Do Carbohydrates cause you to have more gas?

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Hello Dr. Janine Krause here. Today I’m going to talk about do carbohydrates cause you to have more gas? It’s one of the common questions I get from my patients and this is usually a question that leads up to do I have non-beneficial bacterial in my gut producing all this gas? So let’s take a step back for a second do carbohydrates cause gas? Well yes, of course. They absolutely can. Why, because beneficial bacteria that break down those carbohydrates produce methane. They produce carbon dioxide and they produce hydrogen among other things, while their fermenting carbohydrates so while they’re breaking it down. So in previous videos I’ve talked a lot about how it’s so important that you chew your food. Why, because the more you chew, the less gas that’s gonna be produced in the fermentation process by these beneficial bacteria. Why, because if you give them a smaller piece to work with they don’t have to cause this big inflammatory bloating process and so that’s one thing you can do. Now in terms of gas and the formation of gas, the folks who are less gassy have more beneficial bacteria that can handle all of the carbohydrates that they eat. Those that have more gas have less of the proper beneficial bacteria to break down these carbohydrates. So how do you fix this? Well, one way can go about it is to take probiotics that you can’t just go ahead and jump in and take probiotics on their own. You want to give them a little bit of food something called a prebiotic which is basically fuel for them. It comes in the form of apples, green bananas, plantains, coconut flour, cold potatoes, all those different things could be used as fuel for your probiotics. So essentially when you’re taking a probiotic capsule. You want to pair it with a tablespoon or two of say a cold potato. You boil the potato up for 5 to 6 minutes. You put it on the ice bed to stop the cooking process. Then take it out and take the little tiny potato fingerling works good for this. You can take that with your probiotic. Now you’ve given your probiotic a little fuel and food for the trip and so what you doing there is training your body to be able to tolerate that beneficial bacteria and to be able to give it some fuel so they can proliferate. Basically set up its neighborhoods and families or whatever you want to call it in the digestive system. So let’s go back to why would we want to eat carbohydrates, because they’ve kind of been demonized lately with Paleo diets and what not. Well, folks who are on the paleo, I’ve done it myself before on and off and I’ll be honest, yes, you do have less gas. Why, because you’re not consuming the carbohydrates that you would have normally consumed and now the bacteria aren’t dealing with carbohydrates they are dealing with proteins and fats. So yes the paleo diet will definitely decrease your amount of gas but what you’re missing out on are some of the really great benefits of the bacteria can produce for you when they’re fermenting your food. Why, because beneficial bacteria can make something called butyrate. Butyrate can come from the breakdown of carbohydrates. Butyrate is rate fuel for that digestive system lining. It strengthens it up. So if you’ve ever heard of anyone using the term leaky gut, intestinal permeability, that separating of that intestinal lining, you can help to strengthen your digestive system and immune system if you are eating a little bit of carbohydrates and of course you’ve got to choose your carbohydrates wisely. I’m not talking about going and getting a box of hoho’s or dingdong’s. I’m talking about whole grains and things of that nature. So one of the big things I find with a lot of my patients when they’re on the paleo diet is they’re like yes sausage, yes meat, but they forget about the veggies and those veggies are there for a purpose and we need veggies. Why? Those guys are great fuel for the digestive system lining. In future videos I will talk a little bit more in depth about that but since our topic is more on gas and bloating today, I wanted to basically put it out there that carbs are not the enemy. It’s just really how much and if your body is ready to be able to tolerate them. So I have a lot of people who can’t digest veggies. Why? They get on this healthy diet this juice diet they get the veggies than their oh my gosh I have so much gas, because they don’t have enough of the beneficial bacteria and so if you want to cut down on the amount of gas in your digestive system but you do want to eat carbohydrates the most important thing to do is get yourself started on probiotics go slow start with about 5 billion organisms a day and take it with a little bit of prebiotic so that’s that little bit of potato starch a little bit of plantain or something of that nature and so start with that and then train yourself to be able to digest carbohydrates better and you have a lot less gas and don’t forget to chew. I’m Dr. Janine Krause and thanks for watching!


Do you struggle with dry itchy skin and battle cracking skin each winter? According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 81 million Americans report experiencing dry, itchy or scaly skin during the winter months.

Why is the winter so brutal on our skin?

In the winter humidity drops and with that there’s in increase in water loss from our skin. Healthy skin is compromised of 20-35% water yet in the winter months it can drop to 10%!

That drop in water content leaves our skin dry, itchy and extremely vulnerable as our outer layer of our skin, the stratum corneum, loses some of it’s ability to protect us from viruses, bacteria and skin damage.

