Do we really need milk? (Part I)

WHY MILK?

We do not hate milk, we know it can be really tasty, and we know it is a powerful superfood, but heyyyy IT IS FOR CATTLE NOT FOR HUMANS!

Try not to drink milk for breakfast (or eat any milk derived products, cheese, yoghurt…) for at least a couple of weeks (three or more) and lets see if you feel better in the long term. Try instead to fast during two or three hours and only drink in between two and three glasses of water so as to start your body running.

Your organs would love to receive some fresh water just after waking up, moreover, doing this will help you to clean your body from all the toxins it has produced during night sleep. Remember you do not have to drink those glasses one after the other, you can do it while getting ready in front of the mirror, just after or before your morning shower, while driving to work… If you are going to carry a bottle for your water, just please avoid plastic and preferably use glass ones!

Finally, in order to start your day in shape, eat at least two different kinds of fruits and some peanuts in the middle of the morning 😉  

CALCIUM?

Milk’s main selling point is calcium, and milk-drinking is touted for building strong bones in children and preventing osteoporosis in older persons.

However, clinical research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones.

A 2005 review published in Pediatrics showed that milk consumption does not improve bone integrity in children. Similarly, the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which followed more than 72,000 women for 18 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk.

You can decrease your risk of osteoporosis by reducing sodium, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, exercising, and ensuring adequate calcium intake from plant foods such as kalebroccoli, and other leafy green vegetables and beans.

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YOU MUST KNOW THAT…

For those who wish to keep dairy in their diet, know that much of the “regular” milk on store shelves is far from healthy. Milk cows are given growth hormones to increase their milk production and antibiotics to decrease infections. These materials become contaminants in the milk and their impact on the human body is not entirely known. Look for containers that clearly state that the cows used to produce the milk were not given any hormones or antibiotics. (more…PART II)

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The term “organic”  can be misleading. Organic milk may mean no hormones in one case and no antibiotics in another, or that the cows were fed organic grain. Even large consumer companies such as Kroger and Starbucks are offering hormone-free dairy products.

GRASS-FED COWS!!

You should also choose milk from grass-fed cows. While most cows will graze on grass at some point in their lifetime, many will be shifted to some other feed source to increase their size and milk production. Cattle rely on an internal system that is uniquely adapted to the processing of grasses as their major food source. Other types of food, such as corn, will fatten up the cow and make them less healthy. This carries over to both the meat and the milk.

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Cows fed exclusively grass will themselves be healthier and produce healthier milk.

MORE ABOUT MILK??

To be continued soon… PART II

Source: www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/health-concerns-about-dairy-products

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