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   Posted 5/8/2012 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a difficult time drinking plain water so now I make my own carbonated water using a CO2 carbonation machine. I often read that it isn't a good idea to drink carbonated beverages but I assumed it's because of the sugar/sweeteners.

I have also read not to use soda if you have bowel problems because it can cause excess gas then pain/discomfort.

Well, since I more or less stopped eating processed foods, which includes grains, I don't get gas anymore. I can't even say I have pain with my UC. I do not experience gas when I drink my homemade carbonated water.

Does anyone have information that using a home carbonator would cause bigger problems than gas and bloating?

I'm thinking of having a go at making water kefir, using lemon and ginger...that sounds so refreshing to me. I would think that natural carbonation from this beverage would be OK at least.

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   Posted 5/8/2012 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I think some of the problem with carbonated beverages is to do with reflux and stomach acid. I've never thought about it much because I love the bubbles and prefer all my water to be sparkly, LOL. I think if you like it and you aren't having problems then why worry?
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   Posted 5/9/2012 3:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never had problem (as I know), with soda water. I am having reflux and the gas is coming so easily up that way... So there is no bloating for me. I can imagine it being bad if I would lay down after drinking and get the acids pressed into the throat.

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   Posted 5/9/2012 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree, if it doesn't give you any troubles than by all means carbonate away! :) I can not do any carbonation, it causes me to get painful gas build up so usually if I want a soda or anything with carbonation, I shake it up to get rid of the bubbles.
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   Posted 5/9/2012 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Germans love carbonated water and it's more common than still water. I could feel every movement in my belly after I drank it so I stuck with either medium or still water.
Diagnosed with UC in 2002. Was treated with Cortisone, Mesalazine, Azathioprine, MTX, Sulfasalazine, Remicade. Flaring since beginning of 2012 in descending colon to rectum. Currently I'm on Humira, Cortenema and the SCD diet. Last coloscopy on 05/04/2012

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   Posted 5/10/2012 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input, everyone. I was worried it might leech calcium out of my bones or something weird like that. I get no UC symptoms from it so it sounds like my carbonated water indulgence may be Ok then.
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