Carbonated water eases the discomforts of indigestion

Carbonated water eases the discomforts 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 several symptoms including pain or perhaps discomfort in the upper abdomen, early feeling associated with fullness after eating, bloating, belching, nausea, and occasionally vomiting. Roughly 25% of people living in Western communities suffer from dyspepsia each year, and the problem accounts for 2 to 5% of the trips to primary care providers . Insufficient motion within the digestive tract (peristalsis) is believed to be a significant cause of dyspepsia. Additional gastrointestinal issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as constipation, regularly accompany dyspepsia.

Antacid medicationsover the counter acid neutralizers, doctor prescribed medications that obstruct stomach acid production, and medicines which stimulate peristalsisare primary therapies for dyspepsia. However, antacids can impact the digestive function and also absorption of nutrients, as well as there is a probable association between long-term use of the acid-blocking drugs and elevated risk of stomach cancer. Other healthcare services advise diet changes, such as eating smaller recurrent meals, decreasing fat intake, and figuring out as well as staying away from specific aggravating food items. For smokers with dyspepsia, giving up smoking is also recommended. Constipation is actually treated with an increase of water as well as dietary fiber consumption. Laxative medications may also be prescribed by some practitioners, while some may analyze with regard to food sensitivities and also imbalances within the bacteria of the colon and treat these to ease constipation.

In this study, carbonated water was compared with plain tap water for its effect on dyspepsia, constipation, and standard digestion of food. Twenty-one people with indigestion as well as constipation had been randomly assigned to consume at least 1. 5 liters daily of either carbonated or tap water for at least 15 days or till the conclusion of the 30-day trial. At the beginning and the conclusion of the trial all the individuals were given indigestion as well as constipation questionnaires and also tests 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 area to anus).

Ratings on the dyspepsia as well as constipation questionnaires ended up considerably better for those treated using carbonated water than people who consumed plain tap water. 8 of the 10 individuals within the carbonated water team had noticeable improvement on dyspepsia scores at the conclusion of the trial, two had no change and one worsened. In contrast, seven of eleven individuals in the tap water team experienced worsening of dyspepsia ratings, and only 4 experienced improvement. Constipation ratings improved with regard to eight people and also worsened for 2 following carbonated water treatment, whilst scores for 5 individuals improved and also six worsened within the plain tap water group. Further evaluation uncovered that carbonated water specifically reduced early stomach fullness as well as elevated gallbladder emptying, while tap water did not.

Carbonated water has been used for centuries to deal with digestive system issues, however virtually no investigation exists to aid its usefulness. The carbonated water utilized in this trial not only had much more carbon dioxide than actually tap water, but also was observed to possess much higher amounts 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 levels of minerals can stimulate digestive function. Additional research is needed to determine whether this particular mineral-rich carbonated water would be more efficient in relieving dyspepsia than would carbonated tap water.