In 1905, a man published a research paper. The paper was about people who lived over hundred years. He met these people while he was traveling hills of Balkan region. In those hilly region there were people where three generations were living together… they were so healthy that even the eldest member was doing their own work.
He stayed there to observe their life style. And he found out that those people had a unique habit of eating a fermented milk product everyday.
Curious about the product this man wanted to know more about it. After many microscopic researches, what he found out that there was a bug… a tiny bug.. a germ… which was unique to this product…. was some how responsible for the long life of the people. He gave that germ a name, “Lactobacillus”. Initially, he thought, “This is a bad bug, which creates certain poison, and in order to fight this poison, body of these people become more immune”. And it was believed for a long time.
Later many researches carried out and it was known that Lactobacillus is actually a good bug. It increases the immunity of body in many ways. Many researches followed, including animals and human trials, and this product became famous and famous. Promising it’s effect, it is still marketed largely. The name of the product was yogurt. It is from this bacteria and yogurt, a new term was originated, probiotics.
So …, there are many people around the world who are consuming yogurt almost everyday. The technological advances have even isolated purest strain of lactobacilus proving it’s various health benefits, but, are there people around the world who are living over hundred years and still healthy?
No. The reason behind it many be is that we are forgetting that yogurt was being consumed by people living in hills of Balkan. Not only their eating habit is different but also their life style, the atmosphere, the climate everything is different. Milk is naturally fermented into yogurt if handled carefully. Nature which was affecting life and body of Balkan people gave them a product which will help them to increases their immunity.
While yogurt by factories, are being produced in artificially incubaters. People of any climate, any region with any life style are having it…. can we expect same result? Even in scientific researches, the surrounding is always kept same in order to repeat same results. So how can we expect same result in our body if we are not living as Balkans live?
Nature has taken care of people of every region. Our own fermented milk products, with our own good bugs, with our own way of life style and eating habits can make us also “people living over hundred years.”
Yes, This is not published in any scientific journals yet. But science has open doors … who knows one day someone notices what Ellie Metchnikoff missed … “To observe whole”.
The name of the product is Yogurt. The name of the man is Ellie Metchnikoff. He is known as the father of fermented milk products.
— Noor Afsha