Hello Dr.Passero, about 15-30 minutes after eating I have gas, cramps, and diarrhea. Mainly when I eat chicken, cheese, milk, tea, cokes. I thought I may have IBS or Lactose Intolerance but I am confused because it does not happen all the time but more often than I like for I have found myself hanging around the restroom more often after eating. What can I do to stop this?
It is very possible
that your digestive discomfort could be related to IBS. This is just the
name for any scenario in which the bowel becomes irritated. It can be
related to stress or offending foods. You may want to try using a
digestive enzyme. This will help your body to break down food
better. Sometimes gas can be caused when your stomach does not break down
protein and carbohydrate structures completely. When this happens, the
poorly digested protein structures can only be broken down by the bacteria in
our bowels that produce large amounts of gas. When food is digested completely,
it is processed by the healthy bacteria that do not create gas as a by-product.
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Taking a probiotic supplement that contains acidophilus and bifido bacteria
species can also be helpful with gas and digestive complaints. I alluded
to the role of bacteria in gas production above. Using a probiotic
supplement introduces good bacteria into the bowels. These bacteria facilitate
the proper breakdown of food without the production of gas byproducts.
The more you have, the less opportunity there is for other gas-producing
bacteria to interact with the food in your bowels.
If you think there is a chance you are lactose intolerant I suggest you try
using lactase enzymes the next few times you eat dairy products. If your
gas symptoms improve lactose intolerance may certainly be a possibility.
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