Consuming pure form of milk –
In the development stage of life, milk should be consumed in its original form. Breast milk is the purest form of milk and it is extremely easy to digest. It develops a lifelong immunity against diseases.
Dilution of milk –
After the age of eighteen, you should add one-fourth of water to it. And after the age of forty, fifty per cent of water and fifty per cent of milk should be consumed. And at old age, three-quarters of water should be mixed with the milk.
Best type –
There are eight types of milk mentioned in Ayurveda, and among them, cow’s milk is said to be the best. Cow’s milk does the Rasayana Karya which means it is rejuvenating and strengthening in nature, improves memory and boosts immunity. It is easily digested and absorbed into the body. According to Ayurveda, the greatness of cow’s milk is correlated with a mother’s milk. If the mother is unable to lactate, cow’s milk can be given to the baby.
There has been a growing trend in the consumption of milkshakes.
Milkshakes are made by mixing various types of fruits in the milk. But according to Ayurveda, combining any fruit with milk is a kind of adulteration, doing so will cause many vyadhis (diseases), says Ayurveda.
Best time for consumption –
As opposed to modern beliefs, morning milk consumption can lead to lethargy and digestive problems. Milk consumed in the morning might cause concerns like acidity, bloating, and gas. Hence, with its guru (heavy) nature, it should ideally be consumed in the evenings. It also improves your sleep quality.
Who should avoid consuming milk? —
You should not drink milk if you are suffering from jwara (fever). Any kind of food item made of milk should be avoided if you are having a fever. People suffering from digestive issues like constipation or irritable bowel syndrome and acidity should not consume milk.
Diabetic people should avoid drinking milk, it increases the Kapha dosha in your body thus worsening your diabetes and this leads to many complications like heart diseases, obesity and increased blood sugar levels.
Patients with skin disorders should avoid drinking milk. Ayurveda says that many of the skin disorders are caused due to the vitiation of Kapha dosha and consuming milk will again aggravate your Kapha, which will cause many complications or will slow down your healing process.
Sufferers of worm infections, diarrhoea, dysentery, bronchitis, pneumonia should stay away from milk
Rajvi Goyal ( Ayurvedic Nutritionist and Dietician )