From our very childhoods we have heard that milk is good for our bones. Children have been told time and again to drink their milk so that they can have stronger bones. But, does milk really help in strengthening bones? The common belief is yes, after all milk does contain a lot of calcium and calcium is the most important building block for bones. Recent medical studies and researches, however, state that the milk we drink does not enrich our bones the way we think it does. Another major fact is that too much consumption of milk has been linked with heart problems and prostate problems.
Even if a cup of milk contains 300 mg of calcium, instead of getting absorbed in the bones, its acidifying effects can rob the calcium stored in the bones as well. Fact lies that cow’s milk has also been linked with a number of children ailments like colic and major issues like type I diabetes. Some people face allergies due to drinking milk and some teenagers have irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and autism problems that do not permit them to consume milk.
For stronger bones, consumption of Vitamin D is as important as the consumption of calcium. In fact, it is the vitamin D that absorbs calcium into the bones. Vitamin D increases the effect of osteoblasts that regenerates bones. If you do not have sufficient vitamin D in your body, calcium will not be absorbed no matter how much you take.
The healthiest source of calcium is mother’s milk. Breast fed milk is the best source for all the vital nutrients a baby needs and the baby who gets adequate consumption of mother’s milk develops stronger bones in the later part of the life. Hence it is important that every kid is breast fed properly in the early parts of his/her life.
Calcium deficiency in the body can lead to Osteoporosis quite easily. Osteoporosis or porous bones mean weakened bones that can easily lead to fractures. Calcium deficiency can also cause back pain, neck pain and hip pain. Although a good Land O Lakes Chiropractor can give you relief from these pains, it is always better to stock up on calcium supplements and calcium rich foods to avoid osteoporosis in the longer run.
Also, you would be amazed to know that your bones are changing daily. Many cells die and new ones take their place. Right from your birth till the early 30s, bone cells are created very easily and old cells are replaced by new cells which maintain the strength of your bones. When you are in your mid 30s, if your diet does not have the required nutrients, your bones can become weak. In case of a calcium shortage, your blood and other cells borrow calcium from your teeth and bones. But the borrowed calcium is not always replenished back making it all the more important to intake calcium via milk and vitamin D.
So is milk the real strength for your bones? Well, the answer is NO. Milk cannot replenish the need for calcium alone. A proper healthy diet and vitamin supplements is needed to extract the goodness out of milk.