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.
Probiotic bacteria help improve the gut environment and this process can produce gas, constipation, and acid reflux.
It’s common to feel worse before feeling better
Harmful microorganisms can release toxins as they die. If the body cannot eliminate these quickly enough, the individual might get symptoms like heartburn. Therefore, a temporary worsening of symptoms does not indicate failure.
Yeast like candida is a common problem. They often die a violent death, releasing toxins. Some have problems with yeast without knowing about it, until they start consuming probiotics. It can take time before symptoms subside, depending on the infection and how sensitive the individual is.
Getting rid of yeast takes time, quick fixes seldom work. Some recommend starting off without probiotics to avoid too many side effects. For example, high on the list is to eliminate sugar, alcohol, and coffee.
3. Protein build-up
Sometimes probiotics cause acid reflux in people who are not able to break down all the protein they consume resulting in a protein build-up in the stomach. Probiotics (also enzymes) can help digestion to return to normal and remove undigested proteins. During this process acid reflux is a possible side effect.
Some recommend cutting down on animal protein and focus more on consuming fresh vegetables and perhaps seafood.
What to do if probiotics cause acid reflux
Lower the probiotic dose. Try dissolving a probiotic capsule in a glass of water or juice. Drink a little now and then during the 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.
A few suggestions:
- 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 like the almighty 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 or when you stop taking probiotics.