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9 Benefits of Greek Yogurt for Your Health

If you're only eating yogurt with your morning granola, you might be missing out on all the amazing benefits of Greek yogurt!

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Feel Fuller For Longer

What makes Greek yogurt different from the regular kind? They’re both rich in probiotics, calcium, vitamins and minerals, but Greek yogurt is strained to remove most of the whey. The result is a thicker, creamier yogurt with twice the protein content, filling you up and keeping you full for longer.

Find our favorite recipes to make with Greek yogurt.

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Improve Mental Health

You may know that probiotics can improve your gut health, but did you know those benefits extend to your mental health as well? Studies have shown that adding probiotics to your diet (like those found in Greek yogurt) can reduce stress and anxiety.

Adopt a few of these simple habits for more stress relief.

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Detoxify Your Skin

Adding a serving of Greek yogurt to your daily routine can do wonders for your skin. It’s rich in vitamins B2, B6 and B12, plus the probiotics help keep your colon healthy. It all comes together to put less stress on your skin to eliminate waste, giving you the glow you deserve.

Give your morning yogurt an extra boost by swirling in a little honey to benefit from its antibacterial properties!

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Actively Fight Acne

If your daily dose of yogurt isn’t doing enough for your skin, take the fight directly to acne by applying Greek yogurt to breakouts. Dab yogurt directly on acne before going to bed and wash it off in the morning.

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Soothe Sunburn

Don’t have any aloe on hand? Greek yogurt is one of our favorite homemade options for sunburn relief! It’s rich in zinc, and the probiotics can help rebuild your skin’s natural barrier. Simply apply a thin layer to your sunburn and gently dab it off after 10 minutes.

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Breathe New Life Into Your Hair

The protein in yogurt will help keep your hair healthy from the inside out, but you can also condition seriously damaged hair with a yogurt mask! Combine two tablespoons of Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil. Leave it on your hair for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.

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Get Rid of Dandruff

Itchy scalp getting you down? Greek yogurt is chock-full of enzymes to help reduce your irritation, and its anti-fungal properties can get rid of the fungus that causes dandruff. Massage 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt into your scalp and rinse it clean using regular shampoo.

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Reduce Wrinkles

If you weren’t a yogurt convert before, you should be by now! The lactic acid in Greek yogurt exfoliates your skin, reducing the signs of aging and leaving you with lighter, brighter skin. Make a rejuvenating face mask for under $1 by combining 2 tablespoons of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of oats. Gently massage it into your skin and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

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Get Rid of Puffy, Dark Eyes

The best way to get rid of dark eyes is to get a better night’s sleep, but you can use yogurt to reduce symptoms you while you get there. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce puffiness while the lactic acid reduces the dark under-eye appearance. Gently dab the yogurt on and it’ll work wonders in only 10 minutes.

Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.