If you are a health enthusiast, then you’ve most probably come across the term “probiotics”
These are microorganisms, especially bacteria (good bacteria) that are found in different food products and are believed to offer great health benefits to the body.
Nobel laureate Élie Metchnikoff was the first persons to do substantial research on the subject and found out that peasants from Bulgaria generally lived longer due to the extensive consumption of yogurt and yogurt-based foods.
This is to say that probiotics have the potential to lengthen life. These claims have been confirmed by later studied done by reputable organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the British Journal of Nutrition.
As stated earlier, one of the best sources of probiotics is yogurt and yogurt-based foods.
Probiotics found in yogurt or kefir, include Lactobacillus and Streptococcus among other strains. It is a well-known fact that these two types of bacteria are essential towards maintaining a balance of bacteria in the body that promotes a healthy digestive system and boosts the immune system.
The spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated that probiotics especially those found in yogurt are critical in the maintenance of a healthy immune and gastrointestinal system. The gut system contributes to over 70% of the body’s immune system and thus maintaining a healthy gut is essential to the body. Probiotics offer this much-needed boost to the gut’s immune system.
Multiple studies have found yogurt and the probiotics found in it to have the following health benefits:
1. Prevention of allergies: Yogurt is great for the prevention of allergies especially in children. A few scoops of that tasty dairy product will go a long way in preventing frequent visits to the hospital.
2. Prevention and relief from diarrhea: One well-known fact is that yogurt is good for preventing diarrhea especially when it is caused by bacterial infections. Considering that over 20% of all illnesses are treated using antibiotics which are known to cause diarrhea in some patients, you should definitely introduce yogurt to your daily diet especially when using antibiotics.
3. Alleviating gastro-intestinal discomforts: Do you regularly suffer from gastrointestinal (or quite simply gut related) complications? Well, then you most likely are lacking the essential probiotics in your body. Some of the most common discomforts that are prevented and treated by yogurts include constipation, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and recurrent abdominal pains.
4. Treating vitamin deficiencies: If you suffer from a lack of Vitamin K, B12 or folic acid, then a few ounces of yogurt a day could be your saving grace. The probiotics boost the productions of these vitamins in the body for a healthier you.
5. Regulation of cholesterol: Cholesterol is a major talk in modern-day health and fitness forums. Too much bad cholesterol and you could be on the way to much more serious health complications.
Probiotics reduce the production and accumulation of bad cholesterol as stated by the Journal of Dairy Science.
In summary, yogurt has been proven to have a ton of health benefits and as someone who cares about the health and well-being of your body, you should start consuming this magic dairy product regularly so as to reap the associated benefits.