I love natural yoghurt. At first it was hard to get used to the taste and texture but honestly it is now my favourite thing to eat as a snack or dessert and it has so many benefits!
Most natural yoghurts contain probiotics which are good bacteria that help your digestive system and your immune system. If you suffer from bloating or diarrhoea then give it ago for a few weeks and I bet you will see a change.
Natural yoghurt is also full of vitamins we need on a day to day basis to keep healthy. It contains B12 which maintains red blood cells, potassium, phosphorous, iodine, zinc and vitamin B5.
With its high iodine and calcium content it can help you stay slim and lose weight. If you don’t have enough iodine in your body it can cause your weight to fluctuate. By increasing your iodine levels you kick start your thyroid which in turn increases your metabolism which equals weightless.
The Calcium also helps with your body’s cortisol output. Having high levels of cortisol can cause your body to store fat. By increasing your calcium intake you can partially limit fat production.
Natural Greek yoghurt is high in protein which is a key supplement needed to help your muscles recover after a hard workout. By adding in the right amount of carbs you can also replace the energy you just burnt off. There are up to 20 grams of protein in a standard container of Greek Yoghurt.
Eating natural yoghurt can help relieve thrush for some women. It restores the natural defences in the vagina which helps to fight the infection. Although there is no research as to if putting yoghurt on the infected area works, but eating natural yoghurt every day can help stop thrush from returning.
Natural Yoghurt 5 ways
- Go Greek – it tastes a lot nicer than plain natural yoghurt
- Add oats – add some oats into a pot of natural yoghurt, leave it in the fridge overnight and you have a lovely breakfast.
- Add nuts – if you want something crunchie to snack on then add some nuts, this will up the protein content as well.
- Scatter some berries – If you have a sweet tooth then add some berries or fruite to your yoghurt and get one of your five a day at the same time.
- Drizzle honey – again if you have a sweet tooth but don't ike berries, honey is a health option to give your yoghurt some more flavour.