It has long been said that sipping on a warm glass of milk before bed will aid in calming our minds and bodies, but there is more to dairy than grandma thought. Emerging research suggests that dairy plays a role in reducing stress — or an overall calming effect — through a few of its innate properties.
Milk contains naturally occurring phospholipids, which are used as some of the building blocks in our brain. Consumption of dairy phospholipids shows promising insight into the calming effects of our favorite dairy foods on mental alertness and positivity.
Additionally, dairy — especially yogurt, cheese, and kefir — has a positive impact on our gut microbiome, which in turn has a positive impact on our mental well-being through what is known as the gut-brain axis.
Whether it’s a classic glass of comforting, warm milk or the unique components from your favorite dairy product, take a moment to embrace the amazing flavor and benefits provided by nature.
Washington is home to a number of dairy farms and producers — over 300 in fact! With everything from kiefer and award-winning blue cheese to heavy cream and vanilla yogurt, there is a Washington-made product to fit your recipe.