Carbonated Water

Carbonated water eases the symptoms of some forms of stomach complications as well as constipation. I learned this the hard way; unfortunately, this is usually how I learn all my lessons.

The main symptom of stomach problems that I have is feeling bloated from fullness in the upper abdominal region after overeating; admittedly, overeating is something I do a lot. Suffering was my normal experience; then I went to work for a man who took water and baking soda whenever he had these symptoms. One day, I was really miserable, so I tried his remedy; after a short while, I felt dramatically better.

Naturally, I did some research to learn why this works so well. This was long before antacid medications were sold over the counter (OTC) and also long before people could run to the doctor with every little ache, or pain, or stomach problem. Basically, adding baking soda with water produces carbon dioxide gas with bubbles; somehow the bubbles and the ingredients form a solution that aids the movement of the digestive tract, relieving some of the misery from overeating – that bloated feeling goes away.

This adding baking soda and water actually forms carbonated water which has been used for years to treat digestive complaints, yet no research exists if it is effective or how it works. I did find some information about studies showing that both the bubbles of carbon dioxide and the presence of high minerals can aid the digestive process. This, essentially , is what I was making with baking soda and water. I discovered no information on whether the mineral-rich carbonated water or the bubbles are more effective.

I discovered some suggestions for preventing these problems before they develop, such as: reduce eating a lot of fat; avoiding foods that cause your stomach problems; eating smaller meals; and if you smoke, stopping as soon as possible. Everyone should drink a healthy amount of fluids to maintain movement of the Gastrointestinal tract and counter constipation.

I read about some devices to make homemade carbonated water, which you can use for drinking. Add a number of flavors to create options to regular soda pop; this is especially great if you want to avoid the calories. If you make this homemade drink with water rich in minerals, you have made a very healthy and low calorie drink called sparkling water which is good for your whole family. A large assortment of calorie free flavors to flavor sparkling water to great taste is sold at allfreight.com.

But, the information that I do know from personal experience is that when you have overeaten and are absolutely miserable and are at work for the rest of the day, carbonated water does help.