Why milk does not do your body good

Did you know that calves never drink milk again after infancy? And the same applies to every mammal species on this planet. Humans are the only ones who continue to drink milk into adulthood. Why? Because drinking milk is ingrained in our brains from a young age that it is important for your body, especially bones. It’s interesting to note that approximately 65 to 75 percent of the total human population have a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. In some countries, over 90 percent of the adult population is lactose intolerant, think about that for a moment. Most people don't even know they are lactose intolerant, they continue to consume dairy, meanwhile they are suffering from bloating, cramps, diarrhea, gas or nausea. I too, found myself bloated with cramps after consuming dairy and didn't put the two together until I spoke with a holistic nutritionist. I have not officially been tested, but I plan on it.

A large study coming from researchers in Sweden found that drinking milk led to an increased mortality rate and actually made bones more prone to fracturing, not less. Other studies have shown that the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.

Today's milk is processed through pasteurization, meaning it has been heated at high temperatures to kill spores and bacteria. That means that it also kills all the beneficial bacteria, in addition to damaging the milk's vitamin and mineral content. The milk is then most likely fortified with vitamins A and D added back in to make you think you are getting these vitamins from the milk itself, but you aren't. Can't forget the antibiotics and hormones that cows are fed these days, add that to your milk and drink it.

Once you have reached infancy, where whole foods are introduced, the body no longer requires dairy. By drinking milk and having milk-based products such as cheese, yogurt and whey, people who are lactose intolerant, suffer from severe abdominal cramping, bloating, gas and possibly the runs when they consume dairy. It can also cause bad breath and excess mucus.
Animal welfare is a huge problem in the dairy industry, I won't even touch base on that because it is such a sad sight. Let's just sum it up as abuse for profit. 

So how can you get your daily recommended intake of calcium? The average adult requires 1000 mg of calcium. Calcium is abundant in a wide assortment of vegetables. Good plant sources of calcium include:

  • Green leafy vegetables, including spring greens, cabbage, swede, rocket, watercress, kale, broccoli and parsley
  • Oranges 
  • Kidney beans and black eyed-beans
  • Mixed nuts and seeds
  • Chickpeas and tahini
  • Almonds
  • Drinking hard water can provide 200mg of calcium daily, although soft water contains almost none

Sources: saveourbones.com, onegreenplanet.org, collective-evolution.com, evilnews.com, naturalnews.com

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