MILK, THE EVERYDAY SECRET TO HEALTHY SKIN AND HAIR
“Drink milk to keep your bones strong!” – most moms around the world
We heard of this adage nearly the whole of our lives. Yes, milk contains calcium and magnesium, the minerals that build bones to be strong and healthy. But milk also has other benefits – to make your skin dewy, young and beautiful and your hair shiny and silky. Milk is indeed a versatile food. It contains near complete nutrients and because it’s in the liquid form the nutrients the body needs for optimum health is easily absorbed, unless you’re suffering from lactose intolerance or milk protein allergy.
Lactose, the good sugar
Milk carbohydrates are formed by lactose, a type of natural sugar. Lactose provides support to your digestion and waste elimination process. The faster your body removes waste and toxin, the easier for your body to absorb critical nutrients. Besides waste elimination, lactose discourages the growth of pathogenic intestinal microflora and support the growth the good ones. Healthy intestine correlates to healthy skin and scalp – supporting the integrity of dermal protective support and prevent skin inflammation and baldness.
Lactose encourages your body’s absorption of acne-clearing nutrients – zinc and vitamin A. In skin health, zinc works by strengthening the structure of cell membranes. It reduces inflammation and speed up wound healing, as a result lessen the rate of microbial infections. Vitamin A decrease acne breakout episodes by stopping comedone from forming and inhibit excessive sebum production.
Lactose is a low glycaemic sugar therefore wouldn’t trigger alarming rise of insulin. Insulin surge has been link to acne breakout. Low glycaemic index food also produces less free radicals than a high glycaemic sugar that can prompt collagen and elastin degradation. In short, lactose helps to keep your skin clear and looking young.
Proteins save your skin
Human body is composed mainly of proteins especially the muscles, the cellular organelles, the skin and the hair. Milk is a rich source of complete protein. A complete protein is constructed by nine essential amino acids – leucine, isoleucine methionine, lysine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine and histidine. Essential amino acids are biochemicals that cannot be synthesize by your body but must be obtain from food. The proteins perform all biological functions such as facilitating the absorption and utilization of vitamin A and iron, cellular repair and maintenance.
Your body is persistently exposed to oxidative distress internally (sport, stress and tension) and externally (smoke, chemical from skin care products, UV and pollution). Milk proteins provide anti-fungal, anti-yeast, anti-viral and anti-bacterial protection by purifying your body from dangerous toxin and microbes. They involves in the synthesis of potent anti-oxidant, the glutathione which protects your body and skin from premature aging. In terms of skin enhancement, the proteins can lighten pigmentations to make them less noticeable, firm up your visage and plump up the skin to make it strong yet irresistibly bouncy.
In this modern age, work load and stress can invade your personal time and terrorised your bedtime. After all, lack of rest and sleep stimulate the production of stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can cause skin cells to age rapidly. Milk contains amino acid tryptophan that is needed for the synthesis of anti-stress neurotransmitter, the serotonin. Drinking milk 2 to 3 hours before sleep may aid you in getting some peaceful and good quality sleep despite the short hours you have to endure.
Milk fats help you stay young
Lipids and phospholipid are another milk properties. Although the percentage is low, they play significant role in hitting the brake on aging process. Your skin is not only protected by proteins, one of its intrinsic barriers is built by lipids and called ceramides. Ceramides is also one of building blocks of hair cuticle.
Ceramides protects, smoothens and strengthens your hair shaft. It makes your hair lustrous, well-moisturised and easy to manage. It also reduces hair friction, the main reason for static and flyaway hair. As skin outer barrier, ceramides guard your skin from drying out and come into contact with irritants. Irritants from pollution and harsh skin care chemicals can make your skin itch and even worse cause eczema and psoriasis. In a word, ceramides give you protection to maintain your youthful and dewy looking skin.
Milk fats also have calming properties, helping you to beat stress and at the same time reduce stress-induced skin troubles.
The roles of water
Although it may sound like a mundane ingredient, your body is fundamentally made of water. Milk too is composed mostly of water. Water hydrates your cells and helps your body to maintain blood volume for optimal oxygen transportation. Well oxygenized skin gives you a healthy glow. Your body crave water in order to perform various life support tasks; cell and tissue maintenance, temperature regulation, digestion, and normalize waste and toxin removal from your cells and body, among others. Well moisturised skin have a balance oil-water level, if you’re dehydrated, your skin will becomes dry causing lines and wrinkles to appear more pronounced.
If you would like to improve your skin health and beauty, why not reach for a glass of milk in the evening. Not only it’ll help you to de-stress after a chaotic day at work but it’ll also provide your body with nutrients to make your skin becomes gorgeous, naturally.
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