The secrets of Heavenly Drink – Milk !
Since ages milk has been known as a “Complete Food” despite the fact it may lack some micro nutrients but its a universal truth that a new born infant survives only on Milk. Its probably the only food that a human being consumes in all seven stages of human life.
The haunting question persists that whether a milk readily available in the market for consumers after processing really remain a milk or just a mixture of “toxic chemicals” but undoubtedly milk obtained from nature is remain an essential for healthy well being. A person who consumes a carton of whole milk doubles his chances of fulfilling his calcium requirement for the day, whereas another person consuming a can of carbonated soda may actually lower his calcium levels by 1/3. Encouraging children and youngsters to drink milk will give them excellent dental health, as it protects the enamel surface against acidic substances. Drinking it for energy and health would also lessen the frequency of children consuming soft drinks, thus reducing the risk of decaying teeth and weak gums.
The milk solids nourish and smooth your skin. The lactic acid present in milk is known to aid in removing dead skin cells, thereby rejuvenating your skin and keeping it fresh.
Milk is the best source of calcium for all age groups and calcium is considered the most important mineral in the healthy growth, functioning, repair, and durability of the bones and skeletal system.The body gets the calcium it needs for basic functions by releasing the calcium stored in our bones into the blood through bone remodeling—the process by which bone is constantly broken down and rebuilt. Calcium protects the body from major chronic ailments such as cancer, bone loss, arthritic conditions, migraine headaches, pre-menstrual syndrome, and obesity in children. It also functions as a healthy aid in losing unwanted fats and reducing weight. Many studies conclusively showed that Dietary calcium from food rather than elemental calcium from calcium supplements has beneficial effects on the maintenance of body composition and preventing abdominal obesity !
Though Dairy products enhanced the consumption of milk but in some cases it tends to increase useless calories if simple sugars are added to it. Dietary calcium always have an edge over elemental calcium (calcium supplements). Several different kinds of calcium compounds are used in calcium supplements. Elemental calcium is key because it’s the actual amount of calcium in the supplement. Calcium supplements cause few, if any, side effects. But side effects can sometimes occur, including gas, constipation and bloating. In general, calcium carbonate is the most constipating.Calcium supplements can interact with many different prescription medications, including blood pressure medications, synthetic thyroid hormones, bisphosphonates, antibiotics and calcium channel blockers and if you have a health condition that causes excess calcium in your bloodstream (hypercalcemia), you should avoid calcium supplements. Although high levels of dietary calcium are thought to offer some protection against kidney stones, high doses of calcium from supplements may promote stone formation by increasing the amount of calcium that is eliminated in the urine. A 2010 analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials also linked calcium supplementation with an increased risk of heart attack. Some researchers have speculated that calcium supplements may contribute to heart disease by increasing blood levels of calcium, which can cause arteries to stiffen and blood pressure to rise.
Two long-term studies in Japan have positively shown a correlation between daily calcium intake and a reduction in stroke, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.Furthermore, the magnesium and potassium content in it act as vasodilators, which reduces blood pressure, increases blood flow to vital organs, and reduces the stress on the heart and cardiovascular system. The peptides found in it are also believed to inhibit the creation of ACEs, (angiotensin converting enzymes), which increase blood pressure.
RDA : How much Calcium one should takes in a day ?
Source: Institute of Medicine, December 2010
Absorption of dietary calcium becomes progressively less efficient with age, and we absorb about 0.2% less per year after age 40. This may not sound like much, by the time we reach our 60s and 70s, this small and incremental change is large enough that our daily calcium requirement needs to increase.
Excellent natural sources of Calcium:
8-ounce glass of milk = 300 mg of calcium1.5 ounces of Swiss cheese = 300 mg of calcium6 ounces of yogurt = 300 mg of calcium
Calcium can be a relatively difficult mineral to absorb from foods. Depending on the type of calcium, and more importantly other accessory nutrients present in the meal, calcium absorption can vary greater than ten-fold from food to food. The most important contributors to this variability are the two nutrients (sometimes referred to as anti-nutrients). Phytate found in beans, grains, seeds and legumes and Oxalate found in spinach, chard, other hearty leafy greens, chocolate, coffee and peanuts. Oxalate in black teas has the potential to bind to a significant proportion of calcium in the milk so the practice of giving milk to kids with the flavor of tea may tend to inhibit calcium absorption to certain extent.
Some people may have lactose intolerance and may have trouble digesting milk. Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk. The symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, stomach pain, gas and diarrhea. For kids it is advisable to consult your health care provider since this is not so common among children. For adults, lactose free milk and milk products are readily available on the market. You can also drink varieties of soy milk or almond milk to avoid lactose, yet still receive many of the same benefits as mammal-derived milk.
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