Lifestyles for Better Living

Using Yogurt for Probiotics

This might come as a surprise to some people, but probiotics is actually a state, not an activity. Probiotics is a state in which the body is receiving adequate amounts of beneficial bacteria. These beneficial bacteria, on the other hand, are helping the body by fending off harmful and undesirable microorganisms, particularly in the digestive tract.

Boosting the digestive & immune systems

If you want to try producing a beneficial probiotic effect in your body, you can start by eating more yogurts. Who doesnít love yogurt? Both kids and adults love this tasty treat because itís easy to eat and most of all, itís creamy and tastes good.

When youíre buying yogurt, make sure that you buy a brand that has live microorganisms. If the food label states otherwise, donít buy that brand. Heat-killed microorganisms are not as effective as live microorganisms. We want enough live microorganisms in each probiotic dose so that some of the bacteria will survive the trip down the digestive tract.

Yes, beneficial bacteria can die on the way down to the intestines, because the digestive tract was designed to sterilize food the best way it knows how. Unfortunately, it canít choose which bacteria to kill. Food is bathed in a variety of acidic juices on the way down to the intestines. If you are taking in heat-killed bacteria, then no beneficial bacteria will make it down to the intestines at all.

Additional benefits

Yogurt also provides a host of other health benefits:
  1. Small serving of yogurt can provide up to nine grams of protein (animal protein, that is). Since this particular food item has been produced from milk (which is considered natureís most complete form of food), you will get all the benefits of milk, too.
  2. Yogurt contains calcium, which is important for bone health. Calcium also helps protect your teeth.
  3. Yogurt contains a variety of B-vitamins that will help boost your health in a variety of ways. B-vitamins have been known to protect the bones, boost the immune system, and repair damaged nerves. B-vitamins are also considered a potential preventive measure against certain types of cancer.
  4. Yogurt contains minerals such as potassium that are necessary for normal human metabolism.
  5. Yogurt can aid people in weight loss, but they have to buy plain yogurt to avoid additional sugar calories.

Scientific findings
  1. Yogurt usually contains lactobacilli strains which are excellent for the digestive system. In recent years, there have been several studies that have attributed additional health benefits of probiotic supplementation:
  2. Probiotics can help lessen the severity of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by helping regulate the immune systemís mechanism. Beneficial bacteria can help modify the existing micro-flora in a personís digestive tract, too.
  3. Probiotics may help protect the ill and elderly by reducing the Ďsick daysí associated with common health problems such as flu and colds. This is further indication that probiotics does have a positive impact on a personís immune system.
  4. Some studies suggest that consuming probiotic food items regularly can help cut the risk for stomach ulcers — at least the ones caused by the pathogen Helicobacter pylorii.

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