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We All Process Milk Differently

By Tom Herrin

Some things may be considered a standard.  In foods, milk is one that we all drink as children in order to meet our basic needs.  It is our predominant food source until we are a few years old.  Even then, it is a large portion of our diets.  The school meals programs rely heavily on milk.  Those meals cannot be served without having it on the tray.  This is pretty much the case throughout all of school.  Milk is believed to help build strong bones and teeth.  It also serves to build muscle.  Its benefits do not stop once we become adults.  It may continue to offer good things.

Milk May Help the Heart

For several years, we have been encouraged to drink skim milk.  It has no fat and may be considered to be a great high protein food.  As a matter of fact, it may be the best calorie-for-calorie.  Many people make a point to drink milk following any kind of heavy workout.  As for the heart, it is believed that drinking milk with fat may help to boost good cholesterol levels.  Milk may also help to manage blood pressure due to its potassium content.

Milk May Make You Sick

Even though milk has plenty of good things to offer, some people simply do not tolerate it well.  The sugar in milk, or lactose, can be an issue for some.  It may cause them some major difficulties.  For others, it has been found that one of the proteins in milk, referred to as A1, can disrupt their digestion.  Still others may not be able to digest the fats well.  While milk may have some properties to offer that can really boost health, it won't do an individual any good if it makes them ill.

You May Find Good Alternatives

For the most part, when we speak of milk, we are talking about milk from cows.  There are other kinds and substitutes.  Some people use goat's milk and find it a good option.  There are several products on the market that are labeled as lactose-free.  Many producers have now been able to offer a product that has only the A2 protein, and it is labeled as such.  I drink almond milk each night before I go to bed because it is higher in calcium than other milk.  I do this to maintain my calcium levels where I need them.  It is all worth considering.

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

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