Farting***Gas***whatever you want to call it...

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    Feb 16, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    Ok..an uncomfortable topic but here goes. For the last month I've had just horrible gas. Now I'm use to the normal toots during the day but this is much more than that. I feel like a friggin methane factory.

    I have tried gas-x, beano, and even charcoal tablets. I've kept a food diary to try and figure if it is a food I'm eating. I started Weight Watchers last November (down 20#'s) so my diet has been consistent for awhile now and the gas didn't start until a few weeks ago.

    It's just one of those really embarrassing things. I'm eating a lot of fiber and vegetables but that has been the case since I started WW. One thing that I did start doing more of starting in January is eating veggie subs at Subway. I also starting eating quite a few of the Progressive 0 or 1 WW point soups. My plan this week is to eliminate both of those and see if that makes a difference. Although I've had days when I had neither and still had the gas.

    I really don't want to go to the doctor about this but I'm telling you, I gotta get this resolved. Any ideas?
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    Feb 16, 2009 10:12 AM GMT
    Have you been eating a lot of protein?
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:19 PM GMT
    Not any more than usual. No protein drinks or anything like that.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 16, 2009 12:20 PM GMT



    I certainly could not resist!!!
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:36 PM GMT
    Bake Beans are good for your heart.

    Bake Beans make you fart.

    The more you fart, the better you feel,so bake beans are good for your heart.
  • rnch

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    Feb 16, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
    i've always considered it a measure of a good, solid, close, comfortable relationship when neither one of ya'll feels the need to climb out from under the covers and leave the bedroom in order to pass gas. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 16, 2009 1:19 PM GMT
    Pattison saidBake Beans are good for your heart.

    Bake Beans make you fart.

    The more you fart, the better you feel,so bake beans are good for your heart.


    Jeez, you Aussies, alway abbreviate everything!!

    It is,

    Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
    The more you eat, the more you toot.
    The more you toot, the better ya feel.
    So eat beans at every meal.

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    Feb 16, 2009 1:41 PM GMT
    Hmmm... it could be that you picked up some new intestinal bacteria along the way that's just breaking down your food differently. Try eating a little yogurt every day for a week or so and see if things change.

    Also, you may already be doing this, but if you eliminate things from your diet in order to rule them out as the cause of your flatulence, do it for 2 or 3 days so that you can really get rid of it all from your system. Just avoiding a food for one day may not be enough to clear it all from your intestines. After all you've got 22 feet or so of intestine to empty...
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    Feb 16, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    Any chance you're becoming lactose-intolerant?
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    Feb 16, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    I am lactose intolerant and have been for most of my life. I avoid milk and other dairy products. I do try to eat something every couple of hours so my body doesn't think it's starving.
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    Feb 16, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    This does not sound like a lactose intolerance as you would have probably noticed this problem before this so it is most likely something you have added to your diet recently. You could try adding some yogurt to your diet with acid loving bacteria or bifidus just in case you have drank something that has affected your normal bacterial flora. Are you on a regimen of anti-biotics?

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    Feb 16, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    LOL love the picture...that's how I feel sometimes. No antibiotics or new meds recently. I could try some yogurt but that has lactose in it so will cause the problem anyway. Gosh, I can't either way. lol
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    alexander7 said
    Pattison saidBake Beans are good for your heart.

    Bake Beans make you fart.

    The more you fart, the better you feel,so bake beans are good for your heart.


    Jeez, you Aussies, alway abbreviate everything!!

    It is,

    Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
    The more you eat, the more you toot.
    The more you toot, the better ya feel.
    So eat beans at every meal.

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    LOL. There is truth in your words. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    gayfotoman saidI am lactose intolerant and have been for most of my life. I avoid milk and other dairy products. I do try to eat something every couple of hours so my body doesn't think it's starving.



    What no milk OMG I'm a milk aholic.
  • vindog

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    Feb 16, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    gayfotoman saidLOL love the picture...that's how I feel sometimes. No antibiotics or new meds recently. I could try some yogurt but that has lactose in it so will cause the problem anyway. Gosh, I can't either way. lol


    You could try some just probiotic pills or digestive enzymes.


