What is Yogurt?
The name “yogurt” comes from Turkish language and means sour milk. Many years ago people’ve got it after milk turned sour in natural way.
In modern language yogurt is a fermented milk product received from natural milk by special fermentation. It’s done just for souring milk acceleration. Ferments are composed from rod-shaped (Lactobacillus bulgaricus) and spherical (Streptococcus thermophilus) bacteria. These bacteria are participating in the chemical processes within human body such as the hydrolysis of proteins and the synthesis of some enzymes.
The story of rod-shaped bacteria discovery is quite simple but very interesting. Ancient people including Turks & Bulgarians carried milk in wineskins. The heat began its fermentation, which got the start of bacteria coming from air and wool, and completes the process by shaking wineskins during transportation on the backs of horses or donkeys. Thick sour drink was long spoiled, flavorful and more useful for the stomach.
Yogurt Health Benefits
- Yogurt products inhibit fermentation and putrefaction inside the gastrointestinal tract. Lactic acid bacteria survive due to finding food substances containing sugar and produce disinfecting substances useful to the human body.
- It contains calcium required for teeth and bones in a form that could be easily digested.
- Yogurt is not allergenic because lactic acid bacteria break lactose down and metabolize lactic acid.
- Bacteria contained in yogurt restore intestinal flora after serious illness or stress and after taking antibiotics.
- Yogurt is a valuable source of protein.
To get all benefits some things you should know:
It should be natural (shelf life of no more than 14 days)
Preservatives, colorings, flavorings must not exceed 20% of the total weight.
The rule for additives is the less, the better.
Better to eat plain yogurt 2-4% fat. If you eat low-fat yogurt calcium is not absorbed.
There are Different Types:
- regular (plain) – 2-4% percent milk fat,
- lowfat – less than 2% percent,
- nonfat – less than 0.5% percent,
- drinking liquid
- usual thick (may be with fruits)
- and Greek
Choose what you want for your health.
Yogurt Face Mask Benefits
Every woman at least once smeared yogurt on her face.
Does it make sense? Certainly!
You can safely use yogurt for facial care as an inexpensive and fairly effective natural remedy that you can buy in any supermarket.
Yogurt for skin care:
- Yogurt has a whitening effect because it contains lactic acids. This acid cleanses the pores and helps to remove old skin cells.
- This product has an antibacterial effect and contains zinc, which is indispensable in the fight against acne and provides protection from different infections.
- It moisturizes the skin due to amino acids.
- The benefits of yogurt face masks are that they give rejuvenating effect because this amazing product contains vitamins A B C which are necessary to maintain elasticity of the skin.
Vitamin A accelerates the healing process and improves new dermis tissue.
Vitamin B participates in the regeneration of skin cells.
Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production.
- This sour milk product is suitable for all skin types, if you do not have allergy symptoms.
- Yogurt can be used in different masks, mainly in conjunction with other natural products: lemon, avocado, banana, strawberry, tomato, egg, oatmeal and honey as in Yogurt Honey Face Mask.
Try different recipes and you will find one that suits your skin.