Health Benefits of Yogurt and Making your own
So you’re looking for the huge benefits of yogurt for both your gut and your oral health. Yogurt is a great way to start your day due to its many aspects of nutritional benefits. It comes packed with probiotics or the bacteria that helps stomach digest and helps the amount of fat your body absorbs throughout the day. When buying or making always go with a low fat and low sugar remedy.. Others literally negate the positive benefits of Yogurt. Here are some signs and symptoms indicating whether your stomach is healthy or not.
Some symptoms of poor stomach health:
- Food Allergies
- Seasonal Allergies
- Frequent Colds & Flus
- Joint Pain & Stiffness
Some benefits of having a health stomach:
- Above symptoms are resolved
- Helps digest sugars, proteins, minerals & fats.
- Resolves digestive (bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation)
- Strengthens the intestinal lining (helps block out pathogens, allergens & toxins)
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Aid against the overgrowth of certain microorganisms, like yeast (candida).
- Produce specific vitamins.
Step 1: Start with the best milk you can acquire.
OKAY = Whole milk, thats not treated with hormones
BETTER = Whole milk, organic & no-rBst
BEST = Whole milk, raw & organic, mostly grass-fed & no-rBst (hormones).
Step 2: Purchase a yogurt starter online or in store.
There are 2 different kinds of starters. There is Direct Set which means you can make a batch then use a couple tablespoons from your first batch to make subsequent batches. Direct set starters can only be reused 2-3 times. These usually come in packets of 8 and assuming you make a few batches from each, you have the potential to make about 24 batches of yogurt. This strategy means you can make a lot of yogurt for time to come. If you do purchase a direct set at first, keep all the unused packets in the freezer.
Step 3: Let the yogurt making begin!
The recipe for yogurt is very simple.
- You first MUST heat the milk to 180 degrees (stirring constantly). This is not to pasteurize it, but to break down the proteins in the milk so that they will thicken.
- Then, you let it cool to 110 degrees then quickly add the culture (whether it’s a 1/4 tsp. of your powdered starter or 2 tablespoons of your old batch of yogurt) and stir.
- Now all you have to do is pour it into a glass container or mason jar and incubate this milk at room temperature for 8-10 hours.
Feel free to add flavoring or additional probiotics, but be sure to keep the sugar content low. Yogurt strengthens teeth and as shown above has many other great benefits for overall health. Furthermore, there are other great recipes in which yogurt is used!