There is such a thing as good bacteria, and it’s the good bacteria in the body that keeps bad bacteria at bay. Yogurt is made by literally adding good bacteria to purified milk. So if you happen to love yogurt like I do, you’ve already got a head start on the rest of the world in fighting back disease.
Yogurt is a delicious, creamy snack option that comes in all types of great flavors. Even greater than its delicious taste is its nutritional value. Yogurt aids in digestion, strengthens bones, lowers cholesterol and fights bacterial infections.
Praise For Yogurt
Yeast Infection Blocker – Yeast infections are common among women, especially when hormones are out of control or antibiotics are being used. An accumulation of bad bacteria causes this itchy, uncomfortable condition, so introducing the good bacteria found in yogurt into your body on a daily basis keeps a balance that prevents yeast infections from springing up in the first place.
Cholesterol Blocker – It’s not totally clear how yogurt helps to lower cholesterol, but eating yogurt on a consistent basis has had a noticeable effect on cholesterol levels. As cholesterol levels are lowered, the heart works more efficiently and so do other organs the heart pumps blood to.
Gastrointestinal System Regulator – Yogurt is full of probiotics (good bacteria) that have the job of seeking out bad bacteria and killing them. Your gastrointestinal system also contains some probiotics which try to hold back illness and disease-causing bacteria, but the GI tract is like a cesspool of bacteria.
It needs a whole lot of probiotics to maintain a healthy balance within the body so you won’t get sick. That’s where yogurt comes in. There are specific brands that contain more probiotics than others and contain live cultures which are especially helpful in this process. Those are the ones to look for.
Bone Strengthener – Get the health benefits of milk without the effects that are a pain to those who are lactose intolerant – upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, and gas. Yogurt contains enough calcium in a serving to give you 1/3 of your daily recommended amount, so the result is strong bones, teeth and nails and a lower risk for fractures.
Peptic Ulcer and Gastritis Balm – Yogurt has been proven to be effective against the Helicobacter pylori bacterium that causes some ulcers and, in extreme cases, cancer in the gastrointestinal tract. The H. pylori bacteria are especially difficult to get rid of once they take up residence in the stomach.
Antibiotic treatments only partially work and eventually the bacteria develop a tolerance or immunity against those antibiotics, rendering them useless to stop it from spreading and wreaking havoc in the body. Yogurt just may be nature’s simple cure. Again, the live cultures within certain types of yogurt soothe and coat the inflamed areas and kill the offending bacteria.
Yogurt is high in protein and calcium, but also contains vitamins A, B6, and B12. It is greater in nutritional value than its source, milk. At less than 175 calories on average per cup, yogurt is an excellent snack you can eat everyday in between meals with no side effects. For added nutrition and flavor, get the low-fat, plain variety and add your own fresh fruits and nuts.