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Probiotics-On an empty stomach or with a meal

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Created June 09, 2011 at 1:19 PM

When is the best time to take probiotics, between meals on an empty stomach or with meals?

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0 · June 09, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Yes, it makes good sense. Thanks!

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0 · June 09, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I wonder when someone is going to make a probiotic suppository...

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0 · June 09, 2011 at 2:02 PM

OK you might get an organism or 2 but certainly not a few billion like you would when you ingest food or from a supplement

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0 · June 09, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Not always. Take dirty fingernails from digging in the dirt. If you put your fingers in your mouth there's your soil organisms.

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0 · June 09, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Each brand says something different. I wonder what the reasoning is...

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1159 · June 09, 2011 at 1:34 PM

According to http://www.customprobiotics.com it depends on your goal.

How you use a probiotic depends on why you are taking it. If the primary purpose for taking the probiotic is to aid digestion, then you must take it with meals. If the goal is to have the probiotic reach the lower intestinal tract, then it may be more appropriate to take it between meals, with a full glass of water. Water dilutes the stomach acids and moves the organisms quickly into the intestinal tract. Probiotics can also be used for both purposes by taking some with meals and some between meals.

This totally makes sense if you ask me!

3c49f67b3c8c0b580e89fdba0b95a8e8
0 · June 09, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Yes, it makes good sense. Thanks!

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0 · June 09, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I wonder when someone is going to make a probiotic suppository...

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851 · June 09, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Our ancestors would have gotten their probiotic flora when they ate food so I am of the belief that you should always take probiotics with food. Not sure if there is actual research that supports that but it just seems most natural to me.

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0 · June 09, 2011 at 2:02 PM

OK you might get an organism or 2 but certainly not a few billion like you would when you ingest food or from a supplement

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f
0 · June 09, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Not always. Take dirty fingernails from digging in the dirt. If you put your fingers in your mouth there's your soil organisms.

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1638 · June 09, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Ya got me - sorry. ;p Some brands say take with food, some say without, so I tend to split the difference and vary it up from day to day.

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