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Milk Has Its Place in Healthy Diets

By Tom Herrin

Most of us who are concerned about our health make every effort to have a healthy diet.  It comes in all shapes and sizes.  Including foods that offer the greatest benefit is something to have as a goal.  One of the most basic sources of nutrition is milk.  We all began life depending upon it as our primary food.  Many have thought of it as one of the few complete foods.  It is known to help children to grow and develop strong bodies.  As they grow, their dependency on milk may diminish, but it may still have an important place.  Few foods can compare to it in terms of what it has to offer.

Milk May Be Good for the Heart

The idea of just whether or not drinking milk as an adult is good for the heart seems to have been the subject of debate.  For many years, many have suggested that it is best to drink skim milk to avoid fats.  More recently, there seems to be more information suggesting that some of the fat in milk may actually be good for us.  It is believed that it may help to raise good cholesterol.  Combine this with the fact that milk contains potassium, and it may be that milk may help to keep the blood vessels flexible.  This would help to maintain good blood pressure.

When Milk Is Bad for Us, It Can Be Tough

Some individuals simply cannot drink milk.  This may be due to any of several reasons.  One that is fairly common is that they are lactose intolerant.  Another problem that has been identified lately is that some people have sensitivities to a protein in cows' milk that is referred to as A1.  It may explain why some individuals have so much trouble digesting milk. 

There Are Some Solutions 

We don't necessarily have to drink milk, but it can supply some good things.  Many need it for calcium.  Others drink it to provide lots of protein.  It is a great source of protein in a fairly small package.  Milk labeled as lactose-free is available almost anywhere.  Milk producers are now able to offer milk that only has the A2 protein now.  It is labeled as such.  Other alternatives, such as almond milk are loaded with calcium and come in many flavors.  I drink it in the vanilla.  It is actually pretty good.

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

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