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Is farting a sign of unhealthy food?

Commented on June 23, 2015
Created December 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Always fun talking about farts, isn't it? ;) My farts before paleo were so acidicifying or otherwise 'toxic' that it did something with my skin, it became irritable, itchy, painfull etc. My docter was a bit in a hurry when I asked about it, so he said to ask for ointment against hemorrhoids to get rid of the complaints, and come back later to let him check what it really was. I never came back cause it worked perfect!

Skip a few years. After two weeks of paleo, the pain/itching already went away. A good sign! But I notice there are still foods that give me farts that stink so much most people run away: if I use ample amounts of fat (from worst to 'okayish': ghee, olive oil, coconut oil), if I eat broccoli (mild stinky farts), peppers (heavy stinky farts), or sweet foods like dates, figs, or other dried fruits (extreme stinky farts for hours). Just to name a few. Things like candy/sugar strangely don't give much farts.

It is very difficult for me to be completely 'stink-free'. I tried, but then I can't eat much. But my question is: is it worth it for my health? Does my gut tell me I'm eating something that is in some way problematic for me, although the food itself can be healthy for most (like broccoli)? Or is my gut missing something to digest it right? Or is it just something that just happens to belong to me and I shouldn't worry too much?

It can be kinda problematic in social situations ya know.. ;)

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on June 23, 2015
at 01:37 AM

The only time I have a problem is when I eat kale.

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on February 16, 2014
at 01:04 AM

Yes, a sign of microbial action that could be from undesirable bacteria, when starches or undigested proteins are putrefying instead of being broken down by beneficial bacteria. In that case, probiotics might help. :)

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on February 15, 2014
at 08:45 PM

Disagree. It's a sign of microbal action, which is likely a good thing. :)

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on February 15, 2014
at 09:36 AM

Yes grass fed cows produce lots of methane. Also dogs and cats. And I've seen bubbles escaping from the back end of fish....

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on February 14, 2014
at 11:22 PM

This happens to me when I eat dried dates, but not mejdools. Maybe because the sugar is more concentrated when dried. But yeah, I don't eat dried ones now. Not worth it.

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on February 14, 2014
at 02:11 AM

What kind of olive oil do you buy?? Are you talking about the one that comes out of a car engine? That's not olive oil, that's engine oil. Olive oil is not hard to digest, unless you have pancreatic lipase deficiency, in which case you would have oil running out of you ass uncontrollably. Olive oil is completely absorbed by the body, as are all dietary fats, in a normal person. Here, learn something new: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_acid_metabolism#Digestion_and_transport

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on February 14, 2014
at 01:47 AM

pahaha i laughed when i read this. i can hold them in, i just chose not to!! i was at the bowling alley last week, and literally bent over to let this huge fart out as this lady was walking through the door!! i ran out of there but i'm sure she wanted to faint.

7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

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on December 16, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Thanks for the article, paleotype, very interesting :)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 16, 2012
at 09:40 PM

thx for answers Lazza...+1

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on December 16, 2012
at 09:27 PM

I was on two antibiotics and a megadose (80 mg daily) of omeprazole for 10 days. I think I had to take a total of 8 capsules per day. The two antibiotics is standard protocol but I think only 40 mg of omeprazole is more common. And some doctors only prescribe this drug cocktail for seven days. My doctor was more cautious and had me on it for ten days. Oh, you should also expect to be retested several weeks after you're done with the treatment course. Success rate is 90+%.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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at 06:28 AM

thx Lazza, how long did you take the antibiotics for? & did they put you on a PPI as well (like nexium or prilosec)? i plan to test for h pylori in the future (& would not be surprised if i have it)

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on December 16, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Yes, I took antibiotics and successfully cleared myself of H. Pylori. Apparently one can try to use something like mastic gum instead of antibiotics but I've read of only very few success stories. To be clear, the antibiotic treatment was awful. But it worked, and I'm happy.

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on December 16, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Yes, they are meant to eat grass and its good for the planet. See this http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1953692,00.html

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on December 16, 2012
at 01:08 AM

No. see this http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1953692,00.html

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on December 16, 2012
at 12:30 AM

hi Lazza, did you get rid of your h pylori? if you did, how? thx

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 16, 2012
at 12:28 AM

good point...how does that relate to the question tho

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on December 15, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Homemade sauerkraut is awesome. Preparing a small batch is a low cost, low risk proposition. My only advice: be very exact with the salt requirements, and use red cabbage. View the exercise as a science project and have fun!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on December 15, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Me, too...then I got pregnant. Hormones are a bitch! :)

7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

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on December 15, 2012
at 11:20 PM

I'm looking into FODMAPs at the moment, thanks for the tip :) I guess It wouldn't hurt to comply with the FODMAP-foodlist for a few weeks to see what happens. About sauerkraut, I read this about it: "fermentation does not always remove all FODMAPs, so many FODMAPs sensitive people will have digestive symptoms when eating things like sauerkraut." But I can just try it, I found a nice recipe about it. :)

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at 11:07 PM

Grass-fed cows ferment more than grain-fed cows even. It's all about fermentation.

