Can probiotics damage your stomach lining?

Can probiotics damage your stomach lining?

Can probiotics damage your stomach lining?

No, generally speaking there is no linked research into stomach lining damage from taking a probiotic supplement. Probiotics are commonly known as a safe supplement to take. There has been some evidence shown that they may trigger some initial minor reactions such as bloating, a little more gas than usual and some minor stomach discomfort. These symptoms usually subside after a few days once your stomach has adjusted to taking the supplement.

Can probiotics make your stomach worse?

If you are already experiencing any ongoing stomach conditions, we recommend that you speak with a doctor or medically trained professional before looking at taking probiotic supplements. It is also worth recalling that there are many different types of probiotic strains and they all have different effects on the body. Please do note, that if you have any of the below conditions, it is not recommended that you begin to take a probiotic supplement:

  • If you have an immune system issue
  • If you are unwell with any serious health condition.
  • You have recently had any surgery.
  • You are currently receiving ongoing treatment, such as chemotherapy.

Should you have any more questions in relation to the above, please speak to your doctor.

Can probiotics make you feel worse?

When you initially start to take a probiotic supplement, you may experience some short term side effects as we mentioned before. But just because we are experiencing some symptoms, it does not mean that the probiotic isn’t doing us any good! Often, it takes time for the gut microbiome to rebalance and get used to the probiotic. Hence why sometimes we experience mild stomach pain and a little more gas and bloating than usual! The symptoms usually disappear once your gut flora has settled down.

Do side effects from probiotics last long?

No, if you experience any initial side effects from taking a probiotic supplement, they should subside soon after you start taking the supplement on a regular basis. Sometimes our bodies simply just needs to allow some time for the gut microbiome to rebalance once you introduce a probiotic. The time it takes for your gut microbiome to sort itself out can also vary on your initial starting point and where your gut microbiome sits to start with.

Can I reduce symptoms from probiotics?

Yes, you can most certainly try to avoid symptoms from taking a probiotic supplement. While most do not experience any side effects or notice any changes, the easiest way to try and reduce or alleviate any of the above symptoms we already mentioned would be to introduce the probiotic supplement into your daily routine slowly. For example, if you are taking them in tablet form you could perhaps half the tablet, or if in liquid form you could easily half the dosage. Then slowly you could build up to taking a full dose daily which may help your body adjust better to the probiotic supplement. We also strongly suggest that you research the probiotic supplement before purchasing as there are many different probiotic supplements available with many different strains that treat many different problems. So make sure you purchase the right probiotic supplement for you.

How can I introduce probiotics into my daily routine?

It is possible to introduce probiotics into your daily routine gradually. You can do this by introducing your chosen probiotic supplement slowly by starting with a lower dose and working up to the recommended daily dose. You can also introduce probiotics into your daily routine by incorporating certain foods into your diet.  We have made a short list below of various foods that you can easily add into your diet that offer probiotic benefits:

  • Yoghurt
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Kombucha
  • Pickles
  • Some cheeses
  • Sourdough bread


Please consult your Doctor or a medical professional should you have any medical related questions or queries. If you have any ongoing health conditions prior to taking a probiotic supplement, we recommend you seek medical advice before purchasing any supplement.