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You Never Outgrow the Benefits of Milk

By Tom Herrin

When each of us was young, milk made up a large part of our diet.  It was everything to us at first, but as we grew older, we began to replace some of it with other foods.  The school lunch programs were designed to provide the nutrition that children needed in order to have the best they could have for growth and development.  This included a steady supply of milk.  As a  matter of fact, it was required to be served with every meal children had in the program.  The shift away from milk was somewhat natural, but some took it to the extreme.  We can still receive some really good things from drinking milk, even as adults.

Milk May Run Circles Around Other Foods

Drinking milk is something that is very much worth the effort.  There are very few foods that can offer the protein that is found in milk.  It also has a high water content, so it can be very filling.  It may be good for weight management.  While at one time people were discouraged from drinking milk with any fat, it is now believed that drinking milk with some fat may help to raise the levels of good cholesterol.  The potassium in milk may help to maintain blood pressure as well. 

Milk Can Ruin the Day for Some

There are some individuals who simply cannot tolerate milk, no matter how much they try.  It may cause them to have a sick stomach or even have issues affecting their skin, among other things.  Some are lactose intolerant, meaning that their bodies cannot process the lactose, or milk sugar.  These people may not be able to have any kind of milk product at all.  Some others are unable to digest the protein, A1, which is one of two types of proteins in milk.

No Need to Give up

If you are one of those who can't seem to drink milk but feel that you should, there are some pretty good alternatives.  There is milk that is considered to be lactose-free.  It is available in several brands.  There is milk that is labeled as A2 which indicates that it does not have the A1 protein in it.  There are a few kinds of milk made from some other kinds of foods as well.  I see almond milk a lot, and it comes in a variety of flavors and has more calcium than milk from cows.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Long Beach, Cal.

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