Can Club Soda Help With Bloating & Gas?

If you're feeling gassy and bloated, drinking club soda won't help. In fact, it might make things worse. The carbon dioxide added to plain water to make club soda can actually cause gas and bloating. Consult your doctor if your abdominal pain and distention lasts for several days.

Drinking club soda may cause more gas and bloating. (Image: Stockphoto24/iStock/Getty Images)

Gas and Bloating

If you're having a little belly pain and your pants are feeling a little tighter in the middle than they did earlier in the day, you may be experiencing gas and bloating. There are a number of different reasons you may be feeling this way, including eating certain foods such as those high in fiber or taking medications such as antibiotics. Treatment for gas and bloating usually includes making changes to what and how you eat, such as eliminating carbonated beverages from your diet.

About Club Soda

Club soda is made by adding carbon dioxide to plain water, which makes it fizzy or carbonated. Carbon dioxide is a gas, so when you drink club soda you're consuming gas, which is why it may cause abdominal discomfort. It also typically contains minerals, such as sodium bicarbonate, which gives the drink its distinct mineral taste. While sodium bicarbonate is a medication used to treat indigestion, there may not be enough in club soda to counteract the effects of the gas.

Better Drink Choices

To prevent or improve your gas and bloating, you may be better off choosing beverages other than club soda. Plain water makes a good choice. Add a spritz of lemon or lime or mix in a splash of juice to enhance the flavor of your water. You may also consider herbal teas that may help alleviate your discomfort, such as ginger or peppermint tea. When drinking, take small sips to limit air intake.

Gas and Bloating Concerns

While food and drinks are often associated with your discomfort, gas and bloating may also be signs of a medical condition, including irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or malabsorption of certain nutrients. If you've cut out club soda and are limiting your intake of gas-causing foods such as cabbage and broccoli, but you're still not feeling any relief, contact your doctor to rule out a medical cause.

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