Ever since I can remember cow’s milk has always been portrayed as necessary for your body to maintain strong bones and teeth. We always had this kind of milk in our refrigerator. Even though I began having a milk allergy for years, my mom used carnation instant milk for me in order for my system to be able to tolerate it. I was about thirteen when I switched over to whole milk not realizing that the acne and allergies I had were caused by cows’ milk. I lived with acne and allergies for decades until I switched over to almond milk. Voila! Just like that my acne disappeared and many of my allergies disappeared completely.
I went to a seminar to learn about allergies and found out that cows’ milk is a major health issue for many people. In fact, I learned that cows’ milk isn’t healthy at all for human consumption. The milk that mama cows have is specifically designed to help their calves gain weight. Cows have four stomachs and they need to gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months and that’s what cows’ milk is designed to do. Cows milk does not have the proper nutritional value that a human needs.
Let’s look at what cows’ milk has and how it affects us. A study of 12,000 children showed that the more milk they drank the more weight they gained and it didn’t matter if it whole, 2 or 1%, they gained unnecessary weight. They also found that if they replaced soda with milk it did not lead to weight loss. This is because a single serving of whole milk can contain more than 20% of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat. So, if you consume three servings of whole milk you are already at 60% for the day and that’s before you eat any food. If that weren’t bad enough a single serving of milk can contain as much as 24 mg of cholesterol as well.
Animal proteins produce acid when they’re broken down and calcium is an excellent neutralizer of the acid. In order for our bodies to neutralize and flush out these acids our body must use the calcium from the milk as well as our own body. Therefore, with every glass of milk we drink our bones lose calcium. No wonder medical studies have shown that those who consume the most milk have higher fracture rates compared to those who drink little to no milk.
Dairy products in general have been linked to prostate and ovarian cancer. Dairy-free diets, however, have shown to slow the progression of prostate cancer. Women who have consumed four or more servings daily of dairy products were twice as likely to have serous ovarian cancer according to a Swedish study. High-grade serous carcinoma is the most malignant form of ovarian cancer and accounts for up to 70% of all ovarian cancer cases.
The lactose in cows’ milk has been known to be difficult for people to digest, resulting in nausea, cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. It happens over years of consuming dairy products and it becomes worse over time.
Acne and milk allergies have been linked to cow’s milk in young children and can be as serious as vomiting and anaphylaxis. Not to mention that these animals are pumped full of antibiotics due to ailments they get from over-milking such as mastitis and other health issues.
Cows that live in certain conditions such as rigid milking regimes live in a permanent state of stress which causes an adrenaline overload. This causes a cortisol overload in the blood. When humans drink this milk, our bodies are then exposed to millions of these stress-response cells. So, you are not only drinking the toxins from the drugs but also the stress hormones of the cow. We then become infected with superbugs and antibiotics are no longer as effective as they once were.
Currently, regulating committees only test for 4 of the 85 drugs in dairy cows. This means that there are 81 other drugs that could be in each glass you drink. A study by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, estimates that 38% of milk in the U.S. is contaminated with sulfa drugs or other antibiotics. This has been known since the Wall Street Journal published this information in 1989 and yet nothing has been done to control this.
Studies have also shown that those who have diabetes in their family history are more likely to become diabetic later if they drink cow’s milk due to the lactose in the milk. It is recommended that parents don’t start their children on cows’ milk if there is diabetes in family history.
I can’t imagine my life without milk but I have been able to find a healthier substitute. They have rice milk, almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and flax milk. It took me a few tries to find which one I liked the best and now I don’t have the acne or allergies I once had from cows’ milk and I haven’t had a fracture ever since. It was common for me to have about one to two fractures a year and amazingly I haven’t had one in the years I quit drinking cows’ milk.
I also learned in my research that cheese is just as unhealthy as the milk but they have some really good vegan cheese out there. You wouldn’t even believe it’s not cheese. You just need to find the one that is best for you.
If you’re still not sure how you feel about dairy after reading this article, try this. Take a dairy holiday for about two to four weeks and see how you feel. Does your postnasal drip go away or do your sinuses clear up? How’s your acne, eczema, bloating, gas, or diarrhea? Do you have more energy? These issues should clear up. Then try dairy again and see if any of these symptoms return. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to fix a lot of health issues just by changing your diet.
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