Carbonated water helps reduce any symptoms of
indigestion (dyspepsia) as well as constipation, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2002; 14: 9919).
Dyspepsia is actually characterized by a group of symptoms including discomfort or discomfort within the upper abdomen, early on sense associated with fullness right after eating, bloatedness, belching, nausea, as well as occasionally vomiting. Approximately 25% of individuals living in Western communities suffer from dyspepsia every year, and the condition is the reason for 2 to 5% of the visits to primary treatment providers. Inadequate motion within the digestive tract (peristalsis) is thought to be a significant cause of dyspepsia. Additional gastrointestinal issues, like irritable bowel syndrome as well as constipation, regularly accompany dyspepsia.
Antacid medicationsover the counter acid neutralizers, prescription medicines that block stomach acid generation, and medications that stimulate peristalsisare primary treatments for dyspepsia. However, antacids can easily interfere with the digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as there is a possible association involving long-term use of the acid-blocking drugs and elevated risk of stomach cancer. Other health care providers recommend diet changes, such as consuming small recurrent meals, reducing fat intake, and identifying as well as staying away from specific aggravating food items. For smokers with dyspepsia, giving up smoking is likewise advocated. Constipation is treated with increased drinking water and fiber intake. Laxative medications are also prescribed by doctors by a few doctors, while some may test with regard to food sensitivities and also imbalances within the bacteria in the colon and treat these to alleviate constipation.
In this research, carbonated water had been compared with tap water because of its impact on dyspepsia, constipation, and standard digestion of food. Twenty-one individuals with indigestion as well as constipation had been randomly designated to drink a minimum of 1. 5 liters every day of either carbonated or tap water for a minimum of 15 days or until the end of the 30-day test. At the beginning and also the conclusion of the trial all of the individuals received indigestion and constipation questionnaires and tests to evaluate stomach fullness after eating, gastric emptying (movement associated with food out of the stomach), gallbladder emptying, as well as intestinal tract transit period (the time for ingested ingredients to travel from mouth to anus).
Scores on the dyspepsia as well as constipation questionnaires were significantly better for all those treated with carbonated water than for those who drank plain tap water. 8 of the 10 people within the carbonated water team experienced marked improvement in dyspepsia ratings at the conclusion of the trial, 2 experienced absolutely no change and one worsened. In comparison, seven of 11 individuals in the tap water group had deteriorating of dyspepsia ratings, and only 4 experienced betterment. Constipation scores improved with regard to eight people and also worsened for two following carbonated water therapy, while scores for 5 people improved and also six worsened in the tap water team. Further assessment revealed that carbonated water specifically decreased early on stomach fullness and increased gallbladder emptying, while tap water did not.
Carbonated water continues to be used for hundreds of years to deal with digestive complaints, however virtually no research exists to aid its usefulness. The carbonated water used in this trial not merely had significantly more carbon dioxide compared to does plain tap water, but also had been found to possess much higher amounts of minerals including sodium, potassium, sulfate, fluoride, chloride, magnesium, and also calcium. Various other studies have shown that both the bubbles of carbon dioxide and the existence of higher levels of minerals can stimulate digestive function. Further research is needed to ascertain whether this particular mineral-rich carbonated water would be more efficient in relieving dyspepsia than would carbonated tap water.