(Last Updated On: January 24, 2018)

Everyone should take probiotics every day. If you don’t think they’re necessary, consider the harm your lifestyle and immediate environment does to your body. Everything from the polluted air we breathe in, to the dangerous diets we choose has an effect on our gut bacteria.

When they go out of balance (and the harmful bacteria start to outnumber good bacteria), disease ensues. Enter probiotics, on a mission to rebalance good bacteria in the gut.

Probiotics have made quite an impression on people around the world if their sales are anything to go by. Their treatment abilities for a number of bodily ailments have made them popular options, expanding their reach across the globe.

Surprisingly, a large percentage of people using probiotics do not know the best time to take their dosages.

In this article, we give you an idea of the best time to take probiotics and why we recommend it.

Why Should You Know The Best Time To Take Your Probiotics?

  • To avoid wastage

A whole probiotic dosage can go to waste with poor timing. Probiotics depend so much on good timing for functioning and performance. Timing is also about getting probiotics into the gut when the existing conditions are most favourable.

  • To avoid overdosing on them

Yes, it’s possible to overdose on probiotics. Identifying particular times within your schedule for administering probiotics is important if overdosing is to be ruled out. This applies to healthy people that take probiotics as an immunity boost.

When Can You Take Your Probiotics?

There are so many options to choose from when picking the ideal time for your probiotics. Of course, your drug prescription, but you’ve got to consider factors such as busy schedules, number of free hours in a day and more. Some of the popular times include;

This is the most confusing time for most people. We recommend that you take probiotics in the morning only after eating something, preferably breakfast. That way, your probiotics will have something to feed on as they arrive in the gut.
You can take your probiotics before your meal, with a 10 minute limit within which you must eat. The food provides a buffer for the probiotics against the strong acids that would have limited their potency.
You can also take your probiotics right after your meal. In addition to providing a buffer against the strong acids within the gut, the food also provides nourishment for your bacteria as they settle into the gut.
For some particular probiotic strains, the best time to take probiotics is before bed. The commonest case is for individuals that take probiotics to help with sleep. You can also take probiotics before bed if you’re looking to balance the microbes in your mouth.

So, What Is the Best Time to Take Probiotics?

After a Meal

The best time for taking your probiotics is right after your meal. Click To Tweet

We recommend this as the optimal time because the acid levels in the stomach tend to be lower and less damaging for the probiotics. As explained above, the food eaten acts as a buffer for the probiotics against that strong acids, protecting them and enabling their action in the gut.

Probiotics can also be taken under various conditions, such as those below.

After Taking Antibiotics

Antibiotics are highly recommended medications used against harmful bacteria. While they might be really effective, they also tend to kill good bacteria as part of their action against bad bacteria. Some antibiotics are so strong that they not only kill good bacteria but also inhibit them from regenerating permanently. This leaves the body vulnerable to attacks from other pathogens.

For many people, a dose of antibiotics comes with wariness and lots of discomforts. In extreme cases, antibiotic associated diarrhoea may also make an appearance. All these are caused by a sudden low in the number of good bacteria in the gut as a result of antibiotic action.

That’s why we recommend starting on probiotics after your antibiotic dose is done. In some cases, you can use them alongside each other. Speak to your doctor before going ahead with probiotics if you’ve been using antibiotics. Your doctor should confirm your body’s need for probiotics first.

During Pregnancy

Pregnant and wanting to use probiotics?

Go on ahead!

Probiotics have been found to have no major negative effects for pregnant women. Click To Tweet

Research shows there’s no relationship between probiotics and miscarriages, malformations, low birth weight or C-section.

They are also rarely absorbed into the bloodstream, so don’t get worried about fungemia or bacteremia either. They still have benefits for you and your body too.

Taking Probiotics On An Empty Stomach

While this is not recommended, there is one exception. For individuals looking to balance the microbes in their mouths and sinus cavities, probiotics should be administered on an empty stomach.

All you have to do is pop the pill or capsule into your mouth, move it around the mouth’s depressions and then swallow. Because it’s not advisable to eat anything after administering the probiotics, they are best taken before bed.

Still Unsure About the Best Time to Take Probiotics? Or Using a New Dietary Supplement?

If you’ve recently started using a new yoghurt brand or dietary supplement, you might be wondering what the ideal time for administration is. We recommend that you contact the manufacturers of the food or supplement you are using to find out if they have specific administration times for their probiotics.

While the best time to take probiotics may not change, different manufacturers may assign different consumption times to their products depending on potency, nature and other factors. They may also require users to take a certain number of doses every day, so make sure to ask about that too.

Check their product packaging for their contact and reach out to them for assistance.

How Often Should You Take Your Probiotics in A Day?

While overdosing may not be so common among probiotic users, it’s still important to know how often probiotics have to be taken during the day. It’s common advice to take our probiotics daily for effect, but the right dosing each day may draw the line between wasted efforts and satisfying results. Most people use one of these three formulas.

  • With every meal during the day, regardless of their number
  • In the morning and evening
  • Once every day, usually with breakfast or before bed

None of them is wrong.

The number of times you can take your probiotics a day depends largely on the number of bacteria in your food source or supplement, and the strain of bacteria you’re using. 

Not all products contain the same amount of bacteria, which means that some may require more doses within the day than others.

The best way to know your dosage limits is by checking the product packaging or contacting the manufacturer (in case of supplements and yoghurts). Your doctor might also be of help.

The Misconceptions to Avoid

Taking probiotics first thing in the morning

This is a common idea among many probiotic users, with most thinking probiotics work early in the morning.

This is wrong.

Early morning hours are not the most effective time to take probiotics. Probiotics require certain conditions such as food, water and warmth to regenerate quickly and function better. The body doesn’t have these conditions early in the morning, especially if you haven’t eaten anything.

All in All

Your probiotics are perfect additions to your daily medication regimen, but they’ll only work if they are applied at the right time. As mentioned above, proper timing can help you avoid the effect of strong stomach acids on your probiotics. Follow our tips to get more out of your probiotics today.

Good luck!


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