Flatulence and bloating

by 6 · November 30, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Is flatulence always a sign of food intolerance?

I have 'wind' on a daily basis and it is always quite pungent...

What causes this and what can be done to remedy it?I eat mostly Paleo with the odd cheat of fruit juice or some kind of desert and grains at dinner.

I have noted I spend most of the day bloated and gassy,which most people do not seem to have!



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1410 · November 29, 2010 at 10:38 PM

It can be a number of things: food intolerance, low stomach acid, low digestive enzymes, lack of CHEWING, etc... but if you're eating GRAINS AT DINNER, you're missing the boat entirely. DROP THE GRAINS. Give it 2-8 weeks and get back to us. Grains are not food and they're not paleo. Really.

2369 · November 29, 2010 at 11:28 PM

I think the first thing one should cut out when going Paleo is grains. There are lots of things that can cause gas, but grains would top my list, especially with bloating involved as well. Try cutting them out for at least 2-3 weeks straight - no cheats - and see what happens.

1329 · November 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I don't eat any grains and still get gas. I finally worked out it might be from drinking some of my homemade probiotics (water kefir and kombucha) or fermented vegetables which have not fully fermented yet- eg they still have some sugar in, which the bacteria in your gut devour and then excrete gases. I should add though that if done properly (e.g. fully fermented) such probiotics should decrease flatulence, not increase it! (so it might be an idea...)

3854 · November 30, 2010 at 04:22 AM

Its grains.. grains.. grains. I quit grains completely after 50 years of grain intensive diet with daily rampant flatulence. Now, only after 6 months of paleo, free of gas, even a small amount of grain causes me to explode. I could be a special case, but anecdotal evidence points to this over a wide range of population

9551 · November 29, 2010 at 11:46 PM

That mention of "dessert" is also ominous. Dessert could have any number of bad things in it: grains and sugar, for one. But there's also the possibility of chocolate? Lots of paleos love dark chocolate, of course, and I sometimes eat 90% or 100% cacao. But in my own self-experimentation I've determined that it can in fact lead to some bad smells on the other end, so to speak.

4337 · November 29, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Lactose intolerance?

0 · November 30, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Thanks for the replies guys,I think the ultimate culprit is definitely grains. When I say I eat grains and dessert these are a rare occurrence,I follow the 80/20 rule!I always find my stomach is bloated and gassy around lunch time after eating something unpaleo. I'm going to if tomorrow till dinner to see if there is any improvement.

I've been taking inulin and magnesium before bed too but still feel 'packed up'!I'll see if that improves too!

0 · November 30, 2010 at 07:53 PM

Be careful with nightshades too, I find that not only do I have an intolerance for grains but also for anything from the nightshade family including tomatoes, eggplant and all peppers.

8848 · November 30, 2010 at 04:31 PM

The foul-smelling stuff is often a product of bad bacteria in the small intestine that feed on refined sugar and grain sugars. Eliminating grain products and sugar will eliminate foul-smelling gas. That is my working hypothesis and in my n=1 studies, this has been proven conclusively. (Insert smiley face.)

Some vegetables will lead to gas, and milk products as well. But the poisonous, really awful stuff (plus bloating and so on) really says "grain" to me. Incidentally, even the smallest quantity will do it. A bit of starch is a ton of food for bacterial populations in the gut.

3591 · November 30, 2010 at 04:09 AM

First and for most, grains are gonna get me every time. Stomach discomfort, sick stomach, gas, gluten causes all those things.

Corn which doesn't have the same "gluten" perse still gives me a lot of the same effects but without the gluten intolerance reaction.

Beyond that, over indulging on protein will also make me feel 'unwell' particularly a super large helping of steak.

2280 · November 30, 2010 at 03:54 AM

Hubby and I are pretty darn strict paleo and we still suffer from flatulance occasionally. He notices it most when eating pork and cruciferous vegies.

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