In an effort to boost your body’s immune system, you may be considering adding a daily dose of healthy gut bacteria (probiotics) to your routine. These beneficial bacteria have a number of research-backed benefits, like managing digestive health issues (diarrhea, constipation), and promoting gut health. You should also keep in mind that probiotics have other surprising benefits, like potentially helping with skin problems, such as acne, eczema, and hypersensitivity. Don’t forget that if you want to build a healthier immune system, incorporating probiotics into your diet is going to be very beneficial. There is a strong correlation between gut health and immunity.
In order to maximize all these benefits, you may find yourself wondering: What’s the best time to take probiotics? You’ve probably heard that fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed better when you take them with food, but does the same hold true for probiotic bacteria?
When to take probiotics
Taking your probiotics when your stomach acid levels are lower can help ensure that more healthy bacteria survive and colonize the gut, where they can support your gut health and immune system.
Experts suggest that probiotics be taken 30 minutes before a meal, rather than during or right after a meal.
Why the timing and quality of your probiotics matter
Timing does matter, but it’s only one piece in the overall puzzle of making sure probiotics are able to do their job well.
As one specialist puts it: “With probiotics, it’s all about survival. These delicate microorganisms must survive several obstacles; the manufacturing process, shelf life, and (once you take them) the acid in your stomach environment to reach your intestines, where they do their job.”
Although there are many probiotic supplements on the market, I strongly suggest going with the natural ones:
- Water Kefir
- Homemade yogurt
- Fermented vegetables
- Fermented turnip juice….
Remember that probiotics are the food for the beneficial bacteria in your gut, and prebiotics are the food for your probiotics. What are some of these?
- Jerusalem artichokes
- Fresh garlic
If you consume them together you will actually be consuming symbiotics.
Any side effects of taking probiotics at the wrong time?
Probiotics are very well-tolerated in most people, and timing them right is more about ensuring the survivability of these healthy bacteria than about avoiding side effects.
While anyone may experience some temporary gas and bloating when first taking a probiotic supplement, probiotics don’t generally cause significant side effects. I say stick with the natural ones I’ve listed above.
To optimize the effects of your probiotic supplement or natural probiotic, it’s best to take them on an empty stomach, when stomach acid levels are naturally lower.
That’s it for now my friends; see you all the next time.