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Immunity, Lifestyle, Longevity
Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC
February 4, 2022
Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC
Yogurt is an excellent source for probiotics, helping digestion and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Before we get into which types of yogurt are the best for your gut, let’s look at the benefits of probiotics in the body.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria (yeast or microorganism) found in humans from infants to adults, typically located in the gut, small intestine, and large intestine.
Good probiotic bacteria is also found in dairy milk products, breast milk, kombucha, pickles, kimchi, and made into supplement pills.
Probiotic health benefits include:
There are Two Families of Probiotics
Probiotics are classified into two different family species with multiple strains in each. These probiotic families are (3):
Let’s look at the differences, similarities, and benefits between the two probiotics.
Lactobacillus can be found within the human body.
This probiotic typically settles in the small intestine to help move food within the digestive tract and separates the nutrients before moving food through the large intestine.
It can also be found in animals like cows and utilized in fermented dairy milk forms like yogurt.
Bifidobacterium is the probiotic strain that lives in your gut and settles in the large intestine(colon).
This bacteria helps the digestive system move food through the stomach, minimizing any pain, discomfort, or backups.
This strain lives in all people from babies to adulthood.
Health Benefits of Probiotics
Though there are two strains of probiotics, they tend to have similar characteristics and benefits.
For Digestion and Stomach Pain
Healthy Immune System & Weight Management
Healthy for Babies
Heart Health Benefits
Improved Mental Health
Helps Replenish Good Bacteria
Taking probiotics is also great when on antibiotic medication because it actively fights bacteria in the body and can reduce your amount of good and healthy probiotic bacteria in the gut.
Eating some yogurt or taking fiber pills can help bring back some good bacteria that will stay and improve digestion.
Let’s Talk About Yogurt!
Not only does yogurt contain probiotics that help improve your digestive tract, but some types, like Greek, yogurt can raise the number of good bacteria living in your body for prolonged gut health (10).
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