As we celebrate World Milk day tomorrow, June 1, 2019, we have to remind ourselves that milk has been enjoyed throughout the world for thousands of years and the most commonly consumed types come from cows, sheep and goats which are known as dairy milk.
Milk consumption is a hot topic of discussion in the world of nutrition, so you might wonder if it’s healthy or harmful. For years we have seen commercials urging us to take milk every day because “it’s good for your health”. Doctors will also recommend a glass of milk daily for patients. Have you ever thought about the benefit of milk to the body? Have you wondered why you should drink milk more often? Just so you know, all kinds of dairy milk have the same benefits.
Here are 8 reasons you should be drinking milk more:
- Increases Energy:
Our activities daily contribute to low energy level and I bet you didn’t know that milk boosts energy. The body quickly absorbs the nutrients in milk when taken and it is metabolized to produce energy. So, when next you feel weak and tired just fill a glass cup with milk and gulp. You will feel so energized in split seconds.
- Stronger bones:
You should take milk more often because of its high concentration of calcium and we all know calcium helps to make bones stronger. Also, milk contains Vitamin D which helps foster the absorption or calcium and maintenance of adequate blood levels to allow normal bone mineralize. The absence of Vitamin D in the body can cause the bone to be thin and brittle, also it can prevent the growth of new bones, especially in children. Let’s also add that Vitamin D protects adults from osteoporosis (a disease that reduces the density and quality of a bone, thereby making it porous and fragile then increases the risk of fracture).
- Glows skin:
Getting a glowing and soft skin like that of a baby is one benefit of drinking milk often. Milk contains lactic acid which acts as an exfoliant and enzymes to smoothen the skin. The protein in milk helps to form the collagen that keeps skin elastic and firm, so you should take milk more often.
- Healthy teeth:
The best source of calcium is still milk which prevents tooth decay and cavities. Protein in milk is combined with calcium and phosphorous to form a protective film on the surface of the teeth (Enamel) and the film prevents the teeth from decay that can be caused by bacterial acids.
- Rehydrates the body:
Study has shown that milk is better than water to rehydrate especially during sport because it contains high quality of protein, carbohydrate, calcium and electrolytes. You may still wonder how milk is better than water for rehydration, here is why. When you take water, your kidney gets the signal to get rid of excess water from the body through urine but taking milk, because it contains nutrients, doesn’t have much effect on the kidney. Rather it slowly empties the stomach. Drinking milk also helps the body retain fluid and replaces sodium lost in sweat.
- Relieves Heartburn:
That feeling of fire in the cheek burning all the way to the neck can be relieved with just a cup of milk. Naturally, one way to calm heartburn is an intake of calcium, and milk contains high calcium. It also helps to stimulate the stomach to produce more acid.
- Prevents Disease:
Here is another benefit of drinking milk because it is fully packed with a lot of nutrients like vitamin B12, Phosphorous, Vitamin D, Protein, Riboflavin, Potassium and more. All these nutrients help to prevent cardiovascular diseases, artery diseases, osteoporosis and so on.
- Boosts hair growth:
One of the benefits of drinking milk is to retain and boost hair growth. The hair roots are made stronger with the help of proteins and lipid in milk while calcium helps to build keratin that assists in hair growth.
Knowing the multiple benefits of drinking milk, everyone should adopt the habit of taking at least a cup of milk daily or thrice in a week unless you are lactose intolerant.