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It's not magic. How yogurt helps your body digest carbs.

April 2, 2021

Everyone’s gut is different. And, I’m not talking about what we can see. Rather, I’m talking about what we can’t see - the hundred trillion microorganisms that make our digestion (and more) happen.

In your small and large intestine, there’s a giant party of bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, enzymes, and parasites happening 24/7. Today, let’s focus on part of this microbiota - bacteria!

We need bacteria. It’s fair to say we wouldn’t be able to survive without them.

Your gut contains 10 times more bacterial cells than the number of human cells. And, that’s over 100 times the amount of genomic content as the human genome!

With healthy conditions, many of these bacteria live within us. But some we need to consume to stay healthy. When we eat living foods like yogurt, probiotics are added to our system. 

Consuming yogurt does not disrupt the preexisting bacteria in your gut. It affects the way these communities operate, like adding a team of workers to house construction to speed it up or make it higher quality. 

There are two common strains of bacteria in yogurt - Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus. 

A serving of yogurt will have a billion of these. Yes, that’s a lot of bacteria but only a small fraction of the hundreds of trillions of microbes already in your gut.

For reasons 100% proven but not 100% understood (as is too common in nature), the strains of bacteria in yogurt increase your body’s ability to digest complex carbohydrates!

Carbs are a natural part of the human diet and are found abundantly in fruits, vegetables, milk, honey, wheat, barley, and so on. 

But, our body doesn’t innately have the tools to break down these large molecules with complex chemical linkages. We rely on bacteria to mobilize enzymes to do it. 

This is not a one time, problem solved situation (as is also common in nature). Eating yogurt adds bacteria and improved digestion. But, after about 2 weeks of not eating yogurt, the bacteria populations diminish and the effects disappear. 

To improve your digestion of carbs, yogurt needs to become part of your diet. It doesn’t need to be every day. Often, at least once every two weeks.

Miller’s is so proud to offer the highest quality health boosting dairy products. And, it’s all made from our 100% A2 grass-fed milk!

How often do you eat yogurt? Do you notice a difference in your digestion when you eat it?

PS: Miller’s Bio Farm introduced a new product today - pasteurized Greek A2 yogurt! Don’t worry. All of our other raw and pasteurized A2 yogurts are still available, too! We believe consuming raw dairy is a personal choice.

Marie Reedell

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