The Battle of the Break Room: Still vs. Sparkling Water

Two boxing gloves going head-to-head

Water is the essential to a break room – it can be used to hydrate, regulate body temperature, and prevent kidney damage. How about the new trend in water, sparkling water? When matched up with the benefits of soda, it is no surprise that sparkling water would win every time. But what will happen when sparkling water goes head to head with still water – which one wins the break room battle for the best water?

The Benefits of Still Water

1. Hydration

Drinking still water is the most beneficial fluid for staying hydrated. After exercising, sitting out on a hot day, or eating that last slice of pizza in the break room, our bodies crave rehydration. Drinking water is crucial to maintaining several functions of our bodies. Water helps carry nutrients to every cell in our body, from our toes all the way up to our brains. Other fluids, such as soft drinks and sports drinks, contain sugar and sodium that can cause a reverse effect and actually dehydrate our cells! Still water is the safest and easiest way to hydrate our bodies.

2. Health

Aside from keeping our bodies hydrated, still water can be very beneficial to our health and well-being. Here are just some of the other ways drinking still water can be beneficial to your health:

  • Carry oxygen to all parts of the body
  • Protect the brain, the spinal cord, and other extremely sensitive tissues
  • Boost skin and health beauty
  • Regulate our internal body temperature
  • Flush body waste
  • Help maintain blood pressure
  • Help the airways function
  • Prevent kidney damage

The Benefits of Sparkling Water

1. Hydration

Some employees may find drinking still water to be boring, especially when they aim to reach the daily recommended intake. Sparkling water is perfect to help spice up your drinking water as you work to fulfill your daily intake goals. Just like still water, sparkling water contains zero calories, zero sugars, and zero added ingredients. The only difference between still water and sparkling water is that sparkling water contains dissolved carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide, either naturally or artificially added, provides the carbonation in the sparkling water. Because sparkling water is truly just bubbly still water, it shares the same benefits as hydrating with still water.

2. Health

At this point, we all know that sparkling water is a lot like still water…but does the difference in carbonation have a negative effect on your health? Luckily, the answer is no. Research shows that sparkling water is just as hydrating as still water and has no negative effect on your bone density – a myth that was once believed to be true. On the flip side, it does have a positive impact on your health. The carbonation in the water will make you feel fuller, which can help curb those 3 o’clock cravings!

And the Winner Is…

Both still water and sparkling water deserve this win. While there is clear evidence supporting the benefits of both types of water, the bottom line is that the only thing that differentiates the two is carbonation. So, it truly comes down to which one you will drink more of. (We like to be able to mix it up and have both!)

At Quench, we have water coolers that offer both still and sparkling water from one machine—the best of both worlds. Our filtered water coolers and sparkling water dispensers have hot, cold, and room temperature still water, and sparkling water.  Check out our Product Finder to view our products and pick the winner for your workplace!