Carbonated water eases the symptoms of indigestion

Carbonated water helps reduce the symptoms of indigestion (dyspepsia) as well as constipation, based on a recently available study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2002; 14: 9919).

Dyspepsia is characterized by a group of symptoms such as pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, early on feeling associated with fullness right after eating, bloating, belching, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. Approximately 25% of people living in Western societies are afflicted by dyspepsia each year, and the condition accounts for 2 to 5% of all visits to primary treatment providers. Insufficient movement within the digestive tract (peristalsis) is actually thought to be a significant reason for dyspepsia. Additional gastrointestinal issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome and constipation, frequently accompany dyspepsia.

Antacid medicationsover the counter acid neutralizers, doctor prescribed medicines that obstruct stomach acid production, as well as medications that stimulate peristalsisare primary therapies for dyspepsia. Nevertheless, antacids can interfere with the actual digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as there exists a possible relationship involving long-term use of the acid-blocking drugs and increased probability of stomach cancer. Other healthcare services advise diet changes, including consuming smaller recurrent meals, reducing excess fat intake, and also figuring out and staying away from specific aggravating food items. With regard to smokers having dyspepsia, giving up smoking is also recommended. Constipation is treated with increased drinking water as well as fiber intake. Laxative medications are also prescribed by some doctors, while others might test for food sensitivities and also imbalances within the bacteria of the colon and deal with these to ease constipation.

In this particular study, carbonated water was compared to tap water for its effect on dyspepsia, constipation, as well as standard digestive function. Twenty-one people with indigestion and constipation had been randomly assigned to consume a minimum of 1. 5 liters every day of either carbonated or simply plain tap water for at least 15 days or until the end of the 30-day test. At the beginning and the conclusion of the trial all of the individuals were given indigestion and constipation questionnaires and testing to gauge stomach fullness right after eating, gastric emptying (movement associated with food out from the stomach), gallbladder emptying, as well as intestinal transit time (the period with regard to ingested ingredients traveling from mouth to anus).

Scores on the dyspepsia and constipation questionnaires ended up considerably improved for all those treated using carbonated water than for those who consumed plain tap water. Eight of the 10 individuals within the carbonated water group had noticeable improvement in dyspepsia scores at the conclusion of the trial, two experienced absolutely no change and one worsened. In comparison, 7 of 11 individuals in the tap water team had worsening of dyspepsia scores, and only four experienced betterment. Constipation scores improved with regard to eight people and also worsened for two following carbonated water therapy, whilst scores for five people improved and 6 worsened in the plain tap water team. Extra evaluation uncovered that carbonated water specifically reduced early on stomach fullness as well as increased gallbladder emptying, whilst plain tap water did not.

Carbonated water has been used for centuries to deal with digestive system issues, yet virtually no investigation exists to aid its effectiveness. The carbonated water used in this test not only had much more carbon dioxide than does tap water, but additionally had been observed to possess much higher amounts of minerals such as sodium, potassium, sulfate, fluoride, chloride, magnesium, and calcium. Other studies have established that both the bubbles associated with carbon dioxide and also the presence of higher levels of minerals can stimulate digestive function. Further investigation is required to ascertain whether this particular mineral-rich carbonated water could be more effective at relieving dyspepsia than would carbonated tap water.