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Milk Is Still a Great Source of Nutrition

By Tom Herrin

No matter who you are, one thing you likely have in common with everyone else is that you began life relying on milk as your main food source.  It isn't one of those things that is cultural.  It is a simple fact of life in the overall design of humans, and many animals.  Milk is often considered to be one of the few complete foods in that it can provide everything needed to sustain life.  Children grow and develop on milk.  For around 75 years, the national meals programs in schools have been in place.  The one requirement that has never changed is the fact that milk must be served with every meal.  It contains lots of protein for muscles and calcium for bones and teeth.  As great as it is, many of us tend to shy away from it as we age.

Milk Can Boost Health of Adults

As adults, we often have more issues to consider concerning our health.  For a while some people discouraged us from drinking anything other than milk that is fat-free.  Milk is now believed to help improve the heart and circulatory system.  Drinking milk with some fat is thought to help to raise good cholesterol.  The potassium in milk is considered to be helpful in keeping flexibility in the blood vessels.  This may help to maintain blood pressure at a better desired level.  

Milk Can Have a Negative Effect on the Health of Some

As good as milk can be for some, it may be very difficult for others.  Some people have some very bad reactions every time they drink milk.  It may be anything from a sick stomach to reactions involving the skin and more.  Trouble with lactose is a major problem for some.  Others may have issues with one of the proteins, referred to as A1.

It Is Possible to Have a Compromise

For those who cannot drink milk from cows, there are other options or alterations in milk.  Lactose-free milk is pretty common and is available in many brands.  A little newer on the market is milk that is available without the A1 protein.  It is labeled as A2.  For those who simply must avoid cows' milk completely but need calcium, there is almond milk.  It is higher in calcium than other milk and comes in a variety of flavors.

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

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