THE UNTOLD TRUTH ABOUT DAIRY
Milk is branded in a way that people believes it is good for health. It has protein and is the “best” source of calcium, correct? This branding is so powerful, that people will think too much to name any other food that contains calcium. We are lead to believe that if we don’t consume dairy, then we will be calcium deficient. That is the reason that dairy is a staple in our diet.
This “truth” about dairy products and milk is incorrect. Even though dairy does contain calcium, the way your body processes dairy foods may not actually provide you with the benefits that calcium offers.
Here’s the real truth about dairy — plus, what you can eat instead.
Dairy Is an Acid-Forming Food
The food we eat influences our body’s pH levels, some foods have an alkalizing effect and others are acid forming. Our blood has a pH of about 7.4, which is a bit alkaline and dairy have a high acidic content.
When we consume milk, the acid load in our body also increases. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium which are all necessary for strong bones are released into our circulation to balance pH levels. Those are flushed out of our system as waste. For those who consume dairy regularly, have lost calcium through the urine over time could be as high as almost 480 gm over twenty years. This amounts to almost half the skeletal mass of calcium.
Drinking a lot of milk, even though it does contain calcium, is not great for our bones. We should be looking to other sources to get our daily dose of calcium and not just relying on dairy.
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Milk Is Difficult for Many to Digest
Did you know around 66% of the adult population is lactose intolerant. they lose the ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products.
Lactose is broken down by an enzyme called lactase. Lactase is produced by cells in the lining of the small intestine. Infants produce this enzyme to break down and digest the mother’s milk. As we grow our body produces less and less of this enzyme, which makes it more and more difficult to digest milk.
This is why the majority of adults experience difficulty in digesting milk sourced from animals. Symptoms of this digestive difficulty can include bloating, gas, stomach pain, and general discomfort.
Dairy Is Inflammatory
Inflammation is a part of our body’s natural response to ward off infection and promote healing. When our body signals an increase in inflammation, it sends immune cells and key nutrients to the areas that need them the most.
People are subjected to factors that trigger body to produce a chronic inflammatory response. This is due to pollution, modern diets, stress and over time this chronic state of low-grade inflammation.
As a result, our immune system is constantly working overtime — it ends up hyper-charged and super-sensitive. So when we consume dairy, this can help further contribute to inflammation-based symptoms. What people in this inflammatory state typically experience is leaky gut, bloating, gas, lethargy, chronic infection, and allergies. If you face issues like this on a regular basis experiment with dropping dairy and see what changes.
The Truth About milk
- Avoid milk at all cost. Opt for almond milk or coconut milk instead.
- If you want to have cheese, then choose goat’s or sheep’s milk cheese. it is less processed and less inflammatory.
- ditch the margarine and use good old butter.
- Unsweetened natural yogurt or kefir that contains the live active cultures. These cultures are beneficial for you, this will help boost your immune system and regulate blood sugar. Stay away from the sweet, processed yogurts that are full of chemicals, and colors.
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