Carbonated water helps reduce any symptoms associated with
indigestion (dyspepsia) and constipation, according to a recently available study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2002; 14: 9919).
Dyspepsia is actually characterized by a group of symptoms such as discomfort or perhaps pain within the upper abdomen, early feeling associated with fullness after eating, bloating, belching, nausea, as well as occasionally vomiting. Roughly 25% of people residing in Western communities are afflicted by dyspepsia each year, and the condition is the reason for 2 to 5% of all trips to primary treatment providers. Insufficient motion within the intestinal tract (peristalsis) is thought to be a significant reason for dyspepsia. Additional gastrointestinal problems, like irritable bowel syndrome as well as constipation, frequently accompany dyspepsia.
Antacid medicationsover the counter acidity neutralizers, prescription medicines that obstruct stomach acid generation, as well as medicines which stimulate peristalsisare primary treatments with regard to dyspepsia. Nevertheless, antacids can easily impact the digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as there exists a probable relationship involving long-term use of the acid-blocking medications and elevated risk of stomach cancer. Various healthcare providers advise dietary changes, including consuming small frequent meals, reducing fat intake, and figuring out and avoiding specific aggravating foods. For smokers with dyspepsia, giving up smoking is also recommended. Constipation is actually treated with an increase of water and fiber consumption. Laxative medications may also be prescribed by doctors by a few doctors, while some may analyze for food sensitivities and also imbalances in the bacteria in the colon and treat these to ease constipation.
In this research, carbonated water was compared to plain tap water for its effect on dyspepsia, constipation, and general digestion of food. Twenty-one individuals with indigestion and constipation had been randomly assigned to consume a minimum of 1. 5 liters daily of either carbonated or simply tap water for at least 15 days or till the end of the 30-day test. At the beginning and the conclusion of the trial period all the individuals received indigestion and constipation questionnaires and also tests to gauge stomach fullness after eating, gastric emptying (movement of food out of the stomach), gallbladder emptying, as well as intestinal transit time (the time with regard to ingested substances traveling from mouth area to anus).
Ratings on the dyspepsia and constipation questionnaires ended up considerably better for those treated using carbonated water than people who consumed tap water. Eight of the 10 individuals in the carbonated water team had noticeable improvement on dyspepsia scores at the end of the test, two experienced no change and one worsened. In contrast, seven of 11 individuals in the tap water group had deteriorating of dyspepsia scores, and only 4 experienced improvement. Constipation ratings improved with regard to eight individuals and worsened for two following carbonated water therapy, whilst scores for five individuals improved and also six worsened in the plain tap water team. Further evaluation uncovered that carbonated water particularly decreased early on stomach fullness as well as increased gallbladder emptying, while plain tap water did not.
Carbonated water has been employed for hundreds of years to treat digestive system issues, yet virtually no research is present to support its effectiveness. The carbonated water utilized in this particular trial not only had much more carbon dioxide compared to actually tap water, but also was found to have much higher levels of minerals such as sodium, potassium, sulfate, fluoride, chloride, magnesium, and also calcium. Other studies have shown that both bubbles of carbon dioxide and also the existence of high amounts of minerals can increase digestive function. Further investigation is required to ascertain whether this mineral-rich carbonated water would be more effective in relieving dyspepsia than would carbonated plain tap water.