    I have stinky farts/poo....I just deal.
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    I would cut out the veggie subs from subway.
    They ALWAYS leave me feeling bloated. I have a feeling they must spray the vegetables with some sort of preservative to keep them looking "fresh".
    I was noticing the same thing every time I ate one and when I cut them out, problem solved.

    You may want to try probiotics also. Papaya enzymes are good for digestion too.
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    Are you drinking diet soda? Did you make the switch from regular to diet because of WW?

    I did and I noticed that the acid levels in my stomach rose quite a bit, affecting everything else. I have a severe limit on caffeine and diet colas because of it... once I got rid of those my tummy calmed back down.

    Also when I started to make sure I had a higher protein content - just eating veggies all day did not work for me, my tummy felt even better. Now most of my points go to protein and complex carbs. I continue to loose weight and feel good.
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    Feb 16, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    alexander7 said
    Pattison saidBake Beans are good for your heart.

    Bake Beans make you fart.

    The more you fart, the better you feel,so bake beans are good for your heart.


    Jeez, you Aussies, alway abbreviate everything!!

    It is,

    Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
    The more you eat, the more you toot.
    The more you toot, the better ya feel.
    So eat beans at every meal.

    icon_rolleyes.gificon_wink.gif


    There are a lot of variations on that song (see: LINK). Here's the version I learned as a kid:

    Beans, beans, the magical fruit.
    The more you eat, the more you toot.
    The more you toot, the more you smell.
    So, you and your beans can go to hell.
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    Feb 16, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    im not sure what folks are talking about with protein producing gas. protein is the most efficiently absorbed nutrient (>99%) so its unlikely to be causing gas unless its with a lot of sugars or if its a sugar free (not splenda) shake. other than ingested gas(air bubbles in beverages and swallowed air from talking while you eat, etc), the way you get gas is from bacteria in your large intestine. they eat sugar based fiber. that is, they eat the sugars you cant absorb, since youre on some sort of diet, one very likely culprit is sugar alcohols, which dont absorb well into your body (hence fewer calories) but your bacteria have a field day with em, and too much can even cause runny "evacuation" (if there is too much for the bacteria to eat) since theses sugars are water soluble (remember osmosis?). sinsce youre eating a lot of veggies i can say for certain that that is the cause. try to eat a little less soluble fiber. (beans, apples, etc) and a little more insoluble fiber (grains mostly, some veggies). for generalized information id say that http://www.nutritiondata.com is a good, colorful site. also mypyramid.gov is doing its best to offer a lot of info, but its dumbed down a lot. also if youve just changed the amount of soluble fiber in your diet its gonna take some time to get used to it. if you have too much gas (it hurts) thats your body telling you to slow down and give it time to adjust, stop eating so much soluble fiber (beans and some types of veggies) and increase in incriments. also beano can be more effective (its an enzyme) when you put some drops of it in your beans prior to eating them, in the same way lactose free milk is pre digested for you. i havent tried the beano thing, but i remember my dietetics proffessor talking about it. hope it helps, check out nutritiondata tho too its fun
  • FrontRowIn

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    Feb 16, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    Well,
    Since I am right there with you, I can share some of what I've experienced.
    Yogurt is VERY good for you and I would definitely eat it, but since you're lactose intolerant, I would recommend organic goat milk yogurt (or organic goat milk). The chemical make up is much closer to human milk than cow's milk and is okay for people who are lactose intolerant (most yogurts in the grocery store don't contain the healthy bacteria.
    If you choose to take probiotics, I would recommend the kind at www.mercola.com
    One problem that is rampant is candida overgrowth. This is caused by all the overprocessed foods that are fed to us by most of the foodmakers in the United States and by the overabundance of sugars in those foods. Your digestive system has a balance of heatly bacteria and yeast. It works in your body the same way it works when you're making bread. In bread, you have to add a sugar to the dough to activate the yeast and that is what causes all the little bubbles that makes the yeast rise. This is what happens when you ingest a lot of sugars. The yeast makes a lot of bubbles in your digestive system.
    Also, if you're eating a lot of Subway sandwiches, you're adding even more yeast to your digestive system. Also, balsamic vinegar, eggs, and processed meats can contribute to the growth of candida albicans.
    One way to decrease the amount of yeast in your digestive system (by killing it) is to take coconut oil, the only downside is that the coconut oil die-off can make your body toxic (like after you get a message and you feel like crap) and can be very hard on your liver if you're not taking something to absorb the toxic dead candida.
    There is also a product called Candex that does the same thing without the toxic die-off effect.
    One thing I've found to work well is to take a combination of enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules and oil of oregano. The peppermint oil settles your stomach (and prevents gas) and the oil of oregano (in addition to it's many many other benefits kills candid albicans without the toxic die-off. It's also good for your digestive system and gas.

