Non-carbonated mineral water
Non-carbonated mineral water for health-conscious, active people
Estonia’s first natural, non-carbonated mineral water, Värska Originaal, is now in stores! That’s great news for everyone who likes non-carbonated water, it makes a great drink for athletes and can even ward off a number of health problems.
Värska Originaal natural mineral water comes from 470 metres deep in the earth, and contains over two grams of minerals per litre, including sodium, potassium, calcium and chlorides. No carbon dioxide is added to the mineral water so it is appropriate for many who don’t like carbonated water or can’t drink it for health reasons. Non-carbonated mineral water is great for serious and amateur athletes.
Even moderate exercise, physical labour or just passively being in a hot environment causes the body to lose water and minerals through perspiration. Drinking distilled water will not always help the body stay hydrated: the fluids are absorbed quickly but excreted just as fast through the kidneys. Mineral water helps restore the body’s mineral balance.
Non-carbonated mineral water is a great base for mixing sports drinks. The body’s fluids, minerals and carbohydrates all need to be replenished after extended exertion. Mixing a part Värska Originaal natural mineral water with one part fruit juice ensures that the body gets the minerals and carbohydrates it needs, and it is a suitable choice before, during and after physical exertion.
Mineral water consumption can also be recommended for those looking to reduce their weight. Sports drinks are not a good idea for those looking to lose weight, as they often contain sugars. People who sweat a lot tend to lose more water and minerals than the norm, as a result of which water with a high mineral content should be preferred to pure water.
Värska sports drink
1 part orange juice
1 part non-carbonated mineral water (Värska Originaal)
Mix equal parts orange juice and Värska Originaal. Drink before, during and after physical exertion. Try it with other juices!
* The recommendations regarding consumption of non-carbonated mineral water come from a 2011 report by Tallinn University on “Microbiological studies of Värska mineral water, analysis of the chemical makeup of mineral water from the healthfulness aspect and developing recommendations on this basis”. Prepared by: Associate professor Kai Künnis-Beres and associate professor Kristjan Port.