What is the best time to take Probiotics

What is the best time to take probiotics

Down in the human body are series of microorganisms that help the body with several number of health benefits.

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Probiotics are live cultures of some certain bacteria which play similar roles with the bacteria found naturally in the human gut. This most often refer to the dietary supplements of good bacteria that can be consumed in pill, powder forms or incorporated in foods.

Do you need to take them at any particular time? No, You can freely take probiotics at will and any time of the day regardless of your gender or location.

In this article you will be seeing what probiotics entails, what makes up a probiotic, and what qualifies a substance to be called probiotic.

What really are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microbes that can be formulated into many different types of product. These products include Foods, Drugs, and Dietary supplements.

Species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are most commonly used as probiotics, but the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and some E. coli and Bacillus species are also used as probiotics.

Despite the existing scientific consensus, there is no legal definition of the term “probiotic.”

What qualifies a substance to be called “Probiotic”?

Before a product can be called probiotic, it must be:

• Specified by genus and strain. That is, the type of bacteria must be made known.

• Alive.

• Delivered in adequate dose all through the end of shelf-life (with minimal variability from one batch to another of the same brand product).

• Shown to be efficacious in controlled human studies.

• Safe for the intended use.

Reasons you need probiotics too.

The website probiotics101 believes that everyone needs “probiotics” to be added into your daily diets.  Many may ask, why do I need to take probiotics? Do you remember the last time you took some antibiotics and how the side effects made you feel nauseated, have stomach upset, irregular bowel movements and diarrhea?

It is true that antibiotics are as harmful to our bodies as it is helpful. Another problem with antibiotics is that when they are taken with the intention of using them to destroy bad microorganisms in our body, they end up going to destroy the natural gut bacteria as well.

Studies have even found that some antibiotics are so potent that in some instances many of the beneficial bacteria that die off during antibiotic treatment never repopulate.

This causes an adverse effect on our digestive and immune systems and subsequently our overall well-being. Since we become incapable of rebuilding the community of live organisms in our stomachs, the next best step to take in restoring a healthy bacterial balance is adding probiotics into your system.

“Every day, we’re exposed to toxins and inflammation-causing molecules from food and the environment that negatively impact digestion through pathways such as leaky gut, known in the medical field as intestinal hyperpermeability.

This process is linked closely to inflammation, which is at the root of most diseases, autoimmune conditions, inflammatory bowel diseases, thyroid dysfunction, nutrient malabsorption and mental issues (including depression and autism).”

The secret to digestive health is all about balancing out the good and bad bacteria in your gut. In a healthy life, consuming probiotic-rich foods and supplements daily are likely one feature of that balancing act.

 

What do probiotics really do?

1.    Probiotics play a role in affecting the intestines by stimulating the mucosal immune and nonimmune mechanisms by fighting and competing with potential harmful pathogens

2.    Among other things, probiotics play a key role in helping to send food through our gut by sensitizing nerves that control the gut movement in the body.

3.    Reduction of the incidence and severe symptoms of diarrhea, which is one of the most widely recognized uses for probiotics

What time is really best to take probiotics

As enthusiastic as many are about taking in some good bacteria into their body, many don’t even know how best to take the probiotics or are confused about the best time to take their supplements for optimum benefits.

If you happen to be obtaining your probiotics through food, then there is no “best” time frame or situation that the probiotics are optimal in function.

Nevertheless, if you are taking the supplement forms of probiotics, time must obviously be put into consideration to be sure that maximum bacteria strains are incorporated into the body.

Don’t get it complicated; many people always think that the best time to have probiotics is in the morning, even on an empty stomach. If probiotics are living organisms, they obviously would have need for food, warmth, water, etc to thrive. But these conditions aren’t going to be available in the body by the morning. Hence, the microbial counts absorbed or incorporated are scientifically and logically little or less. 

Probiotics 101 says: The absolute best time to take probiotics is alongside your meal. Right before or just after the meal is best for getting the most out of our probiotic supplement.

The major threat to the probiotic supplement

The journey through your digestive tract is a long and treacherous one for most probiotics.

In the case of probiotics their biggest danger is the powerful acids in the digestive system meant to break down and disintegrate the materials that travels through its passage.

If enough acid overcomes the enteric coating of a probiotic capsule it could kill the delicate strains and render the supplement completely ineffective since the probiotic is not delivered to its appropriate destination which is the intestine.

This is why you should take your supplement alongside your food.

By consuming your probiotic with food you provide a buffering system for the supplement and ensure its safe passage through the digestive tract.

Aside from protection, food also provides the friendly bacteria in your probiotic the proper food and nourishment to ensure it survives, grows and multiplies in your gut.

This I also discovered was scientifically proven when I visited Yakult, a leading probiotic food company from japan. I visited the certified manufacturing facility in Sonepat, Haryana in India, where they use L. casei Shirota (bacteria named after the scientist who discovered it).

The bacteria are fixed in fermented milk in this case, and it can be consumed every other time. The probiotic drink is having millions of strains of live bacteria in each portion and it is instructed to be kept refrigerated to ensure the good bacteria are kept alive.

In short, the consumption of both a healthy meal and your supplement offers the optimal environment and situation to get the most out of your probiotics.

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In short, the consumption of both a healthy meal and your supplement offers the optimal environment and situation to get the most out of your probiotics.

Enzyme Essentials notes that taking probiotics at a less ideal time is better than taking none at all.

How much probiotic should I be having?

 

How much probiotic should I be having?

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch recommends taking from 1 billion to 10 billion colony-forming units of probiotics (one to two capsules) several days per week.

You can take probiotics for a limited time for specific conditions, such as a supplemental treatment for a yeast or intestinal infection, or you can take them indefinitely as a preventative measure.

