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What's Up with Crystal-Infused Water?

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Since the era of folk medicine, crystals and gemstones have been used to protect against illness and facilitate healing in the body. The thought is that these crystals possess various properties that allow positive energy to flow into the body while warding off negative energy. Now, these 'high-vibrational crystals' are part of the latest water fad.

High-vibration water infused with crystals has recently made its way onto healthy menus and store shelves, according to Well + Good, and is being pushed by holistic nutritionists and yogis as "the best possible way to replenish nutrients after meditation and yoga." (Up next: The Benefits of Alkaline Water, Unfiltered

While these waters come in various forms, and you can even make your own using the crystal of your choosing—the basic idea is that the water becomes infused with the unique vibrations of the crystal, which are then transferred over to the drinker. While some of the supposed benefits mentioned in the article are mental—it can apparently 'amplify consciousness', 'promote self-awareness and the acceptance of knowledge', and facilitate 'harmony, joy, peace, prosperity, and power', other promises are physical. For example, certain waters claim to have 'a positive influence over the organs in the body', or that they can help 'ease in digestion', Well + Good reports. One holistic nutritionist quoted in the article recommends one brand to her clients, Divine H2O, that claims to hydrate faster, offer super detoxifying benefits, boost your immune system, enhance circulation and metabolism, and give you increased energy.

This all sounds fantastic, but begs the question: Is it really possible, scientifically speaking?

"I can't find any evidence to support the claims that this kind of water promotes. It supposedly has these spiritual, mystical, healing powers, but as an R.D. who uses science as my guide for recommendations to my patients, I could not claim that water with crystals has any special benefits. The science simply doesn't support it," says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet.

Sure, some might claim to feel better drinking this water post-yoga, but it's likely the yoga and hydration doing the trick—not the crystals, she says. "Perhaps there's a mental effect; but there's nothing physical going on here," she says. "I'm a huge yogi, but if they were promoting this in my yoga studio I would laugh." (Psst: Here are 5 signs you're dehydrated.)

"On the flip side, I can't find any harm associated with crystal-infused water," she says. "And anything that gets a person to drink more water I'm a fan of!" (She's also a fan of adding fresh fruit to your water if you're looking to add some flavor. These 8 infused water recipes are a good place to start!) 

So if this trendy new water helps you to get in your recommended two liters per day, then go for it!  Just know that you'd likely experience those same benefits from drinking regular ol' (not to mention, totally free) H2O.

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