Dairy – Got Milk? No Whey!
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What message is Dairy giving our bodies? For some people, it could be allergy-related and for others, it could be inflammation and pain and even others sinus congestion. But wait I thought dairy was necessary and important for strong bones? That is the message we have heard for years from the National Dairy Council. The reality is . . . after a living being grown from infancy to eating “real food” the enzymes to digest dairy stop being produced. In fact, think about this what animal in the entire animal kingdom drinks milk as an adult? None! It is only humans with our large complex brains that think this a good idea, not so much!
So, whatever the reason you are choosing to go dairy free, it’s important to realize what the term “dairy” technically refers to. Simply put, it can be said that a dairy product is one that is made from the milk of cows. That means that sheep’s and goat’s milk products are NOT dairy.
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Hard to Believe? Let’s look at some of the facts . . .
- Milk doesn’t reduce fractures. In fact, less dairy actually can help us have stronger bones. Countries with the lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
- It is not the calcium that is important in preventing fractures it is the Vitamin D
- Increased dairy and in taking calcium in men can cause a sharp increase in prostate cancer (up to 30-50%)
- Calcium supplements can improve the risk of colon cancer but it also can be dangerous for placing in the arteries and causing heart disease placing and high blood pressure.
- The majority of people in the world cannot digest dairy and have a problem called lactose intolerance. This will send that person into inflammation and pain cycles in addition to gastrointestinal distress.
What about RAW dairy?
Raw, whole, organic milk eliminates concerns like pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and the effects of homogenization and pasteurization — but to me, these benefits don’t outweigh dairy’s potential risks. They have the same adverse effects as the pasteurized milk.
5 things to think about with Calcium
- Don’t rely on dairy for healthy bones. If you want healthy bones, get plenty of exercises and supplement with at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
- Get your calcium from food. These include dark green leafy vegetables, sesame tahini, sea vegetables, and sardines or salmon with the bones. Keep your intake to 500mg or less per day
- Do not take extra calcium supplement just because you are avoiding dairy.
- Give up all dairy. That means eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for a month and see if you feel better. You should notice improvements with your sinuses, post-nasal drip, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight.
- If you can tolerate dairy, use only fermented products like unsweetened yogurt and kefir, occasionally.
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