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Can anyone tell me just exactly what carbonation does to(3 posts)

Can anyone tell me just exactly what carbonation does torailer
Jun 19, 2001 9:48 AM
one's cardiovascular system. Ive heard the carbon dioxide slows down oxygen intake but dont know any more than that. How long does it affect our system, etc.?
re: Can anyone tell me just exactly what carbonation does toamflyer68
Jun 19, 2001 4:32 PM

Not a MD or anything, just a Med tech/Dental student, so this is strictly FWIW.

In a nutshell, I don't think carbonation would really have any noticable effect. Dissolved CO2 in water makes a small amount of carbonic acid, but compared to gastic fluids, the acidity of the C. acid is not much. The body has some pretty good buffering systems built in, even when you go all anaerobic (lactic acid buildup). So, bottom line: don't worry about it.

This might be way off, but inhaled CO2 is a little different than ingested CO2. Although harmless, it can "smother" you if inhaled in large quantities. The only time I've heard of that is in volcanic eruptions, although once I took a big wiff of 5 gallons of actively fermenting beer, and got quite a coughing fit for my troubles.

Of course there is CO, or carbon monoxide. Now that is a differnent animal. CO does actively compete with O2 uptake by the RBC's, which actually has a much higher affinity for CO as opposed to O2. But there is of course no CO in carbonation.

Hope this doesn't insult your intelligence; just my 0.02 worth.

Thanks Steve. Never really heard much about this, just that arailer
Jun 19, 2001 5:09 PM
friend in HS, who was an exceptional runner, told me to never drink soda, it would hinder your lungs. Guess it could have just been a rumor.