Good Poops and Evil Farts

by 777 · May 18, 2013 at 04:01 AM

Just like the title says, I have solid, regular bowel movements every day. The only caveat though is wretched farts. After probably 1/3 of my meals, I have some pretty bad farts. What gives? If it was a specific food or type of food causing the problem, wouldn't my poops be affected to? Just as a note a typical day of eating for me is: Breakfast- 3 Egg Frittata with a mound of veggies in it, a slice or two of bacon or sausage, and sauerkraut Lunch- if at all, a can of tuna and some white rice or a big ass salad. Dinner- usually 1 lb of some meat/ fish, a salad, and some more veggies and tubers Snacks/ Desert- If I have one it'll be one or two of the following: frozen banana covered in a coconut oil mixed with cocoa powder. fried plantain in coconut oil. 100% dark chocolate. apple. almonds (soaked for 24 hrs, dried, then roasted). an egg or two. Liquids: water, coffee (1 cup/ day), tea

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12405 · October 20, 2011 at 04:53 PM

Really, this is a matter of personal digestion. I can't eat nuts. They give me really horrible heartburn -- it took a while to figure it out, especially because while I was on a diet with grains, I also had horribly heartburn -- I took away the grains, and it was substantially reduced... but I realized after a few months that every time I'd make a meal with a lot of nuts, nut milk, or nut-based "baked goods", I'd end up with horrific heartburn again--so that was the end of nuts in my diet.

Brassicas, except for pureed cauliflower, trigger an esophageal stricture (caused by scar tissue from an impalement injury incurred back in my youth when I was working as a paramedic). So I don't eat them -- broccoli, Brussels sprouts... Same with raw carrots, etc.

Take a good look at your diet, and start paying attention to what's happening about 20 minutes to ~24 hrs after you've eaten. Do a "stool challenge", where you eat something that will NOTICEABLY change your stool (like beets or mustard greens or something that will be noticeable), and pay attention to how long it takes to get it through your intestines, and use that as the 'end point' gauge for how long you need to follow food through your system. Keep track for at least a month, and note when you have the issues with your digestion. Then modify your diet to remove the most likely culprits -- but if the gas doesn't go away, start pulling out "less-likely" culprits too. (If I hadn't done this 2nd step, I would never have figured out the nut link in my own body).

549 · October 20, 2011 at 05:32 PM

Right now only three things come to mind. Here are my suggestions - I hope this helps!

If bacterial imbalance is causing it:

Try drinking kefir - there are five billion probiotics per tablespoon - it is very potent, and it has strains that yogurt is missing (yogurt isn't even guaranteed to even have that many active probiotics). If you have too much bad bacteria, it can cause fermentation and bloating. A good place to start is with kefir, which will fight the bad bacteria and rebalance you with good intestinal flora. You might find you have better energy, better food absorption and vitamin production (such as the b-vitamins or vitamin k) and less gas. If it gives you the runs initially, it just means you're detoxing. It's a good sign. You can also use antimicrobial nutrients such as peppermint, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, berberine, goldenseal, olive leaf extract, Pau d’arco, and Oregon Grape which kill the bad bacteria. Coconut oil helps with this too, but I can see you're already taking some. Also, eating fermented vegetables (such as sauerkraut) will help because it's full of good bacteria.

If protein/fat-carb balance is causing it:

Some health enthusiasts claim that we should be eating carbs alone and protein and fats together - but never with the carbohydrate. They say that this is because they both require different digestive mediums and they interfere with each other, and/or prolong the digestion, and/or weaken the digestion. Try eating carbs apart from proteins and see how you feel.

If digestive enzymes are the problem:

Sometimes we don't get enough digestive enzymes in our diets (or they're cooked out of our foods, etc) so supplementing digestive enzymes will help to break down food into tiny digestible particles for better breakdown, absorption and assimilation. Make sure you chew your food into a pulp before swallowing so that it's less taxing on your digestive system to break down.

Good luck!! I hope you feel better soon!

77322 · October 20, 2011 at 03:47 PM

Remove starches for few days and see how it goes. Some vegetables can promote it too.

11071 · October 20, 2011 at 04:02 PM

I recommend keeping a detailed food journal. Note everything you eat, and exactly what time the flatulence begins. I think that after several days, a clear pattern should emerge, and help you determine exactly which foods are the gas producers. And in my experience, flatulence can definitely happen with no changes in bowel movements. Once you think you've identified the culprit(s), just remove them to test your theory. Good luck!

1035 · October 20, 2011 at 04:00 PM

I agree with Melissa's fruit/fructose intolerance analysis. For me, a little fruit isn't a problem, but too much/too sweet in a short time can produce the worst smelly gas. So, for example, I can eat a few raisins in my salad, but not a cupful. A banana gives me bad gas, but green veggies do not.

55322 · October 20, 2011 at 03:47 PM

What vegetables? Crucifers and alliums are common gas causers. You also could be fructose intolerant and the fruit could be in issue.

0 · May 18, 2013 at 04:01 AM

I have a cast-iron stomach for about anything and recently when eating sauerkraut a couple of times, it gave me deadly diarrhea. However, there are times when sauerkraut doesn't bother me at all. In my travels of reading up on this, I've also read:

1) That sauerkraut digests in a liquid 2) That initially when eating it, it passes through quickly. 3) That sauerkraut can act as a cleansing mechanism to the body.

I don't get the inconsistencies of the why and why not and feel certain I do not have a stomach or medical challenges. One other time I ate it directly from the jar without heating and dang-near had a medical emergency. Other times, I have eaten it cooked and it hasn't bothered me. Last night I ate it cooked. It had been a couple of weeks since eating sauerkraut and it ran through me again but as soon as it was all out, I was fine.

Plus, just recently ate a crock pot full of cooked cabbage, baby potatoes and chicken sausage. It didn't bother me at all.

A little confused still with the inconsistencies.

Maybe this will help others . . .

3127 · December 10, 2011 at 02:49 PM

strict paleo stops farting and if you do fart they just smell like cinnamon buns. and after a poop when you wipe your ass off you get nothing on the paper. i now poop like a god.

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