So, you’ve finally decided to get healthy and are looking at various options and eventually hit on probiotics. You go ahead and get your probiotic supplements.

Feeling very excited, you look at the bottle, and then it strikes…what now? How do I take them? Take it along with food or on an empty stomach. Which is the best time – day or night?

You start wondering why you opted for it. Well, despair not. This article will attempt to address all your primary concerns.

The Best Time

So, what is the best time? The answer - In the morning before your meal, with a glass of water.

There’s a valid reason for this time, and it is linked with our body. For the uninitiated, probiotics are the food for the microbiomes that exists in the lower gastrointestinal tract.

For these microbiomes to be effective, they have to withstand the harsh, acidic environment present in the stomach.

Taking a glass of water along with the probiotic, helps in diluting the harsh stomach acids. Also, when taken before food, it offers valuable support for these microbiomes to make their way through the stomach and gastrointestinal tract to intestines.

Any Side Effects If Not Taken In The Morning

There are times when our busy schedule makes us forget to take the probiotic, and you start wondering if you should take it when you remember it or skip for that day entirely.

Here’s the answer. Probiotics is a product that has to be taken daily to get the best out of it. Benefits from probiotics are cumulative. So it doesn’t matter if you take probiotics late in the day. If you take them before breakfast, and you forget to take that due to some reason, you can have them before your lunch or dinner.

The moot point is that probiotic supplements should be taken shortly before you have your meals. The food helps in feeding the microbes and creating a hospitable environment that will help them to not only survive but also multiply.

A human stomach contains powerful acids, and when the stomach is empty, the pH is low, which makes it a highly acidic, an environment where many beneficial bugs get destroyed.


Having food helps in lowering the stomach’s pH, which creates a buffer system for these beneficial microbes when they pass through the GI tract, thereby allowing increased numbers of microbes to reach the large intestine.

Remember, Probiotic Only Provides Support

Your gut consists of good and bad bacteria. When the number of harmful bacteria increases, your gut is thrown off balance and can result in various health disruptions like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or increased bowel movements etc.

Taking probiotics helps in getting gut bacteria back on track and assist in addressing the bowel issues. You should, however, keep in mind the fact that while probiotics are good, these are only for support.

A proper diet is the best bet to have a healthy gut. Take food that supports the digestive system and overall health. Avoid taking sugar-laden and highly processed foods that are detrimental to gut health.

Some natural sources of probiotic bacteria are fermented foods like miso, buttermilk, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, tempeh, etc.

In Short

Preferably take probiotic early in the morning, about 30 minutes before breakfast. These should be taken before as it will ensure that these microbes don’t get stuck behind food, which will reduce their efficacy.

A glass of water (filtered) should be taken first. Taking water first helps in diluting the harsh acidic environment in the stomach and helps the good microbes to survive.

Filtered water is preferred as tap water contains chlorine, which ends up killing not only the harmful bacteria but also healthy bacteria.