Homemade Yogurt Cures IBS Symptoms
Daily consumption of homemade yogurt can lead to complete resolution of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms according to a prospective study presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology.
The study was led by researchers at Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital in Hyden, Kentucky, and included 189 patients with active IBS.
Patients were instructed to eat 2-3 cups of yogurt every day and record their symptoms on a chart. Their responses were assessed every two months for six months.
Complete remission was achieved by 89% of the participants!
You read that correctly, 89% of participants achieved complete relief from pre-existing IBS symptoms and had one or two normal bowel movements per day.
This was a pilot study, so more work is required to validate the results.
Notably, the study did not include a control group, which makes the results harder to interpret.
This is the first study showing the effectiveness of yogurt in treating IBS.
The researchers are now planning to study the effectiveness of the homemade yogurt in patients with different IBS subtypes — constipation or diarrhea — and to randomize some participants to a control group.
The beauty of this treatment is that it’s cheap and easy.
Want to try it yourself?
Here’s how to make your own homemade yogurt.
- First, boil a gallon of milk for 5 minutes and let it cool to lukewarm.
- Next, mix in 1 cup of plain yogurt (e.g., Dannon plain yogurt). This is used as the “starter” and is the source of Lactobacilli.
- Place in an oven with the light on overnight (do not turn the oven on), and then refrigerate the next morning.
- Save 1 cup from each batch to use as a starter for the next batch.
This should give you enough yogurt for a week. You don’t have to eat it plain either. Feel free to mix in some fruit or use it in a smoothie.
Traditionally, IBS sufferers are warned to avoid milk-based products. However, this study suggests such advice may need to be revised.
Reference: The World Congress of Gastroenterology at the ACG 2017: Abstract P1152. Presented October 16, 2017.