Posted by: pp | 2007/06/12


My son, 32, has terrible flactulence. It has become very dibilitating from a social point of view. His bowel movements are fine, he has no problem with digestion and we cannot put it down to any type of food. His diet is very healthy. Do you think a course of probiotics would help? What do you suggest?

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Dear PP
Try probiotics three times a day, Pancreoflat 3 times a day, avoid gas containing cooldrinks, and food that cause gas
Foods that commonly cause gas include:
Carbonated drinks, Beer,Red wine,Fried and fatty foods,Sugars: raffinose, lactose, fructose, and sorbitol
Sugar substitutes,Beans and other legumes: baked beans, garbanzo (chickpeas), kidney, lentil, lima, navy, pinto
Wheat and wheat bran
Certain fruits, such as:Apricots,Cantaloupe and other melons,Prunes,Raw apples,
Milk and other dairy products, including highly fermented cheese,Eggs
Undigestable fats such as Olestra (found in potato chips)
this does not mean that he is never allowed to eat any of these foods - just that he must eat less of this and try and see if a specific food gives more symptoms.

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