Featured Supplement: Melatonin by Ortho Molecular

Melatonin by Ortho Molecular available online or in our retail center.

Melatonin plays a key role in regulating the body’s circadian rhythm. Melatonin can be helpful in regulating sleep cycles in individuals who have irregular sleep patterns.Screenshot 2015-09-29 10.22.32

Nighttime secretion of melatonin is at its highest during childhood and decreases over time. Research suggests that melatonin supplements support healthy sleep patterns in certain individuals, such as the elderly, and individuals with nighttime working hours or people traveling across time zones. Low levels of melatonin are often associated with sleep disturbances.

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that plays a key role in regulating the body’s circadian rhythm and induction of sleep. It plays an essential role in regulating the sleep cycles and, when supplemented, can be helpful for those who have irregular sleep patterns. Melatonin has been shown to support antioxidant activity, cardiovascular health and immune function. This formulation of Melatonin is available as 1 mg tablets for flexible dosing.

Suggested Use:

1 or more tablets per day or as recommended by your health care professional

 

Skin Product Sale: SophytoPRO® Pure Daily System

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SophytoPScreenshot 2015-09-30 09.31.37RO® cleansing technology is packed
with moisturizing benefits that effectively, gently remove surface grime and makeup and waterproof mascara. Harsh cleansers strip the topmost lipid barrier and may aggravate blemishes by eliminating the protection the skin needs. Topical application of fatty acids alleviates breakouts by re-stabilizing the lipid barrier and restoring optimal skin function.

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With 80% of skin aging caused by free radical exposure, it is important to provide daily doses of effective, topical antioxidants. Other products claim they provide ingredients like green tea, but if the product does not have a rich amber color like SophytoPRO® Pure Antioxidant Serum, it simply won’t contain enough antioxidants to be beneficial.

Healthy fats = healthy skin

On the most basic level, moisturizers hold water in the outermost layer of skin and also act as a temporary barrier. Moisturizers that contain quality natural oils high in essential fatty acids, lipids, glycolipids and phospholipids also serve as a readily available source of fat soluble vitamins to nourish the skin

 

 

 

Color Your World By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

owl coloring pictureOctober is Health Literacy Month. We at the Couri Center have dedicated many newsletter articles to various health-related topics. This one is no different but, in a way, it is a “horse of a different color”.   Grab your crayons or colored pencils and join me as we explore the health benefits of coloring. Coloring books for adults are now a very popular trend and have been attributed to having some of the same health benefits as meditation.

Ally Bogard, a yoga and mediation instructor states, “Adult coloring books can induce very similar states as meditation as both practices begin to quiet the parts of the brain that are responsible for reasoning, planning, and self-conscious awareness. By balancing the right-creative brain with the left-logical brain, one is able to come into deeper states of awareness, focus, and attention.” Both coloring books and meditation help to “quiet the brain” and reduce the number of extraneous thoughts that create stress and distract us from truly being mindful and present. Meditative practices have been shown to improve cognitive function and memory as well as lower blood pressure, reduce stress and raise energy levels.

Doctors have known about these benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue to follow Jung’s lead and still recommend the activity to combat anxiety. Not everyone is interested in yoga or wants to walk in the woods. However, coloring can be a wonderful substitute.

Coloring books for adults have become wildly popular as grown ups appreciate the therapeutic benefits of this simple form of artistic expression. Adult coloring books provide an easy creative outlet, a simple way for busy adults to unwind and unplug. When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

In simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.” This leads us immediately and unconsciously to welfare, states the specialist. “I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” says psychologist Antoni Martínez. “We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state,” he assures. We can also use it to connect with how we feel, since depending on our mood we choose different colors or intensity. “I myself have practiced that. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

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To make it easier to get started, I have included the following “top ten” list of the currently most popular coloring books for adults based on Amazon sales. I wish you countless hours of enjoyment and relaxation. In fact, I invite you to share photographs of your finished masterpieces with us – post them on our Couri Center Facebook page.

 

Amazon Best Selling Coloring Books for Grown-Ups

  1. Secret Garden by Johanna Basford
  2. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns by Blue Star Coloring
  3. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs by Blue Star Coloring
  4. Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book by Marjorie Sarnat
  5. Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders by Angie Grace
  6. Tropical World: A Coloring Book Adventure by Millie Marotta
  7. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
  8. Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates by Lacy Mucklow
  9. Color Me Stress-Free: Nearly 100 Coloring Templates to Unplug and Unwind by Lacy Mucklow
  10. Adult Coloring Books: A Coloring Book Featuring Mandalas and Henna Inspired Flowers, Animals and Paisley Patterns

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri

 

 

 

What’s In Your Beauty Products? By Hope Placher, PA-C, MMS

Beauty Detox Girl Stock photo 120175333webScrolling through social media, I’ve noticed an abundance of friends and acquaintances, who are selling skin care products, make up, etc. There’s a reason this industry is booming – we care about how we look! I’m always amazed at the before and after pictures – undeniable results; but what I can’t help but wonder is what, if any, effect these products may have on one’s health?

