so, you've hopped on the probiotics train, and you're feeling a bit puffy? don't stress! this is completely expected, and we're here to explain why this happens and why it's actually a sign your body is adjusting.
quick recap: what are probiotics?
let's rewind a bit. probiotics are those friendly bacteria that are super beneficial for our gut health. they help balance our gut flora, aid digestion, and boost our immune system. you can find them in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi, but they're also available in supplement form.
okay, but why the bloating?
- new neighbors: think of your gut as a neighborhood. when you introduce probiotics, you're adding new residents. this can cause a bit of a stir as the existing bacteria get to know their new neighbors. and this "getting to know you" phase can lead to some gas and bloating. basically, your body is just adjusting to new bacteria.
- die-off reaction: sometimes as the good bacteria settle in, the bad bacteria start to die. this can lead to a reaction where harmful bacteria release toxins as they die, causing temporary bloating. the bloating might make you feel like you’re doing something wrong taking a probiotic, but actually it’s improving your overall microbiome and is just a temporary reaction as your gi heals.
- digestive reshuffling: probiotics can change the way your gut digests food initially. this might lead to some extra gas until things balance out.
how can you ease the bloat?
- stay hydrated: water is your best friend. staying hydrated can help flush out toxins and reduce bloating.
- make sure you’re supporting your digestion with daily habits like stress mitigation, chewing food thoroughly, and sleeping well.
- give it time: your body is amazing and will adjust. the initial bloating is temporary, and with time, your gut will find its happy balance.
if you haven’t tried beam’s gut health probiotic+, this is an awesome option with 8 hand-picked strains along with ginger and licorice root! the perfect package to support digestion and give your gut the good bacteria it needs.
adding in prebiotics is super important here as well since probiotics feed on prebiotics, so you’ll need both to really maintain spot-on gut health. our super greens is perfect for this as it contains 35 fruits & veggies, prebiotic fibers, and antioxidants. it comes in delicious flavors like sunny d and chocolate - you won’t even know you’re drinking a greens powder!
experiencing some bloating after starting probiotics might feel a bit off, but it's a natural part of your body's adjustment process. it's a sign that the good bacteria are settling in and doing their job. your gut's got this!
have you tried a probiotic? comment below with your thoughts!