Carbonated water eases the symptoms associated with indigestion

Carbonated water eases the discomforts associated with 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 several symptoms including discomfort or pain within the upper abdomen, early sense of fullness right after eating, bloating, belching, nausea, as well as sometimes vomiting. Approximately 25% of individuals residing in Western societies are afflicted by dyspepsia every year, and the problem accounts for 2 to 5% of the visits to primary care providers. Insufficient movement in 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 come with dyspepsia.

Antacid medicationsover the counter acid neutralizers, prescription medicines that obstruct stomach acid production, and medicines which activate peristalsisare primary therapies with regard to dyspepsia. However, antacids can impact the digestive function and also absorption of nutrients, as well as there exists a probable association involving long-term usage of the acid-blocking drugs and elevated risk of stomach cancer. Other healthcare services advise diet modifications, such as eating small recurrent meals, decreasing excess fat consumption, and also figuring out and staying away from specific aggravating foods. With regard to smokers having dyspepsia, giving up smoking cigarettes is likewise advocated. Constipation is treated with an increase of water and dietary fiber intake. Laxative medications may also be prescribed by some practitioners, while some may analyze for food sensitivities and imbalances within the bacteria in the intestinal tract and deal with these to ease constipation.

In this particular research, carbonated water had been compared to tap water because of its effect on dyspepsia, constipation, and general digestive function. Twenty-one individuals with indigestion as well as constipation had been randomly designated to consume at least 1. 5 liters daily of either carbonated or simply tap water for a minimum of 15 days or until the conclusion of the 30-day trial. At the beginning and also the end of the trial all the participants received indigestion as well as constipation questionnaires and also testing to evaluate stomach fullness right after eating, gastric emptying (movement of food out from the stomach), gallbladder emptying, as well as intestinal tract transit time (the time for ingested substances to travel from mouth to anus).

Ratings about the dyspepsia and constipation questionnaires were significantly improved for those treated using carbonated water as compared to for those who drank plain tap water. 8 of the ten individuals within the carbonated water team experienced noticeable improvement in dyspepsia scores at the end of the trial, two had absolutely no change and one worsened. In comparison, seven of 11 individuals within the tap water group experienced worsening of dyspepsia scores, and only four experienced improvement. Constipation ratings improved with regard to eight people and worsened for 2 after carbonated water therapy, whilst ratings for 5 people improved and six worsened in the plain tap water group. Further evaluation revealed that carbonated water particularly reduced early on stomach fullness as well as elevated gallbladder emptying, whilst plain tap water did not.

Carbonated water continues to be used for hundreds of years to deal with digestive system issues, yet virtually no investigation exists to support its usefulness. The actual carbonated water used in this test not merely had significantly 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. Other scientific studies have shown that both bubbles of carbon dioxide and also the presence of higher levels of minerals can stimulate digestive function. Further research is needed to ascertain whether this particular mineral-rich carbonated water could be more efficient at reducing dyspepsia than would carbonated plain tap water.