What time of day for Probiotics?

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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
What time of day is best for probiotics? Is it best to take them in the evening so that the bacteria stays in your system longer? Or is it better to take them during the day when things are more active? What works for you?

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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Suggested by the clerk at the health food store that I purchase mine at, first thing in the morning/day, on an empty stomach.

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   Posted 1/27/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I take mine 2 in the morning, If I can't have my activia after lunch, I take another then & one before bed.
I am taking extra right now b/c I just came out of a really bad Flare so I will cut back probably to 2 after I finish the prednisone.
It will go back to 1 in the a.m & 1 in the p.m
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   Posted 1/27/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking the VSL midafternoon in applesauce.... for an extra boost I've been taking an Ultimate Flora morning and night also.
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   Posted 1/27/2010 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda first thing in the morning. This will neutralise stomach acids which destroys probiotics. Take your probiotics 30 minutes later

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   Posted 1/28/2010 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I take mine before I go to bed about 2 hours after my meds.

Most probiotics are enteric coated and the capsule dissolves in the small intestine.


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   Posted 1/28/2010 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
From what I've read, on an empty stomach is best, so first thing in the morning or just before bedtime can be good. I actually take mine when I get up for a bathroom break in the night. My schedule's pretty crazy and sometimes we're eating dinner fairly late. This way, I make sure my upper digestive system is empty.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.

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