Soda, sparkling water, pop whatever you name, they all are carbonated drinks popularly referred as soft drinks. Soda has become a latest trend in beverages. Almost everyone must have consumed soda sometime or the other, but some of them drink more than others. Some people consume soda as they presume it quenches thirst while some drink it because of its taste.
Many regular soda drinkers know that this beverage is not good for their health still they drink partly because they become addicted to its content and sweetness. Carbonated drinks are composed of distilled water, gas, additives and sugar.Increased amount of gas can cause cramps, bloating and pain in stomach. Besides if the person is sensitive to food additives he may also suffer from unwanted stomach cramps after drinking soda.
Why Drinking Soda Causes Stomach Cramps?
Some amount of gas is already present in stomach and it is a byproduct of digestion. But this amount is very less to produce any remarkable symptom. When gas increases in stomach, it causes pain, cramps and abdominal discomfort. Gas occurs due to two reasons. It develops when the undigested carbohydrate interact with bacteria present in the intestine.They act upon the undigested material releasing gas.
The other reason for increased gas in abdomen is swallowing of air while drinking and eating. Soda and similar beverages are filled with air bubbles to form that peculiar fiz. However, this increases the amount of air in the digestive tract after its consumption leading to pain and cramps in some people.
The other reason for cramps in abdomen after drinking soda is because of aspartame. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener which is majorly used in many beverages. Some people are allergic to aspartame or any other similar additives. This intolerance can cause digestive tract disturbances such as cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea etc.
Soda also contains certain acids in the diluted non toxic form. These acids give the characteristic sour taste to the beverage. Elevated level of these acids in the stomach can cause reduced vitamin and mineral absorption. Thus lack of magnesium in the body can give rise to cramps in stomach.
When people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome drink soda they may suffer from increased pain in abdomen and diarrhea. Irritable bowel syndrome is an intestinal disorder which causes pain, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gasses in abdomen. It is a chronic disease with no known etiology.
However, varieties of risk factors are known such as drinking carbonated beverages, eating gas producing foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans etc. Stress is also one the factor to aggravate the symptoms. So if a person is suffering from IBS he should avoid drinking soda and other carbonated beverages.
How To Prevent Cramps Caused By Drinking Soda?
The best way is to stop drinking soda and other carbonated beverages if that is the underlying cause for your stomach cramps and pains. Find some other alternative drink that is healthy and more satisfying for quenching thirst.
Drinking freshly extracted fruit juice or drinking fresh lime water may be more refreshing than those aerated beverages. Besides fruit juice will also contain vitamins and minerals that will be beneficial for your overall health. You can drink water adding few slices of lemon or oranges if you are not able to prepare juice.