Luvele Yogurt Maker is designed to help you make the purest, most natural probiotic packed yoghurt at home. The result is additive free, sugar free, and preservative free yoghurt rich in good bacteria. Yoghurt maker is an essential appliance for anyone looking to improve their gut health in general, particularly anyone on the SCD or GAPS diet (see more information below). At Naturimedica, we use the Luvele yoghurt maker to easily make our super healthy yoghurt and also recommend it to our clients.
Yoghurt Maker: Luvele Yoghurt Maker
Who should use a yoghurt maker?
- Anyone who loves yoghurt and wants to taste the real deal
- Anyone on the SCD or GAPS diets
- Anyone looking to improve their gut health in general. Making probiotic rich yoghurt at home is a great start!
- Ideal if you think you spend too much money on dairy products (yoghurt in particular) and want to start saving
What are the SCD and GAPS diets?
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a diet that reduces inflammation by eliminating hard to digest foods and sugars that bad bacteria in our digestive systems thrive on. The diet also encourages good bacteria to flourish, and fermented foods are essential to achieving this.
Homemade 24 hour yoghurt in particular is a key part of the SCD diet, being the most easily tolerated fermented food the diet allows. It has virtually no fibre, it’s soft on an inflamed gut and full of friendly bacteria. This is why it’s often called SCD 24 hour yoghurt.
Derived from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet is a comprehensive healing protocol for issues like autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia and schizophrenia. It aims to treat the root cause of many of these disorders: compromised gut health.
It may seem strange or even unbelievable that neurological disorders like autism can be addressed through dietary changes, but many families all around the world have experienced recovery through the GAPS diet.
If you’re keen to know more about 24 hour yoghurt and its healing properties check out the following articles:
- 24 hour yoghurt – Why it should be your first, go to healing food
- 24 hour yoghurt vs a probiotic pill
How is 24-hour yogurt different?
The key differences between homemade 24-hour yoghurt and regular yoghurt (store-bought or homemade for a short fermentation) is the resulting lactose content and the diversity of good bacteria available. The longer the fermenting process, the longer the starter culture has time to multiply, thereby increasing the amount of beneficial bacteria and acids in the yoghurt and decreasing the lactose (a type of sugar) in the milk.
24-hour yoghurt and healing the gut
24 hour yogurt, otherwise know as ‘Specific Carbohydrate Diet’ (SCD) yoghurt is a cornerstone for many people on gut healing protocols such as the SCD diet and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) protocol.
24-hours is the yoghurt fermentation sweet spot
24 hours is considered an optimum homemade yogurt sweet spot. After 24 hours the lactose in the milk starts to dwindle, putting stress on the culture. After 30 hours the culture may begin to starve and the yogurt may spoil.
24 Hour yoghurt must be homemade
Natural, unsweetened, Greek yoghurt is the nearest thing in the supermarket to homemade 24-hour yoghurt, however, these are not permitted on GAPS or SCD because of the lactose. No store-bought, yoghurt would have fermented longer than 8 hours, yoghurt maker makes easy.
Many commercial yoghurts are barely fermented at all. Some are even pasteurised after they are fermented, killing off the beneficial bacteria or have added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Store bought yoghurt must be transported from factory to supermarket and finally to your fridge. No wonder preservatives and stabilisers are often added to ensure shelf life and boost the use by date. Contrast this with a bowl of homemade, 24-hour yoghurt with its abundance of good bacteria set in the very same environment they grew in.
On top of the satisfaction of making it yourself, homemade yoghurt also pays you back by being much cheaper than store bought yoghurt.
Know your ingredients: Making yoghurt at home ensures you stay in control of the ingredients you use. You can use the best quality organic milk available! It is important that the milk, milk alternative or cream has no additives such as milk solids, carrageenan, xanthum gum, dextrose, emulsifiers or sweeteners.
Set and forget: Making yoghurt is not difficult or time consuming. Apart from the (set and forget) fermentation timer and a few hours chilling, the actual “hands-on” time is minimal; about 10 minutes. It requires a little organisation though because if you forget to get things started, you’re more than a day without yogurt.
Yoghurt is a fermented food
Fermented food has been a mainstay of the human diet for tens of thousands of years. These days sadly, and to the detriment of our health, fermenting food is not such a common practice. Poor gut health is the root of many health problems, so one way to improve general health and vitality is to introduce fermented food into our diet. Getting a dose of probiotics from homemade yoghurt is a great place to start.
Homemade yoghurt is an easily tolerated fermented food that is teaming with good bacteria that support the native bacteria in our digestive system. Not even the most expensive, organic, natural tub set, commercial yogurt can ever be as beneficial as yoghurt you can easily make at home yourself? If you set your yoghurt to ferment for 24 hours it may well become the holy grail of beneficial healing foods.
Yoghurt and probiotics
The living cultures in yoghurt are called beneficial bacteria, because they support digestion and are nourishing, and are not pathogenic (harmful) bacteria that can cause disease. These beneficial bacteria are called probiotics. When we eat homemade yoghurt the probiotics support our digestive system’s native, beneficial bacteria and also help prevent bad bacteria from getting out of control.
Find out more about benefits of homemade yoghurt and sample recipes here.