Doc Eifrig: A super-healthy food you should eat everyday
From Dr. David Eifrig in Retirement Millionaire:
If you’ve ever opened a yogurt container and been tempted to pour off the liquid swishing around on top, don’t. That liquid is swimming with millions of bacteria that provide yogurt’s key benefit.
The bacteria are called “probiotics” – literally “good bugs.” Probiotics have mean sounding names like Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Bifobacterium bifidum, but basically, they work to improve digestion and enhance your immune system. Eating yogurt regularly helps to moderate your immune systems responses – almost like the tune up of a car. Some research shows yogurt reduces allergies and autoimmune diseases. Yogurt also lowers the risk of certain cancers like bladder cancer.
One other benefit I’ve discovered is saving money on toilet paper. Yogurt improves the quality of stool formed and makes bowel movements much easier.
You can choose from several kinds of yogurt – plain (which can be organic or not), “Greek,” or one of the specialty kinds, like Activia. The specialty brands claim to have an extra probiotic called Bifidobacterium animalis. (Each brand has a different name for it. It’s intestinal bacteria commonly found in pigs.) It’s just another type of probiotic that helps your digestive system. While it certainly doesn’t hurt anything, the added benefit is unclear.