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Milk Could Be the Missing Part of a Healthy Diet

By Tom Herrin

As young children, most people drank lots of milk.  Parents knew that it played a critical role in developing a body.  Of course, this is what they consumed as a main food source for the first few months of life.  We all are aware that it is essential in building strong bones.  For many of us, as we grew older, it may have become less of a staple.  For some, it may have even disappeared from our menu.  As a result, we may have been missing out on some of the things that can continue to support good health.  

Milk Can Keep Us Going Strong

Usually when we refer to milk, we mean the kind that comes from cows.  Some of the ongoing benefits is that it is high in protein.  For those of us who eat cereal every morning, it may be what powers us through the start of the day.  Protein is what helps to make our muscles work as they should.  Since it is a nutrient that cannot be stored in the body, we must replace it on a regular basis.  For those who do some kind of exercise that involves really using muscle, replacing protein can keep our muscles developing, or at least maintaining their constant state.

Milk May Be Trouble for Some

Some individuals actually have some kind of sensitivity to milk.  Whether it is the natural sugar it contains, or some of the kinds of protein, it may cause them to have varied reactions.  Some milk producers can now market milk that does not contain one of those proteins.  For some people, it is a great new development.  For those who may find themselves low in calcium, drinking more milk may help this.  For those who find this to be a real issue, almond milk may be a good substitute because it has quite a bit more calcium.

Read and Learn

When we think of building stronger bodies, milk often comes to mind.  Some people mistakenly think milk is a good source of iron.  Reading labels is always a good practice.  Milk from cows does not naturally contain iron.  If it is present, it has been added, so don't rely on this to improve your iron.  Many cereals, however, have iron in them.  If you are a little low on iron, choose one of these as many have substantial amounts of iron.

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

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