Right time to Drink Milk?
Morning, evening or night consuming milk is a good source of calcium and protein. But do you know when is the right time to drink milk to get more health benefits?
Milk is no more for only kids and babies. Importance of milk is wide spread and no one have a second thought about drinking milk. Debate is only on the timing of consuming milk.
Let us check the benefits of drinking milk based on the time of consumption. If you're lactose intolerant, this is one beverage you'll definitely want to avoid. But there are alternatives for drinking milk like nut milk which are healthy too.
Benefits of drinking milk in morning
More protein in your morning breakfast
To build body muscles - Drink milk in early morning (best for body after 7 - 8 hours of empty stomach)
Drinking fat free milk in the morning increase satiety, or a feeling of fullness
Benefits of drinking milk in night
Drinking a glass of warm milk before bed will help you calm your mind and sleep better
Dairy products are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which helps in the production of the sleep inducing brain chemicals, serotonin and melatonin
Help reduce tiredness
Ayurveda emphasizes on drinking milk at night
Drawbacks of drinking milk
Drinking milk in the night may be fattening for some.
Depending on what diet you are in (to increase your weight or loss weight) choose to drink or avoid milk in night
Milk before sleep can cause digestive issues for few.
Experts suggests drinking milk two times a day (morning and night). It may not be a general advise as drinking too much milk can cause many side effects.
Take precaution to avoid excess milk. After massive success of white revolution (increase in milk production) milk has become a commodity.
Constant marketing by dairy companies faces criticism all over world on propaganda of drinking milk 3 times a day.
Indians also intake milk as byproducts such as curd (yogurt, cheese, cookies)
Here are 5 reasons why milk is good for health
Calcium and Potassium
Calcium is the building block of our bones and thus, prevents a disease common in old age known as Osteoporosis. It is also essential for other functions such as nerve transmission, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
Potassium regulates our blood pressure. It is also needed for muscle contraction.
Milk is an excellent source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids which are required to meet our physiological needs.
Vitamin A helps maintain a good eyesight and smooth skin. It also controls cell growth and the proper functioning of our immune system.
Vitamin B-12 is essential for our nervous system. It is also involved in blood formation.
Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and bone formation.
Phosphorus and Riboflavin
Phosphorus and riboflavin help in the "production of energy" in the body's cell. They also help in our bone formation.
Niacin keeps enzymes functioning normally and helps the body process sugars and fats. It is also important for the development of the nervous system.
There is no conclusive evidence for or against right time for drinking milk. Depending on your appetite and health condition consume milk. In general milk does more good to body than any harm.
Always consume warm milk as it is good for digestion.