Can probiotics cause acid reflux? Many times probiotics help lessen acid reflux, not increase symptoms. However, some report a worsening of acid reflux and other symptoms when consuming probiotics. Why do probiotics cause acid reflux? Here are a three common reasons 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 often release toxins when they die. If the body cannot eliminate toxins 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. Some people have problems with yeast without too many symptoms—until they start consuming probiotics. When they do, yeast die violently, releasing a number of toxins. It can take time before such symptoms subside, depends the severity of the infection is and how sensitive the individual is.
Controlling yeast takes time, quick fixes seldom work. Some recommend starting off without probiotics to avoid side effects. For example, high on the list is to eliminate sugar, alcohol, and coffee.
3. Protein build-up
Probiotics can cause acid reflux when the gut is not able to break down all the protein consumed. This results in a protein build-up in the stomach. Probiotics (and 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; try 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.