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Posted by: JJR, Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:49pm
I have avoided soda's and any carbonated water of any type for a long time.  But I sometimes wonder if I shouldn't introduce some seltzer water with meals.  I remember thinking that the carbonation in some drinks seem to help me digest my foods.  

Is that possible?  Would seltzer water aid in digestion?  I don't really feel I need an AID any longer, but it was just a thought that maybe it might be OK at some meals.  Of course it would just be another thing to buy.  Which I don't really need.  
Posted by: 16796 (Guest), Thursday, October 11, 2012, 8:11pm; Reply: 1
I was wondering this as well. A few nights ago I ate something that upset my stomach and had a seltzer with juice mixed in. It helped and I felt much better. Then the next night I had another and wondered if it didn't cause my stomach to feel bad. There may be a specific food combination that needs to be done with it. In fact when I think of it it helped when I had it by itself after dinner. It didn't when I had it with dinner.
Posted by: tessieUK, Friday, October 12, 2012, 2:37am; Reply: 2
Apparently it's better to have sparkling water rather than carbonated, because with carbonated, the carbon is added through an unnatural process, whereas sparkling contains gas naturally. It may be labelled differently in America. I had carbonated water recently and it gave me terrible diaharrea, so I will stick with sparkling in future. My digestive system is super sensitive and will always let me know if I accidentally consume anything unnatural/chemical., which I guess has its drawbacks and advantages i.e forcing me to be very healthy.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, October 12, 2012, 1:07pm; Reply: 3
JJR: What does your SWAMI say about seltzer water? I have it as a bennie, but I don't like the carbonation all that much. I prefer plain water, and mostly drink seltzer when the options are soda, diet soda, and seltzer.
Posted by: JJR, Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:44pm; Reply: 4
I guess I'm mixing up the terms and generalizing them all.  I have seltzer water as a neutral on swami.  I haven't drank anything bubbly in years.  And I was just curious if "seltzer" water might not be a good tonic for digestion.  If it has worked for some.  And really for that matter anything bubbly.  I remember when I quit drinking soda, I'd buy this sparkling water stuff in a can and drink that with my meals.  Because I was so used to a "bubbly" drink.  This was a long long time ago though.  

tessieUK, I can relate.  I'm very much like that too.  I stay away from additives and such.  Maybe someday we won't be so sensitive.   :)  I think I have gotten better, but I don't usually stray from the program of avoiding that stuff.  I've started to eat rye bread at restaurants when we go.  I get eggs and omelettes a lot when were out and it always comes with toast.  So I'll have a few bites of rye bread and don't seem any worse for wear.  And they probably use bread that has all kinds of junk in it.  But I'm trying to train my body to NOT be so sensitive.  But it's still a pretty safe stretch.  And I haven't ate a whole piece yet.  
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