When and how to take probiotics
Many people are interested in optimizing the benefits of these beneficial bacteria, and timing can influence their effectiveness. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, considering individual factors can help determine the ideal time to consume probiotics.
When to take probiotics?
Probiotics are recommended in a variety of situations where their health benefits have been demonstrated. Some of the most common situations where probiotic products are recommended include:
If you want to have a healthy life, one more option is to take probiotics to achieve the perfect balance at intestinal level and by extension, to the rest of the organism.
What time to take probiotics?
It depends on several factors, such as the type of probiotic supplement and personal health goals. Most experts recommend taking probiotics before a meal, especially before breakfast, as it allows the bacteria to reach the gut more quickly, since there is no food in the stomach to obstruct their progress. Conversely, taking probiotics with food provides a layer of protection for the bacteria, shielding them from the acidic environment of the stomach. This can increase their chances of survival and colonization in the gut.
Another point to consider when selecting when to take probiotics is the particular strain or strains of bacteria in the supplement. Different strains have different requirements for survival and colonization in the gut. Some strains may be more resistant and able to withstand the acidic environment of the stomach, as is the case with Bacillus coagulans, while others may require a protective barrier, such as food, to reach the gut intact.
In any case, do not forget to read the probiotic manufacturer’s recommendations.
How to take probiotics?
Probiotics can be taken through the intake of probiotic foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut or kombucha tea or through probiotic supplements sold in pharmacies or herbalists or online stores like Amazon. In these cases they are supplements in the form of tablets, capsules, liquids or in the case of the vaginal microbiota, through vaginal suppositories or vaginal tampons.
Patient’s health status
Although in general probiotics can be taken by any healthy person, it is important to note that it is necessary to consult with your doctor in case we have any pathology related to the immune system, we are taking any immunosuppressive medication or we have recently undergone surgery. Premature and sick children should also take this type of precautions.
What genus, species and strain of probiotic to take
On the other hand, it is also important to know how to choose the probiotic according to the pathology we want to treat, since there are many different probiotic species and strains and not all of them are indicated for certain pathologies. It is necessary to be informed about the types of probiotics that exist and what they are indicated for.
Some probiotic products indicate in their formula what species of microorganisms they contain, but do not specify the particular strain used, which may cause us to doubt the real usefulness of that probiotic.
Probiotic quality and recognized manufacturer
It is important to remember that probiotic supplements are not regulated as a drug is and not all are equal in terms of quality and effectiveness.
Therefore, it is important to choose a quality product from a recognized and reputable manufacturer and follow the instructions on the labeling. It is also advisable to receive medical attention or a consultation with a pharmacist before starting to take any probiotic supplement.
Daily dosage and amount to be taken
Another important factor is the concentration of probiotics that comes in each package, which varies greatly depending on the name of the probiotic manufacturer. If we are starting to take them for the first time, we can start with one that has a lower concentration to reduce the risk of having any adverse effects.
Do not forget to read the label where the dosage to be taken, capsules/day, etc. are indicated.
It is important to pay attention to the storage requirements indicated by the manufacturer, since some of the living organisms may require refrigeration to maintain their viability.
Pharmacist – Complutense University – Madrid – Spain
Diploma in Ophthalmic Optics and Optometry – Univ. of Barcelona – Spain.
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