Carbonated water eases any symptoms of indigestion (dyspepsia) and constipation, according to a recently available study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2002; 14: 9919).
Dyspepsia is characterized by several indications including pain or pain in the upper abdomen, early sense of fullness after eating, bloatedness, belching, nausea, as well as occasionally vomiting. Roughly 25% of individuals residing in Western communities are afflicted by dyspepsia every year, and the problem accounts for 2 to 5% of the trips to primary care providers. Inadequate movement within the intestinal tract (peristalsis) is actually thought to be an important cause of dyspepsia. Additional gastrointestinal problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as constipation, regularly come with dyspepsia.
Antacid medicationsover the counter acid neutralizers, doctor prescribed medications which obstruct stomach acid production, and medicines which activate peristalsisare primary treatments for dyspepsia. However, antacids can easily interfere with the digestion and also absorption of nutrients, as well as there exists a probable relationship involving long-term usage of the acid-blocking drugs and elevated probability of stomach cancer. Various health care services advise dietary modifications, including eating small recurrent meals, decreasing excess fat consumption, and identifying as well as avoiding distinct aggravating food items. For smokers with dyspepsia, giving up smoking is likewise advocated. Constipation is treated with increased water and dietary fiber consumption. Laxative medications are also prescribed by doctors by some doctors, while some may analyze with regard to food sensitivities and imbalances within the bacteria of the intestinal tract and treat these to alleviate constipation.
In this study, carbonated water was compared to tap water because of its effect on dyspepsia, constipation, as well as standard digestion of food. Twenty-one people with indigestion and constipation had been randomly designated to consume a minimum of 1. 5 liters daily of either carbonated or plain tap water for at least 15 days or until the conclusion of the 30-day test. At the start and the conclusion of the trial all of the individuals received indigestion and constipation questionnaires and also tests to gauge stomach fullness right after eating, gastric emptying (movement associated with food out from the stomach), gallbladder emptying, and intestinal transit time (the time for ingested substances traveling from mouth to anus).
Ratings on the dyspepsia as well as constipation questionnaires were considerably better for those treated with carbonated water as compared to for those who consumed plain tap water. 8 of the ten people in the carbonated water team experienced marked improvement in dyspepsia scores at the end of the test, 2 experienced no change and one worsened. In contrast, 7 of eleven individuals within the tap water group experienced deteriorating of dyspepsia ratings, and only 4 experienced improvement. Constipation scores improved for 8 individuals and worsened for two after carbonated water therapy, while scores for five people improved and also 6 worsened within the plain tap water group. Further assessment uncovered that carbonated water particularly decreased early stomach fullness as well as elevated gallbladder emptying, while plain tap water did not.
Carbonated water continues to be employed for hundreds of years to deal with digestive system complaints, however virtually no investigation is present to aid its effectiveness. The actual carbonated water used in this particular trial not only had significantly more carbon dioxide than does plain tap water, but also was found to possess much higher amounts of minerals including sodium, potassium, sulfate, fluoride, chloride, magnesium, and calcium. Various other scientific studies have established that both bubbles associated with carbon dioxide and the existence of high amounts of minerals can stimulate digestive function. Further research is required to ascertain whether this particular mineral-rich carbonated water would be more efficient at reducing dyspepsia than would carbonated tap water.