I have a 39 year old male client who is excellent condition and eats better than any one I know. However, he experiences intestinal gas quite often and does not know why. He has been to a specialist and had several tests ran, but everything came out excellent. He consumes moderate to high protein, moderate carbs, mostly vegetables, low to moderate fat and low sugar. He has also tried over the counter products for his gas, but nothing works. This leads me to believe that it is nutrition related. But everything that I have recommended he has already done (i.e., deleting certain foods for three to seven days).
With the limited amount of information here, I can only give general advice. I'm not sure what type of specialist your client was seeing. But, if this specialist is rooted in allopathic/traditional medicine, I'm not surprised that there was no useful diagnosis as traditional medicine seeks to TREAT (pharmacology), rather than PREVENT (naturopathy). I'm going to precurse this article by suggesting that you refer your client out to a C.H.E.K Certified Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach (C.H.E.K-NLC), and/or a Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.). To find the nearest NLC and/or ND in your area, click on the links below:
Now, let's go over some basic considerations for your client. According to the information in the question, your client is experiencing a significant level gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction. Consider the following questions/points:
- Is your client eating according to his metabolic type (MT)? If not, and you are unfamiliar with MT as well, than I highly recommend you both read the book "The Metabolic Typing Diet" by Wolcott. When one fails to consume the correct TYPE & RATIOS of the three primary macronutrients (i.e. CARBS, PROTEINS and FATS), the body's only option is one or more countless dysfunctions in the many systems of the body (i.e. GI, Endocrine, CV, Immune, etc.)
- How high or low is the quality of the food your client eats? If processed foods are a daily part of his nutritional regimen (i.e. boxed, bagged, and shelved food, etc.), than this too is a concern.
- What type of environment(s) does your client eat in (i.e. busy, distracted, rushed = STRESS)?
- What is your client's hydration/dehydration status? Is he drinking AT LEAST one-half his bodyweight in pure, chlorine free, fluoride free water DAILY?
- Has your client been tested for FOOD ALLERGIES/SENSITIVITIES? Particularly for a possible GLUTEN ALLERGY (i.e. a protein found in some popular grains such as wheat). This is otherwise known as CELIAC DISEASE and has recently been found to be much more wide spread than previously thought.
- LEAKY GUT SYNDROME is a possible concern as well. This is essentially caused by GI inflammation allowing for toxic substances to be passed into the body's tissues causing an immune system response. A few of the more prevalent causes of leaky gut are: ALCOHOL, COFFEE, STRESS, DEHYDRATION, NSAIDS, PRESCRIPTION and OTC DRUGS and others.
These are just a few possibilities. Good luck!