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I am sitting here drinking my sparkling water and it just occured to me - is the carbonation bad to have before my run (in 1.5 hours)? Should I be sticking to plain water in the later afternoon or does it make no difference?

Wed. Apr 30, 6:49pm

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Well, sparkly water makes you gassy. So that may not feel the greatest

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 12:57 PM

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Maybe this helps

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 1:25 PM

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interesting - I was having really bad stomach pains while running and I figured it was from dairy (had cottage cheese and yogurt earlier). Maybe it was sparkling water!
So funny how now that I am recording what I eat I am noticing how it reacts w/ my body.

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 1:41 PM

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Carbonation is usually created by adding CO (Carbon Monoxide) to a liquid. This makes the bubbles. The thing that makes CO dangerous is that your blood would rather bond to CO than O2 (oxygen). This is why Carbon Monoxide poisoning can happen so quickly.

In small amounts this effect is fairly negligible, but if you drink it frequently it can impact athletic performance. Your muscles need to be supplied with oxygen and even more so when you're running - if your blood is bonded to CO, its capacity to deliver O2 to your body is diminished. The more athletic you become the more you'll notice its effect. So plain is best but some carbonation is probably not going to have too much impact.

Thursday, May 01, 2008, 1:45 PM

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Carbonated water, also known as sparkling water, is plain water into which ***carbon dioxide***, not carbon monoxide, gas has been dissolved...


Friday, May 02, 2008, 10:17 AM

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i live on sparkling water, and i never had a problem, but before going into public i usually refrain because it makes me burp. i have noticed if you run after drinking sparkling water, you can hear the water sloshing around which is really weird. it is because gas is still being released inside your stomach, but 1.5 hours is plenty of time, you should be fine

Friday, May 02, 2008, 10:17 PM

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