In addition, the normal bacterial population of our colon (large bowel) produces a tiny amount of hydrogen gas and methane by fermenting the carbohydrates left over from the small intestinal digestive process and forming hydrogen sulfide (like the smell of rotten eggs), methanethiol (like the smell of decomposing vegetables), and dimethyl sulfide (a heavy sweetish odor). In fact, less than 1 percent of the gas we produce accounts for all of the odor. When clients come to In Harmony complaining about excess gas, a careful history of the colon is taken. We know that colon hydrotherapy is what the person needs. Typically after 4 colonic sessions and a restricted healthy diet the body can return to a more balanced state producing less gas. A good probiotic is always recommended as are digestive enzymes. Keep in mind that passing gas is a natural occurrence.
(parts of this blog were taken from consumer reports "The Best of Health")
To reduce gas: To reduce smelly gas production, the traditional approach is to cut down on foods that produce high residues of indigestible carbohydrates. These include: Corn , noodles and potatoes and most foods high in dietary fiber. Fructose, found in artichokes, onions, pears and wheat. Raffinose, found in asparagus, beans , broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and whole grains. Sorbitol, found in apples, peaches, pears and candies and drinks that us it as a sweetener.
Gas-x, Pepto-Bismol, and activated charcoal have been used to mask the odor, reduce belching, and soak up gas, however all can be toxic if taken long term. Colon hydrotherapy is the best answer!