Can probiotics cause acid reflux? This may sound like a strange question because often probiotics help lessen acid reflux, not increase symptoms. However, some people have reported a worsening of acid reflux and other symptoms when consuming probiotics. Why do probiotics cause acid reflux? Here are a few possible explanations for this.
NOTE: hiatal hernia can also cause acid reflux. This is a condition in which the stomach is stuck up in the hole of the diaphragm.
1. Cleansing the gut
Stress, a poor diet, toxins, waste, inflammation, harmful bacteria, and yeast can disturb the delicate balance in the digestive system.
Consuming fermented food or adding a probiotic supplement can help restore and maintain balance. [Image courtesy of yodiyim at FreeDigitalPhotos.net]
Probiotics help cleanse the digestive tract and this process can produce gas, constipation, bloating and other symptoms. Some specialists call this a Herxheimer reaction, and it seems to be one reason why people experience acid reflux when starting to consume probiotics.
- It’s common to feel worse before feeling better
Some harmful microorganisms release powerful toxins when they die. If the body cannot eliminate waste and toxins quickly enough, then the individual will feel this. A temporary worsening of symptoms does not indicate failure. It’s quite the opposite. It usually takes some days to a week before feeling better.
2. Yeast overgrowth
Yeast is a common problem. Candida often die a violent death, releasing toxins which can cause acid reflux. Some people have problems with yeast overgrowth without knowing about it. And when starting to use probiotics, it can take days or even weeks before symptoms subside. Much depends on how extensive the candida overgrowth is and how sensitive the individual is.
In any case, getting rid of candida takes time, quick fixes seldom work. It might be best to start off with a few other recommendations first, and only then continue with probiotics. For example, high on the list is to eliminate sugar, alcohol, and coffee. For a more details see this post.
3. Protein build-up
Sometimes probiotics cause acid reflux in people who are not able to break down all the protein they consume. This can result in a protein build-up in the stomach. Probiotics (and also enzymes) can help digestion to return to normal and remove undigested protein from the body. But during this process acid reflux is a possible side effect.
Some recommend avoiding too much animal protein. Focus on consuming more fresh vegetables and perhaps seafood. Consume meat only a few days per week, and limit the amount.
Probiotics cause acid reflux, what can I do?
Lowering the probiotic dose helps. Try dissolving a probiotic capsule in a glass of water or juice. Drink a little now and then during the entire day until the glass is empty in the evening. The probiotic dose remains the same as taking a capsule, but delivery is slower, a kind of super-slow release.
Other reasons for adverse reactions to probiotics.
Try the following:
- Don’t eat too late at night.
- Reduce the intake of sugar and carbs.
- Learn to eat slowly, chewIng food thoroughly.
- Drink fresh vegetable juice (Ginger Shot).
- Take a tablespoon apple cider vinegar mornings and evenings.
If probiotics cause acid reflux, it can quickly disappear when the stomach environment improves.