3 Reasons To Consume More Dairy
These days, the choice of what to pour over our cereal extends far beyond skim or 2%. Choosing a milk is akin to choosing your next car; there are so many different types, each one with its adamant supporters who swear by their dairy (or non-dairy) choices. Organic, fortified, whole, almond, coconut… The list of milk-related terms goes on. And while each boasts its own list of health benefits, few can actually compare to the real stuff. If you needed more reasons to stock up on milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream, here they are:
Dairy can strengthen your bones
It's no secret that dairy contains a good amount of calcium which, in turn, can promote healthy bone density. However, there are more nutrients found in dairy that can boost your bone health, too. They include protein, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin D. A study conducted in 2007 found that osteoporosis (when bones become weak and brittle) contributes to over 1.5 million fractures per year. In order to avoid developing osteoporosis now or later in your life, you should be consuming plenty of dairy on a regular basis. It is recommended that you get 3-4 servings of it per day to really rep its benefits.
Milk can help to restore your muscles
"The combination of carbohydrates and protein in low-fat milk appears to be just right for refueling weary muscles", says sports dietitian Dr. Christopher Mohr. Furthermore, milk contains a healthy amount of potassium, which works much like a sports drink in that it restores your body's depleted electrolytes. However, unlike most sports drinks on the market, milk does not contain an obscene amount of refined sugar. Therefore, after a workout, it's generally a pretty good idea to reach for a cold glass of milk.
Milk can help to lower your blood pressure
According to the CDC (the Center for Disease Control), approximately 31 percent of Americans struggle with hypertension (high blood pressure). High blood pressure can lead to a whole slew of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, poor memory, an increased risk of stroke, and lowered metabolic functioning. While it's important to fight hypertension with a healthy, balanced diet and a sufficient amount of daily exercise, dairy may also play a supporting role in bringing your blood pressure down to safer levels. Milk contains both potassium and calcium, which have been shown to potentially reduce blood pressure in adults with hypertension.