Many recent scientific studies are now showing a variety of detrimental effects that are directly linked to milk consumption.
What’s in a glass of cow’s milk?
You may be expecting to hear something to the tune of calcium, vitamins A and D, protein, and some other nutrients that we think are beneficial to the body. Well, a glass of milk also contains acidic animal protein that leeches calcium from the bones, pus cells, bovine growth hormone, feces, antibiotics, and a whole lot of unnecessary fat, cholesterol and calories — all of which create a terrible imbalance in the body.
Milk is both acidifying and toxic.Today you’ll learn how milk damages bones and overall health in multiple seldom-mentioned ways, some of which I’m sure will shock you.
Milk depletes the calcium from your bones
The milk myth has spread around the world based on the flawed belief that this protein and calcium-rich drink is essential to support good overall health and bone health in particular at any age. It is easy to understand that the confusion about milk’s imaginary benefits stems from the fact that it contains calcium – around 300 mg per cup.
But many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. What an irony this is!
Calcium from animal milk is not absorbed as well as that from plant-based sources, and it can be accompanied by a number of dangerous health problems.
Reasons You Need To Stop Drinking Dairy Milk
In a Swedish medical study, women who consumed large quantities of dairy milk daily were more likely to sustain fractures than those who drank little to no milk.
Believe it or not the promoted “Bone-Building Milk” is actually harmful to your bone structure. The milk actually has a calcium leeching effect. There is a good amount of calcium in milk but because of the pasteurization process only a small percentage of the calcium is actually absorbed. Furthermore, milk acidifies within the body so that calcium in the milk is used to neutralize the acids to digest the milk absorbed! The calcium is neutralized and the bone’s suffer because calcium from the bones is actually used. Believe it or not, statistics show that countries with the lowest consumption of dairy products also have the lowest fracture incidence in their population as well.
Some evidence suggests that the consumption of milk and other dairy products leads to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Conversely, dairy-free diets have been followed to slow the progress of prostate cancer.
A single serving of milk can contain as much as 24 mg of cholesterol, whereas vegan food has no cholesterol.
According to USA Today approximately 60% of adults cannot digest milk. About 75% of the population is lactose intolerant. A majority of the population is allergic to milk although the allergic reactions may not be obvious. This harms your digestive system and immune system over time as you continue to consume it.
In several studies children who drank cow’s milk had more acne than those who didn’t. Because milk is now a toxic by-product of sick, medicated, hormone injected cows the nutritional value is very very low. Then after this horrible treatment of cows and their diminishing health we take that milk and pasteurize the rest of the nutritional value out. Skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, dry flaky skin, or rashes could be caused by milk consumption.
A single serving of whole milk can contain more than 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of saturated fat, but even 1 percent milk has 8 percent of the RDA. If you consume three servings of whole milk, you’re already at 60 percent for the day, even before eating any food.
Cow’s milk is not designed for human consumption. It’s biological purpose is growing a new born calf from 40kgs to 250kgs. And once that is done the calf never returns to Mum. He/she needs an alternative food group to thrive. So yes, the protein in cow’s milk will help Gym Junkie Jason build those biceps but in doing so he is eating a food that is designed for the infant of another species. The consequence of those guns is inflammation, increasing the potential for all those deadly diseases.
Cow’s milk contains a sugar called lactose that can be difficult for people to digest, resulting in symptoms such as nausea, cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. It can also develop later in life and result in months of worsening symptoms.
Antibiotics & Hormones
Cow’s are pumped with antibiotics to prevent disease and are also given growth hormones to be bigger and produce more milk. The problem is that these hormones and antibiotics are also found in the milk produced by the cows. These antibiotics disrupt your gut health even further and weaken immunity.
Despite industry claims, a study of more than 12,000 children showed that the more milk they drank, the more weight they gained, and skim and 1 percent milk appeared, counter-intuitively, to lead to more weight gain than drinking 2 percent or whole milk. The study also found that replacing soda with milk did not lead to weight loss.
The best milk substitutes
My favorite milk substitute is unsweetened almond milk, not only because it is alkalizing (as almonds are), but also because it’s delicious and tastes very similar to milk.
If almond milk is hard to get, you can also try rice or soy milk. I strongly suggest consuming only organic soy milk to insure it’s not made with genetically modified soy. There is also some controversy about unfermented soy products, so try to use it in moderation.
Is All Dairy Bad?
No. Fermented dairy is acid neutral and therefore not as harmful. Plus there are tremendous probiotic properties in yogurt and kefir. This promotes digestive health.
Cheese is probably not as good for you but I’m never cutting that out of my diet entirely.
I cannot conclude this article without referring to the fabulous documentary Forks Over Knives. It unravels and discovers the truth that many degenerative diseases, cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are linked to diets high in animal protein, such as meats and dairy. It is a must-see and will change the way you look at your diet, asking you to reexamine what goes into your body.
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