjoy our icy cold water. We are always shutting that voice of reason which reiterates the read fact and we end up feeling bad instead of blissful after our drink.We are going to explain how drinking water at any temperature does not have any sort of adverse or harmful impact on your health. So, we have come across many articles on the internet about when you have cold water after a meal, it solidifies the ingested fat which in turn does not get broken down and gets collected in the body as stored fat, thereby making you fat. Well I think it is safe to say that this line of research is based on nothing and has had no concrete results. It is an absolutely confirmed fact that drinking cold water does no such thing.Water has no fat or carbohydrate in it; hence it cannot possibly make you fat, though depending on its source, it might contain some minerals & vitamins. While consuming hot water on an empty stomach after waking up in the morning is believed to boost metabolism and we would suggest that you follow this rule in order to lose weight more efficiently, drinking cold water can also help you burn a few extra calories.When you drink cold water, your body has to work a little extra to bring the temperature of the water to normal and in this process it ends up burning calories to produce that energy. Although the number of calories burnt is not that much. E.g.: to warm 500ml of ice cold water your body burns only 17 Calories. But if you calculate the number of times you end up burning 17 calories into the number of days, we are sure you will reach a more appreciable number. Another fact is that drinking cold water after exercising can help you get rehydrated faster and helps bring the elevated body temperature to normal. Some studies even show that our stomach absorbs cold water faster than warm water, allowing us to indulge in our physical activity for a longer time without worrying about dehydration.While we suggest you drink 9-12 glasses of water every day to keep your body free of toxins and other harmful compounds which gets flushed out through water when you urinate, we would also encourage you to take more reasonable decisions when it comes to fads like ‘Does drinking cold water make you fat or unhealthy?A few different ways of including more water in your daily diet:         1. Green tea: This beverage not only ensures increased water intake but also an increased metabolism        2. Lemon water: This beverage along with rehydrating you boosts your immunity every time you take a sip.        3. Turmeric ginger-honey tea: This one is especially effective in cooling your body down for longer periods owing to the                   cooling properties of turmeric and ginger. They also try to minimize the adverse effects of scorching heat.        4. Buttermilk: It boosts your calcium levels and instantly cools your body down.        5. Coconut water: This beverage is loaded with a lot of minerals and vitamins and has ability to regulate your blood                             pressure.You can enjoy these drinks everyday either hot or cold to increase your daily water uptake and reap the benefits of a toxin free, well hydrated healthy body. Happy Drinking!

Harmful Effects of Drinking Water in Plastic Bottles

Ms. Mitalee Doshi, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Impact of drinking water in plastic bottlesWe store water in all sorts of plastic bottles, jugs or containers. It can below grade or high grade, but plastic is plastic! This is a very harmful daily practice as plastic containers carry lot of chemicals and bacteria. Let’s see the harmful effects of drinking water in plastic bottles:1. Harmful substances: Apart from harmful chemicals in plastic, water when get stored in plastic bottles also produces harmful substances like fluoride, arsenic and aluminium which can be poison for human body. So, drinking water from plastic bottles would mean drinking slow poison that will slowly and steadily deteriorate your health.2. Dioxin production: Plastic does melt in hot environment. And we, often store water in plastic bottles while driving and so many times leave it in the car where it is in the direct exposure of sun. Such heating releases a toxin called Dioxin which when consumed can accelerate breast cancer.3. BPA generation: Biphenyl A is an estrogen-mimicking chemical which can lead to lot of health problems like diabetes, obesity, fertility problems, behavioural problems and early puberty in girls. It’s better not to store and drink water from a plastic bottle.4. Liver cancer and reduced sperm count: Because of presence of a chemical called phthalates in plastic, drinking water from plastic bottles can also lead to liver cancer and reduction in sperm count.5. Vitamin based bottled water: Nowadays, we get water mostly in plastic bottles and to increase its health content, manufacturers make it vitamin-enriched to attract buyers. But this is even more harmful as it carries health-harming additives like food dyes and high fructose corn syrup.6. Impact on immune system: Our immune system is immensely affected when we drink water in plastic bottles. The chemicals from plastic bottles are ingested and tend to disturb our body’s immune system.

