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Smart Water Review - Does This Enhanced Water Work? Are taste and lack of electrolytes deal breakers?

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By Summer Banks Dec 25, 2016
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You’re about to learn everything you need to know about Smart Water. We’ve been curious about the buzz, so we decided to do a review of the ingredients, side effects, clinical research and customer service. We scoured hundreds of user comments. Then, we condensed and refined to give you the info you need.

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What is Smart Water?

To start off, Smart Water is a vapor-distilled beverage. Minerals are removed after purification, so the company adds potassium, magnesium chloride and electrolytes. [1] The product is intended to be consumed throughout the day. The slim bottle is easy to take anywhere. [2]

Smart Water was introduced in 1996 by current CEO J. Darius Bikoff. You can buy it online and at grocery stores. We like that it doesn’t include additives and that we found some positive comments, but read on…

Taste – “A Problem?”

The first issue was with the taste of Smart Water. “Staying hydrated is an important part of overall health and wellness,” says our Research Editor. “It serves no purpose if dieters can’t get past the flavor.”

“I was not happy with the quality of the product. It tasted as though it was sitting for a very long time,” said one user.

“Seriously tastes like tap water. Highly overpriced,” explained another.

We can’t help but give you a look at the other side of things. According to one buyer, “It is the very best distilled water I have ever tasted.”

Another agreed, “It tastes how water should taste.”

Lack of Electrolytes in Smart Water – “Another Concern?”

Based on reviews, Smart Water ingredients not containing an adequate amount of electrolytes was concerning. [3][4] “If you want cheap electrolyte water, take a look at Nestle Bottled Water 16.9oz Bottle which has essentially the same things added,” said one customer.

“I am going to buy a water filter for my sink and just use that. You can also buy packets of electrolytes from companies like Emergen-C and add them to your water,” said another.

Despite the company telling consumers the electrolytes are only used for taste, some drinkers swear they feel positive effects.

One user said, “I did run consecutive days at this stretch without cramping, so the electrolytes might have helped.”

We also found one who claimed, “This water works great for me, as I am always in need or replenishing my electrolytes.”

Based on research we have completed, if there’s an issue with a product, like unsavory taste, that could be enough to derail chances of long-term success. If Smart Water is no different from what comes from the tap, that’s enough to turn dieters away. [5]

The Science – “Clinical Backing?”

Glaceau tries to tout Smart Water as a new scientific breakthrough in bottled water, but they are just imitating the oldest water purification system in the world. While electrolytes are proven to help your body recover, this one simply doesn’t have enough to give you the benefits. [6] It’s critical to us at DietSpotlight that the research backs up the product. In this case, there isn’t anything “smart” to go on. [7]

The Bottom Line – Does Smart Water Work?

Alrighty, we’ve come to a conclusion that we bet you’ll be interested in. While we were pretty interested in Smart Water to start off, it quickly became apparent that this one doesn’t live up to the hype. We like that it hydrates, but we are hesitant to suggest something that isn’t any different from similar product. If consumer reviews are to be trusted, the taste isn’t worth the price tag, which is also a problem. [8]

If weight-loss is the end goal, we suggest drinking plenty of water and maybe trying out a supplement formulated with clinically proven ingredients that’s offered at a price that’s not over the top.

Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Leptigen. It blends four ingredients that have been shown in published clinical studies to help accelerate fat loss and boost metabolism. We haven’t been able to find any bad reviews, side effects, or negative research while looking at it either. Dieters are reporting seeing amazing results.

The makers of Leptigen are offering a Special Trial Offer to show just how confident they are in the formula.

Previous Smart Water Review (Updated November 6, 2014):

What You Should Know about Smart Water

Smart Water is a bottle water brand that adds electrolytes to the water to replenish the body after athletic competition or training. The water quickly became a hit and everyone was picking up a bottle of Smart Water, even if they didn't need electrolyte replacement. Today, Smart Water is a choice for anyone and everyone who wants to drink healthier bottle water, but it is not the athletic hit the Glaceau, the company behind the water, wanted it to be. Somehow along the way the average Joe adopted Smart Water as a cult favorite and the athletic community never got the memo.

