How to Use Yogurt With Good Bacteria Probiotics

Have you thought about restoring the balance of your gastrointestinal system by foods in your diet. Here are some suggestions, and information about the medical and biological implications of beneficial bacteria, probiotics.


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    Shift the balance of bacteria back to a healthier status that supports the immune system based upon our gastrointestinal tract naturally playing host to a variety of bacteria which may be off balance.[1]
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    Consume required "active, beneficial bacteria" (called probiotics) in yogurt (meaning selected, living microorganisms) in your diet. This can help your gastrointestinal system which may have decreased levels of such bacteria often killed by antibiotics or off balance for various reasons, such as poor nutrition.
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    Be aware that most yogurt sold at the grocery store is pasteurized and does not contain an active yogurt culture.
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    Get the kinds of yogurt which are sold as helping to regulate digestion and that say that they do have the active cultures (good bacteria).
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    Check the various brands of active yogurt because some have different kinds of cultured probiotic bacteria. Consuming several different kinds from time to time may help maintain their balance.
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    See research that suggests that one of the powerful probiotic bugs -- called Lactobacillus casei (L. casei) -- in yogurt and as an allergy fighter may decrease imbalances of the body's levels of histamines, including to balance immune substances involved in seasonal allergies and do absolutely help with digestion.
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    Use natural yogurt with active "good bacteria" in many ways in sufficient numbers to get benefits:
    • Top yogurt with cereal for breakfast.
    • Use it rather than milk in cereal.
    • Add fresh fruit.
    • Try a little swirl of honey, preserves, jelly, etc. not refined sugars.
    • Eat it as a dessert.
    • Eat it as a snack.
    • Drink yogurt as a beverage.
    • Substitute unsweetened natural yogurt for sour cream such as for baked potatoes.
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    Read about fewer sniffles and "ah-choos" as people who suffer from allergies, apparently have these bacteria levels off balance.[1]
    • That's what a recent small study suggests. Seasonal allergy sufferers in the study consumed either a probiotic-fortified dairy drink or a placebo drink for 5 months. And at the end of the study, those who had knocked back the L. casei drinks showed lower levels of immune substances that contribute to allergies.
    • "By the age of 2 years, 35% of children in a study have developed allergic eczema, a condition in which the skin becomes irritated, red and itchy. But children who had received probiotics were half as likely to develop the skin condition. This cut in eczema risk is the most spectacular, single result to come out of studies on preventing allergic disease. Exactly why friendly gut bacteria might protect against allergies is unclear, but the effect may be an extension of the hygiene hypothesis. This hypothesis holds that the worldwide growth in allergic disease is in part due to our increasingly sterile surroundings. When babies are exposed to germs early on, some experts suggest, their immune systems are steered toward infection-fighting mode -- and away from the tendency to overreact to normally benign substances. Support for this idea comes from studies showing that infants who have more colds and other infections have lower asthma rates later in life. The results of this study suggest that intestine-dwelling bacteria may also play an important role in pushing the immune system away from allergic reactions.[2]
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    Consider topical (external) applications such as Remove Blackheads With Oatmeal and Yogurt and other uses on the skin.
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    Have fun with finger paint made of yogurt and "cake color" which is super-messy, non-harmful but actually edible for small children and wash out.


  • Whatever you do, don't ignore sneezes, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. If you have allergies, it's best to nip your symptoms in the bud so they don't turn into something more serious -- like asthma or a sinus infection.
  • Alas, yogurt probiotics are largely killed, being exposed to stomach acids. Timed-delayed-release, good bacteria are available in special capsules and coated tablets. Consider using such supplements for a couple months to get the digestive tract better balanced.
  • There are supplements of whole-plant blue-green algae such as aphanizomenon (these natural flora, often, may be harvested from certain cold-water lakes in mountains such as Klamath Lake, Oregon at an elevation of 4140 ft (1262 m) with high mineral water), and try Spirulina (Spirulina platensis).
    • Plus, you can try a special, sweet fiber named FOS (fructo.oligo.saccharides) called a prebiotic (not a probiotic) supplement, but a kind of food able to support good bacteria. This sweet fiber digests in the large intestines, and so it nourishes and encourages the probiotics -- and together with the good bacteria can do much to flip your digestive tract into good shape.[3]
  • One source of information on good bacteria is from "microbiologist Gloria Solano-Aguilar, with the ARS (Agricultural Research Service) USDA, Nutrient Requirements and Functions Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, has been leading the effort to study the effects of dietary probiotics on the immune system and gastrointestinal function, with funding from Nestlé Nutrition, Glendale, California. The laboratory is part of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center. She presented some of her findings during a session on allergy, rheumatology, and immunology at the Pediatrics Academy Societies’ 2006 annual conference. Solano-Aguilar tested the effect of the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lactis (Bb 12; from Chr. Hansen, Denmark) on maturation and stimulation of the immune systems of piglets. Bb 12 is a beneficial bacterial strain commonly used in probiotic products available to U.S. consumers and in baby products overseas." [4]


  • Eating yogurt may help, but a comprehensive allergy-assessment and treatment plan laid out by your doctor is suggested.

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