Milk is a naturally occurring liquid full of nutrition. Both children and adults benefit from it tremendously. The very popular advertising slogan “got milk” was targeted to increase cow milk consumption in the modern world. Commercially available milk may be from cows, goats, buffaloes and even horses. Many years ago, it used to be that only infants could digest milk due to absent or reduced production of ‘lactase’ in the intestines. However, evolutionary changes in the gut have made it possible for adults to enjoy the health benefits of milk as most adult humans now can make some amount of ‘lactase’. Milk products such as curds, yogurt, kefir, ice creams, paneer, cheeses and buttermilk are now widely available.
Milk in it’s original form is made available commercially now due to processes such pasteurization, homogenization and fortification.
White liquids such as almond milk, rice milk or soy milk are different in chemical composition and made from different sources.
Milk is a colloid made up of water, sugars(lactose), proteins,fats, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It is a rich source of proteins for vegetarians and even when fat free, full of nutrients and minerals essential for the proper functioning of the human body. It is also very rich in Calcium which is key to the health of bones and teeth. Another important constituent of milk is B12, lack of which can cause significant dysfunction of the body.
Types of Milk:
- Whole: Whole milk is milk in it’s original chemical composition which contains about 3.25% fat, which is not much as fat is needed in the body.
- Low fat: May contain 2% or 1% milk fat.
- Fat free or skimmed: Contains no fat, but all the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and proteins of milk, and is therefore much less creamy.
- Lactose free milk: For those who have lactose intolerance, lactose free milk is available so they may still get the benefits of milk. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest and process milk in the body.
- Organic milk: Milk made by dairy farmers using only organic pesticides, fertilizers and foods for the cows and no antibiotics or hormones given to the cows.
- rBST Free milk: Milk made from cows not given any artificial hormones to increase milk production.
Benefits of Milk:
- Bone health: Calcium in milk serves an important role in bone development and maintenance, decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
- Teeth health: Calcium also helps the absorption of Vitamin D.
- Pregnancy: Particularly important to consume milk, both for mother and child’s health.
- Heartburn: A glass of cold milk can ease the discomfort of heartburn.
- PMS: Milk is believed to help and control symptoms of Pre-menstrual syndrome.
- Heart health: Potassium contained in milk serves as and important to maintain and lower blood pressure.
- Skin health: Milk on a cotton swab does an amazing job as a natural skin purifier and cleaner.
- Sleep health: A glass of warm milk (mixed with turmeric) has soothing sedative qualities.
- Cell health: Choline contained in milk is an important nutrient is needed for muscle movement, learning, memory, formation of cells and their communication with each other.
- Anticancer: Increase consumption of calcium, such as from milk has been proven to reduce risk of colorectal and ovarian cancer.
- Weight loss: A glass of milk a day has been a great help in losing weight.
- Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: Studies have shown that a glass of milk a day can reduce the risk of diabetes.
- It is also known to help with chronic inflammation.
When to avoid milk?
- Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance with the enzyme “lactase” is limited or unavailable to properly break down and metabolize milk. People who have lactose intolerance feel discomfort of varying degrees when they consume milk and/or milk products. The discomfort may be associated with bloating, diarrhea and flatulence. Boiling the milk thoroughly before consumption has helped some people with avoiding symptoms.
- Milk allergy: Rarely, people may be diagnosed with a milk allergy which is due antibody (IgE) reaction. It also varies in severity and may cause nausea, itching, asthma, wheezing, eczema, or even anaphylaxis.
- Supplements. Milk being rich in potassium, calcium and phosphorous must be not be consumed in tremendous quantities in patients with kidney conditions.
Please consult your doctor if you have any of these conditions or you can reach out to Syncremedies.
At Syncremedies, meet with 3 doctors from Allopathy, Ayurveda & Homoepathy TOGETHER to offer the most effective solution to your concern.
Modern medicine can facilitate in immediate control of the symptom and traditional medicine can aid in treating the concern from its root in the long run.
Each consult lasts a duration of 40 minutes with a treatment plan that encapsulates Diet, Exercise, Therapy and medication essential to control and treat the health condition.
You can meet the doctors online through a video consult at the convenience of your home or visit a clinic near you.
Recipe for Traditional Ayurvedic Spiced Milk
Rich in calcium, protein and vitamins and abundant in antiseptic, anti inflammatory and anti cancer properties, this recipe for ayurvedic milk has many digestion friendly qualities as well. It is refreshing and soothing drink.
2 cups milk + 1 cup water
- 3 cardamom (elaichi),
- pinch of tumeric,
- pinch of ginger powder,
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (Only add nutmeg at night time- it acts as a mild sedative)
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of fresh ground black pepper
- 4-5 strands of saffron
- 1-3 tablespoons of sugar to taste.
Boil and simmer for 15 mins. Drink fresh.
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