Who among us has not had an unpleasant experience with overeating? These kinds of stomach aches, and other digestion problems, are something we do not enjoy. But, if we cannot prevent it, we will welcome anything that offers fast relief!
Carbonated water eases the symptoms of some forms of stomach ailments as well as easing constipation. I learned this the hard way, which, unfortunately, 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; overeating is something I do a lot. Suffering was my typical experience; then I started working for a man who would always take water and baking soda whenever he had these symptoms. One day, really miserable, I tried his remedy; after a short while, I felt dramatically better.
Naturally, I wanted 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 stomach problem, ache, or pain. Basically adding baking soda with water produces carbon dioxide gas with bubbles and somehow the bubbles and the ingredients form a solution that aids the movement of the digestive tract, relieving some of the complications 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 make a positive difference to the digestive process. This is basically what I was making with water and baking soda. I discovered no information on whether the bubbles or the mineral-rich carbonated water are more effective.
I found some suggestions for stopping these problems before they develop, such as: avoiding foods that cause your stomach problems; eating smaller meals; reduce eating a lot of fat; and if you smoke, stopping as soon as possible. Also everyone should drink a healthy amount of fluids to maintain movement of your GI tract and prevent constipation.
I read about some devices to make homemade carbonated water, which you can use for drinking. Adding a number of flavors creates an option to regular soda pop, which 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.
My personal experience proves this: if you have overeaten but feel absolutely miserable and must work for the rest of the day, carbonated water does help.