Milk is considered a complete and ideal food for it contains most of the principles of a well balanced diet. According to the National Academy of Sciences, children and adults should drink 24 oz. of milk each day.
As we grow older, we should not think that we no longer need milk. We are never too old to reap the rewards of drinking milk as it is a great source of vitamins such as vitamin A, D, and B12, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin; nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins; and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, sodium and potassium.
Vitamins are abound in milk. Vitamin A is important in regulating cell growth and integrity of the immune system, helps maintain normal vision and skin.
Vitamin D enhances the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and influences bone mineralization, the strengthening of bones, while B12 is essential for the growth and health of the nervous system and helps in blood formation.
Thiamine (vitamin B1) helps in the growth, digestion and maintenance of healthy nerves and brain function; riboflavin (vitamin B2) helps produce energy in the body’s cells and is vital in the development of the nervous system; Niacin (vitamin B3) keeps enzymes functioning normally and helps the body process sugars and fatty acids.
Milk contains nutrients that are considered the three building blocks of living things: carbohydrates and fats which are sources of energy and heat for vital metabolic processes, and protein which is good for muscle repair and growth of body tissues and brain development.
Milk contains important minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, sodium and potassium. Calcium helps build and maintain strong bones; it is vital for nerve functioning, muscle contraction, and blood clotting. Phosphorus helps generate energy in the body’s cells and influences bone mineralization, the strengthening of bones. Potassium is needed for muscle activity and contractions and it also regulates the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure. Sodium is a vital component of nerves as it stimulates muscle contraction. Sodium not only helps keep calcium and other minerals soluble in the blood, it also stimulates the adrenal glands and aids in preventing sunstroke.
Drinking milk is a great way to remove stress at the end of the day. A glass of warm milk helps one to relax his tense muscles and soothe frayed nerves.
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. Milk has also been shown to help lower cancer risk.
Have you wondered why the baby’s skin is soft, supple and glowing? That’s because milk has lactic acid which can act as an exfoliant and enzymes to help smooth the skin. It also has amino acids that help keep skin moisturized. Milk also helps prevent damage from environmental toxins because it has antioxidants.#