Hydration Celebration with Water Sommelier Jessica Altieri
Hydration Tips with Water Sommelier Jessica Altieri
“You wouldn’t drink a bottle of Smartwater with a five course Michelin dinner, just as you wouldn’t drink a $100 bottle of Svalbardi after a cardio workout.” —Jess Altieri, water sommelier
Jessica creates and leads water workshops with different themes, often for major beverage companies who want tips on what makes a good-quality water, often to help inform major investments. “One of my most recent workshops was with one of the largest beverage companies in the world and it focused on hydration,” Altieri says. She taught the group that water high in minerals is best for hydration—key knowledge if you plan on marketing to athletes, for example. “Minerals help us replace nutrients we lose while exercising or working or drinking; nutrients like calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium help us recover faster,” she says. Then, she taught them how to pair water with food and wine and also how to taste which waters were the highest in minerals. “The tastings start with the most bold and high in minerals and then we work our way down to the cleanest, super low mineral waters,” she explains.
So, what has this water somm learned about hydration? Different types of waters can help with different issues. “For example, if you want a water that will help with digestion, high bicarbonate [like Gerolsteiner] is your best bet,” she says. Hydration expert and sports medicine professor Sandra Fowkes Godek backs this claim, saying “one study has shown that it increases gastric emptying and small-intestinal movement, and it can also be helpful to reduce bleeding ulcers in the stomach.” (The study, however, was on rats.)
For a beauty boost, Altieri recommends reaching for a high silica water like Fiji because the mineral has been linked to helping with skin elasticity, by helping boost collagen production. According to Rachel Nazarian, MD, dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, “Silica is a vital element needed for the development of collagen, and helps improve strength and elasticity, which leads to youthful looking skin.” Still, she says the science is unclear about reaping the benefits of it through your water bottle. “Ultimately, the jury’s still out,” she says. “There is some evidence to suggest that silica from water may be a better source than that from diet—mostly cereal and veggies—but hopefully we will have more information about that in the next few years as this trend gains popularity.”
For more great water and wine pairings, stay in touch with your water sommelier and wine sommelier, Jessica Altieri on Instagram @winechanneltv
(From Well+Go0d Interview)