I'm about 40, but I've had this problem as long as I can remember. My stool is rather soft (not watery - more like a cow pie) and extremely pungent (I get a lot of complaints). The smell item is actually the most disconcerting! My BM are very regular - 1 every day after breakfast.
On top of this I am extremely gassy. Which is also a drag. If I'm at home it's not really a problem, but if I have to hold it in for a long time I start to get cramps.
I have a varied and fairly heathly diet.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. (especially on the gas and smell problem)
Smelly bowels can be caused by not having the right kind of intestinal bacteria in your intestines that needs to be rebalanced with the friendly bacteria found in yogurt and probiotic supplements like lactobacilus Acidophilus.
Putrification bacteria that causes foul smelly stools can also be caused by eating a diet that is too acidic.
All meat, grains, dairy(lactic acid) produces acid. Fruits and veggies are alkaline.
A healthy diet consist of 80% alkaline and 20 % acid foods!!! Not many people eat this way---
I wish you well---Harry
[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 12-07-2002).]
Most people that are lactose intolerant have problems with milk sugar (lactose) that is very difficult to digest. It take 2 types of active bacteria to make all yogurt and the bacteria digests most of the milk sugar in the process. So, most people that are allergic to milk can readily tolerate yogurt. Several brands add additional live active cultures. Stonyfield Farm has 6 and Cascade yogurt has 8 cultures ---both are very good ---so don't write yogurt off without trying it. The best types are usually at health food stores but read the labels.
Acidity and alkalinity are measured by the pH (potential of hydrogen) scale. Water is a pH of 7.0 and is neutral. Anything below 7.0 is acid and a pH above 7.0 is Alkaline. The best range for us humans is slightly acidic -- 6.8 to 6.0.
You can test your body fluds with litmus paper---- testing your saliva and urine. I use Nitrazine Paper with a pH range of 4.5 to 7.5--- the last roll I bought cost $40. and that was about 5 years ago but its 5 yards long so it last a long time. If you can fine red and blue litmus paper ---I think it's cheaper. I also use it with colds and allergies to determine if the drainage is acidic or alkaline ---- it makes a BIG----BIG difference what remedy you use homeopathically. I used this method to cure my wife's severe allergy---- years ago (1982).
The Hay diet that outlined the acid/alkaline balance foods was developed in 1933 ---so this way of healthy eating is certainly not new. But, the way food is processed these days has changed alot.
That are several good books on the subject: "The pH Miracle:Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health" and "The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet, An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Waste"
Lactaid helps digest milk sugar so you can intake dairy products. Fresh Citrus fruits are surprisingly alkaline but I don't know about processed orange juice ---it act on my system like it's acidic.
As you probably already know having foul smelling gas as well as stools is just not healthy ---- It is a good indication that your digestive system is not working properly and if not corrected--- will evenually cause problems. You are absorbing toxins and who knows what else??? Colon cancer is second only to that of the lung in deaths caused by cancer!!!
I started out years ago with these symptons you mention...I ignored the problem...and just recently got really sick...diarea..bad cramps...weight loss...I am now diagnosed with Crohn's.....I can NOT have a high fiber diet....No Wheat....white bread only...No raw vegetables...No raw fruits except ripe bananas....No oatmeal....I can have rice krispies...No sugar....use sugar substitute....No really spicy foods...and I am now on Remacaid Infusions...Asacol...and Imuran....this has stopped the gas...cramps...and diarea....I also got some new information from my husbands cardiologist....that as mentioned above....I am being treated for the symptons...but my real problem is I have no more good bacteria left in my intestines.....so he recommended a supplement called Kyo-Dophilus...I purchased a 2 month supply for 26.00.....I will start taking it after the holidays....So my advice is DON'T...ignore the symptons....start the Dophilus supplement now....you could be saving your self from developing full blown Crohn's.....I wish you well.