Milk is a great source of vitamins and nutrients that greatly benefit your health. We all drank milk a lot as babies, but we tend to naturally reduce our intake as we grow older. The reduced intake of milk can be due to different reasons. While some people fear that it will increase the fat in their diet, others feel that it provides little to no benefit for their health, and they no longer need it.
We all need milk to nourish our bodies though, and with the many benefits associated with drinking milk, you really should make milk a big part of your diet. Below are some of these benefits:
1. Healthy bones and teeth
Milk is rich in calcium, and calcium helps to keep your bones and teeth healthy and strong. Children need milk in order to promote the growth of bones, and for adults, those bones have to be kept strong in order to prevent the risk of osteoporosis (softening of the bones). Milk also prevents tooth decay by keeping the teeth healthy always. However, your body can’t absorb milk without vitamin D, which is why it’s best you buy milk that is fortified with vitamin D, so that it nourishes your body as it should.
2. Weight loss
This might sound impossible, as people go around with the general idea that milk increases fat. While this is true in a way, you can actually opt for low-fat or skimmed milk that won’t add to the fat in your diet. Studies have shown that women who drink low-fat or skimmed milk lose more weight than those who completely exclude milk from their diet.
3. Glowing skin
You can keep your skin glowing by taking milk often. Take a few glasses of whole-milk daily to get its benefits. The lactic acid in milk, for example, acts as an exfoliant, and milk also contains amino acids that can keep the body moisturized, along with antioxidants which prevents damage from toxins in the body.
The protein content in milk helps to rebuild the muscles of the body, and make you feel more energized. After every exercise, it is usually advisable to drink a glass of milk for your body to get what it needs to speed up the recovery process.
One other great benefit of milk is that it has a great effect on blood pressure, and this helps to reduce the risk of hypertension, stroke, or even heart failure.
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