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Milk May Be Your Thing, or Maybe Not

By Tom Herrin

When it comes to things that may help to build strong bodies, milk is generally at the top of the list.  Young children depend on it for most of their nutrition.  This is the food they live on for most of the first year or two of life.  After that, it is a major part of every meal.  In school meals, they must have milk served with every meal.  It is pretty much believed that milk contains vital nutrients that promote healthy growth.  It has calcium and protein.  It also has several other nutrients that can help to maintain our balance.  Without it, children may suffer some serious malnutrition.

Adults May Still Benefit from Milk

Too many times, we stray away from milk as we age.  It is as if we feel we have outgrown it.  Being adults doesn't mean we can no longer receive good things from drinking milk.  The truth is that drinking milk may still contribute to keeping strong bones and teeth.  It has magnesium and phosphorus that can help this.  Potassium is also found in milk.  This mineral can help to maintain lower blood pressure because it can help blood vessels to expand.  

Milk Can Cause Some People Harm

Even though it has lots of great properties, milk may not be for everyone after childhood.  Some have sensitivities to lactose, or the sugar in milk.  Some have sensitivities to one of the proteins in milk.  This is called the A1 protein.  Some have various issues digesting some fats in milk.  While it is an overall good food source, it is another one of those things that may not be for all.  Some can eat other dairy products but can't drink milk alone.

Some Milk Substitutes Are Really Good

Often when some kind of alternative is created for a food, it tastes bad or seems difficult to use.  Some of the substitutes for milk are pretty good.  There are products that are considered to be lactose-free.  There are some that are marked as A2 meaning that they only have that protein and not the A1.  Almond milk is one that has become increasingly popular.  It comes in a variety of flavors.  It contains more calcium than milk from cows.  I drink a glass of almond milk each night before I go to bed to help maintain my calcium level.  

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

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