Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:45 PM
HiThey say take on an empty stomach because if a pro biotic is taken with food it stays in teh stomach with the food untill the food is digested and passed in to teh intestines. pro biotic bacteria is generally quite hard and will take a bit of a beating in the stomach, but if it is in there for too long with teh acid and food churning, there is a very good chance that it will be drastically affected in terms of potency when it finally does get to teh intestines. An empy stomach is basically 10% of your stomach capacity. (although how you can figure that out is anyones guess!)Basically as long as you take it at least two hours after food with a good slurp of water (preferably bottled) ITS ALL GOOD. obvioulsy the optimum time to take it is first thing in teh morning as your stomach will be truely empty.here is some general info on taking pro biotics and how to get teh best from them. the following strains have teh most research behind them in IBS studies with good positive outcomes in studies.L. bulgaricus, L. reuteri, L. plantarum, L. casei, B. bifidus, S. salivarius, and S. thermophilus and the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii. THERE ARE MANY MANY OTHERS though!here is some general info on taking them, if you dont already know it!They are best taken in the morning on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before food. ideally they should be taken for at least 3 weeks as it may take that long to see any results. although some people have a very good reaction in days. after 2 to 3 months they should be stopped for a while. if after a few days you start to notice that you can feel a physical difference or a worsening of your symptoms, start taking them again. other wise, there is no need to continue taking them untill you feel that you do need them. there isnt any harm in taking them as a permanant suppliment if they are taken is small numbers like in actimel or activia yoghurt, but if you are taking 10 billion cultures a day, it is good to give the body a break every now and then.also If at all possible, replace the FOS prebiotic with natural fruit and veg if you can tollerate it. FOS can play hell with the tummy in some people while it dosent bother others.After you start to take the probiotics, you may feel initially worse for a day to a week or so. this is called the herx reaction and unfortunately is perfectly normal. (Google it to get more detailed info). some people are not affected by herx and some are.if it gets too much though, just stopp teh probiotics for a few days and re start them at a half dose for a two weeks, then a three quarter dose for two weeks and then the full dose, and see how you get on with that.CHeersIan
Emetophobic since 1987, IBS A (More C) since 1990, Chronic GERD + Chronic Gastritis since 1987. When people say it cant get any worse, i say at least you are still breathing! Keep the faith. Currently in remission thanks to specific strain probiotics and 12 years of probiotic reaserch.