List of Smart Water Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Water with electrolytes.

Product Features

Smart Water, like other water companies, explains the water source and the filtration process. Smart Water is sourced from tap water - like the kind you run in your kitchen. They run the water through charcoal, disinfect the water and then add electrolytes back into the water. There are other processes that take place to help the water taste better. These processes are the same across the board with most water companies. At the end of the process, Glaceau has Smart Water, electrolyte-fortified water.

Smart Water is not the same as common bottled water. This water contains electrolytes, so it is an unflavored sports drink in a water bottle. This fact is lost on most consumers who simply think Smart Water is just cool water in a cool bottle. Consuming electrolytes from Smart Water without exercising is not going to cause a problem for most drinkers. If you consumed lots of Smart Water you could cause an imbalance in electrolytes, theoretically, but we did not find any information that lead us to believe this was a problem.

Advantages of Smart Water

  • Smart Water is vapor distilled and disinfected.
  • The water is ideal for electrolyte replenishment after exercise.
  • The bottle is one of the most popular in the bottle water industry.
  • Glaceau does not hide any part of the production process.

Disadvantages of Smart Water

  • Smart Water is bottled water with electrolytes.
  • The product was designed for athletes and people who need to replenish electrolytes after exercise.
  • Theoretically, the water could cause a problem with electrolyte balance.
  • Smart Water is sourced from tap water.

Conclusion

Smart Water is nothing more than tasty tap water with potassium, calcium and magnesium. There is a huge conspiracy theory that the world is being taken for millions of dollars by the bottled water industry because of the tap water source. Smart Water is healthier than some tap water, hands down, but it is not going to help you lose weight or get healthier.

Smart Water Questions & Answers:

We summarized hundreds of user comments about Smart Water into this helpful FAQ.

What are the side effects of Smart Water?

We found some dieters that reported Smart Water side effects that include increased urination, low blood pressure, diarrhea, rash, upset stomach, gas and nausea

What is in Smart Water?

Smart Water ingredients are vapor distilled water, calcium chloride [1], magnesium chloride and potassium carbonate.

What is the active ingredient in Smart Water?

The active ingredient in Smart Water is vapor distilled water [2].

Does Smart Water work?

There’s no scientific research proving the effectiveness of Smart Water. There is research proving electrolytes help the recovery process, but nothing specific to this formulation. It’s also known that hydration is essential to weight-loss.

How much does a bottle of Smart Water cost?

A bottle of Smart Water costs about $1. Retailers sell cases at local stores.

How do you take Smart Water?

You should take Smart Water multiple times per day. The recommended serving of water per day is about eight, eight ounce glasses or approximately five bottles.

Can I take Smart Water if I have a health condition?

Women who are pregnant or nursing, anyone taking prescription medication, those with health conditions or under 18 years of age should contact a healthcare provider prior to using enhanced-water products, including Smart Water.

What do users like about Smart Water?

Some users liked that you can consume Smart Water anywhere and that the customer service department was easy to reach.

What do users NOT like about Smart Water?

We found that some users didn’t like the taste of Smart Water and that there weren’t an adequate amount of electrolytes in the product.

Who makes Smart Water?

Glaceau makes Smart Water. The brand is a division of Coca-Cola.

How do I contact the Smart Water customer service department?

You can contact the Smart Water customer service department by mailing correspondence to The Coca-Cola Company P.O. Box 1734 Atlanta, GA 30301, using the customer feedback form on the official website or by calling 1-877-452-2328.

Can I contact Smart Water through social media?

Yes, you can contact Smart Water through Facebook and Twitter.

Does Smart Water contain calories?

No, Smart Water doesn’t contain calories.

What type of electrolytes are found in Smart Water?

The type of electrolytes found in Smart Water include ionized minerals, including calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Does Smart Water contain sodium?

No, Smart Water doesn’t contain sodium.

