Fighting deadly diseases doesn’t always take cutting-edge medicine and high-priced drugs. You already have access to one of the best inflammation-fighting weapons around.
You won’t get it from your doctor. And you don’t need a prescription. In fact, the only thing you really need for this powerful “treatment” is a spoon.
New research reveals that an everyday refrigerator staple can pull off a trick that no drug in the world can accomplish. It’s a delicious treat that nearly everyone enjoys, but almost nobody eats often enough.
It turns out a humble cup of yogurt can help fight chronic diseases such as diabetes at the root, right where they start. And that, of course, is with inflammation.
But yogurt isn’t the only game in town. There are other “kissing cousin” tasty treats that could give you your best shot yet at a longer, healthier life with almost no effort too.
How YOGURT helps WIPE OUT disease risks
New research finds fermented foods, such as yogurt, can cause what the scientists behind the study called “stunning” changes inside the gut.
When eaten often, these foods can alter the diversity of bacteria and other microbes in the digestive tract in all the right ways. And that includes a healthy drop in 19 different proteins involved in chronic inflammation.
Those proteins include some pretty bad hombres. One, in particular, interleukin 6, is a key suspect in everything from diabetes to stress to rheumatoid arthritis.
Interleukin 6 and its band of nasty buddies are often red flags for future chronic disease and early death. Yet fermented foods seem to chase them off.
But that wasn’t the only stunner. The researchers also tested a high-fiber diet, which is touted as another way to enhance microbial diversity in the gut.
Except it didn’t. Well, not by much anyway. And it had no impact at all on interleukin 6 and the other inflammation-driving proteins examined in the study.
Only the fermented foods did the trick. And what’s really incredible is that the changes were measurable within just three short weeks.
Drive down inflammation with fermented foods
If you’re not already eating plenty of fermented foods, let this research be your wake-up call. It’s time to get started.
Along with yogurt, the researchers say you should get the same inflammation dampening effect from other fermented foods.
That’s a category that includes:
- sauerkraut (look for live probiotics on the label)
- fermented pickles (check online for brands such as Sonoma Brinery)
- cottage cheese (check label for active cultures)
- apple cider vinegar
- kombucha tea
That’s a pretty wide range of inflammation fighters to choose from. But yogurt is almost certainly the most popular and easiest to find when it comes down to it. Plus, it makes for a great breakfast or midday pick-me-up.
Just be sure to avoid the flavored and fruity yogurts. They’re loaded with sweeteners, preservatives, and chemicals.
Stick to full-fat plain Greek yogurt. It has a bit more bite than the fruity stuff. But you can add some berries, nuts, and even just a tiny touch of honey or maple syrup to enhance the taste without adding too much sugar.
To learn more about inflammation and chronic disease check out my earlier report 4 signs your body is battling chronic inflammation.