Nat­u­ral Ben­e­fits of Yo­gurt

New ways to love it

Prevention (USA) - - CONTENTS -

The dar­ling of break­fast sta­ples, yo­gurt likely al­ready holds a dear place in your heart (and stom­ach). But if you’re us­ing it only for par­faits, you’re miss­ing out on its many other po­ten­tial perks. This ver­sa­tile in­gre­di­ent is filled with com­pounds that can calm an oc­ca­sional bout of adult acne, help pre­vent bone frac­tures, and soothe monthly cy­cle woes. Milk it for all it’s worth!

BAN­ISH BREAK­OUTS

Mix 1Tbsp plain yo­gurt, ¼ medium mashed av­o­cado, and 4 mashed straw­ber­ries un­til smooth. Ap­ply to skin; rinse af­ter 15 min­utes.The lac­tic acid in yo­gurt acts as a gen­tle ex­fo­lia­tor, while av­o­cado mois­tur­izes and straw­ber­ries pro­vide an­tiox­i­dants for a glow.

BUILD UP YOUR BONES

Yo­gurt is packed with pro­tein, cal­cium, and pro­bi­otics, all of which can help for­tify your bones. Blend it into smooth­ies with kale (its vi­ta­min K teams up with cal­cium to build sturdy bones) for an ex­tra boost.

RE­LIEVE PMS BLOAT AND BLUES

Top 1 cup plain yo­gurt with ¼ cup black­ber­ries and 1 Tbsp flaxseeds; eat reg­u­larly if you ex­pe­ri­ence PMS symp­toms. Yo­gurt’s rich sup­ply of cal­cium may re­lieve symp­toms like bloat­ing. Mean­while, flaxseeds have phy­tonu­tri­ents that help bal­ance hor­mones, and both flaxseeds and black­ber­ries are high in fiber, which can ease con­sti­pa­tion (a com­mon PMS symp­tom).

Sources: Jen­nifer Stagg, N.D., med­i­cal direc­tor of Whole Health Well­ness Cen­ter in Avon, CT, and Adarsh Vi­jay Mudgil, M.D., med­i­cal direc­tor of Mudgil Der­ma­tol­ogy and as­sis­tant clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor at Mount Si­nai in New York City

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