18. Yogurt will cure your digestive system

Some kinds of yogurt can provide some benefits to your digestive system, but the idea that eating yogurt will miraculously cure your digestive system is a massive overstatement, to say the least.

Probiotic yogurt contains beneficial bacteria that helps your digestive system function properly. The digestive system contains a delicate balance of bacteria that keeps your digestive system and your immune system working properly. When the balance of good and bad bacteria is upset by illness, infection, antibiotics, alcohol, and/or stress, you might experience stomach issues like diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. Taking probiotic supplements or eating probiotic yogurt can help restore a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract and can therefore help ease distressing digestive issues. However, not all yogurt contains probiotics; be sure to check the label for “live and active cultures.”

Furthermore, yogurt alone might not be enough to cure your gastrointestinal woes. After taking antibiotics, some people contract C. difficile infection, also known as C. diff. C. diff is a bacterial infection that causes severe inflammation of the colon, severe diarrhea, fever, dehydration, appetite loss, weight loss, and rapid heart rate. C. diff can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal. Antibiotics are needed to cure C. diff, so it’s important to seek medical attention if you think you might have it; yogurt isn’t going to cut it.

If you’ve been experiencing severe and/or chronic gastrointestinal issues, it’s important to see a medical professional to determine the cause of your symptoms. Probiotic yogurt might not be enough to help you if you have an underlying medical disorder like Crohn’s disease, colitis, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or a bacterial or parasitic infection. Furthermore, if you’re lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, probiotic yogurt might actually make your digestive issues even worse. Non-dairy probiotic yogurt made from coconut milk, soy milk, or almond milk might be a better option for you."