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Constant farting- help?

Answered on December 02, 2013
Created November 03, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Hi everyone,

Here's a 13 year old that pretty much adheres to most pillars of the Paleo diet. No grains (besides white rice) and no industial seed oils. For the past month, though, I've been having a problem with fairly smelly gas- and it stems from a variety of foods, from meat to vegetables to fruits. I've tried eliminating all dairy products, to no avail... any suggestions?

EDIT: Sorry for the very late reply- I'd hate for people to take the time to answer and never get a response.

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on December 01, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Thanks!

Don't be fooled, though: I only sound this "well educated" when talking on Internet forums. Many would be horrified at my casual jokes with friends. :)

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on November 04, 2013
at 12:34 AM

yeah didn't notice the age of the poster. i meant to say try eliminating certain vegetables one at a time to see what's causing the problem.

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on November 03, 2013
at 03:31 PM

There's just something about telling a kid to blindly "try eliminating vegetables" that doesn't sit right with me. Then again, he doesn't sound like the type to blindly follow your advice.

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on November 03, 2013
at 03:27 PM

LOL yeah offering dietary advice to very young people is questionable, especially when Paleo has developed around "adults" trying to get better.

That said, the kid has gas and I'm comfortable pointing out the culprits and suggesting yogurt.

Another thought - if he doesn't get dietary advice from us because we're all ethically blocked up, he just might get it from his MD... God forbid.

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on November 03, 2013
at 06:47 AM

@daz you might be right. i also have trouble with garlic. I don't know about the other ones--I have minimal access/interest in them. thanks for the info

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on November 03, 2013
at 06:42 AM

could be the inulin in onions that is the issue for you, other inulin containing foods are artichokes, chicory root, leeks, garlic,

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on November 03, 2013
at 04:12 AM

My daughter is 12 and she would sound just like this. Some kids are just plain smart and well read. That being said, I'm not comfortable offering advice to 13 year olds on diet and lifestyle if they aren't my kids.

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on November 03, 2013
at 03:28 AM

Are you really 13? Are you in college? The way you write sounds a lot more intelligent than most people with a college degree.

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on December 01, 2013
at 07:51 PM

Early this year I started adding gobs and gobs of salad to my diet (well before my paleo experiment), and also switched my soda drinking to a Soda Stream machine I bought. For at least 6 months I was very gassy; talking every 5-10 minutes would be a bout of uncomfortable and unfortunately rather fragrant gas. I stopped the soda machine intake for 2 months, no change. I was unwilling to stop eating romaine or romaine/spinach mix salads, however, and had read that it takes one's gut flora a good amount of time to adjust to an influx of greens. One day I came across and ate some greek yogurt with all the live culture critters, and my gas problems were solved. It was almost an overnight change and I've been great since. Every once and a while I have myself probably half a cup of plain greek yogurt to stay healthy and gas free.

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on December 01, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Thanks for the replies,

Cutting out fruit didn't seem to do much. I tried fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir, but they were not helping at all, if not aggravating my "discomfort." My current diet was lower in carbs than before- possibly the issue? I started to up my carb intake, and at the same time, my gas improved. Now, at around anywhere from 150- 300g of carbs a day, my gas is practically nonexistent. I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or not. Weird!

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on November 12, 2013
at 04:23 AM

Kefir Kefir Kefir. or a probiotic of another kind. Even if its non-alcoholic, I still feel weird suggesting kombucha to a 13 year old :p

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on November 11, 2013
at 08:49 AM

We have this trouble with kale if we don't cook it well.

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on November 11, 2013
at 04:04 AM

All good answers. Dairy and Onions are certainly foods to avoid until your body adjusts to your diet. This is temporary though. Your body will eventually adjust to breaking down these foods and the gas and odor will subside. If there was only one supplement in the world I could add to my diet it would be powdered greens, or superfood/perfect food. It's packed with dehydrated vegetables, herbs, roots, and extracts ground into a thin powder form and loaded with probiotics. Take a loot at the ingredients list, it's quite impressive. It will help make you regular, clean up your digestion and related bad breath, and frankly, it's a miracle food all around. Vitamin Shoppe sells our favorite brand (no affiliation to us: http://www.bodyfoodkitchen.com) on their website for a steal. I posted the link in case you're interested:

http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/garden-of-life-perfect-food-600-g-powder/gu-1031

Indigestion can be very uncomfortable and we wish you the best of luck!

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on November 11, 2013
at 03:47 AM

avoid ALL dairy, and ALL grains and avoid cross-contamination, cut down on fiber, eat non-dairy fermented foods, and try digestive enzymes or papaya tablets. Good luck!

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on November 03, 2013
at 02:08 PM

unless you are leaning heavily on meats the paleo diet is naturally very high in fiber. Insoluble fiber in plants = food for your gut flora = gas in your gut... often smelly gas.

Usually your system will just adapt and equalize but a lot of folks just have a little more gas on the paleo diet. It usally dials back after a while though.

unless you have lactose issues i dont think dairy will be the cause.

FODMAPS seem a little extreme right off the bat. Maybe try a probiotic suppliment once daily, (or a little femented kraut, pickles, kombucha, yogurt). See if that helps. Couldnt hurt

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on November 03, 2013
at 09:15 AM

Try eliminating FODMAPS?

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on November 03, 2013
at 03:16 AM

Broccoli, onions, garlic, potatoes, greens, pretty much anything with lots of insoluble fiber or resistant starches can cause gas. Certain probiotics, particularly yogurt, seems to help with the odor. It may help reduce the gas if you happen to have some sort of bacterial overgrowth that it happens to combat but that's based on various maybes. Gas usually comes with insoluble fiber but rest assured, it's usually not a bad sign. Less insoluble fiber and less resistant starches will help minimize the gas if you're planning something where you really need to reduce it.

Onions and broccoli are some of the biggest offenders here.

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on November 03, 2013
at 03:11 AM

certain vegetables can do that to you. try eliminating vegetables to see what's causing the issue. For me, it's the onions.

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on November 03, 2013
at 03:31 PM

There's just something about telling a kid to blindly "try eliminating vegetables" that doesn't sit right with me. Then again, he doesn't sound like the type to blindly follow your advice.

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on November 03, 2013
at 06:42 AM

could be the inulin in onions that is the issue for you, other inulin containing foods are artichokes, chicory root, leeks, garlic,

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