Does Smart Water contain sugar?

No, Smart Water doesn’t contain sugar.

What is Smart Water vapor distillation?

Smart Water vapor distillation is the process of removing impurities from the product.

Does Smart Water come with a guarantee?

Smart Water doesn’t come with a guarantee, considering the product isn’t available to purchase on the official website. You will need to contact the retailer selling the product for details on the return policy.

Do you know of any special deals or discounts on Smart Water?

There’s no mention of special deals or discounts on Smart Water. However, our readers have been going crazy over the last few months taking advantage of Leptigen’s Special Trial Offer. Click above to learn more.

Smart Water User Tips:

7 Top User Tips

Throughout our research it became clear that Smart Water drinkers have some insights they want to share. After examining thousands of comments and reviews, these are the some of the best tips to help you learn more about this water.

 

“No matter how carefully or slowly you open these bottles, they spill all over. Open it over the sink or away from you.” Marla

 

“The bottles were not flat on the bottom and would not stand up. Not really ideal. It didn’t stop me from drinking the water, but it was not convenient.” Melissa

 

“The price fluctuates a lot on these so it pays to shop around.” Virginia

 

“If you order online pay really close attention to what size you are getting. The prices and pictures sometimes make it seem like you’re getting the big bottles and then you get the smaller ones.” Allen

 

“If you order online and live somewhere it freezes it can be a problem. The water must have frozen during shipment as the bottles are expanded. They do not stand up due to uneven bottoms causing problems to store and to open. Do not order online in winter.” Joseph

 

“I order these online when I find a good deal and have the box shipped to a hotel if I am traveling domestically. It saves money, time, and energy and I get the water I like.” Lexy

 

“I buy the largest bottles so I know I’m getting all the water I need every day.” Tina

Smart Water Scientific Abstracts:

Water

Weight-loss was 2kg more within the participants in the water group in comparison to the participants in the non-water group. The subjects who ingested water (β = −0.87, P < 0.001) displayed a 44% greater reduction in weight throughout the 12 week study than in the non-water group (β = −0.60, P < 0.001). Test meal energy intake was lower in the 500 ml water preload group than in the non-preload group at baseline, but not at the 12th week (baseline: water preload 498 ± 25 kcal, non-preload 541 ± 27 kcal, P = 0.009; 12-week: water preload 480 ± 25 kcal, non-preload 506 ± 25 kcal, P = 0.069). In middle aged and older men, intake of 500ml of water in combination with a hypocaloric diet with each meal resulted in great weight-loss than a hypocaloric diet by itself. This could be the result of an acute decrease in meal energy intake post water ingestion. [1]

Calcium Chloride

Mesenteric arteries from obesity prone rats showed a more significant contractile response to  phenylephrine, calcium chloride and serotonin (5-HT). Elevated responses to phenylephrine continued in arteries from obesity prone rats even following a normalization of response to calcium chloride. The response of permeabilized mesenteric arteries to the largest amount of calcium concentration was mirrored in rats from each of the test groups. Improved vascular reactivity could play a part in obesity-induced hypertension, while decreases in the relaxation of the coronary artery would hinder the heart’s ability to react to elevated myocardial demand. [2]

Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium as a role in assisting cardiovascular diseases has been examined and indicates that an elevation in magnesium intake could improve serum lipid profiles. Magnesium used for dietary purposes has been known to help in preventing stokes as well as being a crucial part of skeletal growth and development. Magnesium could also aid in the development of diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome and obesity. Some studies from reputable sources such as PREMIER and DASH also indicate a change in lifestyle (which includes ample magnesium consumption) could be a benefit to blood pressure control, improve chronic disease risk and trigger weight-loss. [3]

Potassium Sorbate

Sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate blocked growth at concentrations which began as low as 30 to concentrations at 300 microgram/ml. They enhanced thermal inactivation rates of V. parahaemolyticus at a slight increase of concentrations. The fatty acid esters of glycerol and sucrose contain the ability to act as preservatives for a small amount of acid or low fat alkaline foods that do assist in the full antimicrobial traits of traditional food preservatives like sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. [4]

Smart Water Side Effects:

Side effect in those who drink Smart Water are rare, however some have been reported by customers. These do not represent the majority, but there is always risk when supplementing.

