Milk is a creamy, delicious beverage that’s not just for kids! Keep your health in check by incorporating the required daily amount of milk into your diet. Here are some of the health benefits.
It’s likely you have childhood memories of being told to drink your milk. Back then you probably followed the request but perhaps didn’t understand why it was so important. Now, as an adult, why not take a minute to discover how milk is part of a healthy lifestyle? Here are some of the reasons.
A powerhouse of nutrition
Milk has an abundance of nutrients — after all, the primary purpose of this wholesome drink is as a source of nutrition for a baby cow! For a human, this translates into a great balance of nutrients and minerals needed for optimum health. Vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, calcium and protein are all shining stars in this beverage. As well, vitamin B6, niacin and folate all add their nutritional punch. While all these vitamins and minerals play a part in better overall health, vitamin D may be one to watch. According to The Washington Post.com, a vitamin D deficiency has been thought to be linked to several health issues. So drink up for better health!
An effective weight management tool
Milk drinkers tend to weigh less and are able to effectively lose weight. Several websites, including Fitday.com, have suggested that the nutrients, such as the calcium and protein, found in milk may aid in weight loss. Even better is that according to the aforementioned site, studies show that milk drinkers lose weight from around their core, which is potentially the worst place to carry extra weight from a health standpoint. Drinking milk will also help to curb an appetite and offer a low-fat and lower-calorie snack and drink.
It boosts bone strength and density
Maintaining bone density is crucial to preventing osteoporosis later in life. A skeletal system that has been weakened by bone density loss is more likely to suffer from serious injuries such as fractures. Keep this potential problem in check by including adequate calcium and vitamin D in your diet by drinking milk and eating milk-based products, such as natural cheese and yogourt.
Other health benefits to pouring a glass of milk
- The calcium in milk will build strong teeth and help prevent cavities.
- Milk soothes heartburn.
- Hot milk is thought to help relax you before bed.
- It may be a factor in reducing the symptoms of PMS, according to Parents.com.
- It is an easy way to keep you energized and satiated throughout the day.