Alright, well we’re going to talk about another
major food group, and that is the dairy group. The dairy group being milk, cheese, yogurt
and so on cottage cheese. We need two to three servings a day. Serving size would be one
cup of milk or one cup of yogurt. A cheese serving would be one and a half ounces. Why
do we need dairy. Well aside from being a good source of protein, we get calcium from
dairy products. Calcium is a mineral that we need in relatively large amounts. That’s
why we need the dairy products. Calcium of course is needed for muscle contraction. It’s
very soothing and relaxing to the nervous system. Studies even suggest it helps to lower
blood pressure. It has an alkalizing effect on the body. So dairy products are very dependable
source of calcium. And I know that some people don’t do well with dairy products. They might
be lactose intolerance or have a food allergy to dairy. That being the case, then a calcium
supplement would a good idea. But even those people a lot of them can tolerate yogurt because
they have the friendly probiotic bacteria in there that help to digest the milk sugar
and break it down, make it more digestible. Everyone should have cultured foods in their
diet whether it’s yogurt or kimchi for example which you might find at a Korean restaurant.
The cultured foods provide this friendly bacteria. I like to think of them as keeping a sanitary
condition in the bowel. Crowd out the bad bacteria, the disease causing bacteria. So
include cultured foods in your diet. Yogurt for example. Yogurt makes a good snack. Or
plain yogurt can be a condiment on your plate. A lot of times the sweetened yogurt’s a little
high in sugar. So what I would suggest you get the plain yogurt and you control the sweetness.
You can add some chopped fruit, some strawberries, bananas, and grapes or what not. And maybe
sprinkle some chopped nuts on top. So that makes a good snack or a small meal. So make
sure you’re including those dairy products or taking your calcium supplement.