Carbonated water eases any discomforts associated with

indigestion (dyspepsia) as well as constipation, based on a recent study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2002; 14: 9919).

Dyspepsia is characterized by a group of symptoms including pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, early on feeling of fullness after eating, bloatedness, belching, nausea, as well as occasionally vomiting. Approximately 25% of people living in Western communities are afflicted by dyspepsia each year, and the problem accounts for 2 to 5% of the visits to primary treatment providers. Insufficient movement in the intestinal tract (peristalsis) is actually thought to be an important cause of dyspepsia. Other gastrointestinal issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as constipation, regularly come with dyspepsia.

Antacid medicationsover the counter acidity neutralizers, doctor prescribed medicines that obstruct stomach acid production, and medicines that stimulate peristalsisare primary therapies for dyspepsia. However, antacids can interfere with the actual digestion and absorption of nutrients, and there exists a possible relationship involving long-term use of the acid-blocking drugs and increased probability of stomach cancer. Other health care services recommend diet changes, including consuming small recurrent meals, decreasing excess fat consumption, and figuring out as well as staying away from distinct aggravating food items. With regard to smokers with dyspepsia, giving up smoking cigarettes is likewise recommended. Constipation is actually treated with an increase of drinking water and dietary fiber consumption. Laxative medications may also be prescribed by doctors by a few doctors, while others may test with regard to food sensitivities and imbalances in the bacteria of the intestinal tract and deal with these to ease constipation.

In this particular research, carbonated water was compared to plain tap water for its impact on dyspepsia, constipation, and general digestive function. Twenty-one people 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 conclusion of the 30-day trial. At the beginning and the conclusion of the trial period all the individuals received indigestion and constipation questionnaires and testing to gauge stomach fullness right after eating, gastric emptying (movement associated with food out of the stomach), gallbladder emptying, as well as intestinal tract transit time (the period for ingested ingredients to travel from mouth to anus).

Scores about the dyspepsia as well as constipation questionnaires were significantly improved for all those treated using carbonated water as compared to people who consumed tap water. 8 of the 10 individuals in the carbonated water group experienced noticeable improvement in dyspepsia ratings at the conclusion of the test, two had absolutely no change and one worsened. In contrast, seven of 11 individuals in the plain tap water group experienced worsening of dyspepsia ratings, and only 4 experienced improvement. Constipation scores improved with regard to 8 people and worsened for two following carbonated water therapy, while scores for 5 people improved and also 6 worsened in the tap water team. Further assessment revealed that carbonated water particularly reduced early on stomach fullness as well as elevated gallbladder emptying, whilst tap water did not.

Carbonated water continues to be used for hundreds of years to treat digestive complaints, yet virtually no research exists to support its usefulness. The actual carbonated water utilized in this particular trial not only had much more carbon dioxide than does plain tap water, but additionally was found to possess much higher amounts of minerals such as sodium, potassium, sulfate, fluoride, chloride, magnesium, and also calcium. Various other studies have shown that both the bubbles of carbon dioxide and the presence of high levels of minerals can stimulate digestive function. Further investigation is needed to determine whether this mineral-rich carbonated water would be more effective at relieving dyspepsia than would carbonated plain tap water.