Bloating and probiotics seems bother some as I get many questions about it. Why are some experiencing bloating when consuming probiotics?
Though it might sound contradictory, the truth is that probiotics can both cause bloating but in the long run alleviate problems with gas.
What is bloating?
Bloating refers to a feeling of a swollen, full or tight stomach. Bloating can be accompanied by a pain that is sometimes mistaken for pain in the appendix, gallbladder, or heart.
What causes bloating? Causes include inflammatory conditions, food sensitivity, gastritis, and an irritable bowel. In this post, we deal with bloating because of excess production of gas in the gut. Depending on the location of the gas, the level of pain can vary.
Bloating and probiotics, what’s the connection?
Probiotic bacteria are active against harmful microorganisms. When someone starts consuming probiotics, harmful microorganisms can start to die producing gas. Fungi can create much gas in the gut. However, gas production does not happen quickly. When the next meal, gas produced from the previous meal is often the cause of feeling bloated.
Yeast (as candida) is another cause of bloating. In the case of probiotics, go slow. Try a capsule every second day, or dissolve a capsule in a glass of juice and drink slowly during the day.
Bloating or gas from probiotics is harmless, it usually is a good sign. Why?
Bloating means that the gut is filling up with gas which creates pressure causing a sensation that the stomach is swelling up.
However, though unpleasant it is a sign that beneficial bacteria are working in the gut. studies confirm that consuming friendly bacteria can have major health effects on the digestive tract.
Bloating with probiotics can happen when the gut environment improves. It’s like a cleansing. How much gas is produced and for how long varies a lot. Much depends on which shape the gut is in.
Each gut is unique
Each person have a unique response to probiotics depending on genetic make-up, level of stress, eating habits, and so on.
Sometimes bloating starts weeks after consuming probiotics. Why?
It takes probiotic bacteria time to improve the gut environment. It lowers the pH (more acidic) in the stomach which is bad for harmful microorganisms that start to die off. And they often die a violent death, causing bloating.
For example, for years I had severe gut problems and I often felt bloated, especially when consuming probiotics. But in time this gradually disappeared. I also tried the GAPS diet approach with daily bone broths and fresh vegetable juice until improvement.
The violent death of bad bacteria
Harmful microorganisms often die a violent death while releasing toxins. Bad microorganisms often colonize the gut in groups scattered in different places. When a colony is reached by probiotics, they are disturbed and might form pockets of resistance until defeated. This can be a reason why symptoms come and go for some time until they subside.
Sufferers of candida overgrowth need a stricter protocol.
Foods with biogenic amines can also cause bloating in sensitive individuals.
If probiotics cause bloating, try lowering the dose.