What UP UC’ers,
Holy crap, is it really March already? Dang. Year be a flying.
Well, a few days ago I got a message from one of the craziest cats who uses the site. Some of you know him as Peter NZ, he messaged asking if I was still cranking out homemade yogurt. And, strange enough, his message came at a coincidental time. Reason being, my wife and I are still in a state of transition from where we moved from and into my parent’s house at the moment. And as some of you know, that’s a time where you’re going through all your old crap, and boxing things up, throwing other stuff out, and what not…
Long story short, my yogurt maker popped up just about the time he sent the email about yogurt. And, since it has gone un-used for over a year, well…I decided it was time to rip out another batch of the old yummy yogurt. If you want to read my previous post from a few months back with details in print on how to make this stuff, here’s the link for that: “Making Yogurt for the first time“.(some pretty good pictures on that page I think you’ll like)
For those of you who need to watch a movie, I hope the movie does you good too. If you’ve read up on the SCD diet and Yogurt and a whole bunch of other digestion related diets for that matter, you probably already know why yogurt can play a major part in healing the inflammation. But just in-case you are reading this stuff for the first time, this homemade yogurt has several different important strains of bacteria in it:
- L. Bulgaricus
- S. Thermophilus
- L. Acidophilus
Depending on who you are talking to, some yogurt freaks would even say that without L. Bulgaricus and S. Thermophilus, your “yogurt” really isn’t even yogurt. But, I’m not going to freak out on that stuff.
So, this is all fun and great right? But who the heck thought up this whole yogurt idea anyways? Come on, how long has yogurt being involved with helping people’s health out anyways?
Some of Yogurt’s Historical Significance:
- King Francis (the King of France back in the 16th century) was dealing with never ending diarrhea, and it is written that his doctor introduced him to yogurt, which he felt cured him
- Yogurt was thought to be the reason for the extra long life-span of Bulgarian pheasants (they were chowing on lots of yogurt)
- Turks were writing about yogurt in their diets as early back as the 11th century!
- The food of gods… well that’s what the Ancient Indians wrote down (thanks for throwing in the shout out to the honey Indians!)
- Read some more yogurt history here
For the super freaky science folks who wonder about how many actual CFU’s or Colony Forming Units die off in yogurt when the tasty stuff is exposed to room temperatures for several hours, there’s a pretty interesting scientific study I read on PubMed which explains just this. That story is here: “Dying In Yogurt, the number of living bacteria in probiotic yoghurt decreases under exposure to room temperature”
The bottom-line is that for the people who believe in the powers of healing the in-balance/out-of-balance gut bacteria to help remove and eliminate Ulcerative Colitis symptoms, getting good bacteria back into the GI tract is pretty darn important. And, believe it or not, yogurt is often a great vehicle to make that happen. And even more, yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium too.
Good luck with your UC and your Yogurt Creations!
author of Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy
- The Yogurt Maker that I use is the Waring YM350 Professional Yogurt Maker.
- The Yogurt Starter I used here is the Yogourmet Freeze-dried yogurt starter.
I started site shortly after being diagnosed in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (when my whole colon was inflamed).
For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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