January 26, 2006
Yogurt: Immunity booster
For several years now, nutritionists have touted the benefits of probiotics, the "friendly" bacteria that, when eaten, help fight illness or disease. Yogurt is the most popular food containing probiotics and may, in fact, be the most beneficial as well. Two recent studies found that eating yogurt significantly improved a person's ability to fight off pneumonia. Your first communication with the outside world is through your GI tract. That's where you absorb all the nutrients you need to keep your body healthy in the first place. And it's also the body's biggest immune system fighter. It's recommended to eat yogurt every day—just make sure the brand you buy contains "live," or "active," cultures, as the bacteria (or, rather, the probiotics) can't do any good if they're dead before you ingest them.
Posted by Lisa at January 26, 2006 8:36 AM
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