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Keep Milk on Hand for Good Health

By Tom Herrin

For most of us, constant change in our diets has been ongoing.  As young children, we relied heavily on a diet that included plenty of milk.  When we say this, we are generally referring to milk from cows.  The federal school lunch programs have always included milk as a major part of each meal.  It is widely known to help children to grow strong and build bones.  Most of us made certain that our own children had plenty of milk when they were young, but we may have had a tendency to slack off a little as they became older.  We likely had done the same with our own diets.  

Milk May Help With Losing Weight

There are all kinds of angles to pursue when any of us want to lose weight.  Milk may be used as a part of a successful diet.  One of the reasons is that it is high in protein.  Consuming an adequate amount of protein can keep us satisfied.  It is also known that our bodies do not store protein as it does fats and carbs, so we must have constant replacement.  There is some evidence that milk with fat in it may serve a good purpose in curbing appetite.  Of course, milk contains a large amount of water which is another essential in keeping us from feeling hungry.

Milk May Support Heart Health

The fats in milk are often a subject of considerable discussion.  Some feel that we should avoid the fats in milk as much as possible and only drink skim milk.  Others feel that the fat in cows' milk is different from other kinds and can be an important part of a healthy diet.  There is some indication that this kind of milk may help to raise our levels of good cholesterol.  Milk also contains potassium which helps to keep flexibility in blood vessels, thus can help to maintain good blood pressure.

Milk May Be a Problem for Some

Even with all of the potential benefits of milk, some people may be healthier by avoiding it.  Many have sensitivities to the sugar in milk, or lactose.  It has been found that others have issues caused by a protein referred to as A1.  As a result, some producers have been able to produce milk that only contains the protein A2.  Another option for those who need more calcium is to drink almond milk since it actually contains a higher percent of it than cows' milk.  

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

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