Did you know that there are more bacteria in your body than there are human cells?
About 500 species inhabit the digestive tract alone.Don’t shudder.The vast majority of intestinal organism-more than a kilo of them are beneficial.They strength immunity,digest milk sugar(lactose)
assist in the absorption of nurtients and generally maintain digestive health.But some intestinal bacteria,along with organism in the vagina and urinary tract,can cause all sort of problems.That’s why it’s good idea to keep the fridge stocked with live yoghurt.
Yogurt is milk to which culture of bacteria are added.The bacteria consume the sugar in milk for energy and excrete lactic acid (the same acid that builds up in muscle during exercise),which curdles the milk. Yogurt that contains active culture’s-meaning live bacteria
is the one that brimming with health benefits.That’s because organism such as Lactobacillus acidophilus,streptococcus thermophillus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus-collectively known as probiotics-protect your body from harmful bacteria by using up resources that those produce acids that kill other bacteria,including the germs that cause botulism,among other ailments.
EAT FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH:
When you’re healthy,about 85 per cent of bacteria in the large intestine are Lactobacillus organism.The other 15 per cent consist largely of other beneficial strains. But if you’re taking antibiotics,the drugs wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad ones responsible for your infection.This can lead to diarrhoea,stomach cramps,wind and bloating,fungal infection and less efficient absorption of nutrients.
Yogurt can protect,US researcher found that patients who ate two 250 gm serving of live yogurt a day suffered half as much antibiotic-associated diarrhoea as non-yogurt eaters.
Other studies show that the beneficial bacteria in live yogurt reduce infant diarrhoea,suppress symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome and ease some types of food poisoning.There’s even evidencethat yogurt’s healthy organism,in combination with a high-fibre diet can prevent diverticulosis, a painful and potentially serious condition in which small pouches from on the colon wall.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THEM:
Yogurt has been used for centuries as a multi-purpose healer but it’s only within the last decade or so that scientists have discovered just how beneficial yogurt really is.Here are some of the things it can do.
The yeast fungus,candida albicans that normally inhabits the vagina is usually kept in check by other organisms.It’s only when it multiplies that it causes the miserable itching and burning of thrush.A US study found that the rate of infection dropped considerably in women who ate 250 gm of liver yogurt a day.Eating live yogurt-or using acidophilus supplements in pessary(vaginal suppository) form can treat infection that are already underway.Just make sure its really is a yeast infection
treating a bacterial infection with yogurt will make the problem worse.
PROTECT THE BLADDER:
Yogurt can make a real difference if you are one of the many women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infection.Finnish researchers report that women who eat at least three servings of yogurt and cheese a week are almost 80 percent less likely to suffer from urinary tract infection than women who eat these dairy foods less than once a week.
Medical researchers in California found that eating two pots of live yoghurt a day can quadruple levels of gamma interferon, a protein produced by white blood cells that assists the immune system in fighting off germs.
YOGURT CAN GIVE YOU FLAT ABS:
Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much — in conjunction with cutting their total calories — lost 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who skipped the snack, according to research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They also retained one-third more calorie-torching lean muscle mass, which can help you maintain weight loss. “Fat around your waist produces the hormone cortisol, which tells your body to accumulate even more belly flab,” says nutrition professor and lead study author Michael Zemel, PhD. When you eat yogurt, the calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to drop pounds, while the amino acids help burn fat.
The acidophilus in yogurt isn’t a cancer cure but it has been shown to help prevent recurrences of tumours in patients treated for bladder cancer.It seems that the beneficial bacteria may prevent harmful bacteria from creating cancer-causing substances in the body when those bacteria react with foods.
BUILD STRONG BONES:
Many people are lactose intolerant(they lack the enzyme needed to digest lactose)and therefore keep off milk-and the bone-strengthening calcium it provides.Live yogurt can be an easy-to-digest alternative because the organism it contains digest the lactose before you eat it.
So people with lactose intolerance can usually eat yogurt without suffering from wind or other uncomfortable symptoms. Yogurt is even in calcium then milk,with more than 400 mg in a single serving.
WHAT TO LOOK
Don’y assume that all the yogurt products sold in the supermarket contain beneficial bacteria.Look for products with the words ‘live’or ‘bio’ on label. And to ensure that you gets as may live organism as possible ,buy and eat yogurt as far as many of their use-by date as you can.
Even if you are not yogurt fan you can take most of benefits from probiotic supplements. Be sure to keep supplements in fridge,as probiotics are living organism.Don’t put them in freezer,though;freezing temperature(as well as high heat)can easily kill the cultures.