What time of day should i take probiotics?
When it comes to taking probiotics, one of the most common questions we hear is: “What time of day should I take them?” And honestly, it’s a fair question. After all, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your supplements.
But fear not, dear reader! We’ve got you covered with this humorous guide on figuring out what time of day is best for you and your gut buddies.
First Things First: What Are Probiotics?
Before we dive into WHEN to take probiotics, let’s talk about WHAT exactly they are. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for our health (yes, really). These little guys can help boost our immune system, aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients, and even improve mental health (yep – gut-brain connection is real).
Pro tip: Not all probiotics are created equal. Make sure you do your research before settling on a brand or strain!
The Breakfast Club
Now onto the million dollar question – when should YOU be taking your daily dose? One option could be first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Our stomach acids aren’t as strong in the morning which makes it easier for these live cultures to survive.
- Taking them on an empty stomach means they get straight to work without having to compete with other foods/drink.
- There has been some evidence that morning intake can improve glycemic response throughout the day.
- If taking pills/supplements first thing isn’t part of your current routine – trying to shove something new into said routine may lead feelings less than Blissful .
To state otherwise would likely result in fibbing .
So ask yourself…can you handle adding one more item into that already chaotic morning routine?
Another option – taking them with your midday meal.
- During lunch our digestive system is already up and running, which means the chance for good bacteria to survive increases.
- During weekday lunches in particular, taking pills or supplements can be easily achieved
Because we all need a reason to take a lunch break!
- If you have an erratic eating schedule that doesn’t always include mid-day meals – this option may not work for ya!
- We’re looking at you, snackers of the world.
The Night Shift
And lastly…late night probiotic poppin’.
- Taking probiotics in the evening/night time could help offset any imbalances that occurred earlier throughout the day; almost like hitting the reset button on your gut.
- Helps ensure you’re getting that daily dose in on top of other vitamins and nutrients before beddy-byes .
- Depending on individual body chemistry (and dosage), some may experience discomfort/side effects such as bloating/burping after ingestion — “thanks” lack of restful REM sleep!
Pro tip: Always consult with your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen…especially if they make us extra-gassy#️⃣💨
So Which Option Is Best For You?
Honestly, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer here when it comes to finding what works best regarding timing/probiotic supplement type/dosage . Trial-and-error/experimentation may be necessary so don’t feel defeated ! And hey-if all else fails take one every time Alexa switches from morning tunes 🎶to relaxation mode 😴at approximatley 9pm>#️⃣(valid back-up plan).