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Everything You Need to Know About Acid Reflux

Food, Medicines, and Lies The Health Talk series by Dr. Priti

Acid Reflux

Experiencing a burning sensation after taking probiotics before sleeping could be due to several reasons:

Acid Reflux: Some probiotics contain strains of beneficial bacteria that can produce lactic acid and other acids as they ferment in the gut. In individuals with a sensitive esophagus or those prone to acid reflux, lying down after taking probiotics may allow the stomach acid to flow back up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation or heartburn.

Interaction with Stomach Acid: Probiotic supplements typically have a protective coating to ensure the live bacteria survive through the stomach acid and reach the intestines where they are most effective. However, if the coating is not sufficient or if you have low stomach acid, some probiotic bacteria might be released in the stomach, potentially leading to discomfort.

Intolerance to Specific Strains: Some individuals may have an intolerance or sensitivity to specific probiotic strains, leading to digestive discomfort, including a burning sensation.

Dosage: Taking a high dosage of probiotics, especially if you are new to using them, might overwhelm the digestive system, leading to temporary discomfort.

Underlying Digestive Issues: If you have pre-existing digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), probiotics may trigger discomfort due to the imbalance in gut flora.

Reaction to Fillers or Excipients: Some probiotic supplements contain fillers or excipients that could cause irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals.

To address the Acid Reflux and burning sensation, consider the following steps:

Time of Consumption: Try taking probiotics with a meal or snack rather than right before sleeping. This can help dilute stomach acid and reduce the likelihood of reflux.

Probiotic Strain: If you suspect a specific probiotic strain is causing discomfort, consider trying a different strain or a lower dosage.

Consult with a Healthcare Professional: If the burning sensation persists or is severe, consult with a healthcare professional, such as a gastroenterologist or a nutritionist, to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate guidance.

Your healthcare provider can consider incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet, such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, or kimchi. These foods may have a milder impact on the digestive system.

Remember, everyone's response to probiotics can vary, and what works well for one person may not suit another. If you experience persistent discomfort or adverse reactions after taking probiotics, it's best to seek advice from a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate course of action.

Consult with Dr. Priti Nanda Sibal a functional medicine doctor in Gurugram to discuss the potential benefits, risks, and appropriate treatment for Acid reflux. She can guide you in making informed decisions and ensure safe and effective treatment.

Contact +919891048999 or +918447628067 Dr. Priti Nanda Sibal for Acid reflux issues.


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