Reducing Gas in My Bag: Tips Needed!

Oct 28, 2018 4:34 pm

What can I do to lessen episodes of gas blowing up my bag? I have completely stopped drinking carbonated beverages.

Oct 28, 2018 8:20 pm

There is a product called Beano that is a non-prescription pill. It reduces gas. You can also get a bag with a filter built in. However, they won't work if they get wet.

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Oct 28, 2018 8:37 pm

Stop eating breads, cereals, grains, and only high protein, low fiber diet. The gas will almost disappear, you will lose weight, and your cholesterol and triglycerides will go down. I still drink diet cokes but get the caffeine-free ones.

Oct 28, 2018 10:17 pm

I often recommend people visit a naturopath and get evaluated for an appropriate probiotic. The right probiotic has been the single biggest game changer in my 20 years with an ostomy. It has helped with gas, and more importantly, overall digestive function. Not just any probiotic, they can evaluate your reactivity to certain types and get the best fit for you, rather than just eating yogurt thinking it'll help. Just my 2 cents.

I don't know how recent your surgery was, but I found during both my operations, 20 years apart, for the first 3 months or so, I had a lot of ballooning as well, but my system has 'normalized' and settled down since. Large in part due to diet as mentioned by simesom earlier, and the probiotics getting that good digestive bacteria back in your gut to help break down foods that would otherwise wreak havoc and land me in the ER with a blockage. Worth checking out.

Oct 28, 2018 11:08 pm

I feel that BEANO actually works. Limiting yourself to veggies that cause gas.

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NJ Bain
Oct 29, 2018 1:24 am

Also, chewing gum can cause a lot of gas from the air you swallow.

Oct 30, 2018 5:43 am

As everyone has said, it comes down to what you are eating, drinking and the combinations thereof. It's really basically simple.