8 Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water Daily

Dr. Namrata Surati, Homeopath
Drinking coconut water can save your body from various health related problems. It contains a lot of supplements and nutrients that are needed to sustain a healthy life.         1. Rich in Minerals         Chief nutrient contents are:Potassium - Helps to reduce Blood PressureGlucose - Provides energyVitamin C - Improves immunityMagnesium - Improves Muscular and Nervous systemCopper - Helps the body to form red blood cellsCytokinins and Lauric acid - Slows down the aging process and the development of cancerous cellsAntioxidants - Prevents or delays any type of cell damage2. Boosts Energy & Hydrates BodyCoconut water is widely known to replace the minerals and fluids that we lose during physical activities. It has high content of potassium, calcium and chloride which helps to hydrate, replenish and rejuvenate the body. People who work out on a regular basis should drink coconut water daily. It has less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices. Plain coconut water could be a better choice for adults and kids looking for a beverage that is less sweet.3. Increases Metabolic Rate & Aids Weight LossRegular consumption of coconut water increases the metabolism rate which helps to burn sugar a lot faster. As a result, the level of insulin in a person’s body burns faster. Thus a person has more energy and loses fat faster.4. Prevents Kidney StoneCoconut water also helps in dissolving kidney stones because of the presence of potassium, which plays a key role in urine alkalizing and preventing formation of kidney stones.5. Improves DigestionIt contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Coconut water is composed of bioactive enzymes such as folic acid, phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA polymerases and so on. These enzymes help in easy digestion and metabolism. The water also has more minerals like calcium, manganese and zinc than some fruits like oranges. It is also a good source of Vitamin B such as riboflavin, thiamine, pyridoxine, and folates. Human body requires them from external sources to replenish and hence It becomes very essential to the human body.6. Diuretic PropertiesCoconut water is effective as a diuretic as it expedites the flow of urine. Coconut water mixed with lemon juice not only aids dehydration, but also helps to cure intestine worms in children.7. Reduces Blood PressureCoconut water is rich in Potassium and contains lesser amount of Sodium which helps to reduce the Blood Pressure.8. Cardiovascular HealthSome recent studies have found that coconut water can help increase HDL (good) cholesterol, which makes it a wonderful natural treatment for maintaining good cardiovascular health.

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Coconut water is the water like liquid that is found in unripe coconuts. In terms of health and goodness, coconut water is second only to water. It is extremely low in calories and full of nutrients. It is packed with calcium and minerals, and has more electrolytes than packaged sports drinks and more potassium than a banana. The health benefits are-:1. Helps in weight loss It has absolutely no cholesterol, so does not increase body fat and also boosts your metabolism.2. Lowers blood sugar level Despite being naturally sweet, it is extremely low in sugar, so it lowers blood sugar levels and is very good for diabetics.3. Lower blood pressure It is low in sodium compared to energy drinks and high in chloride compared to sports drinks. Chloride reduces water retention in the body which lowers the kidney’s load and reduces blood pressure.4. Regulates body temperature Coconut water keeps you hydrated, which increases your body’s metabolism and even increases sweating. Sweating keeps your body cool and helps in regulating the body temperature.5. Facilitates Digestion Coconut water contains monolaurin, a monoglyceride which cleanses and soothes the digestive tract by actively killing intestinal worms that make digestion easier and reduce chances of digestive illnesses. Because of its high concentration of fibre, it aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.6. Controls Vomiting Coconut water controls vomiting making it saviour for those suffering from ailments that cause vomiting such as typhoid, malaria or fevers.7. Rich in Nutrient Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains the five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions.8. Compatible with Human Blood Since it is isotonic to human plasma, coconut water can be used in extreme emergencies to quickly rehydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for coconut water to be used an an intravenous drip in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives.9. Boosts Hydration The ingredients in coconut water are way more effective at hydrating the human body than energy and sports drinks. Coconut water serves as an ideal energy drink with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favourite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively.10. The Ultimate Hangover Remedy Next time you overdo it and drink more than your belly can handle, consume coconut water to soothe your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting.It’s very beneficial to consume coconut water during the summer, especially if you live somewhere where the temperature and humidity levels are high. It rehydrates your body and provides essential nutrients. Make coconut water an essential part of your regular diet to benefit from it.

