Easy access to a water carbonation machine, such as one in the home, is a healthy scenario as it spurs people to not only drink more water but reduce their intake of sugary drinks, according to a new study.

The research, conducted by celebrity fitness trainer Kathy Kaehler, who founded the Sunday Setup Diet, and SodaStream, a water carbonation vendor, focused on water consumption by consumers when they are given sparkling water makers for the home environment.

On average, the study's 16 participants increased water intake by approximately 46 percent. Women averaged an increase of water consumption by about 72 percent, while men cut their intake of sugary drinks by approximately 56 percent. 

The results, according to Scott Guthrie, general manager of Americas at SodaStream USA, supports a thesis SodaStream has long believed is valid.

"The recent study confirmed several facts that we had already identified -- SodaStream users consume less sugary beverages, and understand that having fresh sparkling water easily available at home helps them drink [more water than the average American]," Guthrie told Tech Times.

Kaehler says the study revealed that 78 percent of the participants were encouraged to drink more water in general, which she notes presents a much healthier lifestyle.

"When you drink more water, you will feel good and look good. Not to mention, reducing the consumption of sugary beverages significantly reduces the risk of diet-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and gout," she told Tech Times.

The health debate regarding soda and sugary drinks has gotten a bit louder in the past year with some studies noting sodas with sugar, and even some "diet" options, may present health concerns down the road.

The issue also recently prompted a unique challenge for a sixth grader in Livingston, Mont., who took on a bet to go cold turkey with soft drinks for a year. If he succeeded, his parents offered a $500 reward.

"This is a zero-tolerance agreement," stated the $500 contract agreement between the child and his parents. "Therefore, under no circumstances will Child receive a 'second chance.' Child takes full responsibility for honoring and upholding this contract."

A year after coating his taste buds with a final soft drink, the sixth grader hit the one-year anniversary on Jan. 3 and collected his $500. His older brother, however, when offered the same deal, opted out.

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