Ask Dr. Taz MD: March 24th, 2014

Dear Dr. Taz,
I am a 69-year-old male and I’m having a problem with intestinal gas after meals. What can I take to stop this problem? I use Gas-x and Beano and they offer little help.This problem causes me to look for a bathroom after a meal within 30 minutes. I have been told to chew fennel seeds before a meal or to take enzymes before a meal and have not tried these solutions yet. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Intestinal gas after a meal can mean many things—it can be trouble with a particular food or food item ( like gluten or dairy) or it can be something that is actually wrong with your gut. Some examples include an overgrowth of yeast or the wrong bacteria. I would start by keeping a food diary to see if there are foods that create gas consistently. You can add digestive enzymes with your meals, along with Betaine hcl to help break the proteins down further.
If you continue to have symptoms, please contact your doctor.