According to Ayurveda, everyone should take milk and a person who is unable to tolerate milk can be deemed to be unhealthy or diseased and needs to take treatment to flush out the problem so that he or she can begin to consume milk. There is absolutely no doubt that human beings should drink milk on a regular basis.
Cow milk is considered as the best according to Ayurveda. Cow milk is beneficial, for people who are weak or emaciated due to injury. It improves mental faculty and physical strength, increases breast milk production, relieves fatigue and thirst, works as Anti-aging. Milk nourishes the body and is believed to be a complete food. It helps to boost memory power and strengthens the mind.
Milk is produced by mammals, whether it is humans or animals all produce milk to feed their young ones until they are ready to take solid food. Milk is a source of a wide variety of nutrients which are:
- It is a good source of calcium that is helpful in the maintenance of bones and teeth.
- It is rich in potassium that is helpful in maintaining blood pressure.
- It is also a good source of vitamin D that plays an important role in cell growth regulation and also prevents cancer.
- Adequate Vitamin D levels also support the production of serotonin. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with depression, chronic fatigue.
Benefits of Drinking Hot Milk
1. Warms up the body
Warm milk can be taken on a cold day, also by the kidney patients whose kidneys are not functioning properly. Also, coffee or tea can be added to the milk, so that it can be more palatable.
2. Antibacterial Properties
If honey is added to milk it has an effect on Staphylococcus bacteria. When honey is added to warm milk it cures constipation, flatulence and intestinal disorders. It can also be taken to treat respiratory disorders such as colds and coughs.
3. Less Stress
Milk contains the protein lactium, which helps relax the body by lowering blood pressure, and potassium, which helps relax muscles. Warm milk taken helps to relax tense muscles and soothes frayed nerves. It is also proved that milk reduces the symptoms of PMS and also boost energy.
If warm milk is taken before going to bed at night it produces sleep-inducing chemicals that help us relax and sleep well. This is because milk contains tryptophan, which is an amino acid and helps to induce sleep.
5. For Flawless Face
Warm milk before going to sleep at night flushes out all the intoxicants from the body. It also balances the metabolic activities and gives the skin a good tone.
Benefits of Drinking Cold Milk
1. Relieves acidity
Cold milk provides relief if one suffers from acidity. Milk contains lactic acid that will helps in normalising acidity in the stomach. Milk and milk products are alkaline in nature due to the amount of calcium found in it, so it is ideal to treat acidity.
2. Hydrates your body
Cold milk contains electrolytes and if it is taken twice a day it helps to prevent dehydration. The best time to drink milk is early in the morning.
3. For Skin
When applied to skin, cold milk imparts a clear tone and texture to the skin. It also creates a protein film on the skin that reduces the heat and discomfort of a sunburn.
There are several advantages of drinking both hot milk and cold milk as discussed above. So for a person to decide whether to go for hot milk or cold milk the timing of consumption of milk during the day, the seasonal changes, the condition of the individual and the health status of the individual will all help in deciding whether to go for warm milk or cold milk. Some more points can also be kept in mind to decide which are to prevent mood changes in women during menstruation a glass of warm milk can be taken. A glass of warm milk can be taken to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in older women.
Milk should always be boiled and then taken; it should never be taken without boiling. The nature of cold milk is sweet and heavy in nature and it increases Kapha. After warming it becomes light and easy to digest and is ideal for Kapha when warm.