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Experts Weigh In: Should You Cut Back on Drinking Seltzer?

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In recent years, flavored seltzers have taken the hydration scene by storm, and became so popular, that people even started adding booze to them and discovered it was a match made in Heaven. But are all these bubbles a match made for your body?

According to FoodNetwork.com, experts are weighing in on the health effects of all this bubbly we've been drinking in flavored seltzers. Despite flavored seltzers having zero calories, sugar, or artificial sweeteners, some experts say that it’s not exactly a perfect substitute for plain ol' water.

Urologists are doctors who specialize in the genitourinary tract—your kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, urethra, and male reproductive organs. Dr. Damon E. Davis, MD is a urologist with The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and he says that if you're healthy, seltzer water won’t impact your organs any differently than regular water would.

Basically, there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to seltzer water and bladder irritation unless you're already experiencing symptoms of a sensitive or overactive bladder.

That being said, experts also note that seltzer can be slightly more irritating to your bladder than regular water due to the carbon dioxide that makes it bubbly, due to its slight acidity.

So if you do have a sensitive bladder, that acid can irritate the lining of your stomach and make you feel as if you need to pee more often. However, not to worry, because it won’t cause any damage to your bladder.

So there you have it, there is no real reason to limit your seltzer consumption unless you feel the urge to constantly go to the bathroom and it’s causing you discomfort, in which case you should see a medical professional.


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