Milk as everyday medicine: Turmeric milk for immunity, milk for bone calcium, constipation cure -
Milk as everyday medicine: Turmeric milk for immunity, milk for bone calcium, constipation cure
Posted 13 Apr 2021 01:43 PM


Milk as everyday medicine: Turmeric milk for immunity, milk for bone calcium, constipation cure


Long ago, milk came either from the local dairy farms that catered to nearby households or government dairies that supplied milk in glass bottles. Then came the era of cooperative milk dairy farming and milk in pouches. "Operation Flood" was a government campaign to take the white nectar to every household with the drop logo of NDDB (National Dairy Development Board) signifying quality. There was a TV jingle in the 1990s that went like this: “Doodh, doodh doodh doodh; doodh hai wonderful, pi sakte hain roz glassful; Doodh doodh doodh doodh!” and soon it was being hummed by one and all. It took the message of milk being a healthful drink to every home. Now we all take milk for granted. But milk (cow's milk, buffalo milk) has been at the heart centre of our culture for ages. Hundreds of Pauranic stories about Gau Mata Kamdhenu abound and we also see how milk was woven into religious ceremonies too. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the focus back on our innate immunity and measures that help longevity and weight loss, the magical desi drink - milk - is into the spotlight again.

Here's how the goodness of milk has been to our rescue in our everyday healing and health regimens:

1. Turmeric Milk: Fashionably branded as “turmeric latte” at niche cafes or Golden milk — also known as Haldi Doodh — is a drink not new to India but one that has been gaining popularity in Western cultures. This bright yellow beverage is traditionally made by warming up cow milk or buffalo milk with turmeric and other spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, and some kind of sweetener. Some recipes also include black pepper, nutmeg, or other spices and sweeteners. Turmeric milk is a rich source of protein, antioxidants, curcumin, magnesium, calcium, and potassium (protects against strokes). This Haldi Doodh helps us fight the common cold, general inflammation inside the body due to infections, falls, and/or injuries, and against an upset stomach. In Indian households, mums will often hand you a glassful of turmeric milk when you have a sore throat, cough, cold, or flu.

2. Milk for bone and teeth building: The calcium content in milk plays a key role in bone health and fortifying your dental pearls. Calcium also helps maintain heart rhythm, muscle function, and more. The Harvard TH Chan School of Medicine, however, warns that while calcium and dairy can lower the risk of osteoporosis and colon cancer, high intake can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer. It suggests that one must limit milk and dairy foods to no more than one to two servings per day and instead also add non-dairy foods such as leafy green vegetables and broccoli, both of which are also great sources of vitamin K, another key nutrient for bone health. Beans and tofu can also supply calcium.

3. Milk to cure constipation: Dr Vasant Lad mentions in his book "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies" writes: "Constipation is a vata condition that expresses vata qualities like dryness and hardness. It is caused by insufficient fibre in the diet, inadequate water intake and lack of exercise... Taking 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls of ghee in a cup of hot milk at bedtime is an effective but gentle means of relieving constipation. This is especially good for vata and pitta constitutions, but it may be too kapha-increasing for kapha types to use regularly."

4. Milk as medicine for good sleep: If consumed at night, a glass of warm milk could promote good sleep as well. Certain compounds in milk — specifically tryptophan and melatonin — may help you fall asleep. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in a variety of protein-containing foods. It plays an important role in the production of the neurotransmitter known as serotonin (the feel-good hormone). Melatonin is not produced by the body in the daytime due to its association with the circadian cycle and is also thought of by many as a sleep hormone, either directly having a sleep-inducing effect or as a time cue marker, starting off the normal physiological processes that lead to sleep.

5. Milk for weight loss: Milk is high in protein content and that is why milk may also facilitate your weight loss and muscle-building goals. Proteins are the building blocks for all processes in the human body, especially vital to building muscles. The protein in milk can keep you feeling satiated and curb hunger pangs while still providing nutrition.

Except for iron, milk has all major nutrients required to sustain a healthy lifestyle, which is why it is also considered a complete food. It is dense with nutrients like protein, vitamin A, B1, B2, B12 (that aid longevity), D, calcium, potassium and magnesium. So we have given you all the reasons to continue India's desi obsession with milk to fulfil your health goals.

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