Gorging on to probiotics for good health? It can may cause brain fogginess and belly bloating

WASHINGTON: Consuming too much of
probiotics can cause
brain fogginess and
disorientation, as well as rapid
belly bloating, according to scientists – including one of Indian origin – who advise people against self-prescribing ‘good’ bacteria. In a study of 30 patients, researchers found that 22 who reported problems like confusion and difficulty concentrating, in addition to their gas and bloating, were all taking probiotics, some several varieties.

When the researchers looked further, they found large colonies of bacteria breeding in the patients’ small intestines, and high levels of D-lactic acid being produced by the bacteria lactobacillus’ fermentation of sugars in their food, said Satish S C Rao, from Augusta University in the US.

While probiotics can be beneficial in some scenarios, like helping a patient restore his gut bacteria after taking antibiotics, researchers advised caution against its excessive and indiscriminate use.

“Probiotics should be treated as a drug, not as a food supplement,” Rao says, noting that many individuals self-prescribe the live bacteria, which are considered good for digestion and overall health.

Heartburn Troubles? Foods To Ease The Problem And Make Gut Feel Good

Ease Your Heartburn

13 Feb, 2018

Heartburn can strike anyone, but it usually happens to those who are obese and eat big and untimely meals.

From coffee to chocolate, everything you eat may make heartburn worse. But there are also foods that can ease your heartburn.

Here are some of them for you by Ayush Rekha:

Melons & Bananas

13 Feb, 2018

These two fruits have very low acid content. Hence, they are extremely effective in easing heartburn

Green Veggies

13 Feb, 2018

Green vegetables like leafy veggies, broccoli, green beans, celery and cauliflower are low in acid. This can also help in keeping you away from extreme acidity.


13 Feb, 2018

Fibre content and healthy complex carbs in rice are great to reduce heartburn.

Egg Whites

13 Feb, 2018

The egg whites are a good source of protein. They low acidic quality makes them a good options against heartburns.

D-lactic acid is known to be temporarily toxic to brain cells, interfering with cognition, thinking and sense of time. They found some patients had two to three times the normal amount of D-lactic acid in their blood.

Some said their brain fogginess – which lasted from a half hour to many hours after eating – was so severe that they had to quit their jobs.

The study, published in the journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology, appears to be the first time the connection has been made between brain fogginess, bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, high levels of D-lactic acid in the gut and probiotic use.

“What we now know is that probiotic bacteria have the unique capacity to break down sugar and produce D-lactic acid. So if you inadvertently colonise your small bowel with probiotic bacteria, then you have set the stage for potentially developing lactic acidosis and brain fogginess,” Rao said.

Others have implicated probiotics in the production of D-lactic acid – and brain fogginess – in patients with a short bowel so their small intestine does not function properly, and in newborns fed formula containing the popular product.

Say Yes To Water, No To Coffee: How To Keep Your Stomach Healthy This Summer


24 Mar, 2018

Summer brings along various digestive issues. Not only do the high temperatures make us sweat more, they also reduce our immunity, so make sure you eat properly this season.

Kirti Chadha, Head of Global Reference laboratories, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd. says, “Summer brings a majority of digestion related illnesses. Considering the rise in temperature every year, it is very important to manage our food habits to avoid stomach illnesses.”

Here are a few tips by Chadha to keep your stomach healthy this summer:

The Original Magic Potion

24 Mar, 2018

Keep yourself well-hydrated, always, as this helps in fighting 90 per cent of the diseases.

Fiber present in the body pulls water into the colon and helps the body in creating softer, bulkier stools. This makes the passage of the stools easier without causing fissures or piles.

Not Your Cuppa

24 Mar, 2018

Limit your intake of caffeine as it can give rise to trouble with the smooth functioning of your digestive system, and lead to problems like stomach ulcers, acidity, and heartburn.

Colours Of The Season

24 Mar, 2018

It is vital to increase fiber intake during the summer months. Including foods that are rich in fiber like whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can improve your digestive tract. A high-fiber diet helps in avoiding constipation which is a leading cause of fissure.

Junk The Junk

24 Mar, 2018

‘Tis the season to avoid fatty food. Oily, fried food negatively affects the digestive process, hence it is best to stay off junk food during summer.

(Inputs: IANS)

Short bowel syndrome results in a lot of undigested carbohydrates that are known to cause small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, and the high levels of D-lactic acid. Severe liver and kidney problems can produce similar problems.

All patients experiencing brain fogginess took probiotics and SIBO was more common in the brain fogginess group as well, 68 per cent compared to 28 per cent, respectively.

Patients with brain fogginess also had a higher prevalence of D-lactic acidosis, 77 versus 25 per cent, respectively.

When brain-foggy patients stopped taking probiotics and took a course of antibiotics, their brain fogginess resolved.

Movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract was slow in one third of the brain foggy patients and one fourth of the other group. Slower passage, as well as things like obesity surgery, can increase the chance of bacterial buildup, or SIBO.

Good food sources of probiotics include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and dark chocolate, which are generally safe because of the small amounts of bacteria present, Rao said.

Be Cautious This Season: Superfoods To Boost Immunity And Keep You Healthy

Immunity-Boosting Foods

25 Jan, 2018

Monsoon is here and so are the diseases. The change in season can result in various viral infections, flus and poor health conditions.

The tricky season can lead to various health problems like sore throat, itchy nose, sneeze, ceaseless cough, common cold, and many water-borne diseases like typhoid, gastroenteritis, food poisoning, diarrhoea, malaria and dengue.

While regular exercising and staying hydrated is important, it is crucial to consume the right foods to strengthen your immunity and beat the illness this season.

Dolly Kumar, founder and director of Gaia; Eesha Kanade, Obino’s health coach; Luke Coutinho, MD in alternative medicine & holistic nutritionist; and holistic health guru Dr Mickey Mehta share a list of best immunity-boosting foods that will keep you healthy.


8 Feb, 2018

Hony is the best remedy to cure a sore throat. Grate half a ginger, add a spoonful of honey and you have the perfect home-made remedy for sore throat. Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is a great substitute to sugar. It is also cholesterol-free and sodium-free. A spoonful of honey in warm water is one of the perfect ingredients to solve many of your health problems like high blood pressure, blood purification, etc.


8 Nov, 2017

Neem helps boost your immune system while cooling down your body internally. It possesses both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help keep your skin clean, radiant and healthy. Neem also has blood-purifying properties. It helps clear toxins and impurities from the blood leaving you with a strengthened immune system.


8 Nov, 2017

Keeping yourself nourished from the inside is very important. Indulge in a hearty bowl of oats. Rich in dietary fibre and protein, oats are a low-calorie food that keeps you fuller for longer. It also helps manage cholesterol levels, maintain healthy body weight, and reduce the risk of blood sugar and diabetes.

Green Tea

29 Dec, 2017

Green Tea contains powerful anti-oxidants and nutrients that help regulate blood sugar, improve brain function and enhance metabolism. This ’super-drink’ also has essential minerals, bioactive compounds and fat-burning qualities. It also helps in increasing the detoxification process in the body and aids in weight loss.