Milk - Does a body good?? RIGHT? Not really!! I mentioned in a previous article that most milk contains rBGH (bovine growth hormone). But here are some other reasons why drinking milk and consuming dairy products (yes, cheese and ice cream!) may not be the most healthful thing to do. Besides being very hard to digest, diary causes your body to be acidic and causes inflammation. Let’s talk about those two things. There are studies that show that cancer thrives in an acidic environment. Conversely, disease cannot grow in an alkaline environment, so our goal should be to balance the PH in our bodies. Studies also show that inflammation is the root cause of many health issues, including heart disease, arthritis and many others.
Let’s think about this for a minute. What is milk? It is a substance secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals. It is necessary for the nourishment of their young. That is, milk is species-specific. That means that as a food, it is designed perfectly for each species’ own offspring.
Humans are the only species known to drink another mammal’s milk. Cow’s milk is designed to help a baby calf grow big and strong very fast. Once they’re grown, they never drink it again. Do we want our kids growing like a calf? Do we really need to drink milk all of our lives? We don’t. What about calcium, you might ask? Milk makes for strong bones and teeth, right? Did you know you can get more calcium from a cup of broccoli than you can from a glass of milk? Our bodies only absorb a small percentage of the calcium in milk.
Dr. David Brownstein states that, in his experience, he has seen that up to half of all children and more than 80 percent of adults, exhibit antibodies to a protein in milk called casein. A milk allergy can manifest in many different ways. The most common symptoms are gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea, bloating, gassiness and constipation.
However, there are many other symptoms related to dairy issues, including asthma, autism, behavioral issues, headaches, chest pains, dry skin, hives, rashes, stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. Keep in mind, if you eat dairy and nothing happens right away, this does not mean you are not allergic to milk. The majority of food allergy reactions may take hours or even days to occur. Is dairy bad for everyone? Not necessarily, but conventional dairy products, containing synthetic hormones and antibiotics, should definitely be avoided and if you can cut out dairy all together, your body will love you for it.
Great alternatives to cow’s milk are made from nuts like almonds and cashews. Nut milks can almost always be substituted for cow’s milk. Be sure to read labels when buying these nut milks. Watch for added ingredients like sweeteners and carrageenan, as this is a known carcinogen. There are also cheeses and butter made from nuts that are much healthier, unless you have nut allergies.