If you want to produce a beneficial probiotic effect in your body, one of the easiest ways it by eating probiotic yogurt. Who doesn’t love yogurt? Both kids and adults love this tasty treat because it’s easy to eat and most of all, it’s creamy and delicious. However, choosing the right kind of probiotic yogurt is essential; it should be “alive” and without unhealthy additives.
Healthy yogurt contains live bacteria
Probiotic yogurt containing live microorganisms and other nutrients is the best. If your body receives an adequate amounts of beneficial bacteria it will thrive on all levels. These beneficial bacteria are helping the body by fending off harmful and undesirable microorganisms, particularly in the digestive tract.
When you’re buying yogurt with probiotics, make sure that you buy a brand that has live microorganisms
Don’t trust food labels as they notoriously unreliable. Most commercial yogurt brands contain pastereuzed or heat-killed microorganisms are not as effective as live microorganisms. They also contains sugar, flavouring and other unhealthy additives. You want live microorganisms in your yogurt so that some of the bacteria will live throught the trip down the digestive tract.
Beneficial bacteria can die on the way down to the intestines because the digestive tract was designed to sterilize food from harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, your stomach can’t choose which bacteria to kill. Food is bathed in a variety of acidic juices on the way down to the intestines and if you are consuming heat-killed bacteria, then no beneficial bacteria will make it down to the intestines at all.
Probiotic yogurt benefits
- A small serving of probiotic yogurt can provide up to nine grams of protein. The best yogurt is produced from raw milk as it is considered nature’s most complete form of food. Raw milk has many other benefits as it is packed with nutrients. The good news is also that most lactose intolerant people can eat products made from raw milk.
- Yogurt contains calcium, which is important for bone health. Calcium also helps protect your teeth.
- 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.
- Yogurt contains minerals such as potassium that are necessary for normal human metabolism.
- Yogurt with probiotics can promote weight loss, but you need to consume plain yogurt with probiotics to avoid additional sugar calories.
Research confirms health benefits
Yogurt with probiotics 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:
- Good bacteria can help lessen the severity of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by helping regulate the immune system’s mechanism. Beneficial bacteria can help modify the existing micro-flora in a person’s digestive tract, too.
- Probiotics may help protect the ill and elderly by reducing the ‘sick days’ associated with common health problems such as flu and colds. This is further indication that probiotics does have a positive impact on a person’s immune system.
- 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.
Make your own probiotic yogurt
Yogurt and kefir are simple to make at home and it is well worth the effort. Homemade yogurt is extremely tasty and if you use raw milk the nutritional value will be great for the whole family. Recipes and description. I try to make yogurt and kefir regurlarly at home and you quickly get addicted to it.
Yogurt (and other milk products) made from raw milk is OK for most lactose intolerant persons
Homemade yogurt can keep for many days in the fridge. It is great to start your day with a glass of creamy yogurt with some fresh berries.