Many are interested in how to drink “Essentuki-4”? Who can take this mineral water, and to whom it is contraindicated? What is its composition and what effect should count? If you are interested in the answers to all these questions, the following information contains them. So let’s get started.
General properties of Essentuki mineral water
The valley of Narzanov is not only a picturesque place, spread out in the foothills of the Rocky Range of the Greater Caucasus, and a popular tourist route. It is also the natural water sources that come to the surface.
A lot of people come here every year to improve their health, significantly improve their general well-being and gain strength. After all, few people do not know that the mineral water “Essentuki”, obtained from the Essentukskoye field, is famous for its beneficial properties.
While the water moves to the surface, it manages to go a long way, during which it is saturated with a huge amount of useful substances. To keep them at maximum concentration, spill water occurs at the source.
The fact is that if you try to transport it in the open, then there is practically nothing useful in the drink. It is also very important for the safety of all the useful elements of the drink to transport it to the spill from the well by a special pipeline. Any contact with oxygen is excluded..
About Essentuki-4, we can say that table-therapeutic, chloride-bicarbonate, sodium, boric (hydrochloric acid) water of medium salinity. It is very popular along with Essentuki-17. They have a lot in common, but there are some differences. What exactly – we will look further. In the meantime, let’s see what elements in the course of the research were found in this mineral water.
Useful composition of water
The composition of mineral water “Essentuki” includes unique components. If we talk specifically about the waters number 4 and number 17, then they have approximately the same components (albeit a bit in different volumes):
- negatively charged ions (anions) – chloride, sulfate, bicarbonate;
- positively charged ions (cations) – calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium;
- some impurities – boric acid, dissolved carbon dioxide.
Please note that the mineral water contains vital substances for the human body. Some of them are so valuable that with a deficit can cause serious health problems. In general, Essentuki mineral water is a source of useful components used for the treatment and prevention of various diseases.
“Essentuki” 4 and 17: indications for use
There are several varieties of mineral water “Essentuki”, obtained from different sources: №2 (“New”), №4, №17, №20, “Gornaya”. The most popular because of their amazing properties and indications for use are number 4 and number 17. Therefore, let us see what is the difference between Essentuki 4 and 17.
The main difference is the level of mineral salts. In the water number 17 there are more of them (10-14
As mentioned earlier, Essentuki No. 4 and No. 17 have a lot in common in terms of indications for use:
- pronounced overweight;
- salt metabolism disorders;
- diseases of the liver and biliary tract;
- chronic pancreatitis;
But there are some diseases for which it is recommended to take a particular type of water. Essentuki-4 helps with such conditions:
- urolithiasis disease;
- chronic gastritis, which is characterized by increased acidity;
- chronic urethritis and cystitis;
- stomach ulcer.
Water “Essentuki-17” is shown in the case of the following diseases:
- irritable bowel syndrome, accompanied by constipation;
- chronic gastritis with low and normal levels of acidity;
- gallbladder disease;
- chronic hepatitis.
It is recommended to drink Essentuki mineral water No. 4 and No. 17 in case of detection of these diseases. To abuse the therapeutic drink is not worth it.
The benefits of water “Essentuki-4”
Mineral water can be prescribed to patients with various diseases, as well as for the purpose of prevention. It has a positive effect on the human body, in particular, on the state of the digestive system. The main secret of the effectiveness of “Essentuki” – in the useful composition of water.
For example, Magnesium is actively involved in the regulation of neuromuscular excitability, protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Sodium is indispensable in the synthesis of water-salt metabolism. In addition, it regulates almost all body functions. Calcium is an element to which our body owes the anti-inflammatory effect it provides and the permeability of cell membranes. It also has a positive effect on blood clotting.
Water “Essentuki” shows a positive result:
- It has a positive effect on the entire digestive system, kidneys and liver, helps digestion;
- due to the fact that it contributes to the activation of the production of enzymes, it normalizes metabolic processes (this is especially pleasant for those who wish to get rid of extra pounds);
- due to the mild laxative effect allows the body to get rid of excess;
- removes excess mucus from inflammatory processes in the respiratory and digestive organs;
- contributes to the reduction of the gallbladder and bile ducts, which indicates a favorable stimulating effect of bile outflow;
- helps the body to become stronger in the face of stress and negative factors of external influence – harsh climate, radiation, adverse climatic conditions, etc.
It should be noted that when mineral water enters the stomach, it immediately begins to act as a diuretic (diuretic). This is especially important for people suffering from excess body fluids and severe edema.
If “Essentuki” is taken correctly, then the pituitary-adrenal system begins to rebuild quickly enough, thanks to which all metabolic processes are regulated. People who have hormonal problems can expect a significant improvement in their condition. True, you must comply with recommendations for taking a therapeutic drink.
The effect of a fully traversed course lasts for about six months.
