Best Time to Take Probiotics

Probiotics are one of the best ways to improve our health – especially our gut health – and are a big trend in health and wellness.

They contain live bacteria that help repopulate our intestines and keep our immune system thriving. This helps us digest and assimilate nutrients better, lift our mood, sleep better, and maximize our energy levels!

Let’s dive into the details…

What are Probiotics? 

Probiotics are a mixture of live organisms, also known as “good” or “friendly” bacteria, found naturally in some foods and supplements.

They have a unique ability to fight against harmful bacteria and prevent them from settling in the gut, improving our digestive health and immunity.3 

Probiotics can be consumed through supplementation or in probiotic-rich foods such as yoghurt and kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut. 

What are the Benefits of Probiotics?

Probiotics significantly improve our gut health by boosting our good bacteria. 

The healthier our gut, the more beneficial bacteria we tend to have. This means our body is able to synthesize vitamins and minerals that benefit skin health, including omega 3s,  B vitamins, and vitamin D.

Due to their effect on our immune system, probiotics benefit mood, energy levels, nutrient absorption, and even athletic performance. 

Probiotics have also been shown to improve our mental health. When we have too little of the good bacteria in our gut, we are more at risk for issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and mental health disorders.4  Some studies have linked antibiotic use with developing anxiety disorders later in life due to their disruption to our healthy gut bacteria.5 

Probiotic strains, like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, have been found to improve mental health and boost positive emotions. Lactobacillus (L.) rhamnosus, in particular, has shown positive effects on reducing anxiety in individuals.5  

Probiotics can, therefore, help regulate our mood and reduce our risk of mental health disorders. Generally, having a healthy gut flora is linked to better mental well-being.5 

Does Timing Matter?

Maximizing probiotic benefits is all about absorption and consistency. Temperature can also affect their effectiveness. 

If too much heat is present during consumption, it can kill the bacteria before reaching the gut, and benefits may be reduced.6

Is it better to take probiotics in the morning or at night?

Probiotics are usually recommended for morning consumption. Taking them on an empty stomach is a good idea for most probiotics as it improves their survival rates through stomach acid.

Many people take them first thing in the morning after waking up — about 30 minutes before breakfast or 2-3 hours after the last evening meal before bed.

The key is consistency so that the bacteria can regularly repopulate the gut at the same time, under the same conditions.1 

It is also important not to consume hot teas or drinks 30 minutes after consuming probiotics to ensure that heat does not kill the bacteria in the gut. Ideal drinks are cold juices, water, or water with a squeeze of lemon.

Best Probiotic for Gut Health

The best probiotics for gut health are ones that work for you.

However, there are certain probiotics that work better than others or that are tailored to specific needs.  For example, some people may benefit from stronger strains or probiotics tailored for sleep, infection, IBS, immune or skin health. 

We have 3 excellent probiotics, each specifically developed with a different focus: Gut Care, Immune boost, and Skin Health. 

Gut care contains 6.1 billion live bacteria + yeast microorganisms (6.1 x 109 Colony Forming Units) to boost your good bacteria and is an excellent starter for boosting your gut health, especially if you haven’t taken probiotics before. 

If you are looking for a probiotic with extras, Immune Boost also contains proven immune-boosting vitamins, minerals, botanicals & prebiotics AND 8.5 billion+ (8.5 x 109 CFU) for an added nutrient boost –especially helpful in the winter months!

Skin health is an excellent option for those looking to improve their skin complexion or even reduce conditions such as acne and rosacea. 

Skin health contains powerful, proven skin-boosting antioxidants, vitamins & botanicals PLUS 5 billion+ (5 x 109 CFU) of the exact premium pre+probiotics proven to most effectively reinvigorate the gut-skin axis in strain-specific, peer-reviewed clinical studies in exactly their most effective dosages.

Taking skin supplements in tablet form is a powerful addition to your daily routine, and our unique Multi-Layered Tablet Technology® ensures each ingredient is fully protected until your gut is ready to digest it, for superior absorption as opposed to capsules.

Final Thoughts 

In conclusion, probiotics are an excellent way to improve our health and have many benefits.

They have been clinically shown to improve intestinal health and immune response, reduce serum cholesterol, prevent infections, improve skin health, sleep, and mood, and even help cancer prevention. 

We highly recommend them as part of your health and wellness routine!

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1: Kechagia, M., Basoulis, D., Konstantopoulou, S., Dimitriadi, D., Gyftopoulou, K., Skarmoutsou, N., & Fakiri, E. M. (2013). Health benefits of probiotics: a review. ISRN nutrition, 2013, 481651.

2: Liu, X., Champagne, C. P., Lee, B. H., Boye, J. I., & Casgrain, M. (2014). Thermostability of Probiotics and Their α -Galactosidases and the Potential for Bean Products. Biotechnology research international, 2014, 472723.

3: Markowiak, P., & Śliżewska, K. (2017). Effects of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics on Human Health. Nutrients, 9(9), 1021.

4: Clapp, M., Aurora, N., Herrera, L., Bhatia, M., Wilen, E., & Wakefield, S. (2017). Gut microbiota's effect on mental health: The gut-brain axis. Clinics and practice, 7(4), 987.

5: Ma, T., Jin, H., Kwok, L. Y., Sun, Z., Liong, M. T., & Zhang, H. (2021). Probiotic consumption relieved human stress and anxiety symptoms possibly via modulating the neuroactive potential of the gut microbiota. Neurobiology of stress, 14, 100294.

6: Junior Isaac Celestin Poaty Ditengou, Sung-Il Ahn, Byungho Chae, Nag-Jin Choi, Are heat-killed probiotics more effective than live ones on colon length shortness, disease activity index, and the histological score of an inflammatory bowel disease-induced murine model? A meta-analysis, Journal of Applied Microbiology, Volume 134, Issue 3, March 2023, lxad008,

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