Sparkling Water and Flavored Water: Two Ways to Make Staying Hydrated Easy

Pouring sparkling water into a glass with lemon

Do sparkling water and flavored water hydrate as well as regular water?

Am I drinking enough water? 

How much water should I drink to stay hydrated?

When it comes to hydration, it can feel like there are more questions than answers. But one answer has long remained the same: Nothing beats water.

Water is the gold standard for staying healthy and hydrated. 

Water is nature’s elixir. Water is free of calories and sugars. If it’s purely sourced Mountain Valley Spring Water, it’s also free of additives, preservatives and other such nonsense. Water is what we as humans are made of. It’s what our cells need, what our bodies crave. 

Man can live on water (and food) alone. But the funny thing about being human is that we get bored with things. Math homework. Emails. Uncle Tio’s stories. And, yes, water. 

Drinking the recommended 11.5 cups of water per day for women and 15.5 cups for men can become a chore. We always suggest starting with the most delicious and award-winning water you can find in the U.S.: Mountain Valley Spring Water. Sourced from our protected spring, which is surrounded by 2,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness deep in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains, Mountain Valley Spring Water comes by its lush and rounded flavor the old-fashioned way — Mother Nature. 

Our water fell to the earth as rain and snow more than 3,000 years ago. It filtered into granite aquifers, then pushed back to the surface and into this protected spring through layers of limestone, quartz and marble. That millennia-long journey imparts Mountain Valley Spring Water with trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. It also gives our water a naturally alkaline pH range of 7.3 to 7.7.  These all-natural characteristics make our water hugely refreshing and highly drinkable. 

If you want more healthful hydration options, a little sparkle and a dash of flavor won’t hurt.

Sparkling water in the kitchen

Sparkling water and hydration: A little fizz goes a long way

When you’ve had your fill of still water but still want to stay hydrated, a few million bubbles can help. Sparkling spring water from Mountain Valley is nothing more than our purely sourced spring water infused with carbonation. Those tingly bubbles reinvigorate the senses as they cascade across the palate. They can also reinvigorate your will to stay hydrated. 

The good news: Sparkling water is every bit as hydrating as water. 

Sparkling water is an especially healthful alternative to sodas, which can be packed with sugars, dyes and artificial sweeteners. Sparkling water offers all the bubbly effervescence of soda with none of the unhealthy additives. 

However, not all sparkling waters are created equal.

“Sparkling water” has become an umbrella term for most any fizzy water. Sparkling water could be carbonated tap water, carbonated well water or, if you’re drinking Mountain Valley Sparkling Water, carbonated spring water sourced directly from our protected, all-natural spring in the verdant heart of Arkansas’s Ouachita Mountains. 

Here’s a breakdown of the rest:

  • Club soda: Water that’s carbonated through the injection of carbon-dioxide gas and flavor-enhanced with added minerals such as sodium chloride, potassium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, and/or disodium phosphate.
  • Seltzer: Similar to club soda, seltzer is also injected with CO2 to make it bubbly. However, seltzer doesn’t have added minerals, meaning the natural flavor of the water is more likely to come through. 
  • Sparkling mineral water: Water that comes from a spring or well with natural carbonation and naturally occurring mineral content; some extra carbonation may be added.
  • Tonic water: Also artificially carbonated, tonic water’s added minerals include quinine, which gives tonic its signature bitterness. Tonic water also has added sugars or sweeteners to balance its bitter taste. 

While the first three can be consumed as much and as often as you like, nutrition experts advise treating tonic water like soda and to limit consumption due to its added sugars and calories. 

When it comes to health and hydration, sparkling water even has a few advantages over its non-gaseous counterpart. Those bursting bubbles can help you feel more full and help you feel fuller for longer. Sparkling water may also boost digestion and reduce constipation. 

If the sparkle of sparkling water isn’t enough to whet your thirst, don’t fret. There are yet more healthful options when it comes to staying hydrated. 

Flavored water and hydration: The essence of great taste

Sometimes our palates need a pop. Not the sugar-laden, calorie-dense kind of soda pop, but a pop of something fun, delicious and naturally free of sweeteners. 

That’s where Mountain Valley Sparkling Essence Spring Water comes in. 

Our Sparkling Essence lineup offers all the purely crisp hydration our fans have come to love about Mountain Valley, plus the fizzy, zero-calorie fun of our lively essences. Available in Key Lime Twist, White Peach and Blackberry Pomegranate, our Sparkling Essence bottles offer a hint of natural fruit flavor that enchants without overwhelming. 

Sparkling essence flavors

Here’s a closer look:

Key Lime Twist: The tang and zip of fresh Key lime is naturally infused for a sparkling water that tastes like sips of summertime. 

White Peach: Each bottle is blended with the delicately sweet flavor of white peaches for a taste that’s effervescent and award winning. 

Blackberry Pomegranate: The naturally ripe essences of blackberries and pomegranates come together for a lightly sweet, pleasantly tart combination that earned this sparkler a nod for best in the world at the prestigious Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. 

Packaged exclusively in 333 milliliter and 1 liter glass bottles, Mountain Valley’s flavored sparkling waters are mineral-rich thirst quenchers. They can be enjoyed cool and crisp straight from the bottle or over ice. They can also be made into lovely and hydrating mocktails with a simple squeeze of citrus or some muddled watermelon and mint. 

In fact, you can find recipes for some of our favorite infused-spring-water beverages right here. Want to turn your Mountain Valley Sparkling Essence Spring Water into an enticing and still-hydrating mocktail? We’ve got loads of gorgeous recipes to get you started.

Sparkling water home delivery boxes

Sparkling water and flavored water: Stay hydrated the easy way

Drinking enough water is essential to good health. Whether it’s still water, sparkling water or water infused with a squeeze of fresh fruit or sweetener-free flavorings, the key here is water. And water is what we at Mountain Valley Spring Water do best.

As the most award-winning bottled water brand in the country, and the first bottled water to be delivered coast to coast across the United States, Mountain Valley has more than 150 years of thoroughly hydrated history. Taste for yourself. Get started with home or office delivery today.

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