Yogurt in sehri meals keeps your body hydrated during Ramazan

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

The holy month of Ramazan is here and that calls for a steady diet plan for all the rozedars. The pre-dawn meal or sehri is the most important meal during Ramazan since that is what one’s body thrives on all day.

It is imperative that you keep yourself hydrated, consume a well-balanced diet and make the right choice of food and drinks throughout the month for a healthier mind and body.

Taking note of the extreme temperature in Pakistan coiled with an intense daily routine, we suggest to take yourt in sehri meals to keep your energy levels on point.

According to a new study, Yogurt is good if dehydration, it contains plenty of natural probiotics, natural electrolytes, easy to digest, and sooths the stomach.

The yogurt might protect us from the harmful by products of gut bacteria. A new study investigates the anti-inflammatory powers of yogurt.

Inflammation is a hot topic at the moment. It plays a role in a varied range of conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. It has also been implicated in some less obvious conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and it may even play a part in some mental illnesses, such as depression and schizophrenia.

Overall, inflammation is not a bad thing. In fact, it is the body’s way of protecting itself; it is the first line of defence in the innate immune system.

However, if inflammation continues for longer than necessary, it becomes a problem the body is essentially attacking itself.

Although there is a range of pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories available, they all have downsides, and being on any medication long-term is not ideal. So, the race is on to find safer, more natural alternatives.

The researchers from the University of Wisconsin Madison put yogurt to the test. The study was headed up by Brad Bolling, an assistant professor of food science. Regarding the dairy debate, he says:

“There have been some mixed results over the years, but [a recent article] shows that things are pointing more toward anti-inflammatory, particularly for fermented dairy.”

Gut bacteria and endotoxins

Yogurt is thought to reduce inflammation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining. And, by bolstering this layer of tissue, endotoxins produced by gut bacteria cannot cross into the bloodstream and promote inflammation.

To examine the potential benefits of yogurt on inflammation, in the scientists’ first experiment, they recruited 120 premenopausal women, half of whom were obese.

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Half of the participants were asked to eat 12 ounces of low-fat yogurt each day for nine weeks while the others ate a non-dairy pudding instead. Throughout the experiment, at various points in time, the researchers took blood samples and assessed them for biomarkers of endotoxins and inflammation.

The results, which were published in December 2017, showed that some inflammatory markers such as TNF-alpha were significantly reduced in the yogurt eaters.

The second paper, published recently in the Journal of Nutrition, concentrates on a different part of the same study. At the start and end of the 9-week trial, the women were given a high-calorie meal challenge.

This challenge was designed to stress their metabolism by overloading them with a high-fat, high-carbohydrate breakfast. Half started the feast with a serving of yogurt, while the other half began with a non-dairy pudding.

Bolling explains the contents of the meal challenge, saying, “It was two sausage muffins and two hash browns, for a total of 900 calories. But everybody managed it. They’d been fasting,” he continues, “and they were pretty hungry.”

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