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on December 15, 2012
at 10:40 PM

extra virgin olive oil is hard to digest...?

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on December 15, 2012
at 10:00 PM

Do grassfed cows produce lots of methane gas? I thought that was only the case for grainfed cows.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on December 15, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I should add that my feelings about H. pylori are perhaps more strong compared to others. I was diagnosed with H. pylori after several years of IBS issues. In hindsight I suffered needlessly while trying all sorts of alternative solutions. Yet improving my diet *did* help my IBS a lot, especially upon going full paleo. And eating healthily made me feel vastly better than if I simply got rid of H. pylori and continued eating poorly. At any rate, getting tested for H. pylori is easy. IMHO, anyone with chronic digestion complaints should get tested.

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on December 15, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I think it can be H. pylori. This bacteria can produce a myriad of problems, ... there is no set pattern. Most who are infected have absolutely no problems. Having said all this, I agree that for those who are negatively impacted by H. pylori it is more common to have issues beyond flatulence.

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on December 15, 2012
at 06:24 PM

It is not H. Pylori. There would be way more symptoms and pain in the stomach and small intestines.

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75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on December 15, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Anything that can be fermented in the gut will produce flatulence. You might want to look up FODMAP on wikipedia and see which of the food categories affect you. Probably everyone has some measure of sensitivity to FODMAPs. However if you are really tooting up a storm and the odor is deadly then I would think your gut flora is a bit messed up. You might also be suffering from an H. pylori infection. Probiotics, especially homemeade stuff (sauerkraut, yogurt), can be very helpful. But changing gut flora composition is difficult.

_Lazza

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on December 16, 2012
at 06:28 AM

thx Lazza, how long did you take the antibiotics for? & did they put you on a PPI as well (like nexium or prilosec)? i plan to test for h pylori in the future (& would not be surprised if i have it)

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on December 15, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I think it can be H. pylori. This bacteria can produce a myriad of problems, ... there is no set pattern. Most who are infected have absolutely no problems. Having said all this, I agree that for those who are negatively impacted by H. pylori it is more common to have issues beyond flatulence.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on December 16, 2012
at 09:27 PM

I was on two antibiotics and a megadose (80 mg daily) of omeprazole for 10 days. I think I had to take a total of 8 capsules per day. The two antibiotics is standard protocol but I think only 40 mg of omeprazole is more common. And some doctors only prescribe this drug cocktail for seven days. My doctor was more cautious and had me on it for ten days. Oh, you should also expect to be retested several weeks after you're done with the treatment course. Success rate is 90+%.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on December 15, 2012
at 06:24 PM

It is not H. Pylori. There would be way more symptoms and pain in the stomach and small intestines.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on December 16, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Yes, I took antibiotics and successfully cleared myself of H. Pylori. Apparently one can try to use something like mastic gum instead of antibiotics but I've read of only very few success stories. To be clear, the antibiotic treatment was awful. But it worked, and I'm happy.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on December 15, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I should add that my feelings about H. pylori are perhaps more strong compared to others. I was diagnosed with H. pylori after several years of IBS issues. In hindsight I suffered needlessly while trying all sorts of alternative solutions. Yet improving my diet *did* help my IBS a lot, especially upon going full paleo. And eating healthily made me feel vastly better than if I simply got rid of H. pylori and continued eating poorly. At any rate, getting tested for H. pylori is easy. IMHO, anyone with chronic digestion complaints should get tested.

7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

(610)

on December 15, 2012
at 11:20 PM

I'm looking into FODMAPs at the moment, thanks for the tip :) I guess It wouldn't hurt to comply with the FODMAP-foodlist for a few weeks to see what happens. About sauerkraut, I read this about it: "fermentation does not always remove all FODMAPs, so many FODMAPs sensitive people will have digestive symptoms when eating things like sauerkraut." But I can just try it, I found a nice recipe about it. :)

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on December 15, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Homemade sauerkraut is awesome. Preparing a small batch is a low cost, low risk proposition. My only advice: be very exact with the salt requirements, and use red cabbage. View the exercise as a science project and have fun!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 16, 2012
at 12:30 AM

hi Lazza, did you get rid of your h pylori? if you did, how? thx

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 16, 2012
at 09:40 PM

thx for answers Lazza...+1

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on December 15, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Since I have been eating paleo I notice that I hardly fart anymore. No gas or urgent runs to the toilet. It's been a blessing.