I recently led a wellness lecture on the topic of detoxing home and beauty products. For those that attended – I hope you found it thought provoking. If you missed it, the video is available on both our website or  our YouTube Channel: Couri Center Home & Beauty Detox Video. We learned how many common ingredients in personal care products could disrupt our hormone messaging system. During my research I found a plethora of information regarding ingredients that may be toxic to our skin and body, but less information was readily available about what we SHOULD be putting on our skin for optimal function and appearance.  I’ve always been interested in dermatology and the skincare – probably because I did not inherit the ‘flawless skin’ gene from my mom (thanks, dad!).

Speaking of optimal function, the most obvious purpose of the skin is to be our first line of defense. It protects us from the environment, potential pathogens and helps regulate our body temperature. Adults carry some 8 pounds of skin. When you look at the science, one of the primary factors that help control the appearance of our skin is pH. Our skin is happiest at a pH of 4.5-5. This is acidic. Mild acidity helps skin appear brighter, encourages new skin cells, reduces wrinkle depth and helps reduce enlarged pores. It shields the skin from bacterial proliferation and irritation and stimulates new collagen production. On the flip side, skin that is too alkaline may cause more fine lines, dehydration, and appear dull and lackluster.

I am pleased to share that the Couri Center offers a skin care line free of carcinogenic substances and supports a balanced pH  – Sophytopro. The formula is based on Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western Medicine principles. It’s made from naturally active, raw, whole food sources. A kit includes a facial cleanser, antioxidant serum and moisturizer. Orthomolecular also created a skin care line made to target acne prone skin, as well as a total body moisturizer. All SophytoPro products are naturally gluten free. I love that I can use a pharmaceutical grade skincare line that is good for my health and my appearance.

If you have the time, I encourage you to download an app called “Think Dirty.” It’s an unbiased product comparison app for cosmetics and personal care products. Not only is it free, but also it’s extremely user friendly. You can either scan a product barcode or type in the product name in a search engine. The ingredient list will be populated and you can clearly understand what all those hard to pronounce words really mean. I challenge you to look up every single personal care product that you use on a daily basis and understand their safety profile.

To your health,

Hope Placher, PA-C, MMS

 

Male Hormone Replacement: By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

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By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

June 2015

It is a common misconception that women are the only ones who need hormone replacement therapy as they age. Many men are often led to believe by their physicians that feeling constantly tired, having the inability to gain muscle mass and lose fat, decreased libido and foggy thinking are all a part of growing older. Accepting these symptoms as a part of aging can negatively impact men’s ability to perform at work, relationships with friends and family and most importantly, how they enjoy life.

It is amazing the impact that hormones and hormone replacement therapy for men has on their overall well-being. And when hormones are out of balance, this negatively affects so many aspects of their quality of life.

Every man experiences a gradual decline in hormone production as he gets older. Beginning at age 30, his body starts to manufacture less and less testosterone, losing roughly one to three percent per year. Then, sometime between age 40 and 55, testosterone levels drop dramatically and signal the onset of andropause or “low testosterone”, the medical term for the male equivalent of menopause. After this happens, a man finds himself deficient in sexual desire, gaining weight, losing muscle mass and feeling unmotivated, depressed and moody. Most men who don’t have hormone replacement therapy believe they have to live with these symptoms as part of “normal aging”.  Nothing could be further from the truth! SottoPelle® hormone replacement therapy can bring back vitality.

The symptoms of andropause, if not treated with hormone replacement therapy, are very much like those of menopause. Men frequently experience anxiety, depression, mood swings, loss of eagerness and enthusiasm for daily life, decreased mental quickness and sharpness. With hormonal imbalance they also suffer from loss of libido, decreased sexual function and/or sensitivity, loss of mental focus, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, decreased energy, strength and endurance, prolonged recovery from exercise, no improvement with exercise, less desire for activity and exercise. Without pellet hormone therapy even more dangerous issues like an increase in body fat, weight gain, osteoporosis, loss of cardiac protection, lower good cholesterol and higher bad cholesterol can arise.

