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Club Soda for Stomach Pain and Constipation


“Club Soda for Stomach Pain
and Constipation” Natural bubbling or sparkling waters have
been popular for thousands of years. Manufactured sparkling water
has been around ever since a clergyman suspended water
over a vat of fermenting beer. For centuries, carbonated water
has been considered capable of relieving gastrointestinal
symptoms, including tummy aches, but we didn’t have good data
until this study was published. Twenty-one folks with dyspepsia,
an upset stomach, and constipation were randomized into two groups
in a double-blind fashion to drink one and a half quarts
of carbonated water versus tap water every
day for two weeks. Dyspepsia is defined as pain
or discomfort located in the upper abdomen,
including bloating and nausea. And carbonated water
improved dyspepsia compared to still water, tap water,
and improved constipation. “Drink more water” is a common
recommendation for constipation, but they didn’t observe a clear
benefit of the added tap water. Seems you need to increase fiber and
water, rather than just water alone, but sparkling water
seemed to help. Now they used a sparkling mineral
water, and so whether these effects are due to the bubbles or minerals,
we can’t tell from the study. There’s been a concern that carbonated
beverages may increase heartburn, GERD, acid reflux disease,
but that was based on studies like this that
compared water to Pepsi. Soda can put the Pepsi in dyspepsia,
and contribute to heartburn, but so may tea and coffee in
people that suffer from heartburn. That may be partly from the
cream and sugar though, since milk is a common contributor
to heartburn as well. Carbonated water alone, though,
shouldn’t be a problem. Similarly, while flavored sparking
drinks can erode our enamel, it’s not the carbonation, but
the added juices and acids. Sparkling water alone appears 100
times less erosive than citrus or soda. So a sparkling mineral water
may successfully treat stomachache and constipation
without adverse effects, unless you’re a teenage boy opening
a bottle of sparkling wine with your teeth, especially on a hot day
after you shake it up, placing one at risk for a pneumatic
rupture of the esophagus.

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