How Probiotics are Taken?
One of the most commonly asked questions about probiotics usually is, “How do you take them, and when is an ideal time to take them?” The important thing here is to get the best out of the probiotic supplements we take.
There are several ways you can take probiotic supplements as they come in a variety of forms including:
- Foods: Getting probiotics from a supplement is popular and very convenient, but you can also get them from fermented foods. One of the best sources of probiotics is yogurt. Consuming yogurt is the primary way for many health-conscious consumers to get probiotics into their diet. You can also get probiotics from foods like miso, kimchi, pickles, traditional buttermilk, tempeh, some types of cheese, and many others.
- Drinks: Probiotic drinks like other functional beverages are the hottest bottled beverages to claim space in the grocery store’s refrigerator section. There is a lot of probiotic drink to choose from including Yakut, yogurt, kombucha, and kefir. If you prefer to drink your probiotics, make sure to look for the strain as well as the CFU on the label to know how many probiotics you are getting.
- Powder: Probiotic powder can be mixed into foods or liquids. They are shelf-stable which means there’s no need for you to refrigerate them.
- Capsule or pill: Probiotic capsule is one of the most popular delivery methods for probiotics. The capsule has continued to gain popularity because of its favorable stability, and bioavailability. Probiotic pearl form is like pills that are coated to survive the acidity of the stomach and dissolve once they are in the intestinal.
When is the best time to take probiotics?
Timing does matter. For gut health, it’s best to take it daily. Take it on an empty stomach as most manufacturers recommend. If you are using Bifidobacterium or lactobacillus, take it 2 to 3 hours after your last meal or 30 minutes before a meal. Taking it on an empty stomach will allow the probiotic to pass through the stomach as fast as possible. When you take it with food, it will take longer for it and the foods to move through the stomach to the intestine.
How long does it take for probiotics to work?
Different brands have different suggested dosages and uses, so you must read the package instruction. How long it takes for probiotics to work depends on what type of probiotics you are taking, how much you are taking, and why you are taking them?
Research found that different strains, product formulation, health conditions, dose, and even the quality of the products can all influence whether it works effectively or not. The conditions you’re treating can affect how probiotics work. If you are taking probiotic supplements for gut health, you need to take them for a while. If you are taking it to relieve your diarrhea, you may see results faster.
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