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Milk Is Great, for Some

By Tom Herrin

Most of us probably feel that we have a pretty good idea of what foods are best for us.  One of the most basic, as we begin life, is milk.  We know that it is what all babies must have in order to grow and remain healthy.  It is generally believed to build strong bones and bodies.  It is the major part of our diets from the time we are born until we are 2 or 3 years old.  As we grow older, we drink less milk, but it is still the most significant part of the diet.  The federal meals programs are all reliant on lots of milk.  When I was in elementary school, we always had a milk break halfway between lunch and breakfast.  For many, it can still be a big part of a healthy diet.

When It Is Good, It Is Great

Milk can provide plenty of things that may help maintain good health.  Since it contains magnesium and potassium, it is thought to be good for blood pressure.  Even though some promote our drinking skim milk only, there is some evidence that even milk with fat may help to raise our levels of HDL, or good cholesterol.  There has also been some indication that drinking milk may be good for those with type 2 diabetes.

It Can Be a Nightmare for Some

Even with all of the benefits milk can offer, some individuals may have real problems when they drink it.  Some lack the enzymes needed to digest it well.  Others have issues with the sugar, or lactose.  Still others apparently have problems with one of the proteins in milk from cows.  This is called A1.  For some of the people, milk can do much more harm than good.

There May Be Something for Everyone

For those who need what milk can provide, there is still help available.  Many producers are now able to market milk without the A1 protein.  This is usually labeled A2.  There are also several brands of lactose-free milk.  Some of the alternative types of milk are pretty good as well.  I drink almond milk.  It comes in a variety of flavors, but I prefer vanilla.  It is higher in calcium than milk from cows, so I make a point to drink a glass each night before I go to bed.  

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

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