Can I take probiotics with coffee?

In this text we will answer the question: “Can I take probiotics with coffee?”. In addition, we will show you the best way to take probiotics. Finally, we will discuss what are the benefits of coffee for the gut.

Can I take probiotics with coffee?

No, you can not take probiotics with coffee. Do not drink hot drinks afterwards, such as tea, milk or coffee. Hot drinks can kill lactobacilli, which are fragile beings in contact with heat and thus the colonization of good bacteria will not be successful.

The moment to take probiotics is a very frequent question among patients and health professionals. The opinion of most physicians/nutritionists is that consuming these beneficial microorganisms on an empty stomach would theoretically mean a shorter stay for them in the stomach as the too acidic pH would kill the probiotics. 

So consuming them after a small meal would mean that the probiotics could stay in the stomach longer, due to the potential pH neutralization, thus achieving better effectiveness, in addition to a meal (depending on the menu) serving as food for good colonization of the probiotics.

What is probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms beneficial to human health. By acting on our intestinal flora, they regulate our intestines and are essential both for those who suffer from a trapped intestine and for those who have it too loose, suffering from diarrhea, and consequently with the loss of nutrients that are not absorbed by the body. 

Taking all this into consideration, there’s no reason not to put these “good bacteria” in your food right now. But then comes the question: how to do this without eating exactly the same thing every day?

How to take probiotics?

To take probiotics follow the tips below:

1) Take the probiotics at night, before bed – for better absorption. This will ensure more time for the probiotics in contact with your gut, making colonization more effective;

2) Wait at least 2 hours to use antibiotics, if you are under treatment with this type of medication. As this will improve the proliferation of good bacteria in the digestive system, before antibiotics can kill them;

3) Do not drink hot drinks afterwards, such as tea, milk or coffee. Hot drinks can kill lactobacilli, which are fragile beings in contact with heat and thus the colonization of good bacteria will not be successful;

4) Always take probiotics with prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food for probiotics to thrive. In our formula with a combination of probiotics, we use FOS (fructooligosaccharides) – excellent food for probiotic strains.

5) Make sure your probiotics are microencapsulated, meaning they have gone through a process that ensures the probiotics won’t die before they reach your intestines. If the probiotics are not microencapsulated, ask to handle them in gastro-resistant capsules. 

The microencapsulation of probiotics or the use of gastro-resistant capsules allow the strains of probiotics to resist the action of gastric juice, in this way the probiotics will reach the intestines alive, where they can act and colonize with bacteria that are good for us.

6) Probiotics should be seen as the “icing on the cake”, that is, make changes in your diet, privileged real food, with low consumption of industrialized foods, manage your stress, after all, our gut is our second brain. 

Start treatment with flavonoids that decrease intestinal inflammation, fight bad bacteria, while creating a favorable environment for the development of microbiota that is good. Intersperse the treatment with these flavonoids and the Lactobacilli Pool. 

70% of the immune system cells are located in the intestines – that is, you need to take good care of them to have good health, cases of low immunity can leave our body susceptible to the action of opportunistic bacteria such as candidiasis (Candida) and changes in the intestinal flora such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Is drinking coffee good for your gut?

Yes, drinking coffee is good for your gut. Drinking coffee regularly can be good for the gut, as caffeine improves the health of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract.

It is not yet known how coffee can influence the intestines, but there is a hypothesis: some component of coffee, such as caffeine, impacts the metabolism of bacteria. We still need to learn more about how bacteria and the host [human body] interact, impacting our health.

Coffee has antioxidants and bioactive compounds called polyphenols, which may be behind the beverage’s benefits on the gut. All plants in their natural state are rich in fiber, polyphenols and antioxidants and can help us fight cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Conclusion

In this text we answered the question: “Can I take probiotics with coffee?”. In addition, we showed you the best way to take probiotics. Finally, we discussed what are the benefits of coffee for the gut.

Citations

https://www.optibacprobiotics.com/learning-lab/in-depth/general-health/all-about-coffee-and-probiotics
https://www.canadianpharmacyking.com/KingsBlog/Is-Your-Morning-Coffee-Killing-Your-Probiotics/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.