Relief for Stomach ache
Who among us has not had an unpleasant experience with overeating? None of us enjoy stomach aches or other digestion problems. But, if we cannot avoid it, we will welcome anything that offers fast relief!
Carbonated water eases constipation, as well as the symptoms of some forms of stomach aches. I had to learn this the hard way, which, unfortunately, is usually how I learn all my lessons.
My main symptom of stomach problems is feeling bloated from fullness in the upper abdominal region after overeating — something I do a lot. Suffering was my typical experience; then I went to work for a man who would always take water and baking soda whenever he had these symptoms. One day, I was really miserable, so I tried his remedy and after a short while, I felt much, much 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 each and 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 difficulties 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 improve the digestive process. This is basically what I was making with baking soda and water. There was no other information on which component — the bubbles or the mineral-rich carbonated water — is more effective.
I found some suggestions for stopping these problems before they develop, such as avoiding foods that cause you stomach problems, eating smaller meals, eating much less 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 counter constipation.
I read about some devices to make homemade carbonated water, which you can use for drinking. By adding a number of flavors, a great option to regular soda pop is created, especially if you want to avoid the calories. By making this homemade drink with water rich in minerals, you have created 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.
From personal experience I can tell you this: if you have overeaten but feel absolutely miserable and must work for the rest of the day, carbonated water does help.