Reasons to Eat Yogurt – Health Benefits of Yogurts

Yogurt is a super immunity food which benefits digestion, immune function, eliminates bad bacteria, yeast infections and reduces inflammation.

There are so many health benefits associated with eating yogurt, that is well worth including a yogurt in a child’s school lunch box, storing yogurts in the fridge at work or simply eating yogurt with fresh berries to make a healthy, nutritious super immunity dessert. Rather than snacking on “empty” calories, such as chocolate and crisps, making a yogurt and fruit smoothie will provide an excellent source of calcium, essential for healthy bones and teeth.

What are the Health Benefits of Yogurt?

While the vast majority of bacteria found in the gut are actually beneficial, some forms of intestinal bacteria and organisms can lead to multiple health problems. Through eating yogurt the body is provided with healthy live bacteria which helps to redress the balance. In 1,001 Home Health Remedies, Browne et al. (2007) highlight key health benefits and properties associated with eating yogurt, to include the following:

Probiotics protect body from harmful bacteria
Healthy bacteria in yogurt produce acids killing germs (eg botulism)
Reduces antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, stomach cramps
Limits antibiotic-associated wind, bloating
Reduces infant diarrhoea
Suppresses symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Eases irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms
Helps fight some forms of food poisoning
Combines with high-fibre diet to prevent diverticulitis
Reduces thrush/yeast infections
Helps reduce yeast infection symptoms
Less likely to suffer urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Assists immune system in fighting off germs
Helps prevent recurrence of bladder cancer tumours
High calcium content – builds strong bones
Lactose-intolerant sufferers can gain essential calcium source

Further health benefits to be gained as a result of eating yogurt on a regular basis, are identifies by Goulart (2009) in Super Immunity Foods, as follows:

Supports healthy digestion
Eases allergy symptoms
Lowers inflammation (ideal for arthritis sufferers)
Helps lower cholesterol
High source of vitamin K
Suppresses bacteria causing mouth ulcers
Reduces odour causing bacteria in halitosis (bad breath)
Helps improve complexion (external moisturizer)
Protects body from dysentery, cholera

Buying, Storing and Preparing Yogurt

Key types of yogurts to look out for when next in the supermarket include the brands Activia and DanActive, both of which contain helpful organisms, known as B. animalis and L. casei. There are also “super-yogurts” now available (such as kefir), as recommended by Goulart (2009), which are able to offer an incredible 3 million bacteria in one serving.

Aim to only buy yogurts which have either an expiry or best before date of a maximum of ten days from today’s date. It is also well worth paying more to buy organic brands and checking to ensure the brand one is purchasing contains both live and active cultures, which help fight off bad bacteria and keep good bacteria present.

As highlighted above, yogurt is a super immunity food, which has many different health benefits, is higher in calcium than milk and is even suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. Key benefits of eating yogurt regularly, include that it protects the body from harmful bacteria, reduces antibiotic-related diarrhoea, lowers cholesterol, supports healthy digestion and reduces halitosis, inflammation and yeast infections.

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