You’ve heard about the vast benefits of taking good prebiotics and probiotics, and now that you’re taking them faithfully, do you ever wonder about the ideal time and method for washing them down?
Believe it or not, those small choices can really make a difference when it comes to taking these powerhouse microbiome supplements. Here are some answers to questions about taking probiotics:
Should I take a probiotic pill before or after I eat this slice of pizza?
Definitely before. Like many other medications, probiotics do best when they are unhindered by food and robust digestive juices in the stomach. At best, that pizza slice could delay absorption; at worst, it could render the probiotic nearly useless due to excessive acid in the stomach. Your best bet is to take it on an empty stomach, and to make sure it’s a probiotic that will survive normal stomach acid and bile.
When should I take prebiotics—with probiotics, or at different times?
In this case, the easiest route is the best route. Prebiotics are essentially food for good bacteria. Our Perfect Pass Prebiotic is made from natural soluble fiber—PHGG Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum— that’s guaranteed not to have side effects, such as Inulin & FOS or feed bad bacteria. Take both pre and probiotics at the same time, and you could energize and magnify the impact of transient probiotics, producing lasting positive effects on the gut. Our recommendation? Mix a prebiotic in water, and take your probiotic pill at the same time.
Water, juice, tea — does it matter what I drink with my probiotic pill?
Water and juice are OK—but tea, alcoholic beverages, and other more abrasive liquids might not be. If heating yogurt kills bacteria (good and bad), what kind of effect do you think heat might have on probiotics? In addition, it’s best to avoid alcohol when taking a probiotic, as alcohol increases the amount of acid your stomach produces and can increase your risk of gastritis. Why undo the work your healing probiotics have done? On a side note, if you’re a social drinker and had a bit too much last night, a probiotic should probably be the first thing you take. They have been proven to help restore bowel flora and improve liver enzymes!
Is timing everything?
Both pre and probiotics are great to take on an empty stomach, so 30 minutes before breakfast is probably best. If you feel any mild stomach upset (you shouldn’t), try taking them with something easy on your stomach, such as a banana, or a spoonful of plain cooked white rice.
I’m taking antibiotics. Will that affect my pre or probiotics?
Yes. Antibiotics have been shown to reduce the good bacteria in your stomach— a prebiotic and probiotic will rescue your microbiome! Read all about how you can counter the negative side effects of antibiotics by simply taking a probiotic and prebiotic.
Have more questions? Feel free to check out our Perfect Pass Prebiotics and Probiotics facts, and read through other helpful blog posts to learn more about the ways your stomach could benefit from taking gut supplements.