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Boosting Your Child's Health: The Daily Glass of Milk Advantage


Introduction: The Power of Tradition and Child's Health

Today I wish to share a healthful practice that has been instrumental in boosting my children's health. While we are not foodies our family diet leans towards nutritious foods featuring vibrant greens, diverse vegetables and crucially a daily glass of milk.


An Anecdote from the Market: Fresh Produce and Children's Nutrition

During my regular visits to the local market, vendors would tease "Where's all the food?" seeing the abundance of fresh produce I procured. Our beverage preferences varied at home. My husband favoured coffee, pure milk and water while I enjoyed herbal teas, green juices and water. Our children however consistently consumed cereals, milk, juice and water - an effective regimen for child's health and nutrition.




A Unique Evening Ritual: The Daily Glass of Milk

Our children had a unique ritual - a glass of milk every evening after dinner, a practice that amplified the benefits of milk in their diet. Anticipating resistance, I used decorative glasses with handles hoping to motivate them to consume more milk. However they needed no such incentive. Their fondness for milk was intrinsic often consuming their serving in one satisfying gulp.


The Nutritional Potency of Milk: Boosting Health

What makes milk a focal point in our dietary conversations? It is universally acknowledged that milk, especially a daily glass of milk, is packed with nutrients that play a pivotal role in child development and growth. The milk we consumed was fresh, organic and delivered directly from a local farm ensuring the quality was unparalleled.


Visible Benefits and Personal Challenges of Daily Milk Intake

The beneficial impact of this daily glass of milk was clear. Milk was a major part of our diet, potentially constituting 40% of it due to its role in hydration, muscle development, bone health and growth. Our children matured into strong, healthy individuals with remarkable immunity, clear skin, robust nails and lustrous hair. Interestingly, despite the observable benefits in my children, my personal relationship with milk has been rather strained. A less-than-pleasant childhood experience involving a distasteful powdered milk concoction resulted in my long-standing aversion to milk. Consequently, the rare instances when a child could not finish their milk and wanted to share the remainder with me presented a peculiar challenge.



Understanding the Challenges: Lactose Intolerance and Milk Alternatives

While I have not seen any adverse effects from my children's milk consumption I am aware of allergies and lactose intolerance in some children. In such cases finding alternatives like soy milk or goat’s milk becomes essential. However, goat's milk as an alternative may not be well received, especially in some counties where it is not commonly consumed. It is also worth noting that children might need to adapt to different types of milk when they venture out of the family home as was the case with my daughter who transitioned to almond milk at university due to the unavailability and cost of fresh dairy milk.


Conclusion: The Takeaway Message on the Benefits of Milk

In conclusion, the daily ritual of a glass of milk has been a cornerstone in our family's health regimen, contributing to the robust health and vitality of my children. Despite potential challenges such as lactose intolerance, the remarkable health benefits of this simple practice are undeniable. Regardless of personal taste preferences, the importance of incorporating this nutritional powerhouse into a child's diet cannot be overstated. I invite you to reflect on these insights and perhaps adopt this beneficial practice in your homes.


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About the Author

Nite Tanzarn is an Independent International Consultant passionate about women’s and children's rights. As a devoted parent, Nite understands the intricacies of parental guidance, including the benefits of a daily glass of milk for children's health. She shares tips and strategies to support other parents on their journey, aiming to empower them to foster their children's growth, independence and passion for learning.

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Pierre
Pierre
Nov 05, 2023

We grew up drinking milk and taking honey daily. We rarely fell sick.

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Nite Tanzarn
Nite Tanzarn
Dec 28, 2023
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Your experience highlights the potential health benefits of traditional dietary practices passed down through generations.

Cheers,

Nite

#NITETANZARNIntellectNest

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Guest
Nov 05, 2023

I think that milk is not fattening. All the Chinese and Korean movies I watch have actors and actresses drinking a glass of milk.

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Nite Tanzarn
Dec 28, 2023
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Considering milk's nutritional value in a balanced diet is important, as is recognizing the diversity of dietary habits across cultures.


Cheers,

Nite

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Guest
Oct 31, 2023

My middle child loves milk but has lactose intolerance.

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Nite Tanzarn
Dec 28, 2023
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Exploring lactose-free milk options or alternatives can be a good way to ensure your child still enjoys the benefits of milk without discomfort.


Cheers,

Nite

#NITETANZARNIntellectNest

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Guest
Oct 28, 2023

It is a good habit for both young and old.

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Nite Tanzarn
Nite Tanzarn
Oct 31, 2023
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You are absolutely right; the benefits of a daily glass of milk do not discriminate by age. It is a habit that can contribute to better health across the lifespan. From providing essential nutrients for growing children to maintaining bone health in adults, milk has something to offer for everyone. Thank you for underscoring this point.

Cheers,

Nite,

#NITETANZARNIntellectNest

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nsabimana canisius
nsabimana canisius
Sep 04, 2023

Milk and beans are super foods

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Nite Tanzarn
Nite Tanzarn
Sep 05, 2023
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Hi Canisius,

I could not agree more. Milk and beans are indeed superfoods that offer a range of nutrients beneficial for a child's growth and overall health. Milk is a great source of calcium and vitamin D, while beans provide essential proteins and fibres. Your comment serves as a good reminder that sometimes the simplest foods can offer the most significant health benefits. Thank you for enriching the conversation with your insight.

Cheers,

Nite

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