08 July, 2011
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How to: Yogurt to Help Clean the Intestines
Yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a beneficial bacteria that is often referred to as a probiotic. This kind of bacteria is found naturally in your intestines, unless you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or other GI problems. If your body is low on beneficial bacteria, you can add foods that are high in probiotics to your daily diet to increase them, according to MayoClinic.com. When choosing yogurts for intestinal cleansing, opt for no- or low-sugar options with no additives, for example, Greek yogurt.
Eat a low-fat, low-sugar yogurt first thing in the morning with your breakfast. Add it to your whole grain cereal, oatmeal or granola for additional fiber which can aid digestion.
Blend plain Greek yogurt with lemon juice and spices for a low calorie, high probiotic salad dressing. Add this dressing to your lunch time salad or use it as a dip for raw vegetables as an afternoon snack.
Eat low fat, low-sugar, and plain yogurt with fresh fruit after dinner to aid nighttime digestion. Adding fresh fruit sweetens up your yogurt for a sweet, desert-like treat.
Always consult your doctor before beginning any new diet or fitness program.
- Always consult your doctor before beginning any new diet or fitness program.
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