Friday, September 26, 2008

Should you be drinking milk?

If you drink 1 gallon of whole milk a day, you're getting 2342 calories, 125 grams of protein, 127 grams of fat, and 4412 mg of calcium

How much do you drink?

The Upper Level of Tolerance of calcium for the average adult is 2500 mg. So if you drink I gallon a day it is above what is considered a safe level.

Calcium and minerals are needed for every vital function of your body, if you are not ingesting enough calcium to fuel these functions your body robs your bones. This survival mechanism is the acknowledged root of osteoporosis, and it also causes bone spurs.

If you ingest too much calcium you risk calcium toxicity, very high levels of calcium can result in appetite loss, abdominal pain, confusion, seizures, nausea, vomiting, and even coma.

Vitamin D is necessary for intestinal absorption of calcium, making Vitamin D–fortified milks a very well absorbed form of calcium.

The best way to get vitamin D is by getting some sun exposure. The more skin exposed to the sun the better, this is nature’s way to keep us healthy. But unfortunately due to global warming people have become more concerned with cancer than why they should be in the sun. Not to mention most people don’t have the time to get the recommended 15 to 20 minutes a day exposure at least three times a week.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends whole milk for children to drink starting at 12 months and up to 2 years. In July 2008, it suggested that those children who are at risk for obesity or heart disease could be offered reduced fat milk (2%) starting at 12 months without adverse health effect.

For most of the people my age we grew up on whole milk. But unfortunately over the years due to the pasteurizing process, and trying to make the cows produce more by giving them hormones combined with not letting them graze naturally has seriously diminished the quality of milk we buy in our stores.

This is why 100 % organic milk has become the milk of choice, not to mention some people who are lactose intolerant can drink organic milk.

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the major sugar found in milk.

People who have trouble digesting lactose can learn which dairy products and other foods they can eat without discomfort and which ones they should avoid.

Other Good Food Sources Of Calcium Are:

Ice cream
Beans (pinto, kidney, navy, garbanzo)

The average recommended calcium dosage for adults is 1000 mg daily.

In addition, pregnant and nursing women need between 1,200 and 1,500 mg of calcium daily.

Now I saved the best for last, anyone looking to build lean muscle or loose weight knows that consuming protein is necessary.

Protein is the building blocks to build muscle!

Plus Protein is harder for your body to break down making your burn more calories trying to digest it.

So consuming a high protein diet has a positive two-fold effect, but the problem for most is consuming all that protein. This makes milk a great choice for filling in that protein gap. Plus as an added bonus vitamin D is a prohormone with several active metabolites that act as hormones.

But switch to skim milk and you get one of the cheapest post workout drinks available supplying you with carbohydrates and two kinds of protein whey, and casein. The combination is ideal for promoting muscle growth after your workout.

Want To Know More? see- Steps To help Prevent Osteoporosis

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