When is the best time to take my probiotic?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? Many probiotic products on the market today have guidelines on when it’s best to take them. Who doesn’t want to get the most out of their supplement?
One of the best things about Flourish is the secret of the liquid nature. Flourish bacteria create their own preferred environment. Let me explain. The microscopic bacteria in Flourish (Original and Junior) are acid producing, therefore the environment they create is acidic, just like your stomach. But before we get into that, let’s reach back to our high school chemistry days to review pH. The potential of hydrogen (pH) measures the concentration of H+ ions on a scale from 0 – 14. Acidic solutions are considered 0 – 6 with 7 being neutral. Solutions that measure 8 – 14 are considered alkalotic.
The typical stomach has a pH in the 1.5 – 3.5 range, depending on what the needs of the body are.
As we begin to eat, the body responds by increasing acid production to break down food. Remember the way the pH scale works? The higher the acidity, the lower the pH number. So, as the acids in the stomach increase, the pH lowers. The pH of Flourish is in the 2 – 3 range. This not only gives it that delightfully tart flavor, but also an effective delivery system through the stomach.
So, to make a short answer long, the best time to take Flourish is any time you remember it! However, there are a few things to keep in mind depending on your medication schedule and eating preferences. As with all supplementation, it is best practice to separate supplements and medications by two hours before and after. The most effective time to take Flourish is any time you’re not eating a large meal.
The other thing to keep in mind with probiotic supplementation for optimal results is (you guessed it) consistency! Supporting gut health through consistent introduction of beneficial bacteria will keep your colon filled with pH lowering bacteria who provide competition for bacteria who have a negative potential.
Written by Lorilyn Van Dyke