Yogurt With Probiotics
Yogurt is probably the most popular food item in the dairy product sections of grocery stores across the country. People love the taste and consistency of yogurt. But did you know that this milk-derived treat can actually help improve your immune system and your digestive process?
Yogurt is a natural medium for beneficial bacteria such as bifido and lactobacillus bacteria. These two groups of bacteria are naturally occurring in the human body. They perform key tasks such as protecting the digestive tract and stimulating the immune system so it will work more efficiently.
If you are interested in trying probiotics and you are not allergic to dairy products, then you try eating yogurt more regularly to help aid with your digestion. But when buying any type of yogurt product, look at the label first.
You need yogurt with living bacteria if you want the probiotic advantage. If the yogurt has been subjected to ‘heat killing,’ then all the bacteria in the yogurt are probably dead. This applies to any other health food that claims to have a probiotic benefit. Probiotic food needs to have live bacteria before they can be considered truly probiotic.
Benefits of probiotics
Still not convinced that probiotics just might help you? Here are some facts on probiotics in general:
1. In some cases, probiotics can help reduce the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This is attributed to the fact that beneficial bacteria can influence not just the digestive system, but also the immune system.
2. Some studies have shown that eating yogurt when you are having diarrhea can help shorten the needed recovery time. This applies most especially to children who need extra help when they are dealing with diarrhea.
3. Probiotics may help ease constipation in both adults and children.
4. A recent study suggests that yogurt, kefir, and most probiotic foods can stimulate the immune system to the extent that the strengthened immune system is able to fight off common infections easily.
5. There is some evidence that probiotics may help even the elderly when they are recovering from common infections.
6. If you are susceptible to ulcers, you might want to start eating yogurt more regularly. Research has revealed that the good bacteria in probiotic food can actually help counter the harmful bacteria responsible for ulcers.
7. Probiotics has been known to fight off yeast-related problems in the human body. Vaginal yeast infections are common in women, and everyone can suffer from yeast infections in the digestive tract.
8. More recently, researchers have identified a link between dairy products and blood pressure. It appears that men and women who consume a lot of yogurt and milk are able to lower their blood pressure to a certain degree.
9. Yogurt can also help people lose weight while maintaining a healthy digestive tract. The reason is that yogurt has a modest fat content, which helps communicate to the body that it is full. When the body is full, it doesn’t crave a large number of calories in the next meal.