Today we’re talking about probiotics, and more specifically when you should take them. Whether it’s from a TikTok influencer, an Instagram health blogger, or a mommy blog, we have seen a fair amount of debate on this topic recently. Today we’re here to set the record straight, and give you the recommendation from our trained healthcare professionals.
First a quick refresher: what are probiotics?
Probiotics are friendly microorganisms that your body needs to maintain a healthy gut. We cannot overemphasize how important gut health is for your overall well being. Studies have linked gut health to the health of your immune system, oral and skin health, as well as mental health and other bodily functions. Did you know that 90% of the serotonin produced in our bodies is made in our gut, not our brain?
Taking a probiotic supports gut health by preventing the growth of harmful organisms and restoring your gut’s bacteria after illnesses or medications. They can help prevent yeast infections and UTIs, and support healthy digestion and bowel movements. Not to mention, supporting the “brain-gut microbiota axis”, or the connection between the complex ecosystem of microbiota in your body and your brain physiology. Though the connection needs more research to be completely understood, researchers have discovered that the brain needs the gut microbiome to function properly. For more info on this, click here.
So, probiotics are really important. Next question: when should I take my probiotic?
At Binto, we recommend taking your probiotic in the evening, after dinner and before you go to sleep.
First of all, why does this matter? To be effective, your probiotic has to make it all the way through your digestive system, through your stomach and all the way to your gut. This is not easy! To get there, it needs to be properly coated so it will make it past the acid in your stomach, and any other attempts to digest it too soon.
Timing is key
What is the best way to make sure your probiotic gets where it needs to go? Time it with your meal. Studies show that the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains of bacteria in your probiotic survive best when taken up to 30 minutes after a meal.
Before you eat, the pH of your stomach is too low and too acidic, for a probiotic to survive. This means your stomach could kill your probiotic before it even gets to your gut -- not ideal. However, after you eat, the pH in your stomach rises, making it a more hospitable environment for your probiotic to pass through.
Not to mention, taking a probiotic on an empty stomach can cause nausea, stomach pains, and make you gassy.
In terms of actual time of day, the studies have shown that what is more important is consistency. If you start taking your probiotic after breakfast, you should take it at that time every day.
At Binto, we recommend taking probiotics after dinner. Take it from Nurse Suzie: “I do not recommend taking a probiotic first thing in the AM. We believe the best time for a probiotic is 30 minutes to an hour after dinner, before you go to sleep! Your gut resets overnight, and this will help you maximize the impact of your probiotic supplement. Not to mention, if you do tend to experience some of the side effects of a probiotic, like nausea or gassiness, they won’t be as uncomfortable if you are asleep!”
Looking to add a probiotic to your routine? Try Binto’s very own synbiotic supplement, an expert formulated probiotic with prebiotic fiber. Created to support women’s mental, gut, and vaginal flora health, our synbiotic contains all the strains of bacteria you need to feel balanced, and nothing you don’t. We package all of it up in a time released vegetarian cellulose capsule, so all those friendly bacteria can safely complete their journey to your gut. To get started with a probiotic that was created with you in mind, click here!
As always, we are here to help! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or you want to learn how to add our probiotic to your supplement pack, you can reach out to our team of healthcare professionals via the chat, or IG DM!