Sulphate water contains a substantial amount of sulphur and differs from sulphur water in the way in which the presence of sulphur is manifested, i.e. in hexavalent form in sulphate water and bivalent form in sulphur water.
Sulphate water is used for a wide range of disorders related to the digestive system, at the stomach, bile and intestine level according to the presence of other minerals dissolved together with sulphur.
Regardless the expected benefits of sulphate water, it is useful to seek medical advice, as sulphate water may have some side-effects in case of pre-existing cases of ulcer, gallstones, or exert unexpected and unwanted laxative effects.
The sulphate water typologies mainly used in thermal facilities are calcium sulphate, bicarbonate sulphate and alkaline earthy sulphate. The most common therapeutic treatments involve oral administration or inhalation to treat various respiratory disorders as well as sinusitis, laryngitis, chronic pharyngitis, otitis and bronchial asthma.
Besides representing a great soothing element for all the respiratory disorders, sulphate water is particularly functional to a good digestive process, especially if associated with calcium, bicarbonate and magnesium; natural elements able to stimulate the production of gastric acid, thus facilitating gastric emptying, stabilising the general acidity values and increasing the passage speed of food in the digestive tract.
The most important effects of sulphate water, however, involve the intestine: it was found that the consumption of sulphate water produces an increase in the speed of passage of food as well as a better absorption of nutrients, which explains why sulphate water is frequently used to counteract the symptom pattern associated with spastic colitis.