I've been managing some gut issues (quite well, I might add), with a Paleo-ed GAPS-y, FODMAP-avoiding diet. For example, if I eat meat, lettuce, olive oil and nuts, I feel great and have no bloating, bubbling or noise from my belly.
If I mix it up, though, maybe throwing in a little piece of cheese or fruit, sometimes (but not always) I'll feel a little rumbling, maybe slight gas pain & a couple stinky toots or hear some odd gurgling later on.
I'm at a point where the "new normal" is a calm & quiet gut with regular, predictable evacuation (hooray! and no more Lara bars for me, which were apparently binding everything up) so when I do have some noticeable gas, I'm all "Whoa. Where'd that come from?" I'm really trying not to be obsessive about this, but the functioning of my gut is really important to my health and mental well-being.
So my question - is occasional belly-aching, gurgling, stinky gas, etc. acceptable in a "healthy" gut, or is it reasonable to expect calm seas at all times? Do mild but noticeable reactions indicate that something is amok and that I should back off of the offending items?
(This was sort of alluded to in http://paleohacks.com/questions/8390/what-are-the-signs-of-a-healthy-gut#axzz1Y7DQrDiq, but that one delved more into iron deficiency than gut rumblings)