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There Is Power in Milk for Adult Health

By Tom Herrin

Everyone knows that children need milk.  They begin life consuming it as their one and only source of nutrition.  As school-age children, they have plenty of it with their meals.  When the national school lunch program was instituted some 75 years ago, milk was identified as the main ingredient.  Even today, every meal served must include milk.  It is considered essential for the good growth and development of all children.  It is unfortunate that many people tend to leave milk out of their diets in favor of some other kinds of food or drink.  For some, if they don't eat cereal, they may never have any kind of milk at all.  Even as adults, we may be able to receive some great benefits from drinking milk.

Milk Packs a Punch

Too often milk is sold short.  Some people fail to recognize all of the things it has to offer.  Ounce-for-ounce it may have more protein than any other food.  It also has a high water content which, along with the abundance of protein and few calories, makes it really good for those who may be trying to manage weight.  Lots of people who do heavier workouts will make a point of drinking milk immediately following the session.  This allows them to replace the protein lost since protein does not store.  

Milk May Support a Healthy Heart

For many years, a lot of health professionals advised people to drink skim milk for better health.  Some newer recommendations are to drink milk with some fat.  There is some evidence that milk with some fat may help to raise good cholesterol levels.  Since milk also contains potassium which may help keep blood vessels flexible and maintain good blood pressure, it may be ideal to use to supplement a healthy diet.  

Some May Have Trouble With Milk

Even though milk may be full of good things, it can still make some people ill.  There are some who are lactose intolerant while others may have problems digesting one of the proteins.  This is referred to as A1.  All is not lost as there are quite a few products available marked as lactose-free.  Some producers are now able to offer milk that does not contain the A1 protein and is labeled simply as A2.  Hopefully this can make milk pretty much available to anyone who wants it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Paul, Minn.

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