When Should I Take Probiotics?
Probiotic manufacturers differ in their suggestions for probiotic supplement intake. Some manufacturers recommend an empty stomach while others suggest taking it with food.
Some research suggests that certain probiotic microorganisms can survive with or without the presence of food.
One study showed that probiotics had positive effects whether taken with a meal or without. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium on the other hand seem to survive best when taken up to 30 minutes before a meal. Regular and consistency in taking probiotics probably have more importance than whether you choose to take it with food as it can take several days or weeks for you to feel positive effects. Your own unique genetic makeup, age, health, bacteria you already have in your body, and diet all affect how soon probiotics work.
Should I Take Probiotic To Treat A Vaginal Infection?
Studies have shown no real-world situations where probiotics can kill vaginal yeast infections, only in lab tests.
When should I take probiotic for a cold?
Over the last several decades, numerous research studies have looked into that claim. Findings from those studies have shown that probiotics do, in fact, appear to improve the body’s immune response. That in turn helps the body be better prepared to fight off certain infections, including the common cold.
That doesn’t mean if you eat yogurt you will never have a cold. But taking probiotics regularly can lower your chances of getting a cold. And, if you do catch a cold, probiotics may help reduce the severity of your symptoms and shorten how long they last.
Can I take probiotic when I am pregnant?
Several studies conducted on women during the third trimester did not show any problems with taking probiotics during pregnancy. Probiotics are unlikely to be transferred into breast milk or the fetus therefore it is unlikely to cause any harm. The studies showed there was no significant difference in birth weight, gestational age, or the incidence of cesarean section.