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Stomach ache from probiotics?

I was wondering if anybody here has ever had a bad reaction to probiotic / lacto-fermented foods?

I bought a jar of sauerkraut for the first time last week (it's raw, and boasts "live cultures" on the label), and after eating some in the afternoon, I woke up later that night with a super-intense stomach ache. In my sleepy haze, it startled me so much that I was certain I had food poisoning and was going to die. It went away after an hour or so, but my tummy still felt a little tender and gurgly the next day. My boyfriend had some too, and also complained of stomach pain, his being low-grade but lasting over 24 hours. Since then, I've tried it again a few times, experiencing a little bit of digestive distress on the first re-try, but on subsequent tries, I've had no problems with it.

I drink kombucha often, have yogurt on occasion, and take probiotic supplements when I remember, so I'm really confused as to why this would cause such a reaction. I also have never had any problems with cabbage, in its non-fermented form.

Anyone else experience anything like this?

EDIT:
Thanks, guys! I'm betting it was probably contaminated. I've thrown it away, and will try getting some more at another time.

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christinablue
Apr. 18th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
It's very possible that the jar you bought was contaminated with bacteria, which can happen sometimes.
sophiedoph
Apr. 18th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Having probiotics kills the candida in your gut and in your system, resulting in "die off" toxins. These can make you feel like you have the flu.

I'm on a candida cleanse right now, and monitor how much 'cleansing' I can handle by how my body is responding. When I start to feel sick, I cut back the amount I'm taking. It's been really helpful for cutting down on the yeast infections I used to get all the time though.

shesfearless
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
I feel like that after having anything with vinegar (e.g. relish) due to having a candida problem. I'm sure something else could possibly be going on but its one area to look in to.
xjeunefillex
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
improper canning techniques can result in negative bacteria, such a botulism, to be formed. if it was a small company or local brand, that could be possible.
flowersinsand
Apr. 18th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
really bad gas can affect you like that
suzthefrog
Apr. 18th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I would definitely not blame it on the probiotics in the sauerkraut, but rather on the sauerkraut. It (or one of its ingredients) could have been contaminated by something, not been canned or stored properly, etc., etc.
cabybakes79
Apr. 18th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
This.

Probiotics do not CAUSE the die off of candida. I know this because I have spent most of my life on the candida diet and have gone through several rounds of treatment. The die off is caused in one of two different scenarios: when the yeasts that candida grows are starving (because you are not feeding them what they want, i.e, sugar and more yeast) or if you have an overgrowth of the stuff.
Probiotics are nothing more and nothing less that the same types of benign and beneficial bacteria that live in your digestive system. They do not kill anything. They simply produce a healthy environment for you guts, which inhibits the growth of candida.

If you are experiencing a stomach ache or any illness with the kraut, don't label it as being cause by the probiotics, but on the kraut itself. Raw foods are very delicate. They must be handled properly, because if they are not handled properly, there is danger of cross contamination, as well as bacterial growth that can harm you. It is likely to be a food safety issue, rather than a bad reaction to probiotics.

Personally, I would pitch the kraut. Perhaps you could try it again, but make sure it's fresh and handled properly and made in a clean facility. All of those things will help you not get that nasty ache in your stomach.
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