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Keep Drinking Milk for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Most of us began our lives drinking milk.  It is the most basic source of nutrition people can have as children.  Milk is often thought of as one of the few complete foods because it can supply all of the nutrients needed to sustain life.  It is so essential that the national school lunch programs in schools require that all meals have milk served with every meal.  This is because it is considered to be essential for the growth and development of all children.  As many of us grew into adults, we may have gradually minimized, or eliminated, milk from their diets.  It may be unfortunate as the benefits of drinking milk don't end with adulthood.

Milk Is Really Packed With Good Things

Those who drink milk probably just enjoy it, or they are aware that it has a lot to offer.  It is really high in protein for the total number of calories it contains.  Many people who are involved in heavy workouts will drink milk after a workout to replace their protein since it is not stored.  It is also believed by some that drinking milk with some fat may help to raise their levels of good cholesterol.  This is a change to the previous thought that we should beware of the fat in milk because it could contribute to problems with high cholesterol.

Milk Can Rob Some People of Good Health

As good as milk may be for some, others have some serious difficulties processing it.  Some of this is due to the lactose in milk.  Others cannot have one of the proteins, the A1.  Some others have problems with the fats or other things in milk.  Even though it can be great for many, it may not be what is needed for all.

There Are a Few Alternatives

Like so many other things, some good options are now available for those who have trouble with milk.  For many years, some have tried goat milk and had some success.  Lactose-free milk is available most places and in quite a few brands.  More recently, some producers have been able to offer milk that does not have the A1 protein.  It is usually labeled as A2.  The other pretty popular option is almond milk.  It seems to be in just about all markets, and it comes in several different flavors.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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