Carbonated water helps reduce any symptoms associated with indigestion (dyspepsia) and constipation, based on 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 pain in the upper abdomen, early sense of fullness right after eating, bloatedness, belching, nausea, and occasionally vomiting. Roughly 25% of people residing in Western societies suffer from dyspepsia every year, and the problem is the reason for 2 to 5% of all trips to primary treatment providers. Inadequate movement in the digestive tract (peristalsis) is thought to be an important cause of dyspepsia. Other 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, as well as medications which stimulate peristalsisare primary therapies for dyspepsia. Nevertheless, antacids can easily interfere with the digestion and also absorption of nutrients, as well as there exists a possible association involving long-term usage of the acid-blocking drugs and increased probability of stomach cancer. Various healthcare providers recommend dietary modifications, including eating smaller recurrent meals, reducing excess fat consumption, and also figuring out and avoiding specific aggravating foods. With regard to smokers having dyspepsia, quitting smoking cigarettes is also recommended. Constipation is dealt with with an increase of water as well as fiber consumption. Laxative medicines may also be prescribed by some doctors, while some might test with regard to food sensitivities and imbalances within the bacteria in the intestinal tract and treat these to ease constipation.
In this particular research, carbonated water was compared to plain tap water for its effect on dyspepsia, constipation, as well as standard digestive function. Twenty-one individuals with indigestion and constipation were randomly designated to consume at least 1. 5 liters every day of either carbonated or simply plain tap water for a minimum of 15 days or until the conclusion of the 30-day trial. At the beginning and also the conclusion of the trial period all of the participants received indigestion as well as constipation questionnaires and tests to evaluate stomach fullness after eating, gastric emptying (movement of food out from the stomach), gallbladder emptying, as well as intestinal transit period (the time for ingested ingredients to travel from mouth to anus).
Scores about the dyspepsia as well as constipation questionnaires ended up significantly improved for those treated using carbonated water than people who drank tap water. Eight of the 10 individuals in the carbonated water team experienced marked improvement on dyspepsia scores at the end of the test, 2 experienced no change and one worsened. In comparison, 7 of 11 people in the plain tap water group experienced worsening of dyspepsia scores, and only 4 experienced betterment. Constipation scores improved for eight individuals and worsened for 2 following carbonated water treatment, whilst scores for 5 people improved and 6 worsened in the plain tap water group. Extra evaluation uncovered that carbonated water specifically decreased early on stomach fullness as well as increased gallbladder emptying, whilst plain tap water did not.
Carbonated water continues to be used for centuries to treat digestive system issues, yet virtually no investigation is present to support its usefulness. The actual carbonated water used in this particular test not only had much more carbon dioxide compared to does tap water, but additionally had been observed to have 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 amounts of minerals can certainly increase digestive function. Additional investigation is needed to determine whether this particular mineral-rich carbonated water would be more effective at relieving dyspepsia than would carbonated tap water.