Natural Benefits of Yogurt
New ways to love it
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!
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