Probiotics, what are they and how do they benefit you and when to take them.
Probiotics are live bacteria that line your digestive tract and they support the ability to fight infections and absorb nutrients.
Your good gut bacteria is also responsible for:
- Producing vitamin B12, butyrate and vitamin K2
- Crowding out bad microbes
- Creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria
- Stimulating secretion of IgA and regulatory T cells, which support immune function
The top benefits of probiotics are
- Digestive Health: Research has shown that probiotics are effective against several forms of diarrhea. They have also been shown to reduce pain and symptoms of IBS
- Decrease in antibiotic resistance: When you use probiotics it helps rebuild your gut flora after taking antibiotics and helps prevent antibiotic related gut issues. When the probiotics are used they can help increase effectiveness of any antibiotics you may need to take later becuase they help prevent the bacteria in your body to become resistant
It is important to note that one probitotic may not do what another probiotic does. The different strains do different things. If you are using a probiotic to treat a specific condition you need to make sure you are picking the right probitoc for your condition. The employees at your local Vitality Health Foods can help you with that.
When people buy probiotics one of the most common questions we get is “When is the best time to take probiotics and do I take them with food?”. So we are going to break it down and help you know which is the best time to take them.
There are several studies that show shelf stable probiotics are best taken 30 minutes before a meal. However sometimes consistency is best when taking probiotics, same time of day with your meal of choice.
The reason the best time to take a shelf stable probiotic right before a meal is because this is when your stomach is the least acidic thus giving the probiotic a chance to survive the gut acids so they can get into your GI tract where the reap the most benefits.
Studies also show that live bacteria probiotics are best taken 20 minutes after your morning meal or right before bed.
The reason you take live bacteria probiotics 20 minutes after your morning meal or right before bed is because this allows for more of the probiotic to get into the large intestines where it will reap the most benefits.
You can also get probiotics from certain foods such as: Fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi ect), kefir, probiotic yogurts and miso (a soup base made from fermented soy beans).
Come visit any of your local Vitality Health Food stores for help selecting the right probiotic for you and your condition.