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Include Milk in Your Diet If It Works for You

By Tom Herrin

There are no magic formulas for anything.  When our health is concerned, we generally must evaluate our own situation and look at what may be available to help us move forward.  As young children, we pretty much all depended on milk as our primary source of nutrition.  It is often considered to be a complete food in that it can provide everything that is needed for survival, growth, and development.  Even though it is essential for early development, many people dramatically reduce the amount they drink as they age.  Some cut it out of their diets completely.  In many instances, it can still serve some very useful purposes.

It May Be Good for the Heart and Circulatory System

A few years ago, there seemed to be a school of thought that indicated that we should either avoid milk or only drink skim milk.  We were well aware that too many fats in our diet could be problems.  More recently, there has been more information leading us to believe that drinking milk with fat may help to raise our good cholesterol.  Some of the other things contained, such as potassium, may really help manage blood pressure.  Its high protein content may help us in weight loss as well because it can help to make us feel fuller for longer.

When Milk Is Bad for Us, It Can Be Rough

Not everyone is able to drink milk successfully as they get older.  Some people cannot tolerate the sugar, or lactose.  Others  have problems with one of the proteins.  In some cases, individuals become violently ill when they drink milk.  Obviously these people have to steer clear of it and find some alternative instead.  They also may need to be particularly cautious of other things that contain milk such as ice cream, yogurt, puddings, etc.

Finding Alternatives Is Simple

If you would like to get some of the benefits of milk, there are many options.  Some can even be used much the same as milk.  Lactose-free milk is pretty popular.  A2 milk is showing up in increasing numbers on the shelves.  They appear to be just about everywhere.  Almond milk is now available in several flavors and is higher in calcium than milk from cows.  Get all you can out of your meals by making the best choices for you.

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

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