I have had bloating and gas for more than 5 years. I always have pressure in my stomach and pain from the gas. Different doctors tested me and haven't found anything strange. By eliminating other possibilities they have suggested it is IBS-C. This doesn't help much but it is a name. I have started changing my diet to include more fiber and water but nothing changed. The symptoms are largely the same.
After reading lots, I think that the gas is from the bacteria in my gut. This seems to be an important thing. I am not sure how they got there but I got an idea. I think it may be because I had bad brushing habits. I grew up with my grandparents and they never taught me to brush regularly. I only started brushing when I moved out which was 2 months ago. This hasn't helped so I don't know how long I should wait for brushing to fix the gas before giving up. If this doesn't work, do I need antibiotics to fix it?
First of all, keep brushing daily for the rest of your life. Also consider flossing. Brushing is important for preventing inflammation in the body and it also keeps our breath fresh so we can talk to people. As for the bacteria in your gut, you always have bacteria there.
Bacteria help us digest food, but if the mixture of bacteria in the gut is imbalanced, certain bacteria can start to overbreed. These bacteria will feed on the fecal material in your gut to create gas. If you gut does not move the fecal material fast enough, the bacteria will have more opportunity to feed and generate the painful gas. Antibiotics may help but they can also make things worse by messing with the balance of bacteria.
You are better off to work on your diet to include more fiber and water to loosen your stools. This will allow them to pass more easily and could reduce the amount of gas that you build up.
You don't need antibiotics to combat harmful bacteria. The problem can be solved through diet, many foods have powerful anti-bacterial properties. Ginger is an extremely powerful anti-bacteria, the only problem is that it will kill the good bacteria as well. Drink some ginger tea every now and then.
I am not stopping brushing. I had 4 cavities filled since I started my job and used up my dental benefits for the next two years. The dentist was amazed I didn't have more. He said it was probably because we didn't drink soda or juices at home. My grandparents are really simple people who didn't know.
I was talking about giving up waiting for the brushing to fix my problem. It sound like it won't help. Thanks for helping me. I will read more about changing my diet. Lots of people change there diet when they have IBS from what I read.
Diet is the best option and fiber is important but don't avoid a doctor's visit if the problem persists. A doctor may find that you have intestines that are slow to move material.
You could try Manuka Honey for the bacteria. It is a little expensive but highly effective in killing bacteria. Check with your locall herb shop to find this product. Also try Apple Cider Vinager with the Mother. The ACV is good for so many things it's not possible to list them all here!
I would try a probiotic. This gives you the active cultures that help the intestines break down food. They come in pill form most of the times. If those are not available to you, eat alot of yogurt with the active candida in it. Also, I agree with everyone else about eating foods rich in fiber and drinking plenty of water.