Each man’s symptoms vary, as does the age at which those symptoms for hormone replacement therapy occur. Physicians are becoming more and more aware of andropause and beginning to scientifically diagnose it instead of simply offering a prescription that doesn’t address the basic problem.

Low T: What Is Low Testosterone (or Low T) in Men?

Medically speaking, low testosterone in men (hypogonadism) is the decreased production of hormone by the testes. This normally happens as a man ages. Andropause occurs when testosterone levels take a dramatic dip. This usually takes place somewhere between the ages of 40 and 55.

Researchers estimate that 1 in 4 men past the age of 30 have low testosterone. That amounts to millions of men. Even so, not every man shows symptoms of deficiency. In fact, low testosterone is perhaps one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in men.

Testosterone: A Man’s Most Important Hormone

Testosterone is indeed a man’s most vital hormone. Take it away and his well-being goes with it. It defines him as a man, just as estrogen defines a woman. Testosterone is also central to good health. It provides the foundation for many of important body functions. At healthy levels, among other things, testosterone supports:

  • Sex drive & function
  • Muscle mass and strength
  • Fat distribution
  • Production of red blood cells
  • Normal lipid profile
  • Sperm production
  • Bone mass
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Prostate health
  • Cognitive function
  • Mood stability
  • Energy levels
  • Motivation & drive
  • Skin vascularity
  • Metabolism of salts
  • Fluid balance

How Do I Know If I Have Low Testosterone?

Everyone goes through physical, mental and emotional changes as they age. Sometimes these changes mean you are hormone deficient. They often happen so gradually, many men don’t really notice. There may be issues with sleep patterns, increased body fat, sexual changes, depression, irritability or a general lack of motivation or interest in life. Many men summarize these symptoms as the loss of their vitality. These can all be signs of testosterone deficiency.

However, there could also be other underlying issues. The only way to know for sure is through proper testing and analysis. For this, you need a physician who looks at all of the possibilities. This should be someone who likewise understands the importance of maintaining health hormone levels into old age.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit us at http://www.couricenter.com/sottopelle-hormone-therapy-women-men/

Infrared Sauna Special

Stock up on early holiday gifts and give the gift of relaxation, detoxification and joy!

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What is Infrared?

Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue to produce a host of health benefits.

Because infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly rather than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature and produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins reside. Far infrared also aids in blood pressure reduction & weight loss, burning up to 600 calories in one 40 minute session!

What are the health benefits of a full-spectrum infrared sauna?

 Detoxification

Sweating is good for you and is one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to heal and maintain good health.  Infrared saunas generate a sweat 7 x more detoxifying than a traditional sauna.

Relaxation

Relaxation is more important to health than most people realize. The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75 to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems. Long-term stress is the cause of countless physiological effects on the body, including increased blood pressure, weight gain and weakening of the immune system.  Infrared saunas have been designed to encourage the purest form of relaxation and stress reduction.

Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall quality of life. In a 2009 study, infrared saunas were shown to help lower weight and waist circumference in just a three month period. The common theme among subjects in the study was that far infrared sauna use was similar to moderate exercise but “much more relaxing”.  Therefore, infrared saunas can be an effective lifestyle adjuvant for those who cannot participate in traditional exercise programs due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems.

Heart Health/Lower Blood Pressure

In the U.S. alone, one in three adults suffers from heart disease, stroke or some other form of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. High blood pressure increases your risk of getting heart disease, kidney disease or serious stroke.

Only infrared saunas have been clinically determined to provide one of the best, natural ways to lower blood pressure. In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Sunlighten’s Solocarbon heaters were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30 minute infrared sauna session 3 times per week. The study concluded that Sunlighten infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.

Pain Relief

You too can toss the pain pills and step into a healing infrared sanctuary to relieve tension and relax muscles. Infrared sauna’s heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, our infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.

Anti-Aging/Skin Rejuvenation

Forego expensive cosmetic treatments that may have limited effects or questionable long-term safety. Instead, rejuvenate your skin while also receiving all of the other health benefits associated with Sunlighten’s leading infrared sauna therapy. A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of sauna skin therapy using near-infrared technology.     Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.

Cell Health/Immunity

Infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which help cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells.

Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.

Sunlighten’s research-backed near infrared heating technology can strengthen the immune system. In fact, a NASA study showed this same near infrared therapy, delivered by LEDs deep into body tissue, can quadruple cell health and tissue growth.

