Is milk essential to our diet?

According to Ayurveda, milk is a wholesome meal by itself and contains special nutrients needed for the human body. Nutrients like protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, vitamins B2 and B12 are found in milk. Casein, a protein that is found only in milk, contains all the essential amino acids. It is difficult to obtain the adequate calcium without milk and milk products in your diet. So milk is essential to your diet.

What happens if I stop or don’t drink milk?

There are many side effects of not consuming milk. Listed below are a few:

  • Your bones can get weaker.
  • Your potassium levels can drop which in turn will lower your blood pressure.
  • Your weight might fluctuate.
  • -You will have to find another source for probiotics.
What is osteoperosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones weaken and start to get more fragile. The density of the bone is said to weaken, in turn causing frequent fractures. Osteoporosis is caused due to low calcium intake.

What should be the amount of milk you should consume / day?

The amount recommended for a child to consume is two to three servings of milk or other dairy products per day. Women are advised to consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day between the ages 19 and 50. So that will be 2-3 glasses of milk per day. After 51, the recommended amount is 1,200 milligrams. So drinking 3-4 glasses of milk should suffice. For men, 1,000 milligrams of calcium is needed between ages 19-70, and 1,200 milligrams thereafter, so 3 glasses of milk should be consumed.

What does one glass (250ml) of milk contain?

One glass of milk contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, iodine, zinc, riboflavin, potassium, B2 and B12.

Can newborn babies drink cow’s milk?

Newborn babies have difficulty in digesting the full cream milk / whole milk of a cow, it’s recommended to dilute the milk before feeding the newborn. However, it is better to consult a paediatrician before feeding the baby.

Should older people drink milk?

Yes, they should. Milk is an ideal rejuvenative food; it nourishes the mind and heart. Cow’s milk reduces Vata and Pitta and builds a healthy Kapha. That’s not all, milk is the best natural source for calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium is highly beneficial to fight osteoporosis. It also helps regulate blood pressure. Vitamin D is important since it helps you absorb and use the calcium you eat. Hence, dairy is not only recommended for the young, but also for the elderly and for those who are in any way needing strength. The daily recommended intake for people after age 50 is 1200 mg per day.

What is lactose intolerance?

The inability to digest the sugar (lactose) present in milk and dairy products is called lactose intolerance. This is a common digestive problem. The symptoms of lactose intolerance is flatulence, abdominal pain, indigestion, abdominal bloating, skin rashes and diarrhea.

Is milk a good source of protein?

Milk is a nutrient-rich beverage that will benefit your health in several ways. It’s packed with important nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, potassium, amino acids and vitamin D. Plus, it’s an excellent source of protein. Drinking milk and dairy products may prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures and even help you maintain a healthy weight. After all it’s designed to nourish the newborns.

What are probiotics? Does milk contain probiotics?

Probiotics are the helpful bacteria that live in your stomach and help fight the bad bacteria that make it hard to digest, cause abdominal pain etc.. Milk based products such as yogurt contain a lot of probiotics. Milk by itself, however, doesn’t contain a sufficient amount of probiotics, but makes for a great base for the probiotic bacteria to multiply.

What is calcium deficiency?

Deficiency of calcium is called Hypocalcemia. This occurs when the calcium is low in the blood. A person suffering from calcium deficiency can suffer from muscle soreness, extreme fatigue, dry and itchy skin and osteoporosis. A calcium deficiency may not have early symptoms.

If I take calcium tab, I don't need to drink milk. Is it true?

It’s best to get nutrients from food and not from supplements. Drinking milk and consuming a tablet isn’t the same thing. Apart from calcium, milk provides various other nutrients in its natural form just the way nature wanted us to consume it.

What is the average calcium one needs to take in each day?

Women and men between the ages of 15-50 years should consume up to 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. After 50 years of age, the consumption should be upped to 1,200 milligrams per day. Two to three glasses of milk will give you the necessary calcium.

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