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Should I take probiotics on an empty stomach or with food?

According to some manufacturers, the best time to take probiotics is 30 minutes before a meal or on an empty stomach. Others suggest taking them with food. Confusing, right? Let us deconstruct! Some may believe that more probiotic bacteria will survive as part of the meals, yet such studies lack supporting evidence. Consuming probiotics colonize the gut microbiome regardless of whether they have been taken with food or without. In addition, taking probiotics before a meal boosts digestion, promotes a healthy metabolism, and reduces the “after-lunch” energy drop. Can I take probiotics before bed? Absolutely! Taking probiotics does not interfere with sleep in any way. Instead, it helps to regulate the mood and prepare for quality rest.

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