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How Sparkling Water Impacts Your Bladder
Sparkling water is mostly inoffensive, but it might not be the best thing for those with bladder issues. Urologist and urologic oncologist Dr. Austin DeRosa says that sparkling water won't damage the bladder, but the carbon dioxide can irritate the bladder lining, exacerbating any underlying bladder issues.
Overactive bladder (OAB) is marked by a set of symptoms including the urgent need to urinate, frequent urination throughout the night and day, and, in some cases, minor bouts of incontinence. The Johns Hopkins Women's Center for Pelvic Health lists carbonated beverages as one of the most notable bladder irritants and suggests restricting them (among other things) to help significantly reduce symptoms.
For the most part though, sparkling water is a good option, as it counts towards your daily water intake and has even been credited for improving swallowing ability and relieving constipation. If you are having bladder issues but can’t cut sparkling water out entirely, pelvic floor physical therapist Alicia Jeffery Thomas recommends a 75% water/25% sparkling water balance.