Yogurt may make for a light and delicious snack….but did you also know that yogurt is a potent, super food which can benefit health in a number of ways?
In ancient India, the combination of yogurt and honey was called “the food of the gods”.
Yogurt owes much of its healing properties to the Probiotics added to it. Probiotics, which means ”for life,” refers to living organisms or bacteria….and these bacteria can do wonders for your health. Yogurt can prevent osteoporosis, reduce high blood pressure and improve gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and chronic constipation, as well as improving general immune function.
And while eating yogurt can have a myriad of health perks, there is more than one way to reap the benefits…
Yogurt for skin
There’s no need for pricey skin creams to improve your complexion. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is an ingredient in some anti-aging skin treatments! Yogurt can exfoliate the skin, which helps to clear up acne and discolorations, and even reduce fine wrinkles.
Try this: Mix 1 cup yogurt with a few drops of olive oil and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to face, and leave on for about 20 minutes, then rinse off and admire your glowing skin!
Yogurt for hair
Yogurt is a great, natural conditioner for dry and damaged hair, and can help to replenish moisture. Try this: Slather half a cup of yogurt on to your hair, in lieu of your regular conditioner. Wrap in a towel and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off and notice the enhanced softness and shine.
Yogurt for nutrition
Dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, author of the The Perricone Prescription, lists yogurt as one of the ten superfoods to eat for a healthy and youthful appearance.
According to beauty expert Narine Nikogosian, author of Return to Beauty, yogurt contains plenty of amino acids which are good for eradicating dark under eye circles.
Yogurt for weight loss
Yogurt may help keep your weight in check, by producing enhanced feelings of fullness after eating. According to a study done by the University of Washington in Seattle, eating yogurt may increase feelings of satiety and keep you eating (and weighing) less.
It is important to note here that the yogurt being referred to is plain unsweetened yogurt…not the sweetened variety. So next time you’re at the supermarket, load up your cart with this cool creamy wonder food…and get glowing and gorgeous!