Food Friday: On Antibiotics? Eat Yogurt.

Antibiotics can reduce the amount of good bacteria in your gut. If you’re on antibiotics, then you should consider eating yogurt.

Greek Yogurt, Fig, and Black Currant Parfaits

Have you been on oral antibiotics for your acne or rosacea? If so, this post is for you. Antibiotics such as minocycline and doxycycline are sometimes necessary to reduce bad bacteria on your skin. They also reduce the good bacteria in your gut that are essential for good health and good digestion. Here’s how you can put billions of good bugs back into your system: Eat yogurt.

Look for yogurt labeled “live and active cultures,” that is high in protein and low in sugar and fat. We use filling, high-protein, non-fat Greek yogurt in the recipe below along with antioxidant-rich fresh figs and black currants (both currently in season).

Greek Yogurt, Fresh Fig, and Black Currant Parfaits
Makes 2 servings

2 tablespoons honey
A couple of pinches of cinnamon
A couple of pinches of salt
A couple of pinches of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

2 cups non-fat Greek yogurt
6 fresh figs, quartered
1/2 cup fresh black currants*
1 tablespoon pistachios

1. Heat honey, cinnamon, salt, lemon zest, and rosemary either in the microwave or on the stovetop until warm and smooth. Remove from heat.

2. Use two cocktail or other pretty glasses to assemble parfaits. Start with yogurt at the base. Then top with fig pieces, currants, pistachios, and honey sauce. Repeat. Eat. Make again tomorrow.

*Note: Black currants are small, round berries with a glossy black skin and tart flesh. They’re available at farmers’ markets and organic markets. If you can’t find them, blackberries make a good substitute. Dried black currants are more widely available, but their flavor and texture is sweeter like a raisin.

Photo and recipe by Susan Russo of FoodBloggablogspot.com

Can Yogurt Cure a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Yogurt cannot cure a vaginal yeast infection. Antifungals cure vaginal yeast infections.

No.

The candida yeast lives normally in the vagina. When it overgrows, however, it causes a yeast infection, leading to itching, redness, white vaginal discharge, and burning upon urination.

Since yogurt contains probiotics, which help promote healthy bacteria, someone, somewhere, thought it would reduce the yeast. It’s an interesting idea, but it doesn’t work.

It’s better to treat a vaginal yeast infection with an antifungal cream such as miconazole which attacks the fungus. Don’t stop using it as soon as you start feeling better. Finish the treatment, or it might come back.

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