 

“I had a few drinks of this before bed one day, then I finished it off the next morning with breakfast. No other changes in my diet and I had diarrhea all day.”    Brian

 

“Drank Smart Water for a few days but developed leg cramp pains.”    AJ

 

“I’ve tried it twice now and both times I’ve ended up with terrible abdominal pain.”    Sam

 

“I also have had terrible headaches and terrible lower abdominal cramping since drinking smart water.”    Michele

 

“Yes I got a very bad headache after drinking smart water.”    Emma

 

We are all for reducing the risk of side effects with any supplement. We have noticed that Smart Water reviews are wonderful with very little complaint.

 

One product that people often consume in their efforts to lose weight is Smart Water. People take Smart Water for different reasons, including the avoidance of other less-healthy drinks, such as soft drinks. Others have increased their exercise regimen and are looking to use Smart Water to keep themselves hydrated. Unfortunately, there are some potential side-effects that need to be addressed.

Abdominal Pain

Pain that occurs between the chest and pelvic regions is known as abdominal pain. Pain can be described as sharp, dull, steady or intermittent. Abdominal pain can occur on either or both sides of the abdomen. All people experience abdominal pain at various times in varying degrees. Some abdominal pain may be associated with life-threatening scenarios and should be examined.

What causes abdominal pain?

There are many causes for abdominal pain including serious issues such as obstructed bowel, ulcers and cancer. But, most abdominal pain comes from less severe sources, including stress, anxiety, constipation, and issues that derive from the consumption of food or drink. Food that is unclean or past its due date can be very dangerous. Sometimes abdominal pain is also caused by medicines or nutritional supplements of different kinds.[1]

Headaches

Headaches can occur any place in the head – on either side, in the front, back, or down the middle. Some are described as throbbing, splitting, or crushing. Headaches are not actually occurring in or stemming from the brain itself, but are actually coming from signals from the nerves or blood vessels Headaches can be a slight or severe.

What causes headaches?

There are numerous causes of headaches, some more serious than others. Some more severe causes include impending stroke or heart attack, blood clots, or a brain tumor. Other headaches can be brought on by sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. Many people suffer from head pain caused by allergies or sinus conditions. Still others are the result of medications or nutritional supplements.

Nausea

Nausea is the sensation that your stomach is unsettled and is likely preparing to vomit (throw up) its contents. The timing of nausea is often a great indicator of what is going on with the stomach, as most nausea is related to stomach contents. Nausea is not a disease but is rather a condition of something else going on within the body.

What are the causes of nausea?

Nausea can be brought on by a myriad of factors ranging from incidental to life-threatening. Most of the time, nausea occurs because of something someone ate (spoiled, spicy or contaminated food, alcohol, medications, nutritional supplements) or because of motion sickness. [2] Other sources can be a head injury, ulcer or cancers of differing kinds.

When pursuing weightloss through the usage of any product, side-effects are likely to felt. Users of Smart Water have reported some that should be considered prior to using.

Smart Water is a vapor-distilled water that's enriched with minerals (electrolytes) to improve taste. There's nothing particularly unique about the water, other than the addition of calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Smart Water Ingredients and Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 12 oz
Serving Per Container: Varies
Amount per Serving % DV
Vapor Distilled Water * *
Calcium Chloride * *
Magnesium Chloride * *
Potassium Sorbate * *

Other Ingredients: None

We dug deep into the Smart Water ingredients in order to give you the facts you really want.

Vapor Distilled Water

Vapor distilled water is derived from condensed vapors that are let off after you boil water. It contains no dissolved minerals, which can prove to be beneficial for detoxing the body.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Drinking distilled water is thought to increase energy, improve mental performance, reduce stress, promote weight-loss, aid in digestion, and lubricate joints.

