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Milk is much more than a way to compliment a families' chocolate chip cookie recipe. Milk is one of the most nutritious beverages to drink at any age since it offers around 300 milligrams of the essential nutrient, calcium. As the body's most abundant nutrient, calcium is stored in the bones and teeth with smaller amounts in the blood and muscles. Calcium is used in the human body to help develop strong bones and aids in muscle functioning. The consumption of calcium is also necessary for growing baby and adult teeth. This calcium also helps to prevent tooth decay once teeth are fully formed.

It is extremely important to consume enough calcium during adolescence since this is the time when most bone mass develops. A lack of a calcium rich diet as a teenager can lead to osteoporosis--a disease where the bones become fragile and easier to break. Released by the USDA, MyPyramid shows that children aged 2 to 9 years old should consume two servings of low-fat milk and dairy products. The benefits of milk do not decrease with age. It is recommended those 9 years of age and up get 3 servings of dairy a day. As proper bone development at puberty is vital, many experts often recommend teenagers consume an extra glass each day .

Milks nine essential nutrients include calcium, but milk also provides protein, a source of energy for the cells in the body. The addition of Vitamin D in milk helps the body to absorb calcium and is necessary in maintaining bone health. As a potassium source, regular milk consumption aids in maintaining blood vessels and other functions of the nervous system. Riboflavin and Phosphorus in milk help in releasing energy from fat and protein.

As we age, milk can help to prevent colon caner, hypertension and other serious conditions. Milk can also help in maintaining a balanced diet. Women have used milk as a beauty aid to increase skin's softness for centuries. A warm glass of milk even works as a gentle sleep aid.

A common complaint among children is disliking the taste of milk. To make the drink more kid friendly, chocolate or strawberry syrup can be added to the beverage. Moms can also turn to banana or strawberry smoothies and other blended drinks to help their children get the recommended serving. Kids are also more likely to drink milk with a sweet treat on the side. After baking up their favorite cookie recipe, offer a glass of milk on the side for dunking.

For those who are concerned about the fat and calorie content, low fat or fat-free milk offers a lighter alternative but the same necessary nutrients. Lactose intolerant individuals can indulge by choosing lactose free milk. Though soy milk is becoming increasingly popular among health conscious consumers unfortified versions do not have as much calcium as milk. So next time you prepare those sugar cookies, fix a tall glass of creamy cold milk on the side.