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Probiotics Smelly Gas
Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more
I take a daily probiotic yet still have uncomfortable (and smelly) gas and sometimes loose stool. What can I do? What might be causing this?
Food: It's because of food you are eating. Bacteria in the gut break down what your body doesn't digest well, and produces the foul smelling gas. Your body is telling you something. Keeping a daily food diary will help reveal which foods make it worse. Some common problems are lactose intolerance or food allergies. ...Read more
I've had an excessive amount of gas for 5 months now. I take probiotics and it doesn't seem to be working. What should I do?
GI: I would suggest you be seen by a gastroenterologist (GI)- a stomach and intestine specialist who may be able to scope you and make sure everything is ok in your intestines and maybe shed some light as to why you are having so much gas. Could rule some things out in order to rule some things in like Irritable Bowel Syndrome which causes a lot of gas. Get checked and best wishes to you. ...Read more
I have had very foul smelling gas which seems to respond to probiotics. Once I stopped taking probiotics (after a few weeks), the problem came back.?
Combination: Gas odor is a product of combinations of food, consumed, digestion, and bacteria in the intestine which aid digestion. From your response, a large factor for you is the intestinal bacteria. It frequently takes months of supplementation to change the flora (bacteria makeup) of the gut. Keep up supplementing, eat healthy, and avoid antibiotics. ...Read more
Probiotics may or may not help with "gas". I assume you
are referring to passing gas per rectum (flatus). Scientists are just starting to understand the human intestinal microbiome. The various probiotics all have different compositions. Which is the best is uncertain. The most important thing for a healthy microbiome is to eat a very healthy organic diet see: http://bit. Ly/23X5fRT *see comments ...Read more
What else did U eat?: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more
Lately I'm having excessive gas attacks. Especially during the night. However when I take a probiotic it gets better. What is the probable cause?
Feeling gassy...: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more
What in my diet could be causing my ebf 3 1/2 month old to have painful gas that seems to be trapped? And if I take a probiotic would it help him?
Probably nothing: Some people swear that their diet affects their breastfeeding newborn but studies have refuted that mother's diet does. So with good studies to back that up, your diet, nor a probiotic should matter. Some babies just have gas. You could try the gas drops in the pharmacy and see if it helps, or a peppermint drop under the tongue, but probably not much will help till he learns to work it out. ...Read more
Yes: Also watching your diet. If certain types of food give you more symptoms, cut down on them. Its typically associated with high fiber foods, raw food, and green vegetables. You can search over the web and get the info on those. Eat small portions and avoid eating too much at a time. If symptoms don't improve see a GI doc. ...Read more
My 4 month daughter is very uncomfortable with gas, esp. At night-she often wakes up crying. Why? What can I do for her? Any recs for probiotics?
Could be a colic: The symptom you describe sounds like colic. Colic may be caused by many, unknown factors. Do you breastfeed the baby, and eat foods that cause a lot of gas? If that is the case, you may eat low gas forming and low allergenic diet. Many studies found no universally effective remedies, but simethicone, probiotics, casein hydrolysate formula, music, maternal low allergen diet have worked in some. ...Read more
I was taking a probiotic with great results, which seemed to have diminished. I increased the dosage and now have gas/bloating. How long can I expect?
Flora rebalancing: Probiotics are dietary supplements and foods that contain "beneficial" bacteria. They are promoted to improve digestion by rebalancing the normal microflora in the large intestine. Perhaps this rebalancing occurred and resulted in initial benefit for you, but further flora adaptation has occurred and lessened the favorable effect. More is not better. Just stop, or try another brand/bacteria. ...Read more
All not powerful:
You want to try different ones and see what is best for you. From joghurt to kefir to health food store tablets. Keep in mind that all are not too powerful.
See what is best for you, there is no exact science. Florastor is one that I have seen to be helpful. ...Read more
50 yr old female born with Hirschprung's.At 48, I had a transverse total colectomy. Still have issues w/ inflammation & gas. Would probiotics help me?
Qualified Yes: "Good bacteria" or probiotics are essential to colon health and good for the immune system. Somebody with a long medical history like yours is likely to have used a lot of antibiotics, and those devastate the good with the bad bacteria. It makes sense to restore normal bacterial flora. I cannot say whether it will resolve your complaints, but it is something to consider. Work with your doctor. ...Read more
Please help with chronic bloatedness & gas. Have tried Probiotics, Activated Charcoal & Bavispas But not helping. I exersice daily & watch food intake?
Bloating: A good next step is to be tested for food sensitivity and avoid the offending foods. At the top of that list is often wheat and dairy. Great Plains Laboratory in KS USA has a good food sensitivity panel. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have a garlic intolerance. I have tried probiotics, gas-x, digestive enzymes, and beano. No success. What can I do to eat garlic without issues?
Depends: ...on what your symptoms of your intolerance are. Garlic causes acid reflux in many people, and without reflux medication, this cannot be controlled well. However, you might consider trying to roast the garlic before using it. Some people are able to tolerate roasted garlic but not fresh garlic. Good luck. ...Read more
Cholecystectomy in June has caused me to bloat and have excessive gas. I take Gas X daily, doctors rx. Can I take it with dual action probiotics?
Takes up to 6 months for the liver ducts to enlarge and "store" the bile acids produced and usually stored in the gallbladder! Some people are "sensitive"to these bile acids...discuss with your surgeon. He/she may recommend an interim solution to your problem
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Contant bad gas and wind everyday, been on few antibiotics, told could be yeast overgrowth, how do I cure this, probiotics are not helping please help?
Anti-fungals, diet &: Intestinal yeast (candida) is common but not easy to treat. Probiotics help but aren't enough. You need to take anti-fungal herbs (like pau d-arco, oregano oil, garlic) &/or drugs (like nystatin) as well as avoid simple sugars & starches. Treatment takes several months. See http://www. Huffingtonpost. Com/dr-mark-hyman/yeast-infection-symptoms_b_657354.Html & books like the candida cure by ann boroch. ...Read more
Probiotics: Yes, probiotics can make the symptoms of ibss worse by increased bloating and gas. ...Read more
Foul smelling gas. Constant stomach rumbling. Flatulence 400-500 times a day. Diet modification/food journal + probiotics no help. Now what?
Proper workup: You need a workup for malabsorption / maldigestion. Your primary care physician can begin it. Gluten enteropathy can present like this and so can Whipple's and a bunch of others. I'm sorry that a search for an easy fix wasn't successful, but not really surprised. Good luck. ...Read more
I have minor acid reflux. I took a 50 billion probiotic for a month. I stopped taking it now my stomach is a nightmare. Pain gas little burps etc.
Had really bad gas, bad smelling frequent soft stools for 2yrs. Taking probiotics and all symptoms gone. Was it than bacterial overgrowth syndrome?
Yes: It may have been as simple as putting your gut back into balance with the probiotics. 2-3 month course of probiotics will typically be long enough. ...Read more
Took cipro/flagyl for 2wks. For suspected sibo. Felt great while on it. Now the gas is coming back. Which probiotic should I begin? 38/male.
SIBO, documented?: Treatment is often offered empirically when sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is suspected. However symptoms recur when the antibiotics are gone. Is this due to underlying ibs, regrowth of bacteria (or resistant ones!), parasites, altered GI transit, or something else? Bifidobacter-containing probiotics may reduce gassiness, a xifaxan (rifaximin) trial may help, but evaluation is best pursued now. ...Read more