Monday, May 5, 2014

Milk - Benefits and tips

There are several varieties of milk on the market, such as whole, 2%, low-fat and fat free. If you are concerned about the growth hormones used in milk, choose to go the organic route. With all types of milk available, you should be able to find something that fits your diet and nutritional needs.

Benefits :-

Studies says that, 3 glasses of nonfat or low-fat milk a day is all it takes to get 100 percent of your calcium needs met and 75 percent of your vitamin D and a host of other essential nutrients from high quality protein to potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and vitamin B12.

In addition, milk is low in sodium and provides a lot of nutrition for its 80 to 120 calories per cup. Milk can also contribute to daily hydration needs – it is made up of about 90 percent water, which is essential to virtually every bod
y function

1. Glowing Skin

# Milk has several nutrients which help skin look its best. It has lactic acid which can act as an exfoliant and enzymes to help achieve smooth skin. It also has amino acids that help keep skin moisturized. 

# 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.

2. Healthy Bones and Teeth

# Milk is a great source of calcium, which is essential for healthy bones. Not only do young children need it while their bones are growing, but adults need it to keep their bones strong and to prevent osteoporosis. 

# Milk is also great for strong teeth, and it helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. In order for the calcium to be absorbed by the body, vitamin D must be present. If you have a vitamin D deficiency, buy milk that is fortified with extra vitamin D to ensure that your body absorbs the calcium.

3. Muscles

# 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.

4. Weight Loss

# Not only do milk drinkers tend to have stronger bones, Milk drinkers tend to have healthier overall diets and tend to be leaner than non-milk drinkers.

# Studies show that women who drink low-fat or skim milk lose more weight than those who exclude milk from their diet. 

# Add a glass to your dinner, or drink a glass while eating a piece of fruit.

5. Less Stress

# 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.

6. Healthy Body

# 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 show to help lower risk of certain cancers.

7. Have milk before bed 

A good bedtime routine can really help you fall asleep and stay asleep better.

Tips for Lactose Intolerant :-
Lactose intolerant is the the inability to digest the milk sugar lactose.
# Symptoms are reduced or even eliminated in many individuals if they drink milk in smaller amounts throughout the day instead of a large glass all at once, and people with lactose issues do better when they drink milk with a meal or snack than on its own. 
# There are also lactose-reduced milks in the market and even liquid drops available at the drugstore that you can add to milk to create a lactose-reduced milk. And keep in mind that though milk is a top-tier food source for calcium, you can also get calcium from yogurt, small amounts of cheese, almonds, leafy greens and tofu – all of which can be part of many lactose intolerant diets.

Milk Boiling Tips :-
# Before boiling milk, pour a little water in the empty vessel. This prevents sticking.
# In case of milk packets, keep the milk packet outside for 1 hour after taking it from the refrigerator. Then boil the milk. 

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