Probiotic means ‘for life,’ and yogurt which has live bacteria is known to be ‘magical for you. The probiotic yogurt retains and renews the natural bacterial micro flora in the intestines and helps improve your immune system. It helps people suffering from lactose intolerance; but this depends on the severity of lactose intolerance (please check with your medical advisor). Probiotic yogurt also has been known to relieve symptoms of diarrhea, constipation and inflammatory bowel disease. In some women it has also proven to ward off yeast infections. And these are just some of the added advantages of probiotic! Once milk is made into yogurt it increases the bioavailability (absorption) of protein, calcium and Vitamin B12 naturally found in milk. So, in many ways yogurt is better than milk itself!
Find the right kind of yogurt with the live, probiotic cultures or make it at home! Use the recipe below.
Home-Made Probiotic Yogurt
Making yogurt at home for the first time will need patience; just the way you learnt to tie your shoe laces the first time when you were a child. But the reward is well worth it!
- 1 quart milk
- 2 tablespoon starter culture (you could use store bought plain probiotic yogurt or borrow from a friend who makes yogurt at home)
- Boil 1 quart of milk (approximately equal to 33 fluid ounces).
- Bring the temperature down to about 110 degrees or to a comfortable temperature at which you could drink warm milk without burning yourself.
- Take the starter culture in a glass bowl and beat it to a smooth consistency.
- Pour the warm milk into the glass bowl and stir it gently.
- Place it on the counter top or the oven (with the oven turned off) for 3-4 hours or till the yogurt sets.
- Store the yogurt in the refrigerator and enjoy!