For most of our childhood health woes, we were told that milk was the magic potion. Cold and cough called for warm milk flavoured with turmeric while acidity issues meant a glass of cold milk. Milk- in any of its form is said to be a great healer.
According to Ayurveda too, milk is considered to be one of the most healthy items to be had. However, Ayurveda, as a rule, doesn’t make generalizations. So, what is good for me may not be good for me. That’s the same in case of milk and milk products too. For a lot of people, curds may not be a good option to consume. Here are 3 dairy products that are extremely good for your health but needs to be consumed in moderation:
- Yogurt: Our favourite summer food, yogurt is one of the safest dairy products. Yogurt can be easily made at home and most body types can have it without any problem. It is said to be good for vata types but even those who are pitta or kapha can have it if sweetened. If given an option, always go for sweet yogurt as it has healthier qualities. Avoid sour yogurt as it may create issues of acidity. Also, make sure you don’t have yogurt with bananas or acidic fruit as it may aggravate your acidity.
- Ghee: Ghee, one of the revered forms of dairy product is great for almost everyone. It increases strength, vitality, improves digestion, immunity as well as it is said to be great for your mental health. Women are advised to have it more often than men as it helps in the production of blood and aids in shooing away infections and fever. However, make sure that you don’t go overboard with it as it may increase cholesterol levels in the body.
- Buttermilk: Commonly known as the food of the gods, buttermilk is a dairy wonder! It is made by mixing equal parts of yogurt and water. Mostly, nutmeg or cardamom can also be added. It is considered a wonderful medicine to treat malabsorption, diarrhea, digestion as well as skin woes. It is known for its cooling properties too. However, most people believe that you should avoid this in case of severe cold, cough or fever.