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New Bottled Waters Tap Into Fitness Craze

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Contrary to popular belief, drinking water is not as simple as turning on the tap. These days there are many different "fitness" or "enhanced" waters on the market designed to quench your thirst.

Fitness waters are usually lightly flavored alternatives to plain water. They may come packed with vitamins, minerals and herbals. Some contain soluble fiber, caffeine and even an extra dose of oxygen.

Do you drink flavored fitness water? Yes, all the time. Yes, now and then. I tried it, but didn't like it. No, I haven't tried it. Some flavored fitness waters can also be high in calories, at 125 calories per bottle.

Are the specialty waters necessary to keep bodies hydrated? According to nutritionists, there is no research to show that fitness waters are better for you than regular water.

However, some in the fitness industry suggest that the value of flavored fitness waters is that they encourage people to drink more water while staying active.

The water does not come cheap. A 16-ounce bottle of fitness water can range from $1.25 to $3.00 per bottle.

For a homemade fitness drink that is high in vitamin C and potassium and is a fraction of the cost, combine 1/2 cup of orange juice with 2 1/2 to 3 cups of regular water. Add Splenda, if necessary, to sweeten.