Gas and Bloating

by Susie

I am 2 years out from gastric banding. In the last year I have been having lots of gas. I'm very uncomfortable and gassy. I don't drink alcohol, drink carbonated beverages, or drink from straws. I was thinking lactose intolerance... Is that possible after lapband? I have talked with my Dr. and he told me to take anti gas stuff... Which doesn't help. Ohh the gas is very smelly.. Like sulpher. Gross I know. Could it be diet related?

Lap band surgery wouldn't cause lactose intolerance like gastric bypass surgery can.

It's possible however, to develop lactose intolerance over time. A simple test would be to eliminate dairy products from your diet and see if it makes a difference.

That includes avoiding milk, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, and many protein powders. Use protein powders that are lactose free or contain only whey protein ISOLATE (vs. whey protein CONCENTRATE).

Other foods that are typically gassy:

  • artichokes

  • asparagus

  • beans

  • broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • cabbage

  • carrots

  • cauliflower

  • celery

  • cucumbers

  • green peppers

  • lentils

  • onions

  • peas

  • potatoes with skin

  • radishes

  • apples

  • apricots

  • bananas

  • oranges

  • peaches

  • pears

  • prunes

  • raisins

  • flax seed

  • oat bran

You don't necessarily need to eliminate these, but maybe try smaller portions of them.

Remember to take small bites and chew thoroughly with ALL foods. That can make a huge difference.

And finally, consider any new medications you may be taking? Sometimes meds cause GI symptoms like gas and bloating.

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