There’s a lot of debate online on when, how and which probiotics to take after Antibiotics. This is my full guide on the Best Probiotic to Take After Antibiotics, but first let’s answer a few commonly asked questions.
Probiotics & Antibiotics – Frequently Asked Questions
Can you Take Probiotics with Antibiotics?
Yes, you can take probiotics with antibiotics, in fact I highly recommend it in order to avoid the antibiotics killing all the good bacteria in your gut, however you have to be vary of something.
It’s very important that you don’t take probiotics within 2 hours of taking antibiotics, if you take probiotics close to when you took antibiotics, there’s a high chance that antibiotics will kill all the healthy bacteria in the probiotic.
When to Take Probiotics with Antibiotics?
It’s recommended to take probiotics at least 2 hours after taking your antibiotic, by ensuring at least 2 hours have passed, we’re giving the antibiotic enough time and room to do its job.
This will also ensure that both the antibiotic and the probiotic achieve the best results, without “fighting” each other.
How Probiotics Help after Antibiotics?
After a course of antibiotics chances are high that your gut bacteria will be completely out of balance, this is due to the antibiotics trying to kill the virus/bad bacteria, but by doing so they also kill the good bacteria. Probiotics help replenish the good bacteria and help maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
#1 Choice: Seed Probiotic
Seed products measure the AFU or active fluorescent units instead of just the CFU that most manufacturers measure. AFU is a more exact science that gives customers more accurate information about cell viability. This allows Seed to know more about the effects of their products and how they can benefit major systems within the body.
Besides improving gut health, Seed products support healthy skin, cardiovascular health, and colon support. The way the product is designed means essential strains arrive in the colon without being destroyed by stomach acid along the way.
Seed probiotics also contain prebiotics. This makes it easy to get everything needed from one product. Customers take two capsules a day for maximum benefits.
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Physician’s Choice 60 Billion Probiotic
The first probiotic on the list of the best after antibiotic probiotics is the Physician’s Choice 60 Billion Probiotic, the reason why this one is first and why I’m such a big fan of it is due to the high bacteria count coming in at 60 Billion, in addition, the bacteria comes from 10 different probiotic strains, which is a big plus.
One of the main effects you’ll experience with this probiotic is a big improvement in your digestion, especially since the Physician’s Choice also has an included prebiotic fiber blend, which makes the probiotic even more effective.
The recommended dosage is a single capsule per day, ideally before a meal with lots of water.
This probiotic is also 100% free of GMOs and is also 100% vegan, which is a great plus.
UP4 Adult Probiotic
At number 2 we have a slightly less potent probiotic, but still a solid choice.
The UP4 Adult Probiotic contains over 5 billion healthy bacteria (CFUs) per capsule, coming from 2 probiotic strains:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Bifidobacterium longum
Out of the two strains I’m a big fan of Lactobacillus acidophilus, due to its positive and beneficial effects on boosting the immune system and improving digestion.
The recommended dosage according to the directions is a single capsule per day before breakfast. However since the CFU count is quite low on these I’d recommend taking at least 2 per day, or opting for the Physician’s Choice probiotic, as it’s much more effective.
In regards to allergies, the UP4 adult probiotic is also 100% vegan and free of preservatives, dairy, soy and GMOs, a big plus.
Dr. Ohhira Probiotic
This next probiotic is interesting, as it’s a miracle for some, but a disappointment for others. Dr. Ohira’s probiotic has 900 Million (yes not even a billion) CFU per capsule, but luckily the bacteria does come from a wide variety of probiotic strains, it comes from 12 different probiotic strains in fact.
Here’s the full list of probiotic strains in the Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic:
- Bifidobacterium breve,
- Bifidobacterium infantis,
- Bifidobacterium longum,
- Enterococcus faecalis,
- Lactobacillus acidophilus,
- Lactobacillus brevis,
- Lactobacillus bulgaricus,
- Lactobacillus casei,
- Lactobacillus fermentum,
- Lactobacillus helveticus jugurti,
- Lactobacillus plantarum,
- Streptococcus thermophilus
Out of the 12 strains above, I really like Bifidobacterium breve as it’s known to reverse constipation, protects from inflammation and reverses IBS.
The recommended dosage according to the instructions by Dr. Ohhira is to take 2 capsules per day with some food and water, unfortunately in my opinion that dose is still quite low, as you could easily up it to 4 capsules per day…
In terms of the guarantees, Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic is 100% vegetarian, free of all SBO, dairy, and soy, which is a great plus, however, I’m a bit disappointed by the CFU count.
BioSchwartz Advanced Strength Probiotic
BioSchwartz is a popular supplement brand and their Advanced Strength probiotic contains 40 billion healthy bacteria coming from 4 different probiotic strains, these include:
- Bifidobacterium lactis,
- Lactobacillus acidophilus,
- Lactobacillus plantarum,
- Lactobacillus paracasei
The strains above are combined into a great probiotic blend, which is very effective for reversing IBS and populating your gut with healthy bacteria.
The recommended daily dosage is one serving, which is 2 capsules (20 billion CFUs per capsule)
One thing that I really liked about the BioSchwartz probiotic is the fact that it’s also 100% FREE of lactose, soy, wheat, nuts and sugar.
MegaFood MegaFlora Probiotic
Last on the list is the MegaFlora probiotic by MegaFood, this probiotic contains 20 billion healthy bacteria per capsule, coming from 14 different probiotic strains, unfortunately, this one does not come with a prebiotic like Physician’s Choice probiotic, which is a bit of a bummer.
For me I’ve had a solid experience with the MegaFlora probiotic and even though it’s not as potent or effective as the Physician’s Choice probiotic I still noticed some benefits from it.
The recommended dosage is a single capsule daily, ideally before a meal with a bit of water.
In terms of allergies, the company guarantees that the capsules are 100% gluten, dairy and GMO free, which is a big plus.
Unfortunately the capsules aren’t shelf stable and they do require refrigeration though.
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