Our skin cells are linked together in sheets in a fashion much like tiles and mortar. The cells being the tiles and the mortar being the nutrients that you must have ample amounts of to keep that skin layer intact. The cells of outer layer of skin contain the protein keratin and substances called natural moisturizing factors (NMFs). The keratin and NMFs work together to hold water in the skin, while attracting more water to maintain skin hydration and flexibility. The only problem is that keratin and NMFs are water soluble and can become dehydrated with excess showering, swimming, hot tubbing and hand washing.

The mortar between our “skin tiles” contains nutrients that are key to preserving skin hydration. The most important of those nutrients are ceramides. Ceramides are a combination of fatty acids and cholesterol. Ceramides combine with sweat to create an acid mantle barrier to keep out bacteria and viruses while they prevent water loss from the natural moisturizing factors in the skin cells. Ceramides are responsible for maintaining smooth skin texture. Examples of ceramides are:

  • When the skin is dehydrated and has and fewer fatty acids to lubricate and maintain it’s protective barrier the skin is not able to exfoliate properly.
  • When the skin can’t exfoliate it allows for a build up of dead skin that results in an “ashy”, white hazy, flaky appearance.
  • When the skin is “ashy” it’s vulnerable, prone to infection and will start to age faster as it’s not able to heal itself at this point!


  1. Grab an exfoliant - I like Eminence’s Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant – it’s marketed for the face but works well on the entire body – after all it’s all the same type of skin! Use it daily.
  2. Get a glycerine based, ceramide rich moisturizer or serum. I love HydroPeptide’s Firming Moisturizer – it provides long lasting hydration and works to prevent wrinkles, scars, and skin discoloration that can come with friction induced injuries when the skin is dry. Note: It’s marketed as a slimming cream however, it’s my go to with Le Mieux’s Derma Relief Serum for preventing winter itch!

I also have used Skin Active’s ELS (Every Lipid Serum) with great success as well. Check it out at:

You’ll want to grab a few bottles as you’ll go through it faster when using it on the entire body.


You can make your own exfoliants as well as moisturizing serums.

Rice Flour Exfoliant – Grab some Organic Rice Flour – put a tablespoon in your palm and drop some water into the palm till you make a paste. Massage into the skin in a circular motion.

Moisturizing Aloe Oil:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 5 teaspoons jojoba oil (carrot seeds oil is great here too)
  • 30 drops lavender oil or other essential oils (optional)
  1. Put all of your ingredients in your blender and blend on low for just a couple of seconds. You can also place the ingredients in a glass jar and give it a good shake.
  2. Place the mixture in a glass jar and store in the fridge. Give the jar a good shake before each application.
    Keeps in the fridge for a few weeks.


Daily exfoliation

Twice daily application of the moisturizer, oil or serum of your choice

Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day

Get in good fats into your diet to help with your body’s reserves of fatty acids for the skin cells – I add in 4 tbsp of expeller pressed olive, unrefined coconut or avocado oil daily into dressings, cook with it and drizzle it over veggies from November to March.

Itching and bumps? Add in carrot seed oil to your daily regimen or consider using Say Yes to Carrots Moisturizer in addition to one of the ceramide rich options above.

Consider going low histamine for a while as histamines are proteins that can increase itching in the body. Here’s a list of all the high histamine foods – avoid these for a month or at the least try not to eat more than one of the items on the list in a day and see how the skin responds.

Histamine-Rich Foods (including fermented foods):

  • Alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine.
  • Anchovies
  • Avocados
  • Cheeses, especially aged or fermented cheese, such as parmesan, blue and Roquefort.
  • Cider and home-made root beer.
  • Dried fruits such as apricots, dates, prunes, figs and raisins (you may be able to eat these fruits - without reaction - if the fruit is thoroughly washed).
  • Eggplant
  • Fermented foods, such as pickled or smoked meats, sauerkraut, etc.
  • Mackerel
  • Mushrooms
  • Processed meats - sausage, hot dogs, salami, etc.
  • Sardines
  • Smoked fish - herring, sardines, etc.
  • Sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, yogurt - especially if not fresh.
  • Soured breads, such as pumpernickel, coffee cakes and other foods made with large amounts of yeast.
  • Spinach, tomatoes
  • Vinegar or vinegar-containing foods, such as mayonnaise, salad dressing, ketchup, chili sauce, pickles, pickled beets, relishes, olives.
  • Yogurt

Histamine-Releasing Foods:

  • Alcohol
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Papayas
  • Pineapple
  • Shellfish
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Note: I do not receive any compensation from the companies mentioned in this post. I love their products and want to share the knowledge.

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