Fuzzy Drinks Results in Fizzy Teeth

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
It’s no secret there exists a strong link between soda consumption and tooth decay. Heavy soda consumption has also been linked to other health complications including diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.When you drink soda, the sugars within interact with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. This acid attacks your teeth. Both regular and sugar-free sodas also contain their own acids, and these attack the teeth too. With each swig of soda, you’re starting a damaging reaction that lasts for about 20 minutes. If you sip all day, your teeth are under constant attack. EROSION AND CAVITIESThere are two main dental effects of drinking soda: erosion and cavities. Erosion begins when the acids in soft drinks encounter the tooth enamel, which is the outermost protective layer on your teeth. Their effect is to reduce the surface hardness of the enamel.DODrink soda in moderation (no more than one 12 oz can a day)Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teethSwish your mouth out with water after drinking to dilute the acid and sugar if brushing your teeth is not possible.Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day)DON’TSip for extended periods of timeDrink soda shortly before bedtimeBrush after meals – wait at least an hour after your last drink or meal before brushingSubstitute soft drinks, sports drinks or fruit juice for a meal.However, measures can be taken to prevent and reduce tooth decay. The conclusions of a recent study support contemporary daily dietary guidelines for children that include:Consuming two or more servings of dairy foodsLimiting the intake of 100 percent juice to four to six ouncesRestricting other sugared beverages to occasional useThis doesn’t mean a person should never drink soda. In fact, drinking it in moderation may represent no harm at all.  However, substituting sugary, acidic carbonated beverages for water or intake of caloric food could be problematic in the long run.

Water Water Everywhere but No Time to Drink

Dr. Amreen Sadiqa, Dentist
Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Drinking enough water  maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.Water is present abundantly, it's one of the most inexpensive beverages for oral and general health. Yet when we are thirsty we prefer a cold aerated drink or packaged drink over water. Sugary soda is a huge health hazard,  it increases the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water, which doesn't have negative side effects. So help put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are endless.  Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated.Read on to find out why water is best for your dental health. It Strengthens Your TeethDrinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.  It Keeps Your Mouth CleanDrinking juice, soda or sports drinks may help you wash down your dinner, but they can leave unwanted sugar behind on your teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away enamel, which is the outer white shell of your teeth. Water,however, cleans your mouth with every sip. It washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. You’ll still need to brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth, but drinking water through the day will go a long way toward keeping your smile cavity-free. It Fights Dry MouthSaliva is your mouth’s first defence against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride.When your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may put you at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water can help cut your risk  It’s Calorie-FreeSweetened drinks that are high in sugar and calories, create a perfect storm that puts you at risk for cavities and other unhealthy consequences like weight gain. In fact, drinking water can actually help you lose weight. So the next time you need a drink, go guilt-free with water to take care of your body and your smile.  Here’s a tip how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal.Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. And if the taste beings to bore, spice up the taste buds with a squeeze of citrus to the glass!

Reduce Bloating & Water Retention

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Most people experience water retention or bloating at some point or another. Eating certain foods or health conditions can increase it. It leads to increased water storage in your body, leading to increased weight, bloated feeling and overall feeling heavy. Wonder how you can avoid or reduce it. We have tips for you, on how you can reduce your bloating belly.Note, that these won't reduce the fat! For that, you need to get on a proper weight loss plan. Read below for tips to reduce the bloating- Reduce salty foods - Salt contains sodium. Water molecules are attracted to sodium, so you'll retain more fluids if you pour on the seasoning or eat lots of processed foods. Examples of high salt (or high sodium) foods are pickles, chips, many canned foods, processed foods- excess sodium is added to increase shelf life.- Soft Drinks - The gas content (carbonation) in soft drinks can cause bloating. Alcohol, coffee and some fruit juices also can cause intestinal irritation and swelling, so stick mainly to water and unsweetened teas that will help your body flush out waste products.- Eating certain Vegetables - Broccoli, cabbage, kidney beans, onions and peppers are top examples of healthy foods that contain difficult-to-digest carbohydrates, which can cause gas. Even if you're susceptible, don't stop eating these vegetables; try limiting servings to a half cup at a time. Cooking raw veggies also helps. (Wonder if people on raw food diets are really gassy?)- High Fat foods - Fried dishes in particular take a long time to digest. That's why it may feel heavy and bloated. Aim for healthy fats such as salmon, olive oil, nuts and seeds.Some more tips: - Avoid chewing gum- it promotes intake of air into the digestive tract. - Eating slowly helps digest your food better - Lactose intolerance can also cause bloating.