We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat” at least once in our lives. And today in the honor of the National Nutrition Week, we are going to dive further into the importance of nutrition. Nutrition is a double-edged sword because both overnutrition and undernutrition can lead to health problems. One particular food item that we are going to focus upon in this blog is milk. Milk is a beverage that we all grew up drinking. Our favorite childhood memories are associated with it. In fact, Indian families love including milk in their daily diet because it contains several nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, Calcium, and high-quality protein. However, too much milk consumption can lead to severe side-effects as well. Furthermore, some health experts claim that overconsumption of milk can also lead to cancer in some individuals. Let’s educate ourselves about the four side-effects of overconsumption of milk that can harm your body!
1. Gastrointestinal Disorders:
Warm milk is known to help you sleep better and relieve hunger pangs. However, too much of it can lead to several gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion and diarrhea. It can also make you feel nauseous, bloated, and uneasy.
2. Leaky Gut Syndrome:
This disorder is literally as scary as it sounds. If your body does not react well to milk, it can lead to ‘leaky gut syndrome’ that results in chronic lethargy and fatigue. Dairy milk consists of A1 casein protein that can lead to the inflammation of the lining of your gut and disturb the gut microbiome.
3. Breakouts on Your Face:
If you suffer from frequent rashes and acne breakouts on your face, it might be the time to take note of your milk consumption. Furthermore, experts believe that full-fat milk consumption might be the reason behind these breakouts and allergies. Also, breakouts due to high milk consumption are more common in women than in men.
4. Reduction in Bone Density:
We all are familiar with the fact that milk contains calcium that is good for your bones. However, too much calcium can also lead to osteoporosis or a reduction in bone density. A study published in the BMJ journal claims that older men who drink less milk were less likely to have brittle bones.
So the question is, how much milk is too much milk? According to health experts, people over nine years old can drink up to three cups of milk every day. However, anything over three cups is considered as overconsumption. So, the next time you chug down your favorite childhood beverage, think about these side-effects from its overconsumption.