Grocery shelves are waterlogged—with functional or enhanced waters, that is. If you believe the hype about these beverages, plain old H20 might seem lacking. Now, instead of trying merely to reach the old goal of eight glasses per day, many feel the need to choose waters with added protein, probiotics, activated charcoal, electrolytes, hydrogen, vitamins, minerals and botanicals (such as cactus and aloe vera). The market for these beverages might be ballooning. Yet the question is: Do you really need to up your water game?
According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, author of “Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease”(Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2018); Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, author of “The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook” (Rockridge Press, 2018); and Lindsay Moyer, senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the answer is generally no because of insufficient evidence proving health benefits. “Most so-called functional waters are marketing ploys to sell water for a higher price,” Moyer says. “They’re not about health.”