As the saying goes, ‘It’s good to BE young- but gets better if you STAY young!’

For women in their prime, in the age group 25-40, this time is when most critical life decisions are made. Career, marriage, and children are the main three factors that are usually evolving.   It’s the time that takes the most toll on a woman’s body and the process of aging becomes visible.

Why do women need calcium?

Bone health and bone density are impacted at this time. Knowing how to beat the pace at which your bones are aging ensures your youth and athleticism much longer. We all know about the importance of milk for growing children. It is also vital for women, particularly in their reproductive and hormonal prime.

Milk is the most regular form of calcium intake for healthy bones. Regular milk intake is preventive against osteoporosis. This degenerative bone disease shows up rather late in life, but begins rather early. Since it has no obvious symptoms it often goes unchecked until too late. 8 out of 10 patients with osteoporosis are women. This disease makes bones brittle and prone to fractures.

The body needs a regular reliable source of calcium in the diet for several functions. It also continuously draws it out from the bones. Calcium is also required to build new bones in a process called remodeling. This is one where until the age of 30, bone production is higher than bone break down. After the age of 30, the reverse is true.

As people get older bone density decreases as aches and pains get heightened. Physical exercise and the right nutrition are vital for the aging body.  Routine care about your diet and exercise in the first thirty years will ensure you are at an advantage. If you have been irresponsible and careless, you will have to work hard to repair the damage.

Milk is the super food you need!

Milk has been regarded as a super food for the entire family. It is easy to consume and is adaptable. You can use milk as a beverage, in everyday cooking, or in dairy products. It will ensure that your daily nutritional needs are met. This is particularly important for the multi-tasking woman. Cheese, butter, dahi, paneer, and milk-based desserts are great additions to any meal.

The advantages of milk for an active woman is that it has a lot of benefits power packed into one food.  It is loaded with vitamins A, B12, and D. It has potassium and magnesium both critical for energy and tissue regeneration. Milk also lowers the chances for bladder cancer, heart attack, and stroke.

Milk is the go-to drink when pregnant

Pregnancy is also a time when mothers require maximum protein. Milk is a very critical part of an expectant mother’s diet. It provides calcium, vitamins and minerals, omega 3 and bodybuilding proteins. These are all vital for a healthy pregnancy.

Milk is one of the healthiest drinks for a pregnant woman

The fetus absorbs the calcium in the mother’s bones. The mother needs to replenish her supply through her diet, else her bones will degenerate rapidly.

Milk helps you sleep well

Childbearing and raising is a time of maximum responsibility and minimum rest. Stress, anxiety and hormonal fluctuations often play havoc with one’s sleep. Especially for mothers with young infants, sleep is a  rare luxury.

Milk is the solution to your sleep issues

A warm glass of milk taken a couple of hours before bed has a powerful sedative effect. It releases the feel-good hormone serotonin. Serotonin releases tryptophan, an amino acid that produces sleep. The lesser-known advantage of a cup of warm milk before sleep is that it helps with weight-loss. It provides the right nutrients to ensure you feel full and do not have hunger pangs when you wake up. It also controls blood sugar levels and prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes.

So, milk has it all!

Strong bones, high energy, great nutrition, weight loss, disease prevention, and deep sleep--- what more could women want?

This blog has been contributed by Nivedita Mishra.

1. 8 out of 10 patients with osteoporosis are women
2. Women need milk
3. Three glasses of milk per day prevents osteoporosis
4. Milk gives you good sleep
5. Milk for pregnant women