We were conditioned into believing cow’s milk was vital for the growth of us humans. Giving us “Calcium for strong bones” but never told the actual truth. What is the dairy industry not telling us? What exactly is in cow’s milk? and What does it actually do to our body?
You were probably made to drink your milk as a child, told “Drink your milk to grow up big and strong” but what if drinking milk was causing you to have weak bones? would you still drink it?
Scientific Research- Milk depletes the calcium from your bones
Most of our body’s calcium is in our bones. The small amount in our bloodstream plays an important role in functions such as muscle contraction and maintenance of the heartbeat. Bloodstream calcium is constantly being lost through urine, sweat and faeces. Replacement comes from the bones, which depend on fresh supplies from the food we eat.
Diets rich in animal protein, such as that found in cows’ milk, make the blood more acidic. The body tries to neutralise this by drawing calcium from the bones into the bloodstream, which is filtered through the kidneys and lost through urine. The more dairy products consumed, the more calcium the body needs to balance the losses. Contrary to what most people think – because it is what they are told by the dairy industry – eating excessive amounts of dairy products can therefore contribute to weak bones and osteoporosis. Countries whose populations eat low-protein diets (i.e a low level of dairy products) have lower rates of osteoporosis and hip fractures.
Milk and other dairy products are the top sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet. Milk products also contain dietary cholesterol. Diets high in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease, which remains a top killer in our world today. Dairy consumption also causes skin problems and has been linked to increased acne in many milk drinkers.
Many of us are lactose intolerant over 75% of the world’s population to be exact (unable to digest lactose enzyme found in dairy) – causing gastrointestinal symptoms of flatulence, bloating, cramps and diarrhoea in some individuals. This is due to a shortage of enzymes that break down this lactose into its simpler forms – glucose and galactose. People suffering from digestive problems often overlook dairy products as the cause of their ills, because milk has for so long been touted as a healthy, wholesome, natural product.
What’s in dairy products?
Cows’ milk naturally contains a cocktail of 35 hormones and 11 growth factors. This cocktail is meant for a calf and is perfectly suited for the growth and development needs of a calf. Yes a calf, not a human. And these hormones/growth factors can accelerate cancer growth in a grown-up human body because there’s nothing else to grow but malignant cells.
Two of the biggest concerns are the oestrogen and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) content of milk as both are linked to breast and prostate cancers in humans. Even small increases of IGF-1 raise the risks of several other common cancers including breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. IGF-1 is not destroyed during pasteurisation.
Dairy cows are prone to disease and due to the large numbers of cows on farms and the intensivity of production, diseases spread fast on the farms. As a result various contaminants can occur in milk. – Mastitis (inflammation of the mammary gland) is very common. It is caused by bacteria and leads to the whole udder or a part of it being inflamed, swollen and very painful. The cow’s body responds to the infection by producing white blood cells (neutrophils) that combat the infection in the udder.
These cells, together with dead cells (all these cells are called ‘somatic cells’) and waste products of the inflammation are components of pus and are inevitably excreted into the milk. Milk containing up to 400 million somatic cells per litre is perfectly legal to be sold in the EU. Along with hormones and pus in your milk, there is saturated fat – and this ‘bad’ fat is completely unnecessary for humans – and milk only contains only traces or very little polyunsaturated fats that are not only essential for human body. So why are you still drinking and consuming so much dairy?
Dairy alternatives –
Good sources of calcium include;
- baked beans
- green leafy vegetables (kale, broccoli and brussel sprouts)
- dried fruit
- fortified soya milks (Alpro/Provamil, Plamil and supermarket own brands)
To ensure your diet doesn’t contain too much protein, replace animal protein with
- beans and lentils
Make the change for your own health and wellbeing