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Milk Is Good for Most But Not All

By Tom Herrin

The notion that milk is an essential for any child's growth and development is widely known.  Children drink it from birth, and it is included in all school meal programs.  We know it can help them to develop strong bodies.  This includes muscles and bones.  Some of this is due to the fact that it contains a decent portion of calcium and lots of protein.  Even as adults, it may help to maintain our teeth and bones as many individuals suffer some serious issues that may be headed off by consuming more milk on a regular basis.

Many Athletes Go Heavy on Milk

Those who are into pretty aggressive workouts often try to make a point of drinking milk right after their workout.  Since our bodies do not store protein, drinking milk can be a great way to replace that which is lost in the workout.  There may be no other foods that contain anything comparable to the amount of protein in milk.  That is another reason that eating cereal for breakfast can be such a good way to start each day.  Along with the fact that most cereals are fortified with other essential nutrients, having cereal for breakfast helps us to avoid a high calorie meal while getting all of the things we need.

Milk Is Not for All

Even though it sounds a bit strange, all individuals don't do well with milk.  Many have problems with the lactose, or sugar in milk.  It can cause them problems each time they consume it.  Some others may have issues with one of the proteins in milk.  In recent years, some producers have begun to offer milk that has only the A2 protein.  The A1 protein seems to cause lots of people some problems.

If All Else Fails, Substitute

Though we may not like the sound of it, there are some pretty good substitutes for milk.  I drink almond milk to help raise my calcium levels.  It is quite a bit higher in calcium than cows' milk.  It comes in several flavors and tastes pretty good.  I like the vanilla.  While I still consume quite a bit of cow's milk as well, I try to drink a glass of almond milk each day before I go to bed.  So far, it seems to have helped my calcium levels significantly.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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