THE MILKY WAY
No, we are not talking about the vast galaxy where you and I both belong to.
Neither it's about your favorite chocolate bar that your auntie from abroad sent you.
But yes, it's about the "milk" that was your mom's best friend when you were little and couldn't digest anything but basically, just milk. The milk which plays an amazing role to what you are today!
There are countless underlying theories, hypotheses, and myths about milk. Have you ever wondered what milk really does for you?
Starting from being a baby till now, the fact that milk is a major provider of Vitamin D has never changed. Vitamin D plays an important part in calcium homeostasis and metabolism.
Vitamin D is not present from the food we eat such as oily fish, meat and eggs, and food with added vitamin D like breakfast cereals. Sunlight boosts the body to make vitamin D. But because of the skin-cancer risk, there isn't an official recommendation to catch some rays. So milk is to-the-rescue! In general, an 8-ounce glass of milk contains at least 100 IUs of vitamin D which is actually a good amount for your daily Vitamin D needs.
Who says that milk is just for the babies and the aged? Calcium found in milk is needed by young adults too! Unfortunately, one research from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveals that fewer than 2% of young adults meet the daily 4700 mg recommendation making them prone to osteoporosis as early as 25 years old. Since osteoporosis has no symptoms, its main consequence is the increased risk of bone fractures. Osteoporotic fractures occur in conditions where healthy people would not normally break a bone, but have high fracture incidents. In fact, one alarming incident report says that people around the world experience it every 3 seconds.
There are also cases for lactose intolerance. As you grow old, your body becomes incapable of metabolizing the sugar found in milk, called lactose. As a result, you experience abdominal cramps and diarrhea. That's okay, it's completely normal! Lactose intolerant find their calcium and vitamin D in substitute goods like soy-based and rice drinks instead.
You might think that these stuff are real basic and you have the idea even without me saying. Quite right. Now, let me ask you this: When was the last time you actually get yourself a milk or two? Two days, two weeks, two months or bloody two years ago? Now that's what I'm talking about.