Carbonated water helps reduce the symptoms of indigestion

Carbonated water eases any discomforts of indigestion (dyspepsia) as well as constipation, based on a recent study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2002; 14: 9919).

Dyspepsia is characterized by a group of indications including pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, early on sense of fullness after eating, bloatedness, belching, nausea, and occasionally vomiting. Roughly 25% of individuals living in Western communities are afflicted by dyspepsia each year, and the condition is the reason for 2 to 5% of all visits to primary treatment providers. Inadequate motion in the digestive tract (peristalsis) is believed to be a significant reason for dyspepsia. Additional gastrointestinal issues, like irritable bowel syndrome as well as constipation, frequently come with dyspepsia.

Antacid medicationsover the counter acid neutralizers, doctor prescribed medications which obstruct stomach acid production, as well as medications that stimulate peristalsisare primary treatments for dyspepsia. However, antacids can easily interfere with the digestive function and also absorption of nutrients, as well as there exists a possible association between long-term usage of the acid-blocking medications and increased risk of stomach cancer. Other healthcare services recommend diet changes, such as eating small frequent meals, reducing fat consumption, and also identifying and avoiding specific aggravating foods. With regard to smokers having dyspepsia, giving up smoking is also advocated. Constipation is actually treated with an increase of water and fiber consumption. Laxative medicines may also be prescribed by some practitioners, while some may test with regard to food sensitivities and imbalances in the bacteria of the intestinal tract and deal with these to alleviate constipation.

In this research, carbonated water had been compared with plain tap water for its impact on dyspepsia, constipation, as well as general digestion of food. Twenty-one individuals with indigestion and constipation were randomly designated to drink a minimum of 1. 5 liters daily of either carbonated or plain tap water for at least 15 days or till the end of the 30-day test. At the start and also the end of the trial period all the participants received indigestion as well as constipation questionnaires and testing to gauge stomach fullness after eating, gastric emptying (movement associated with food out from the stomach), gallbladder emptying, as well as intestinal tract transit period (the time for ingested ingredients to travel from mouth area to anus).

Ratings about the dyspepsia as well as constipation questionnaires ended up significantly improved for all those treated with carbonated water than for those who drank tap water. Eight of the 10 people in the carbonated water group had noticeable improvement in dyspepsia ratings at the end of the trial, 2 had no change and one worsened. In contrast, seven of eleven people within the plain tap water group experienced deteriorating of dyspepsia ratings, and only 4 experienced betterment. Constipation ratings improved for eight individuals and worsened for two following carbonated water treatment, whilst ratings for five people improved and also six worsened in the tap water team. Further evaluation revealed that carbonated water particularly reduced early stomach fullness and increased gallbladder emptying, whilst tap water did not.

Carbonated water has been used for centuries to deal with digestive system issues, yet virtually no research exists to support its usefulness. The actual carbonated water used in this test not merely had much more carbon dioxide than actually tap water, but additionally had been found to have much higher levels of minerals such as sodium, potassium, sulfate, fluoride, chloride, magnesium, and calcium. Various other studies have established that both bubbles of carbon dioxide and also the presence of higher amounts of minerals can stimulate digestive function. Additional research is needed to determine whether this particular mineral-rich carbonated water would be more effective in reducing dyspepsia than would carbonated plain tap water.