Milk is not only one of the healthiest food sources but it is also one of the most widely food sources used. Worldwide there are over six billion consumers of milk and milk products. Milk is known for its high calcium content but there are other vital nutrients found in milk that can give you many other health benefits. Cow’s milk is the type that is mostly consumed by humans but there is milk from other animals that are consumed around the world. Some of these other milk-producing animals are goats, water buffaloes, llamas, camels, deer, buffaloes, and sheep. An adult and children over the age of nine should drink at least three glasses of milk a day.
There are also different types of milk, which include:
- Pasteurized milk (heat treated)
- Full cream or whole milk (4% fat)
- Reduced or 2% milk (2% fat)
- Skimmed milk (0.15% fat)
- Flavored milk with added sugars
- Lactose-free milk
Keeps teeth and bones healthy
Drinking milk improves the calcium levels in your body. In children, it promotes bone growth and in adults, milk helps to maintain bone strength and prevent osteoporosis. In order for your body to absorb calcium you need vitamin D so if you have vitamin D deficiency you should take a supplement to increase the level of this vitamin in your body. Women who drink milk as teenagers and young adults will have stronger bones during menopause. Drinking milk can help to prevent cavities and tooth decay. If a permanent tooth gets knocked out put it in a cold glass of milk to preserve it until the dentist can put it back in the socket.
Milk contains proteins that help to rebuild your muscles after exercise. Drink a glass of milk after exercising to give your body what it needs to recover and to keep the soreness at a minimum while it replenishes the fluids that were lost during the workout. After exercising low-fat chocolate milk can give you more energy than no-calorie beverages or sports drinks.
A woman who drinks skin or low-fat milk loses more weight than a woman who does not drink milk according to a study done. Milk makes a healthy snack or appetizer so add a glass to your meal.
Drink a glass of milk after you get home from work or before you go to bed to de-stress so you will get a better sleep. A glass of warm milk can soothe those frayed nerves and relax tense muscles. It can also boost energy and reduce the symptoms of PMS.
The properties found in milk can lower your high blood pressure and decrease your risk of having a stroke. It can act as an antacid, reduce your liver’s production of cholesterol, lower the risk of certain cancers, and the vitamins A and B can help build good eyesight. The calcium in milk can help to reduce cardiovascular disease. Drinking milk can reduce your dying from stroke and heart disease by as much as twenty percent
Controls hunger pangs
If you start to feel hungry in between meals, drink a glass of milk or eat something made of milk such as cheese or yogurt.
Helps you sleep
Drinking a warm glass of milk before bedtime can help you help you fall asleep faster and sleep sounder so you will wake up in the morning feeling wide awake and refreshed.
Improves your complexion
Apply milk, preferably raw milk, over your neck and face. Leave it on for ten minutes and rinse off with cool water. It will make your skin softer and fairer within minutes. You can also make a face pack by mixing a teaspoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of milk, and one-tablespoon honey together and apply it your clean skin. Allow to dry for ten minutes and rinse off with cool water.
Sour milk or sour cream can help shrink pores so if you have open, large pores take either sour milk or sour cream and apply it to your neck and face. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and rinse off with cool water.
Excellent cleanser for your skin
Dip a cotton ball in raw milk, wipe it on your face, and then rinse your face with cool water after five minutes. If you do this every day, you will clean your skin from the inside out and it will also make your skin supple and fair. To make a natural face cleansers blend milk with two slices of papaya and apply it over your neck and face. After ten minutes, wash off with cold water to make your face feel fresh and clean.
Milk contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals that can make your skin radiant and fair internally. You can also make a facemask of two tablespoons of warm water, two tablespoons of powdered milk, and one tablespoon of honey. Once mixed apply it on your neck and face, allowing it to dry until it becomes stiff. Rinse off with warm water.