Hii again:) so my first health related article is going to be about milk, its benefits, its relationship with osteoporosis, and lactose intolerance. From the courses I have already taken As a nutritionist(in the making)and the research I’ve done, I am convinced that milk and other dairy products, is a must in our everyday diet.
For instance, when it comes to me , I don’t really like the taste of milk. Not almond milk nor soy milk and definitely not cow milk. But after learning about the importance and considering the fact that I am NOT lactose intolerant, I decided to make gradual lifestyle changes. I started by implementing milk in small quantities and with flavored corn flakes or oats etc.. until I reached a point where I don’t really mind milk’s taste. Let me explain more..
1.Milk and osteoporosis prevention
Whether its full fat or 0%, milk is a very healthy beverage. It prevents osteoporosis(which is basically the reduced bone density & increased fragility of bones) because it is rich in Calcium which is an essential mineral for bone and teeth health. Osteoporosis is as serious as it sounds and could be easily prevented by a healthy lifestyle. And even if someone already has osteoporosis, one of the medications to treat it would include calcium and vitamin D supplementation.
The factors that MAY BE modified+ cause osteoporosis:
-unhealthy life style
-reduced Calcium vitamin D & magnesium intake
-lack of physical activity.
Whereas the factors that may lead to osteoporosis but CANNOT be modified include:
So as you can see, you can simply prevent such a serious problem by simply drinking milk and other dairy products.
To put it in simple words, lactose intolerance is the lack of activity of lactase which will lead to an incapacity to digest lactose along with many gastro intestinal symptoms which include: bloating, gases,pain and diarrhea. However, in some cases, one might develop lactose intolerance because he or she don’t consume milk in the first place. For instance, the avoidance of dairy leaves you less able to digest it when you consume it again. other factors that may lead to lactose intolerance include: celiac disease, mal nutrition, chronic alcoholism and epigenetics.
Solution? If you are lactose intolerant, you should not restrict yourself from drinking milk forever. Just stop milk for a few months and than try to gradually re-implement it in your diet. And always remember that just because you cannot tolerate milk , that does not mean you cannot tolerate milk dairy products; hence, yogurt consumption is definitely recommended!