Despite all the benefits of the drink, there are some contraindications to its use:
- problems with motor function of the stomach;
- hepatic colic;
- intestinal disorders caused by inflammatory processes;
- remote gallbladder;
- any diseases of the digestive tract in the acute phase;
- serious pathology of blood vessels and the heart;
- complications in the body caused by infections;
- internal bleeding;
- hypertonic disease;
- polyps of the stomach or intestines;
- the need for a salt-free or low-salt diet;
- in some cases, heartburn and diarrhea are also reasons to ban the use of mineral water;
- in the case of water use by young children, you first need to consult a pediatrician.
Essentuki-17 is not recommended for people with kidney disease. And in general, the use of this drink is possible according to a predetermined regimen of administration and in the required dosage. As for Essentuki-4, water can be drunk daily for 3-4 weeks only for people who are completely healthy, that is, for the purpose of prevention.
Remember that Essentuki mineral water should be drunk only in its pure form. Dilute it with sugar or any other additives can not.
Carefully follow the dosage of the drink, recommended for certain diseases. If the patient consumes Essentuki for a long period and exceeds the consumption of the required servings of the drink, an overdose is possible. In medicine, this phenomenon is called “transmineralization.” It is characterized by the replacement of the mineral elements of the blood, a violation of ion exchange. As a result, this person may begin to be bothered by severe swelling and other problems.
How to drink “Essentuki” 4 and 17
The frequency and dosage of the intake of mineral water depends on the state of human health, the presence of specific diseases, their characteristics, etc. On average, treatment course can last from 20 to 45 days. An experienced doctor will help you choose the optimal duration of treatment.
First of all, you need to remember that in an hour before drinking water, the cap on the bottle must be unscrewed (this will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide). The required portion of “Essentuki” drink an average of 25 minutes before eating.
The drink, heated to 40-50ºС, inhibits the motor activity of the intestine. Cool water, on the contrary, activates the digestive processes. Now we need to carefully understand how to drink Essentuki in order to prevent and treat various diseases.
“Essentuki-4” in the case of gastritis with low acidity, take 1.5 cups three times a day 20 minutes before meals. With a disease with high acidity, the drink is slightly warmed up and drunk an hour before eating in the same amount. With normal acidity recommendations are the same, only you need to drink water 40 minutes before eating.
If a person suffers from a stomach ulcer or reflux, mineral water is drunk in the amount of 150 ml an hour before meals.. In chronic pancreatitis, a glass of slightly warmed drink is taken 1.5 hours before meals in small sips. Approximately the same water intake pattern for diabetes mellitus, only there is a small difference: it should be drunk 50 minutes before each meal.
Essentuki-17 is drunk in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, which are characterized by reduced motor activity. With gastritis, a single dose of the drink is 200 ml, drunk 30 minutes before meals. With colitis, the dosage is the same, but you need to drink water 2 hours before eating.
Always at the very beginning of the course it is necessary to do a “sample” of the drink. That is, you need to start with small portions of mineral water – from about 30 ml. Gradually, the dosage should increase to 200-300 ml of liquid taken at a time.
This may seem surprising, but Essentuki and similar mineral waters can also be used externally as rinses, lotions, compresses, inhalations.
For example, mineral water is a good aid in treating sore throat. Before gargling, you must release all the gas from the drink and reheat it.
Water helps well as inhalations. It perfectly removes inflammation and swelling.. First of all, release all carbon dioxide from the liquid, pour it into a glass and mix with a wooden stick for about 10 minutes. If you have a special device for inhalation, adults need to breathe useful low-temperature steam for 8 minutes, for children – 3 minutes.
Adolescents faced with acne problem are recommended to freeze mineral water in advance and wipe problem areas that are prone to inflammation of the sebaceous glands of the skin with the obtained ice cubes. This will help destroy a lot of pathogenic bacteria, reduce redness and acne.
“Essentuki” during pregnancy – is it possible?
Pregnancy is not a contraindication for taking Essentuki. On the contrary, the drink will be very useful in case of such problems for the future mother:
- often disturbing constipation and heartburn;
- various disruptions in the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract;
- pathological conditions of the kidneys and liver;
- toxicosis accompanied by debilitating nausea;
- hormonal dysfunctions;
- anemia caused by iron deficiency.
Water “Essentuki” can not only alleviate the condition of a woman, but also saturate her body with useful substances and rejuvenate. The magnesium contained in the drink helps minimize the risk of seizures in pregnant women. The presence of bicarbonate in the liquid relieves heartburn. Bone tissue is also strengthened, which is especially important during the gestation period.
But, be especially careful. Allow reception of mineral water can only qualified gynecologist-obstetrician, who has a woman during pregnancy. After all, both her body and the body of the fetus can react differently to a drink.
If a woman has a risk of miscarriage or premature birth, bleeding has opened or there are scars on the uterus, then drinking water is highly undesirable. Also, you need to be careful with the reception “Essentuki-17”. When uncontrolled use increases the risk of kidney stones and gallbladder formation in a pregnant woman.
Mineral water “Essentuki” can become a truly miraculous elixir for the prevention and treatment of various diseases, as many people have already seen.
But, remember that even this natural medicine must be taken as recommended. If there are any serious diseases, then we can not neglect the consultation with the doctor.