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Haemish G asked the question in Sports Nutrition

Fizzy water or flat?

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I love fizzy water, apparently it tastes slightly sweeter than flat water because the carbon dioxide disolved in it makes it slightly acidic. I recently bought a SodaStream so I can make my very own fizzy bubbles!

Sports-iqsilver Haemish G answered Comment

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Cold fizzy water definitely works for me too - quenches my thirst much more too

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I thought to show you the article below, as I feel that fizzy water does dehydrate me and make drink less, for an athlete that is not a good thing. So let me know what you think

According to some, excessive use of carbonated water will strip the body of phosphorous, a mineral that is vital to the integrity of bones and teeth, metabolism of nutrients, and the formation of genetic material, cell membranes, and many enzymes. So it is not that bubbly water is bad, it is just the depletion of phosphorous that is BAD. Our scientist friend slash Bridge partner has a different response. Carbonated water does not dehydrate you, she says. Caffeine (found in many carbonated soda drinks) dehydrates, but not carbonated water. On the other hand, drinking carbonated water can make the body feel more full, because it contains carbonic acid, which the body must process. So you may not want to drink as much water if you're having a Perrier and feel full.

Nikos G answered Comment

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Without quantifying the term "excessive" that article tells us very little. I can believe that it might be easier for the body to absorb flat water making it more efficient to do so. However I suspect for most people any effect is negligible.

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Eeeeek! I think as with all things it is about balance. I drink plenty of water every day and most of it is flat and it tends to be the evening when I am at home I drink a bit of fizzy. You do definitely drink less than if it was flat although, if you are good with your water intake during the day that can work well to ensure you are not having to get up in the middle of night to visit the bathroom!

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I like good fizzy water too...and always try the local ones wherever I travel. I also like trying water from healing sources. Sometimes I can't avoid the visits to the bathroom as I tend to train late, so I eat and drink afterwards for sure. :-)

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I ll tell you what my personal experience tells me. I could not run or cycle 100 of miles on fizzy water. A bottle of fizzy water, does make me feel full and not wanting to drink more water. So I would say flat water, is what I prefer. 

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I drink flat water when I am climbing or riding but prefer to drink fizzy in the house. I do not really enjoy flat water so just end up not drinking enough. I am not one for kitchen gadgets but my SodaStream is great. I suspect any bloat from fizzy water is just dissolved gas escaping once it is no longer under pressure.

Sports-iqsilver Haemish G answered Comment

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A quick google tells me that most phosphorous in our diet come from meat and milk. So I guess so long as your diet is balanced then fizz away to your hearts content. However when you are active flat water is certainly more comfortable and possibly more efficient.

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Fizzy rules...I am another soda stream junky and I watch my kids gulp it down...

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I find that fizzy water seems better for my stomach if it's a bit sensitive/acidic.

Sports-iqsilver Tiff L answered Comment

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Fizzy at home, flat when running or cycling but with berry Zero Cal tablets added..

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Flat when training, fizzy at all other times. Quite often mixed with cordial to stop me drinking things containing caffine which I shouldn't really be drinking! Fizzy water with elderflower cordial is lovely :0)

Sports-iqsilver Sarah L answered Comment

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squeeze some fresh lime in with the elderflower and soda and it is amazing!

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For me most definately room temperature still water, for a lot of reasons but the main one being if mother nature wanted us to drink carbonated water she would have filled the streams, lakes and oceans with it.

I was shocked to hear that people find fizzy water sweet, I think it tastes very salty....just saying :)

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The "as mother nature intended" argument is a slippery slope. I am pretty sure mother nature did not intend us to drink milk from other animals.

Sports-iqsilver Haemish G answered Comment

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I think we can all agree that carbonated milk is probably best avoided.

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the thought of carbonated milk makes me feel slightly nauseous...

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Still, tepid and from the tap.  I'm not a big fan of bubbles in anything tbh, and prefer my pepsi max to have been open a little while before I drink it.  Really fizzy things make me sneeze when I drink them.

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