Before taking probiotics or any natural supplements, however, you should obtain the approval of your health care provider. Probiotics can be dangerous for people allergic to bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium or Streptococcus thermophilus.

What you should look out for on a probiotic food or drug product label

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch recommends taking from 1 billion to 10 billion colony-forming units of probiotics (one to two capsules) several days per week.

You can take probiotics for a limited time for specific conditions, such as a supplemental treatment for a yeast or intestinal infection, or you can take them indefinitely as a preventative measure.

Before taking probiotics or any natural supplements, however, you should obtain the approval of your health care provider. Probiotics can be dangerous for people allergic to bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium or Streptococcus thermophilus.

What you should look out for on a probiotic food or drug product label

From a scientific perspective, a probiotic food or product should include on their labels:

• Genus and species identification, with nomenclature consistent with current scientifically recognized names

• Strain designation

• Viable count of each strain at the end of shelf-life

• Recommended storage conditions

• Safety under the conditions of recommended use

• Recommended dose, which should be based on induction of the claimed physiological effect

• An accurate description of the physiological effect, as far as is allowable by law

• Contact information for post-market surveillance

 

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Natural Sources of probiotics

Probiotics can be gotten naturally through a variety of natural sources. They are mostly fermented, unpasteurized, foods.

For a natural boost of probiotics in your diet, eat ample amounts of

Miso:

Miso is a major player of traditional Japanese medicine and is popularly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator. For millenniums now, Miso has been a popular staple in Chinese and Japanese diets dating back approximately 2,500 years.

Miso is made from fermented soybeans, rice or barley, adding a tablespoon of miso to some hot water makes an excellent, quick, probiotic-rich soup.

The fermentation process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of years to complete.

Kefir:

Kefir is a creamy, fizzy fermented drink. Made from a combination of milk and fermented kefir grains.

Kefir has been consumed for well over 3,000 years now. The name kefir was originated from Russia and Turkey, which means “feeling good.”

Kefir is produced by the fermentation of milk by the bacteria, and yeasts. Because Kefir is fermented with yeast and more amounts of bacteria, the final product is relatively higher in probiotics.

Kefir has a slightly acidic and tart flavor and contains anything from 10 to 34 strains of probiotics. Kefir is similar to yogurt.

 

Sauerkraut:

Sauerkrauts are made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables. Sauerkraut is not so diverse in probiotics but high in organic acids that aids the growth of the good bacteria.

Sauerkraut is rich in vitamin C as well as in digestive enzymes. It’s also a good source of natural lactic acid bacteria, such as lactobacillus.

These make them come under the category of the dietary sources of probiotics. Sauerkrauts are very popular in Germany these days

Natto:

Natto is a popular Japanese dish made from fermented soybeans. Natto contains bacillus subtilis which is a highly powerful probiotic, and has been seen to improve the immune system, support cardiovascular health and enhance digestion of vitamin K2.

 

Kimchi:

 Kimchi is strongly related to sauerkraut and is the Korean style on cultured veggies.

Mixing Chinese cabbage as the key ingredient and adding a number of other foods and spices, like red pepper flakes, radishes, carrots, garlic, ginger, onion, sea salt and fish sauce.

This combination is then set aside to ferment for anything from three to fourteen days.

 

Yogurt: the most beneficial variety of yogurt as probiotic food is live cultured yogurt or greek yogurt which are made from the milk of either cows, goats or sheep.

Yogurt, that comes from raw, grass-fed animals in many cases are usually placed amongst the best of probiotic foods. Ensure that the product will be bearing the “live and active culture” label.

Need more probiotics in your system? Do this.

1.  Feed the Probiotics in Your System

Remember that we all naturally have these probiotics in our guts.

Hence, to naturally increase the number of probiotics in our system, we need to feed the existing ones to be able to produce more.

Probiotics are living organisms within our body. And as living organisms, they are expected to feed and grow as well. Their source of food and habitation are fiber.

Incorporating fresh, rich, high-quality fiber into our daily diet will actually lead to an increase in probiotics in the body.

Other great additions to a healthy high-fiber diet might include organic fruits, vegetables and sweet potatoes.

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2.  Consume More Probiotic-Rich Foods

The second way to get the benefits is to start consuming more probiotic-rich foods every other day. These are things like high-quality goat milk yogurt, kefir, kombucha.

3.  Eat More Sour Foods

Consume more sour foods. Enjoy your day’s meals with sour foods like apple cider vinegar and fermented vegetables. Enjoy apple cider vinegar in your meals and drinks. Eat more fresh foods containing the sources highlighted above.

 

4.  Take a Quality Probiotic Supplement

This is also a way on enriching your body with probiotics which are good for your wellbeing. However, do not forget the things to watch out for when choosing a supplement as stated above.

Storage and Maintenance of probiotics

Remember that for a probiotic supplement (food or drug) to be effective, the bacteria must be alive when consumed. If taking probiotic supplements, take care to protect them from heat, dampness and air, and refrigerate them, as prescribed.

Summary

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts seen to be having various health benefits.

They're usually incorporated into foods like yogurts or taken as food supplements, and are often described as 'good' or 'friendly' bacteria.

Probiotics are thought to help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut (including your stomach and intestines) when it's been disrupted by an illness or drug treatment.

Our body has a natural amount of gut bacteria present in itself. The bacteria help to support our digestion process and strengthen our immune system.

They live freely and beneficially in a symbiotic relationship in our intestines. 

there are series of happenings that can destroy their colony, like illnesses, drug treatment, lack of exercises and good foods.

the good bacteria can easily be reinstated or improved by consuming some more probiotic supplements or foods naturally rich in probiotics.