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Yogurt – The Fountain of Youth?

Could it be true that yogurt holds the key to long-lasting beauty benefits?

Yogurt is arguably the oldest health food. At the turn of the century, Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff implied the active cultures (or good bacteria) in yogurt was the source behind the health and longevity of peasant Bulgarians.

Whether peasant or princess, we all want to live longer and look beautiful doing it. But where’s the proof that yogurt is actually legit?

Leave it to scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to prove yogurt is youthful. A experiment conducted on animals who consumed yogurt (the equivalent of 1 cup of plain yogurt for an adult human) resulted in younger-looking, more luminous skin and hair. Although no comparable human studies have been tested, Susan E. Erdman suggests, “I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a similar effect in people.”

When selecting yogurt at the store, look for plain unsweetened yogurt with “live active cultures” for the best benefits. Supposedly, Keifer yogurt (can also be used as a drink) contains more probiotics and cultures than those found in yogurt.

I guess that means it’s time to make yogurt a more active part of our lifestyles. The key to lustrous hair and radiant skin could be as simple as consuming more on the inside and applying more on the outside.

  • Green Smoothie 1 of 3
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    Say goodbye to an oncoming cold and hello to a healthier you on the inside and out. Plain, unsweetened yogurt is key in maximizing the full benefits. Refined sugars can actually feed bad bacteria and kill defender cells. Totally defeats the purpose. Literally. 

     

    RECIPE:  

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    • 1 banana 
    • 2 clementines or 1 whole orange
    • heaping handful of organic baby spinach
    • 1.5 cups frozen pineapple
    • 3/4 - 1 cup plain yogurt
    • 1 cup 100% OJ (fresh squeezed preferred)
    • 1 cup ice

     

     

  • Hair Smoothie 2 of 3
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    Healthy hair comes not only from eating healthy foods but also infusing nourishing ingredients from the outside in. Sure, there are products out there you can buy that will put your hair through beauty bootcamp. But nothing beats whipping up something fresh and raw from your own fridge. And no, we're not talking last night's take-out chinese. Don't even go there. Ew.

     

    RECIPE:

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    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup yogurt
    • 1/2 banana
    • 1/2 avocado
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • handful of strawberries (recommended only if your blender is extremely powerful)
    • 1/3 cup spinach (recommended only if your blender is extremely powerful)

     

     

    DIRECTIONS:

    Blend all ingredients together. Massage into clean, wet hair, and massage thoroughly. Let sit 15-30 before rinsing.

     

     

  • At Home Facial 3 of 3
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    Plain  yogurt is also rich in lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid, which encourages cell turnover and collagen growth.   One of my favorite at home facials also involves chocolate — sweet enough to eat and softer than soft. Seriously. 

     

    RECIPE:

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    • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons plain yogurt
    • dash of salt
    • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
    • 2 teaspoons honey

     

     

     

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