    I know I entered a lot of information here, but I've been there and I know exactly what you're going through.

    If you don't see an improvement in two weeks, you'll want to go see a doctor and have to have your stool tested for parasites (you can get these from rimming).

    I hope this helps.
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:35 AM GMT
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  • calibro

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    Feb 17, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    Don't start getting to freaked out. If you recently changed your dietary habits (November is recent for your body regardless of what your mind tells you when you think about how long you've been alive), this is most likely the result. Your body can simply be better at digestion at this point. If your losing weight and eating better, your body should be metabolizing better, which means your digesting food faster than ever. What does that mean? Well, your bacteria in your intestines are probably working a lot more too, and you're producing more gas because of it. It usually tappers out within a few months. The bigger issue is actually the composition of your feces... It's a dirty topic, but that's the best indicator is there's a healthy issue. If aside from the farting, you start to notice your stool is unhealthy in color, form, and/or containing blood, that is a sign that something is wrong. Farts on their own shouldn't be an issue.

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    Feb 17, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    Thanks for all your replies on this distasteful topic. Today, I skipped the subway veggie sub and also the Progresso soup and for the first time in a long time, I don't have any gas tonight. I also slowed down my eating and watched that I wasn't gulping air. It really is amazing how fast I eat when I'm not paying attention.

    Thanks again.
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    Feb 17, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    Those Progresso Soups you mention do it to me. I don't know about the Subway Veggie Subs.
  • vindog

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    Feb 17, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    patna7 saidim not sure what folks are talking about with protein producing gas. protein is the most efficiently absorbed nutrient (>99%) so its unlikely to be causing gas unless its with a lot of sugars or if its a sugar free (not splenda) shake. other than ingested gas(air bubbles in beverages and swallowed air from talking while you eat, etc), the way you get gas is from bacteria in your large intestine. they eat sugar based fiber. that is, they eat the sugars you cant absorb, since youre on some sort of diet, one very likely culprit is sugar alcohols, which dont absorb well into your body (hence fewer calories) but your bacteria have a field day with em, and too much can even cause runny "evacuation" (if there is too much for the bacteria to eat) since theses sugars are water soluble (remember osmosis?). sinsce youre eating a lot of veggies i can say for certain that that is the cause. try to eat a little less soluble fiber. (beans, apples, etc) and a little more insoluble fiber (grains mostly, some veggies). for generalized information id say that http://www.nutritiondata.com is a good, colorful site. also mypyramid.gov is doing its best to offer a lot of info, but its dumbed down a lot. also if youve just changed the amount of soluble fiber in your diet its gonna take some time to get used to it. if you have too much gas (it hurts) thats your body telling you to slow down and give it time to adjust, stop eating so much soluble fiber (beans and some types of veggies) and increase in incriments. also beano can be more effective (its an enzyme) when you put some drops of it in your beans prior to eating them, in the same way lactose free milk is pre digested for you. i havent tried the beano thing, but i remember my dietetics proffessor talking about it. hope it helps, check out nutritiondata tho too its fun


    The protein itself doesn't. The protein digestion creates a by-product that causes stinky poop. Then when you eat lots of gas-producing foods, the stinky protein shit molecules get expelled with the gas.

    Scientifically speaking, of course.

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