June 1 each year is observed as World Milk Day. World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. Many parents never serve anything other than milk.
Most people once grown-up decrease their intake of milk thinking they no longer need it but one is never too old to reap the benefits of milk. Some people shy away from it because they fear that it will add too much fat to their diet. Others leave it out because they believe that they no longer need it.
Studies have revealed that a glass of milk is equivalent to a complete meal – encompassing all the necessary nutrients. According to the National Dairy Council, milk is filled with nine essential nutrients that benefit our health. Calcium: Builds healthy bones and teeth; maintains bone mass. Protein: Serves as a source of energy; builds/repairs muscle tissue. Potassium: Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure. Phosphorus: Helps strengthen bones and generate energy. Vitamin D: Helps maintain bones. Vitamin B12: Maintains healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue. Vitamin A: Maintains the immune system; helps maintain normal vision and skin. Riboflavin (B2): Converts food into energy. Niacin: Metabolises sugars and fatty acids.
Other health benefits of drinking milk are:
Milk has several nutrients which help skin look its best. It has lactic acid which can act as an ex-foliant and enzymes to enable smooth skin. It also has amino acids that help keep skin moisturised. Milk can help prevent damage from environmental toxins because it has antioxidants. However, if you have a sensitivity to milk or dairy products, milk can actually aggravate your skin.
Milk contains protein, which helps to rebuild muscles. Drink a glass of milk after you exercise to give your body what it needs to recover. It will help to keep soreness at bay while replenishing fluids that you lost during your workout.
Studies show that women who drink low-fat or skimmed milk lose more weight than those who exclude milk from their diet. It is a great appetiser and it makes a healthy snack. Add a glass to your dinner, or drink a glass while eating a piece of fruit.
Drinking milk is a great way to de-stress at the end of the day. A glass of warm milk will help to relax tense muscles and soothe frayed nerves. Milk has also been proven to reduce symptoms of PMS and boost energy. The next time you are feeling frazzled, try drinking a glass of milk while you soak in a bubble bath.
Milk has properties that lower high blood pressure and risk of strokes. It reduces the liver’s production of cholesterol, and it can act as an antacid. Vitamins A and B in milk can help build good eyesight. Milk has also been shown to help lower risk of certain cancers. There are several varieties of milk on the market, such as whole, 2% low-fat, and fat free.
A number of food items that we consume these days are acidic in nature and cause irritation and a burning sensation in our oesophagus and stomach. Milk is often considered to be the best remedy to such irritations. The cooling effect of milk tends to treat the burning sensation and provides a thick coating to prevent heartburn. It helps neutralise the acids in the stomach giving us an instant relief with great taste.
· Strong Teeth
Calcium is the building block of our teeth. Also, calcium can only be taken up by our body if Vitamin D is available in an abundant amount. Being rich in both Calcium as well as Vitamin D, milk is the greatest source for having strong teeth. One of the benefits of drinking milk is that milk not only prevents our teeth from becoming brittle and breaking off but also reduces the chances of cavities and tooth decay. Also, milk protects the enamel of the teeth against acidic substances, and provides protection against weak gums.