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Can you take probiotics while intermittent fasting? The short answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Read on to learn more.
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What are probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live inside of your digestive system. They can be found in your mouth, anus, and vagina. While they can be found in everyone, it’s more common to find them in people who are pregnant, have digestive problems, or are taking medication for diabetes, heart disease, or autoimmune disorders. With that in mind, these types of bacteria usually live in your digestive tract during periods of healthy eating and physical activity.
How do you take probiotics while intermittent fasting?
One of the best ways to take probiotics while intermittent fasting is to simply take a few spoonful of yoghurt or milk every day when you’re on the fast. You can also take this during your lunch break or before bed.
You can also take them with your breakfast or lunch as long as you’re on the same eating schedule otherwise your digestive system won’t get a chance to finish digesting the food that you consumed during your fast. If you’re not feeling well on the day that you take your probiotics, you can always take a different one the following day.
Can you take them while on a ketogenic diet?
Yes, but you have to be careful while doing so. While certain types of bacteria can be found in both your intestines and your mouth, others are only found in your digestive tract. While there are studies that show that certain strains of bacteria found in the gut can help with weight loss, your liver and pancreas shouldn’t be starved of the necessary calories to get them to do their jobs.
Which Probiotic Should You Take While Intermittent Fasting?
As far as which probiotic to take during intermittent fasting, there are a few factors to take into account. Is it live or inactivated? Some live probiotics are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and help with things like mental health. This is why you’ll often find them in formulas that contain antioxidants. On the other hand, many inactivated or killed probiotics won’t do much for you.
The bottom line is that while there are so many different kinds of bacteria in your digestive system, and they can be found everywhere, certain types of bacteria found in the mouth, anus, and vagina are particularly useful when you’re fasted. These bacteria are believed to be helpful for preventing cavities, digestive diseases, and bacterial infections.
The only way to know for sure is to try it. You can take a course of antibiotics, but if you’re constantly feeling unwell, you may not have a chance to properly build up a resistance. When it comes to taking probiotics while intermittent fasting, you can either take a live or inactivated probiotic. The only way to know for sure which one works best for you is to try it out.