Drinking carbonated water and irritable bowel syndrome

Last Updated on August 28, 2022 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Carbonated water is not as harmful to a normal healthy person as it is to IBS patients because carbonated water contains carbon dioxide gas which causes gas inside the stomach

Nowadays carbonated water is a very popular beverage and people drink it with great relish after every meal.
It tastes very good, in the form of different brands like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sprite, Dew etc. Very cheap prices can be easily found everywhere.

It is an integral part of human culture today. Carbonated water consists mainly of carbon dioxide which is regularly added to plain water. 

Use of carbonated water in IBS

Carbonated water is not as harmful to a normal healthy person as it is to IBS patients because carbonated water contains carbon dioxide gas which causes gas inside the stomach.

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In the case of belching, it leaves the body and moves forward in some digestive system and this movement goes to the end of the digestive system and exits from there. [1]Effects of carbonated water on functional dyspepsia and cons… : European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (lww.com)

We know that in patients with IBS, the digestive system does not move properly and properly, which is why this gas stays in the digestive tract and causes extreme pain. This gas sometimes enters the large intestines and sometimes goes backwards or sometimes stops there which is very confusing. Sometimes it is so painful that you may have to use medicine. [2]Effects of Alkaline-Reduced Drinking Water on Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea: A Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study (hindawi.com)

How to reduce the symptoms of IBS caused by carbonated water

The main cause of IBS symptoms in carbonated water is the gas and chemicals in it. The solution is warm water and drink a little bit. This way you will turn the hot water bottle over your stomach and on intestines.  It will heat the gas and try to make its way.

Similarly, you should not eat anything which is not suitable for IBS because If you are already in symptoms then doing so will cause more symptoms which will cause trouble outside.

Use hot water little by little but keep on using the medicine only when you can tolerate the symptoms at all. 

Written By:

  • Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Reviewed By:

  • Dr. Muhammad Khan Malik
  • Syeda Noor-ul-Ain Naqvi

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