Eric Bakker N.D.June 8, 2022

Yogurt is beneficial not just for those who suffer from constipation but also for the general health of the gastrointestinal system as a whole. My many years of experience as a naturopathic physician have led me to the conclusion that yoghurt is the most beneficial cultured food for the digestive tract.



Yogurt is beneficial not just for those who suffer from constipation but also for the general health of the gastrointestinal system. Years of experience as a naturopath have led me to the conclusion that yoghurt is one of the most beneficial cultured foods for the digestive tract. Studies have shown that fermented food products like yoghurt can have a most positive impact on human microbiome. A 2014 study has shown that fermented food products like yoghurt can improve the irritable bowel syndrome state, making it a beneficial addition to the diet.

There are those people who just don’t like yoghurt. Some people with leaky gut syndrome cannot consume yoghurt because the dairy proteins that “escape” pose a threat to the immune system. Some individuals have lactase insufficiency, which causes them to experience bloating and diarrhoea after consuming foods containing milk. This means their body does not produce enough of the enzyme lactose, that breaks the sugar lactase down.

Some customers have told me that when they initially began eating yoghurt, they were much more constipated. However, if you keep at it for a time, you will eventually no longer experience this adverse impact.

Consume a small amount of yoghurt in the evening or in the middle of the day, when you are not eating anything else. A handful of blueberries or raspberries is a wonderful addition to a small amount of yoghurt. Yogurt is really pretty simple to prepare, and there are many excellent recipes available online.

If you’ve never had yoghurt before, I suggest beginning with a negligible quantity like a tablespoon, don’t eat too much to begin with! At the start, try limiting yourself to once every other or every third day. It is possible to increase the dosage. Don’t start eating yoghurt at the same time you’re making other nutritional adjustments. When you make several adjustments all at once, it might be difficult for your digestive system and cause negative effects.

Please don’t eat excessive amounts of yoghurt. I’ve seen folks go yoghurt crazy, only to end up becoming unwell or to develop allergies.

Increasing the amount of yoghurt in your diet will assist in the growth of healthy gut bacteria, especially in the large intestine. The rise in bifidobacteria and lactobacillus levels contributes to an improvement in immunological function.

When I suggest yoghurt, I’d recommend yoghurt made from grass-fed cow’s milk and that doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Walk Every Day

Keep in mind that if you struggle with constipation, just include yoghurt in your diet won’t solve all of your problems on its own. You will need to adhere to a regimen of adopting good living practises, it is ultimately the best way for managing constipation in the long term. You should walk for at least 30 to 40 minutes every single day, cut out beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol from your diet (for at least 3 months), consume a wide range of nutritious meals, and drink plenty of fresh clean water These four behaviours, by themselves, alleviate around 75 percent of constipation.

  1. Adhere to a regimen of good living practices. (plenty of sleep, rest, fruits & vegetables etc.)
  2. Walking daily, at least 30 minutes, 60 minutes daily if best. You’ll feel SO much better I guarantee it.
  3. Get rid of coffee, tea, alcohol and chocolate from your diet for at least 3 months.
  4. Drink WATER. You know this, but are you really drinking enough, if any at all?


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