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5 Reasons You Might Be Craving Milk

By Stephen R. Farris

Have you ever craved milk? Surely at some point you've screamed for ice cream. But don't feel bad, there are many people just like you that crave dairy products. 

There might be times you've asked yourself why you are craving dairy products, so here's a few reasons that might answer that question.

Quenching Your Thirst

One reason is that you might just be thirsty. Milk is 87 percent water, so drinking a glass could quench your thirst. However, if you're watching your calories just go for the 100 percent product. A glass of water. A good substitute is fruit, since most are 89 percent water-based.

Hunger

Maybe you missed lunch, or it's still too soon for supper, but all of a sudden you find yourself starving for something to eat. A glass of milk could temporarily rid the hunger pang, and give you a little nutrition on top of it, since it contains about 8 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat.

Sugar Cravings

That milk craving you have may be for sugar instead. Have no fear (unless you're watching calories again) because an 8-ounce glass of 1 percent milk contains about 13 grams of sugar. But wouldn't that ice cream cone sound better? Probably so, but you may want to try substituting whole grain bread, oats, or fruit instead.

It's Comforting

Milk is also classified as a comfort food. There's nothing more refreshing than a tall cold glass of milk after a tough day at work to help you relax. At least for some people. It's probably because of the water, sugars, fats, and proteins, which is why folks most likely prefer the ice cream version. If you're not allergic, who doesn't like ice cream?

Vitamin Deficiency

It could very well be that you're lacking certain vitamins and minerals in your diet. Milk is jam-packed with 18 of 22 vitamins and minerals your body needs that include Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

The best way to knock out your milk craving is to follow the general rule of thumb for keeping yourself hydrated by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Plus you won't pack on extra calories by drinking water. FWIW, it's suggested you drink half your weight in ounces of water each day.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local Chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Mill, S.C.

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