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Why is sauerkraut juice such a potent laxative?

by (2379)
Updated about 9 hours ago
Created January 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Hi there,

sauerkraut juice contains a lot of lactic acid, some salt and hopefully very dedicated bacteria strains. But whenever I drink a small cup of it, it punches my gut like it was fermented by chuck norris himself...

Does the body consider it toxic and wants to flush it out as fast as possible?

Or does the body want to make sure all the precious bacteria arrive unharmed at the colon?

The question is: shall I drink it anyway b/c it's worthwhile, or listen to my body and stop?

EDIT:

I made it at home, but it looked perfectly fine. No mold, quite sour, just as usual.

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8979 · January 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM

try real pickles

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53 · January 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Why not try probiotic pills? They are pricey yes but might be good in the short term. I like Nutrition Now PB-8

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2379 · January 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Any suggestions without dairy and water kefir?

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3217 · January 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Why would one drink sauerkraut juice? Because it's delicious! (I'm totally serious.)

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2379 · January 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Yes trying to get good bacteria. Since I'm allergic to dairy there are not many other options. Sounds like you have another idea? :)

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2379 · January 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I have a few food allergies, so dysbiosis sounds likely. Thanks for the link!

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20 · January 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Why would you drink sauerkraut juice? Are you just trying to get some good bacteria?

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380 · January 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Is it homemade sauerkraut or a store-bought brand? Which brand if from the store?

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318 · January 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

It's classic 'die-off' (read Herxheimer reaction) from dead yeast and bacterial cells as they pass through the body. You're just killing off some critters, and as they die they release endotoxins which can make you feel ill. The gut reacts with diarrhoea, cramping and wind (gas)... it's not harmful. Just tail it back a bit and then increase over a few days- it'll soon die down. Elizabeth

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222 · April 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Drinking anything salty in quantity has this effect. I can't fully remember why, but I think it has something to do with the salt drawing water out of your body through osmosis.

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8979 · January 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

You may be sensitive to other components. You might try getting your probiotics in another form until things settle down.

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8979 · January 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM

try real pickles

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53 · January 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Why not try probiotic pills? They are pricey yes but might be good in the short term. I like Nutrition Now PB-8

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2379 · January 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Any suggestions without dairy and water kefir?

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843 · January 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM

If it is homemade then you may have some kind of gut pathogens that don't accept the sauerkraut. Do you have any kind of digestion problems?

Check with Paul of Perfecthealthdiet.com. He has been researching gut disbiosis, and may be able to provide some explanation.

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2379 · January 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I have a few food allergies, so dysbiosis sounds likely. Thanks for the link!

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