When Probiotics Cause Bloat
Certain people should be wary of the supplements.
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To find out why it happens, researchers looked at the habits of 38 people with the symptoms. They found that all the patients with brain fogginess (many of whom were also bloated) were taking probiotic supplements. A larger study is needed to determine how often probiotics have this effect.
That doesn’t matter if you have a healthy, high-functioning GI tract since anything you eat will move through the body quickly. But if you have digestive issues, are on certain antidepressants, or take PPIs (used to treat things like acid reflux), you should be wary of probiotics, Rao says. Those factors can slow down gut motility, giving the bacteria extra time to hang out and build up in the small intestine.