We are often told by doctors and elders to stay away from fizzy drinks as they are not good for health, and cause weight gain. But latest research suggests that doctors are not wary of prescribing patients to drink a couple of diet cokes to treat stomach blockage.
A NEW study done by Medical School of Athens University has shown that the bubbles and acidity in Coca Cola are an effective cure for getting rid of stomach blockage and hence this drink is recommended by doctors as an alternative to surgery. The doctors now recommend Coke to patients suffering with nasty condition like gastric phytobezoar.
Bezoars are retained concretions of undigested vegetable material, hair, fruit or other ingested materials that form in the gastrointestinal tract. Gastric Phytobezores are the most common types of bezores seen in adults, and are usually composed of vegetable matter. It is a common problem in patients with delayed gastric emptying problems such as diabetic gastroparesis, or after gastric surgery. This problem of stomach blockage can subsequently lead to bowel obstruction.
Though a variety of treatments are available for Gastric Phytobezores such as non-surgical endoscopies, lasers and the last option being full surgery, but with the new treatment of Coca Cola most patients, in the study, got relief due to the destruction of the blockage, and the remaining who consumed the drink just had a non-invasive treatments as a result of Coke's help. The treatment with Coca Cola gave a success rating of about 91.3 percent, reported The Telegraph.
Coca Cola has an acidity rating of 2.6 on the pH scale, as it contains both carbonic acid and phosphoric acid, and this pH scale is required by the body for the digestion of fibers. And the bubbles in Coke enhance the dissolving mechanism in the body. The drink does not completely dissolve the blockage, but it makes it smaller and softer so that the phytobezoar comes out easily without the need of a surgery.