Clinical Research

In a study published in The Americal Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers concluded, “Replacement of caloric beverages with noncaloric beverages as a weight-loss strategy resulted in average weight losses of 2% to 2.5%.” However, this study did not specify which kind of water was consumed. Additionally, nothing was mentioned about the effects water has on weight-loss in a singular manner.

Calcium Chloride

Calcium chloride [1] is a salt that is usually cultivated from limestone. However, sometimes, it is purified from brine.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

When not found in foods and supplements, calcium chloride is used to prevent ice formation, improve road quality, and increase water hardness. In terms of health, it is used as an ingredient to help prevent heart attacks. It can also prove to be useful in cheese production, canning vegetables, and brewing beer.

Clinical Research

In a study published in Obesity: A Research Journal, researchers tested the effects of calcium on weight-loss and and body fat percentage. In their conclusion, they stated, “Data from this study demonstrated that increasing dietary calcium accelerated weight and fat loss secondary to energy restriction, with a substantially greater effect exerted by dietary (dairy) sources of calcium when compared with a supplemental (calcium carbonate) source.” However, it does not seem calcium chloride was tested in this study, which raises some questions about its potential to really decrease body weight.

Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium chloride [2] is a mineral can be found either in supplement form or as an ingredient in other products.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Consuming a magnesium chloride supplement can improve digestive issues, wound recovery, migraines, mental illnesses, memory, sleeping problems, and pain.

Clinical Research

In the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, scientists wrote, “According to the findings of this study, Mg supplement does not affect liver enzymes but weight loss may have an important role in improving fatty liver disease.” This study did not specifically point out magnesium as a tool for weight-loss.

Potassium Bicarbonate

Potassium bicarbonate is a salty substance found as either white powder or small crystals. When it is in its natural form, it is called kalicinite, though it is rarely ever found.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Potassium bicarbonate is primarily used as a chemical in fire extinguishers. However, it can also be found in fungicide, club soda, water, and wine.

Clinical Research

When researching any potential benefits of potassium, we found that a lot of studies focused on using the mineral as a way to inquire on a patient’s body composition. For example, in a study published in European PubMed Central, potassium was used as a way to measure weight-loss. It seems very little studies exist on its possible effects on fat.

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I just tried my first bottle of Smart Water. I too found that it gives me a dry mouth. No more Smart Water for me.

NEVER buy water in plastic bottles. They irrational purchase of water in plastic bottles is wasting your money. Just drink tap water which is just as good. The nonsensical myths perpetuated about this bottled water being good for you is just snake oil talk . Walk for twenty minutes and drink tap water and you will be fine and not be destroying our planet with plastics.

I am just LOL at the discussion tree here. Folks, you are comparing apples and oranges. Water is not electrolyte. Electrolytes are substances in the body dissolved in water. Water is the solvent (the liquid electrolytes are dissolved in) where chemical reactions in the body happen (electrolytes form parts of the reaction). You cannot just drink electrolyte filled drink. You need water to help in your metabolic processes. If you drink too much electrolyte filled drinks, you will destroy your kidneys and may develop other complications You need to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily on top of the extra water you need when you exercise or when the weather is warm. If you gain 5 lbs by just drink a couple of ounces of water as several comments indicated, you need to see your doctor as you may have kidney problems. Water should not be different and very minute amounts of salt is added just for taste. The cleanest water is distilled water but some people do not want drinking it due to its very bland taste. Just be careful with tap water as most tap water are not devoid of toxic substances since your municipal water plant do not treat it the way distillation and multi-stage filtration that some water companies do to remove pharmaceuticals, heavy metal such as lead, chrome and mercury, or even pesticides and iron. Water should be consumed separate from electrolyte drinks!

Its cool…..its clean….. now thats what I call high quality H2O!!!!

I had a few drinks of this before bed one day, then I finished it off the next morning with breakfast. No other changes in my diet and I had diarrhea all day. Not buying this ever again.

I don’t think the water has done that to you mate.

