I know what you’re thinking. Like, c’mon. Fizzy drinks? And athletics? And ne’er the twain shall meet, right? Everyone knows that the delicious bubbly drinks that party on your tongue are the fastest route to that unhealthy, couch potato lifestyle that we’ve all been warned about, right? Right?
Obviously, enjoying a carbonated beverage once in a while will not significantly affect an athletic career. But if you're craving that fizzy goodness and trying to jumpstart an active lifestyle or simply trying to maintain one, the run-of-the-mill drinks that the Indian beverage market is inundated with are just not gonna cut it. Having sodas filled with sugar and caffiene on a regular basis will not only lead to excessive calorie intake, but also makes you crash hard, wings burning. Sugary sodas also discourage you from having plain ol’ water, which you need if you're working out.
You need a hero. He’s gotta be fast, he’s gotta be strong, and he’s gotta be sparkling water, precisely.
Sparkling water is indeed a carbonated beverage, but it is calorie free. Unlike flavoured sodas, sparkling water is simply water that’s been carbonated, with no sugar or sweeteners added to it. It’s just water. Fun water, but water nonetheless. Registered dietitian Erin Palinski has said that sparkling water counts towards your daily water intake. Carbonated water has also been known to help with gut health, helping with bloating and stomach distress.
So. Turns out, you don't have to compromise on fizz just to be healthy. We see you eyeing that Pop, so go ahead. Get hydrated, get Popped with Polka Pop.