Wound Healing

Skin plays a vital role in the protection of our bodies from the external environment. When broken, it is important repair it quickly to prevent infection or further problems. Studies conducted by NASA concluded that NIR LED light significantly promotes faster cell regeneration, wound healing and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increased by 155%-171% in some cases and wound size decreased by 36%.

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Recipe: Homemade Yogurt

Homemade YogurtHomemade Yogurt Recipe

Yields 4 cups of yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk or cream (pastured, grass-fed or raw are the best choices);
  • Powder bacterial starter or 1/4 cup good quality plain yogurt with live cultures

Preparation

  • Pour the milk in a heavy bottomed pan and let it heat at a medium low temperature making sure you stir often so it doesn’t scorch. The more fat in your milk, the less chance it will burn. You want to bring the milk to at least 180 F. Use either a thermometer making sure to stir before taking a measure or if you don’t have a thermometer look for small bubbles that form around the edges of the pan. This process kills off any other bacteria.
  • Before introducing the starter, cool the milk to around room temperature. The fastest way to do that is to pour the heated milk in the glass jar/bottles that you’ll use for the fermentation and to put those jar/bottles in a cold water bath. You can then stir the milk to make the process happen even faster. If you put the starter in milk that’s too hot, you’ll kill it.
  • If using a powdered starter, follow their instructions as for the quantity to use. I like to work in one bigger glass jar instead of smaller glass bottles because it’s simpler to clean afterwards. I find that the 4 cups glass measuring cups are ideal for both cooling the milk, mixing the starter and fermenting the yogurt. If you use multiple bottles, you might want to have the cooled milk in a jar to mix-in the starter so you can be more accurate about the quantity. If using leftover yogurt, prepare a paste of about 1/2 cup of the cooled milk with the ¼ cup leftover yogurt. Mix-in this paste to the rest of the cooled milk.
  • Close up the bottles or cover the jar with plastic wrap and put it in an oven with the light on. The light acts as your heating element. This is where things can get a little bit touchy because the fermentation temperature is pretty important for the success of your yogurt. The temperature inside the oven should stay around 100 to 110 F and you can place a thermometer in the oven to know for sure. Most ovens will do just fine when simply keeping the light on. If it becomes too hot, you can open up the door just a tad. For those ovens that don’t become hot enough, you can buy a stronger light bulb, like a 60w, and use it when making yogurt. You can also heat the oven to the lowest temperature (usually 170 F) and then turn it off and reheat it when the temperature has dropped enough.
  • Let the milk ferment for about 24 hours. The lactose should be completely digested by 24 hours, but you can let the fermentation go for longer without problem.
  • Place the jar or bottles in the refrigerator to cool and enjoy! You might sometimes end-up with a yogurt that is a bit more liquid than commercial yogurt, but often the taste won’t suffer. Be aware though that once you take the fermented yogurt out of the oven it will still be runny, bit it will solidify as it cools.

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Melatonin 101 By Sue Lang, CNM, APN, LCCE

Screenshot 2015-09-04 15.55.32Melatonin is a hormone made by a gland in the brain called the pineal gland. Melatonin helps with controlling our wake and sleep cycles. Small amounts of it are found in foods like grains, meats, vegetables and fruits.

Our natural melatonin helps to control our sleep and wake cycles by how much melatonin our body produces. Our bodies naturally increase the amount of melatonin produced in the evening and stay higher throughout the night. Production then drops in the early morning hours. Light also affects how much melatonin your body produces. As we age, melatonin production is decreased to the point that very little is manufactured. This factor may be why as we age, we often find we can’t sleep and/or stay asleep.

Melatonin can be used to help with many sleep-related conditions including: SAD (seasonal affective disorder), shift workers requiring sleep during the day, cluster headaches, and jet lag when traveling. Using a supplement can be helpful in achieving optimal Melatonin levels to improve sleep quality.

Melatonin dosing varies from person to person. Adult doses may vary from 0.2 mg to 20.0 mg. This varies depending on why the supplement is being taken and the individual’s medical history. Children and nursing/pregnant women should not take melatonin unless they consult with their provider. In most cases supplements are safe in low doses for both long and short-term use.

Can melatonin have side effects? Sure, side effects include: sleepiness, lowered body temperature, more vivid dreams, being groggy in the morning and small changes in blood pressure. These symptoms do resolve once you stop taking the supplement.

If you are contemplating using melatonin, check with your provider first and always let them know that you are taking melatonin prior to any procedures or when prescribed other medications.

Certainly as fall and winter approach, we notice more people complaining that they cannot sleep and that it is harder for them to stay asleep. Good sleep hygiene, slowing down our environment prior to sleep time and keeping a similar sleep schedule may help but you might also want to consider melatonin.

