Milk is the daily staple for almost everyone on the planet. Who can not have a daily cup of coffee or a glass of milk? From back in the day, it’s been a ritual to not start the day without drinking that cup of milk. What do you say?
Well, though you’re milk intolerant or tolerant, it’s still a very popular food throughout the globe. However, the recent studies claim that milk may have harmful effects on your body depending on the way you consume the milk.
Yes, it’s a strange truth!
Although drinking milk has so many benefits if you’re consuming this super drink in a wrong way it perhaps leads to several health issues such as digestion, bloating, skin allergies, weight gain, and kidney disorders.
So, what’s the best way and the best time to drink milk to lose weight and in order to gain all the benefits of milk? Read on to find out all the unknown secrets of milk.
Health benefits of Milk according to some researchers
This super drink is also considered as a whole food which provides ample nutrients (about 18 to 22). That list of nutrients includes calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamins, and proteins. So, obviously, this staple drink enriched with so many nutrients will have lots of health benefits. They are,
- It controls Appetite
- Prevents Diabetes
- Promotes Heart Health
- Improves Bone health
- Milk is associated with Depression, Fatigue, and PMS
- It helps to build Muscles
- Milk rehydrates the body as it contains a good quantity of water
- Drinking milk can help you maintain a healthy and glowing skin
- It’s good for treating Dry skin
- Milk solids nourish your skin and make it smooth and soft
- Provides relief from acidity
- Maintains healthy Teeth and
- It’s the best source of Calcium
What are the best Ways to drink Milk to Lose Weight?
According to several kinds of research, drinking milk in a wrong way is harmful to your body and skin. It perhaps leads to acne breakouts, Allergies, Bloating, and Digestion problems. In order to get rid of all such issues, you must know these wrong ways of gulping down the milk.
Drinking milk with Salty Foods
The traditional Ayurveda teachings go against the combination of Milk and Salt. Apparently, Ayurveda totally prohibits this bad combination.
The combination of salt and milk is like slow poison after entering your body. That’s because milk and salt together show up antagonistic or opposing qualities according to Ayurveda. When the sodium is mixed with milk, it could interfere with calcium ions of the calcium caseinate thereby hampering the curdling process. The negative effects of combining milk and salt may not immediately show up on our system but it may take several years for the health problems to arise. This bad food combination leads to irregular body reactions, skin problems, and gastric issues.
So, don’t mix milk with various curries, sauces which unknowingly, cause harm to your body. Ensure to maintain a gap of at least an hour between consuming Milk and other Salty foods.
Taking Proteins with Milk
According to the nutritionists, when you combine milk with other protein sources it would make you feel fuller and perhaps it also leads to digestive issues. As this combination causes heaviness, you would automatically gain a lot of weight unknowingly. If you’re on a strict diet, avoid this combination as much as you can. That said if you’re the one looking to gain weight, the combination of proteins with milk is certainly beneficial for you.
But remember, “Two protein food items should never be eaten together in the same meal” since it leads to digestive problems. So, maintain a gap of 2 hours before consuming milk.
Milk and Banana
Ayurveda claims this combination of Milk and Banana to be heavy on the digestive system which makes you gain weight. If you’re a milk-based banana smoothie lover then make sure to add cardamon and nutmeg to stimulate the digestion process.
On the other hand, consuming some other sour fruits like cherries, strawberries, lemons, and oranges with milk are not so good for your body since milk is incompatible with such fruits.
However, it’s quite common these days to make smoothies with milk as a base product. But remember you should not take it easy. Some Fruits, when combined with dairy products, can harm your body by causing digestion problems and acidity. This is because most of the fruits produce heat on digestion whereas milk will have a cooling effect on the body. So, when milk and fruits are consumed together they exhibit antagonistic qualities.
Consuming Milk with a Meal
It might be shocking but milk never combines with any other food because milk is a complete meal in itself. If you’re consuming milk immediately before eating a meal or after having a meal it’s very similar to having two kinds of meals at a time. When you have two meals at a time, it obviously puts a lot of pressure on your digestive system thereby making you gain excess weight.
Always milk requires a separate digestive process of its own kind. While consuming meal along with milk, your body will absorb excess nutrients from the meal as well as the milk. Therefore, maintain a gap of 3-4 hours after or before having a meal.
Sugar and Milk
The refined table sugar is processed with chemicals. Such simple carbs have a tendency to break easily in the body and release so much energy. Your body doesn’t know where to store all that energy and converts it into fat. This fat is stored in various parts of your body like abdomen.
Furthermore, Sugar and the combination of milk is higher in calories which can lead to weight gain because if the calorie count is high you will gain weight and if it’s low you will probably lose weight. A woman should eat 2000 calories a day while men need 2500 calories intake per day.
However, milk contains lactose which makes it sweet naturally. So, instead of sugar combine milk with honey or jaggery.
What is the best time to drink Milk to lose weight?
According to the Ayurvedic principles, to acquire all the benefits from the milk, one should know the best ideal time to drink milk and how to drink this nutritious beverage.
There are actually some specific time phases to drink milk in order to reap all the benefits. It can be consumed at any point in a day. That said, some of the Ayurvedic experts claim that drinking milk in the morning will build up your body. And if you’re habituated to drink milk in the mornings, you will feel more lethargic since it becomes quite heavy to digest. You cannot start your day active. Some people also often complain about the acidity problems because of drinking milk in mornings.
Whilst some other experts claim that milk must be consumed every day for the impeccable benefits it gives to your body. No particular time will cause harm but the best time to drink milk is in the evening (after the sunset) because the enzymes required to digest the milk effectively are produced at that time To reap more benefits you can blend milk with Ashwagandha which induces better sleep and boosts memory.
So, drinking milk in the evening or night time is strongly recommended by some of the Ayurvedic experts for its phenomenal digestive properties and sedative properties which induces good sleep.
Include this healthy beverage in your diet plan after 2 hours of having dinner. And remember you should only drink warm milk not the chilled one.
Many people who are on a strict diet, believe that milk will not help them to lose weight. However, there are many studies and practical implementations which have proved that including calcium in your diet will surely help you to lose weight. You just need to be well-versed about the best ways, the ideal timings and how to drink milk in order to gain all the benefits from milk and to lose weight.