P.S did you check it was sealed? You might have Cholera…or aids.

I hope it will help me. I have Aneroxia although not bad and I stay dehydrated and constipated. I Love the taste. Hope it helps me get hydrated and have no constipation. Love the taste. But it is pricey.

I have been drinking Smart Water (3L’s a day) for about one year… I quit three days ago and NOW – I am in so much pain… my legs hurt real bad; to walk, bend, etc… Is this a side effect of withdraws??????? (I am 69 years old female…)

Hi. Please make sure to consult with your physician before continuing to take this product and let them know about the side effects you were experiencing.

Beautiful,looking out for clean crisp water for years , tried every brand ,I think I have found it ….. Thank You.

No thank you. Not interested in glorified tap water. Tried many companies. Just found Tourmaline Spring (from Maine). I live in New England and was thrilled to find this at my health food store. This company is family owned and they show the spring online- fascinating. Tastes great and smaller carbon footprint. Plan on buying it by the case at the store or online if I cant!

I do like the Smart Water, though. I find the taste refreshing and I therefore drink more – which is the added benefit.

Does smart water works for pets?

Hi Max. Smart water is intended to be consumed only by humans at this time.

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Max, it’s water. Lol

I have read all the reviews and it looks like no one has had the experience I had. I bought the water at a Costco in Fort Collins Co. and as I preceded to unpack my eight pack I observe a brown substance in the bottom of one of the bottles. Kind of looks like a mushroom or creature you would find in the ocean. Obviously it grossed me out. Can’t wait to take it back and complain about this product! I will never drink Smart Water.

up until today i have drinking smart water for at least 10 yrs and i always buy it at costco’s. the stuff at the bottom of the bottle is sediment from being distilled…it happens once in awhile so not to worry…however in costco’s today and the 15 33.3 oz bottle is now 15.00 for that pak. it use to be 20 bottles for 11.50 and on sale 8.99 the water may not smell but the pricing smells to high heaven

Is Smart Water safe to drink while pregnant? Do the added electrolytes make a pregnant woman’s body out of wack? Are the added minerals ok? There are several sites online that say it is not safe when pregnant, but I can’t understand why.

Hi Laura! Please make sure to consult with your physician before starting a new weight-loss program or product if you are pregnant.

The water is good. I can definitely taste the Chlorides added. Specifically in the aftertaste. Bites my tounge.

I buy it because it’s fluoride free .

I find that I drink more water with this product. Wish I could buy it be the gallon…

Distillation is nature’s way of purifying water if impurities. When water is distilled it reacts with the CO2 in the air which makes it highly acidic however in smart water’s cause the electrolites push the water’s pH towards neutral- balance water is intended have. But if taste is more important to you than pharma drugs, chlorine, flouride and other impurities, by all means drink from the tap. To each his own.

I drink smart water all the time a case a week..i dont think it has flouride because i have an allergy to it and have to use flouride free toothpaste

Drank Smart Water for a few days but developed leg cramp pains. Since not drinking it no further pains. Also sudden weight gain due to water retention, now gone thank goodness. Gave me a dry mouth half an hour after drinking, I guess my system doesn’t like whatever they put in it.

I actually stumbled across this website bc I was searching to see why Smart Water tastes so much better than regular water. I buy Smart Water to drink at home and my office supplies distilled water at work. It takes forever for me to choke down a 16 oz. bottle of water from the office yet I have no problem chugging down a large bottle of Smart Water at home. I suppose it’s simply a matter of preference. I have never understood why people pay $3 for a cup of coffee but many swear it’s better than making your own. I love the taste of Smart Water and the large convenient bottle. I am definitely consuming more water each day by drinking it and that is exactly my goal. On a side note, water retention is caused by not drinking enough water which in turns causes your body to start retaining water in survival mode NOT Smart Water.

I have been drinking this for the past couple of days and have had dry mouth .. im glad to know its the water and not something else going on

Smart Water is great tasting stuff. I buy it buy the case.

Is it better than Evian water or other water products?

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