I am a recently diagnosed celiac. I have experienced excess gas in the past as a result of ingesting gluten (pre-diagnosis) but it had no odor. I started the gluten free diet about a week ago, and ever since, have experienced just as much gas, except this time it has a strong rotten eggs smell. I know this is a bit much to post, but I am just confused, as I though gluten free was supposed to reduce the gas problem, not make it worse. Could this just be a result of my body adjusting to gluten free? thanks.
The gas is produced by bacteria and yeasts which are feeding on the partly digested food you ate. Gas from carbohydrates is not particularly smelly but gas ftom proteins and fats smells like rotten eggs. When peoople with CD go gluten free the intestinal tract goes through changes - it has to readjust to a different diet. Some people have more problems adjusting than others and gas is a common reaction. You could eat less protein and take digestive enzymes every time you eat. Probiotics will help repopulate your intestine with good bacteria - I use goat's milk yogurt but it has protein and fat - so capsules may be better for you. Some people have difficulty producing enough bile and pancreatic digestive enzymes while the autoimmune reaction subsides. If this persists you can be checked out for gall stones or do liver flushes (see Curezone Liver Flush Support Forum)