I’m sure you have seen the commercials and advertisements about the new yogurt phenomenon. What are the real benefits of yogurt? Is it any yogurt or just the ones that cost extra and have certain “probiotics” injected?
According to WebMD, “your body needs to have a healthy amount of ”good” bacteria in the digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words you’ll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is ”probiotics.” Probiotic, which literally means ”for life,” refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts. Miguel Freitas, PhD, medical marketing manager for Dannon Co., says the benefits associated with probiotics are specific to certain strains of these “good” bacteria. Many provide their benefits by adjusting the microflora (the natural balance of organisms) in the intestines, or by acting directly on body functions, such as digestion or immune function. (Keep in mind that the only yogurts that contain probiotics are those that say “live and active cultures” on the label.”
Yogurt may also help in other areas of health:
- Yogurt May Help Prevent Osteoporosis. It contains Vitamin D.
- Yogurt May Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure
- Yogurt With Active Cultures Helps the Gut and certain gastrointestinal conditions, including: Lactose intolerance Constipation Diarrhea Colon cancer Inflammatory bowel disease H. pylori infection.
- Yogurt With Active Cultures May Discourage Vaginal Infections
- Yogurt May Help You Feel Fuller
Raw Honey is also a great food that has health benefits. NaturalNews.com tells us that “raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.”
When I first moved to a new area of the country I had horrible sinus issues. Allergies made my life unbearable. I started eating a tablespoon of raw local honey twice a day. Soon my body adjusted to the new pollen in that area and was able to naturally fight off allergies.
Recently I wanted to start eating plain organic Greek yogurt. It did not taste that great. I didn’t want to buy it sweetened with sugar, so I tried adding a teaspoon of raw honey to my bowl of yogurt. It tasted really good and added more health benefits.