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Have You Excluded Milk from Your Diet?

By Tom Herrin

We tend to change many things about our diets as we grow up.  As children, we are encouraged to drink plenty of milk.  We all know that it is the major food we consume.  It is generally believed to be necessary for our growth and development.  It is a part of all school food programs.  When I was young, we had a milk break each and every morning between lunch and breakfast.  As we grew to adulthood, many of us traded milk for any of a variety of other things.  For some of us, it may still be an important part of a good diet.

Milk May Provide a Good Source of Protein

Many times, we find ourselves lacking protein.  As a result, we may have to work hard to add more protein to our diets.  Drinking cows' milk may be an easy way to supplement our diets and add the protein back into it.  Simply having it with cereal or drinking a glass of it can boost the levels of protein in our diets considerably.  Many people who are dedicated to aggressive exercising, such as lifting weights, make a point of drinking milk within a few minutes of finishing their exercise session.  This can help to restore protein lost during the workout.

It Really Can Support Teeth and Bones

Milk can be a pretty good supplier of things that are needed for our bones and teeth.  It has some calcium, but it also contains some other minerals such as magnesium and potassium.  Both of these can help with maintaining stronger teeth and bones.  Most of it also contains added Vitamin D, which is helpful in allowing better absorption of many of the minerals we need.  Just because we are not kids anymore does not mean we don't need to do all we can for our teeth and bones.

Some of Us Have Milk Issues

While milk can be a really good food, some people are not able to digest it well.  Many have allergies to lactose, or sugar, that is found in milk.  Others have problems with one of the proteins.  With today's technology, producers are able to address these problems and deliver milk products that are free of some of these things.  For others, there are some good substitutes.  Almond milk is one that is higher in calcium than cows' milk, it may be used in many of the same ways.  If you are one of those who have cut milk out, it may be time to add it back for better health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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