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Remember to Include Milk for Good Health

By Tom Herrin

A lot of times, we look for some kinds of miracle foods or drinks to help fill all of the voids we have in our supply of things that are good for health.  Some of us seem willing to try all sorts of things in search for that one that is just right.  Of all the sources of nutrition available, we may not need to look past something that is among the most basic.  That is milk.  We begin life drinking it as the single source of all of the nutrients required for good health.  As we entered school, most of us relied on the national lunch program to provide what we needed for growth and development.  Milk has always been the one thing in that meals program that could not be compromised.  It must be included in all of these meals served.  It helped many of us as children and may still do some good things for us as adults.

Milk May Be Good for the Heart

In years past, many people were encouraged to drink only skim milk to avoid the fats in milk.  As blood pressure and cholesterol issues took the spotlight, there was lots of concern about fats in foods.  More recent research has indicated that it may be better for us to drink milk with some fat.  It is believed that this type of fat may help to raise the levels of good cholesterol.  In addition, the potassium in milk may help to increase flexibility of the blood vessels and lower blood pressure.

Milk Makes Some People Sick

With all of the good things about milk, there are some things that can be bad.  Many individuals are sensitive to the lactose in milk.  Others may have difficulty with one of the proteins, the A1.  These people may become violently ill, or have some other unpleasant reaction.  For them, avoiding milk may be their only choice.

Good Options Are Available

For those wanting to have the benefits of drinking milk without the problems, there are some good choices.  There are quite a few brands of milk that are considered to be lactose-free.  These days there are also several producers who are able to sell milk that does not have the A1 and is labeled as A2.  For those who have difficulties and need more calcium, there is almond milk.  It is available in several flavors and tastes pretty good.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz.

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