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Probiotics to Prevent Stomach Bloating?


#1

Has anyone found relief from stomach bloating using probiotics? If so what do you recommend?

For those with issues related to bloating what have you tried?


#2

elimination diet, mate. Only way to be sure.


#3

Anything in particular causing bloat? Certain foods? Dairy? Protein shakes etc?


#4

[quote]Gh15 wrote:
Anything in particular causing bloat? Certain foods? Dairy? Protein shakes etc? [/quote]

I find starchy foods as a whole cause them for me with some way worse than others.

Wheat = extreme bloating

Potatoes = minor bloating

But I find if I don’t eat enough starches in a day I’ll start to drop weight.


#5

Hmm this is a hard situation. Eat rice, yams, oatmeal. You need to find a carb source that your body doesn’t reject. Bloating often means your body is having a hard time digesting the food and because of this generally screws up your digestion for the whole day and you will have bowel problems. Experiment and see what dosent cause bloat and avoid everything that does cause bloat.


#6

I started taking digestive enzymes and kelp (both at the same time) and they seemed to help with the bloating I had. Couldn’t tell you which one helped in particular though…


#7

Yes will help, even mask symptoms however best to take out root of problem


#8

Yeah, I agree with everyone else here. I used to have bloating and stomach pain regularly and had no idea I was allergic to wheat. Now, if I accidentally eat the stuff, I look like I’m 4 months pregnant and my face actually gets puffy (not to mention the horrible gastrointestinal issues). Pretty ridiculous. Before I new what was causing it, I too tried to mask the problem with probiotics. It does help, but it’s not a long term solution. I’m much healthier and happier after eliminating the source of the problem. :slight_smile:

Definitely try an elimination diet and see what’s going on.


#9

When my gut (not just stomach) is acting up I like to take some supplements to kill off any bad flora that might have overgrown. Some people cry havoc over candida yeast, but it could be a lot of different stuff. I’ll take something like Candistroy (available on AMazon a lot cheaper than in health food stores) for a while. It kills off a lot of different bad biotics, but it’s marketed to candida. After killing the bad guys, THEN I’ll take some probiotics. (Candistroy comes with probiotics as a separate regimen, but I use better probiotics than it has.) I also load up on the l-glutamine which is supposed to be good for the intestines. It seems to work for me.

Another thing to try is taking some betaine HCL with meals to make sure the food is digested properly. For me, sometimes bloat is just food sitting in the stomach waiting to be digested, and a little extra acid helps that along.


#10

[quote]littlesleeper wrote:
I started taking digestive enzymes and kelp (both at the same time) and they seemed to help with the bloating I had. Couldn’t tell you which one helped in particular though…[/quote]

x2 digestive enzyme and greens supp for me


#11

As per the elimination diet and playing with foods I’ve done quite a bit of that in my years of training. I’ve also taken a food intolerance test ( http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_supplements/food_intolerance_test ) so I’m pretty confident in knowing what foods suits me best.

I will try Candistroy and digestive enzymes and see what happens. When I order betaine HCL should I get a supplement that includes pepsin?

Also I started taking a probiotic for the first time 5 days ago and for the first 3 days it heavily increased the frequency of my trips to the bathroom.


#12

might as well try kelp too


#13

[quote]therajraj wrote:

I will try Candistroy and digestive enzymes and see what happens. When I order betaine HCL should I get a supplement that includes pepsin?

[/quote]
The pepsin shouldn’t hurt. It’s just another digestive enzyme.


#14

When I had IBS symptoms I adopted the FODMAPs diet (Google it) and found it had almost immediate effects. Colonic hydrotherapy is another option, although many people debate its efficacy. It didn’t do much for me other than temporarily remove the bloat. However, given it’s widely available, low cost, and a one-off session is all you really need, it’s worth considering as a useful ‘clean slate’ strategy and may benefit all types of subsequent nutrient take up.

Since the episode above, I always supplement with probiotics and digestive enzymes but doubt they would do anything had I not done FODMAPs for a couple of months.

Last thing I’d say, in terms of carb intake, which you were worried about, opt for rice (steamed Thai or jasmine is my choice). Rice has an incredibly low allergy rate.


#15

digestive health became quite an obsession of mine, and I learned that although there are a million supps that can help, there’s just no substitute for working out what your trigger foods are and avoiding them like the plague


#16

[quote]Yogi wrote:
digestive health became quite an obsession of mine, and I learned that although there are a million supps that can help, there’s just no substitute for working out what your trigger foods are and avoiding them like the plague[/quote]

Yeah - when I found out I had a rice and egg allergy, they were painful to cut out but made a world of difference.


#17

Guys, I would definitely suggest reading “wheat belly”. This explains what the effect of the protein gliadin within wheat has on our bodies which includes “leaky gut syndrome” and deficiences caused due to the phytic acid content.

The elimination diet is great but unless you are actively repairing the gut with high strength probiotics i.e. fermented foods and drinks and magnesium supplementation you will struggle to ever eat any foods which you have a reaction to.


#18

[quote]therajraj wrote:

[quote]Yogi wrote:
digestive health became quite an obsession of mine, and I learned that although there are a million supps that can help, there’s just no substitute for working out what your trigger foods are and avoiding them like the plague[/quote]

Yeah - when I found out I had a rice and egg allergy, they were painful to cut out but made a world of difference.[/quote]

whey was the hardest thing to give up for me. Just makes your life so much easier when you can drink shakes, but so it goes. At least now I know I’m actually digesting the protein I eat instead of just shitting it out an hour later