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on December 15, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Me, too...then I got pregnant. Hormones are a bitch! :)

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on December 16, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Whenever I go hardcore paleo which for me is protein from meat, fish, eggs and some fresh salad there is no gaseous activity there at all. But soon as i add fruit or any other type of carb production starts. Thing is the bacteria there dont die out from paleo but they must stay dormant or switch metabolic pathways because going outside paleo always brings back the farts.

for me farting is in an indicator of how much carbs im consuming

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on December 15, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Foods that are hard to digest will increase flatulence. Broccoli, kale, extra virgin olive oil, etc.

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on December 15, 2012
at 10:40 PM

extra virgin olive oil is hard to digest...?

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on February 14, 2014
at 02:11 AM

What kind of olive oil do you buy?? Are you talking about the one that comes out of a car engine? That's not olive oil, that's engine oil. Olive oil is not hard to digest, unless you have pancreatic lipase deficiency, in which case you would have oil running out of you ass uncontrollably. Olive oil is completely absorbed by the body, as are all dietary fats, in a normal person. Here, learn something new: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_acid_metabolism#Digestion_and_transport

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on December 15, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Cows eat grass and produce A LOT of methane gas. Cows are meant to eat grass.

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on December 16, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Thanks for the article, paleotype, very interesting :)

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on December 15, 2012
at 10:00 PM

Do grassfed cows produce lots of methane gas? I thought that was only the case for grainfed cows.

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on December 16, 2012
at 01:08 AM

No. see this http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1953692,00.html

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 15, 2012
at 11:07 PM

Grass-fed cows ferment more than grain-fed cows even. It's all about fermentation.

E253f8ac1d139bf4d0bfb44debd1db21

on December 16, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Yes, they are meant to eat grass and its good for the planet. See this http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1953692,00.html

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on February 15, 2014
at 09:36 AM

Yes grass fed cows produce lots of methane. Also dogs and cats. And I've seen bubbles escaping from the back end of fish....

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on February 15, 2014
at 08:36 PM

Farting is not a sign of unhealthy food, it's a sign of poor digestion! Digestive enzymes including pancreatin, papain and bromelain might help, as well as supplemental HCl (most of us are low on stomach acid) with pepsin. HCl is very important for digesting protein, and triggers the release of bile and pancreatic enzymes needed to digest fats and carbohydrates.

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on February 16, 2014
at 01:04 AM

Yes, a sign of microbial action that could be from undesirable bacteria, when starches or undigested proteins are putrefying instead of being broken down by beneficial bacteria. In that case, probiotics might help. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 15, 2014
at 08:45 PM

Disagree. It's a sign of microbal action, which is likely a good thing. :)

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on February 15, 2014
at 07:13 PM

Try drinking green tea with combucha. It helps me whenever I have any gut issues.

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on February 14, 2014
at 12:55 AM

OKAY I HAVE THE SAME ISSUE. I love dates, but find about 2 hours on the dot after eating them I get SO GASSY. Like explosive farts. And they STINK. I'm laughing so hard right now explaining this but no joke here people they're big ol' stinky farts. Whatsup with that? I only notice I after I eat dates! It's not painful (and this sounds terrible but it's almost satisfying) it's mostly just the inconvenience factor and how embarrassing the smell is. I've got the "drop the bomb and leave" technique down to a science but it's still so awakward! Is gas not good for you? Should I limit my date intake to like a once a week thing? I usually have 3-4 a day as a sweet snack.

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on February 14, 2014
at 11:22 PM

This happens to me when I eat dried dates, but not mejdools. Maybe because the sugar is more concentrated when dried. But yeah, I don't eat dried ones now. Not worth it.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on February 14, 2014
at 01:47 AM

pahaha i laughed when i read this. i can hold them in, i just chose not to!! i was at the bowling alley last week, and literally bent over to let this huge fart out as this lady was walking through the door!! i ran out of there but i'm sure she wanted to faint.

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on December 16, 2012
at 01:50 AM

farting is pretty damn normal. LOLZ at all the people claiming they don't fart cause they eat paleo. get real!

anyway, painful gas or excessive gas should be pretty easy to distinguish from run of the mill farts. and everyone farts, damn it, paleolithic, neolithic, whatever.

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on December 15, 2012
at 11:41 PM

fainting after eating something is never good. duh

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on December 16, 2012
at 12:28 AM

good point...how does that relate to the question tho

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