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Stay hydrated and refuel with real milk

by The Dairy Alliance

Posted on Jun 07, 2023 at 0:00 AM




With the hot days of summer almost upon us, did you know that milk hydrates better than water? From potassium to calcium, dairy milk is a natural choice when it comes to rehydration.

“Dairy milk is one of the most nutrient-dense and deliciously creamy ways to refuel after intense activity,” said Geri Berdak, chief executive officer of The Dairy Alliance. “It is America’s number one source of calcium and potassium and contains high-quality protein, which is key to muscle recovery.”

Milk has refueled people for centuries and is the most natural, hydrating beverage compared to sports drinks and non-dairy beverages that contain a long list of artificial ingredients. Milk provides 13 essential nutrients that hydrate and replenish the body, while also supporting immune health and strong bones. Milk’s high-quality protein and taste can’t be matched by many plant-based alternatives.

“One glass of milk contains eight grams of complete, high-quality protein that helps build and maintain lean muscle,” said Laura Buxenbaum, senior director of Health & Wellness at The Dairy Alliance.

Research shows water and other beverages restore hydration, but milk is found to be more effective by maintaining normal hydration status after exercise, due to its electrolyte content paired with carbohydrates and high-quality protein.

The Dairy Alliance, a leader in promoting the nutritional benefits of milk, is connecting with consumers throughout June for National Dairy Month to highlight milk’s ability keep consumers hydrated and help them recover after strenuous exercise or activity. The Dairy Alliance is working with the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) to make sure Southeastern consumers know milk is the “original sports drink.”

The celebration of milk and dairy products in June dates back to 1939, when grocer organizations sponsored “National Milk Month.” By 1955, it turned into National Dairy Month as a way to promote dairy products and celebrate the dairy farmers who produce them.

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