Sue Lang, CNM, APN, LCCE

Yogurt: A Diet Do or Diet Don’t? By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

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Has anyone else noticed the yogurt section at the grocery store has at least doubled in size? I easily counted at least 10 different brands of yogurt. Not only are there multiple brands to choose from, but each of those brands have at least three different products. The choices available range from classic yogurt, greek yogurt, fat free yogurt, sugar-free yogurt, whole milk yogurt and of course the yogurt with extra live cultures. Are any of these choices healthy? If so, which one is the best?

Many yogurt companies make claims that eating one yogurt a day can shrink your waistline, decrease your cholesterol, increase your calcium intake and regulate your gastrointestinal system. I decided to take a close look at six of the most recognized vanilla yogurts found in local grocery stores. Based on nutritional labels, most yogurts contain an abundant amount of one thing: sugar.

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The American Heart Association recommends that women eat no more than 6 teaspoons or 25 grams of added sugar; men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons or 38 grams of added sugar. Almost all of the yogurts listed above contain more than half of your recommended daily-added sugar. The more discouraging fact is the sugar added to most yogurts is not just table sugar; most yogurt companies are adding fructose to your yogurt as well.

Fructose is a monosaccharide that is not biologically necessary. It is considerably sweeter than glucose. Fructose is naturally found in fruits and vegetables and is added to sugary drinks and foods in the form of high fructose corn syrup or sucrose. Excess intake of fructose, which is mostly ingested through processed sugar drinks, has been linked to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Apart from adding large amounts of sugar, many yogurts advertise “live and active cultures.” This seal guarantees cultures were alive at the manufacturing of the yogurt, it does not guarantee they are alive when you eat the yogurt. Many brands also use chemical de-foamers during fermentation, colors and preservatives. Like all processed products, it is always necessary to read food labels and research companies and products.

To guarantee a healthy, low sugar and chemical-free yogurt, I recommend making your own. Fermenting your own yogurt, does take some time, however, is very easy. Try your own yogurt by following the recipe below.

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Yields 4 cups of yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk or cream (pastured, grass-fed or raw are the best choices);
  • Powder bacterial starter or 1/4 cup good quality plain yogurt with live cultures

Preparation

  • Pour the milk in a heavy bottomed pan and let it heat at a medium low temperature making sure you stir often so it doesn’t scorch. The more fat in your milk, the less chance it will burn. You want to bring the milk to at least 180 F. Use either a thermometer making sure to stir before taking a measure or if you don’t have a thermometer look for small bubbles that form around the edges of the pan. This process kills off any other bacteria.
  • Before introducing the starter, cool the milk to around room temperature. The fastest way to do that is to pour the heated milk in the glass jar/bottles that you’ll use for the fermentation and to put those jar/bottles in a cold water bath. You can then stir the milk to make the process happen even faster. If you put the starter in milk that’s too hot, you’ll kill it.
  • If using a powdered starter, follow their instructions as for the quantity to use. I like to work in one bigger glass jar instead of smaller glass bottles because it’s simpler to clean afterwards. I find that the 4 cups glass measuring cups are ideal for both cooling the milk, mixing the starter and fermenting the yogurt. If you use multiple bottles, you might want to have the cooled milk in a jar to mix-in the starter so you can be more accurate about the quantity. If using leftover yogurt, prepare a paste of about 1/2 cup of the cooled milk with the ¼ cup leftover yogurt. Mix-in this paste to the rest of the cooled milk.
  • Close up the bottles or cover the jar with plastic wrap and put it in an oven with the light on. The light acts as your heating element. This is where things can get a little bit touchy because the fermentation temperature is pretty important for the success of your yogurt. The temperature inside the oven should stay around 100 to 110 F and you can place a thermometer in the oven to know for sure. Most ovens will do just fine when simply keeping the light on. If it becomes too hot, you can open up the door just a tad. For those ovens that don’t become hot enough, you can buy a stronger light bulb, like a 60w, and use it when making yogurt. You can also heat the oven to the lowest temperature (usually 170 F) and then turn it off and reheat it when the temperature has dropped enough.
  • Let the milk ferment for about 24 hours. The lactose should be completely digested by 24 hours, but you can let the fermentation go for longer without problem.
  • Place the jar or bottles in the refrigerator to cool and enjoy! You might sometimes end-up with a yogurt that is a bit more liquid than commercial yogurt, but often the taste won’t suffer. Be aware though that once you take the fermented yogurt out of the oven it will still be runny, bit it will solidify as it cools.

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