tummyrumbles,You make some great points. I had to change my diet because of food intolerance. I also incorporated a cleansing program by drnatura (colonix) that helped me with my "gas" problem. I believe the combination of foods is important as well. Fruit not eaten on an empty stomach takes longer to digest which gives time for the fruit to ferment and start giving you gas. This is what my naturopath told me. Thanks for your great points.Anything that retards digestion is going to make leaky gas worse. It is possible that you have fat malabsorption, and it should be easy enough to test.
A lot of things can make cause malabsorption, and I agree that fat could be one of them. Whenever I experienced leaky gas last year it was nearly always due to a food intolerance. In my case, I was experimenting with purgatives (figs, dates and asparagus) â€" just trying to increase my fibre. Alcohol also retards digestion, because it reduces the digestive enzymes. I think too much fat can aggravate the colon. I used to be able to eat fish and chips, but now find that the fat makes me feel slightly nauseous. If it bothered me more than this, it would probably affect my colon as well.
The problem is that you canâ€™t give up eating good fats, vegetable oils, salmon, nuts, etc. and Iâ€™m guessing you donâ€™t eat much of the bad fats. So if you do have a fat malabsorption problem, you have to be able to manage this problem, assuming thereâ€™s no cure. Anything that retards digestion means that evacuation time will be even longer. But I donâ€™t agree that fat malabsorption causes your leaky gas, any more than I believe that alcohol, insomnia or food intolerances cause leaky gas. They make it worse, but given enough time, you will eventually evacuate, it just takes longer. The cause of leaky gas is stool, and the only cure is time.