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Do we need milk?

Humans are the only mammals that continues to drink milk after being weaned.

When we leave infancy, the production of enzyme lactose declines. That’s why many people develop lactose intolerance and feel bloated or experience other undesirable symptoms after consuming diary products.

Do you know what to do in that case? Stop drinking milk (I mean you should stop even if your body can tolerate it). Don’t take any medication ‘to make it better”. Listen to your body and just stop. We are not meant to be drinking cow’s milk anyway.. The only milk we supposed to drink it’s the one from our mom’s breast. So, if you are not a calf, please don’t drink it 😉

But where will I get the calcium from? – You might ask. I will blow your mind now, from PLANTS! In fact, you can get all the nutrients you need from plants 🙂 You don’t need meat, eggs or dairy for that.

We’ve been taught from the beginning of our lives, you need meat for protein (the more protein the better, protein bar = must be healthy), you need diary for calcium and strong bones, and you need eggs.. hmm, not sure for what?

The truth is you don’t need and even more important, it’s not beneficial to you at all.

Osteoporotic bone fracture rates are highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium, and animal protein. Most studies of fracture risk provide little or no evidence that milk or other dairy products benefit bone.
Bones are better served by attending to calcium balance and focusing efforts on increasing fruit and vegetable intakes, limiting animal protein, exercising regularly, getting adequate sunshine or supplemental vitamin D, and getting ≈500 mg Ca/d from plant sources.

How much sodium and animal proteins is in our diet has an impact on calcium absorption. Also Vitamin D takes a big impact on how well our body can absorb calcium (the more vitamin D we have, the more your body can absorb).

Here are few reasons why you should STOP EATING DAIRY:

 

1. Lower Cancer Risk

Intake of dairy products contributes to a number of chronic conditions and diseases, like probable high risk of prostate cancer , type 1 diabetes (especially in children).

2. Weight Loss

Most cheese is 60–80% of calories from fat, low-fat chocolate milk has the same number of grams of sugar as cola, and dairy products are fiber free.

3. Not good for you neither for the environment

Milk is contaminated by hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. Raising cows for milk production promotes environmental degradation and global warming.
I recommend to watch Earthlings – documentary film about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. Keep in mind it is really hard to watch and it is inappropriate for kids.

4. Healthier looking skin

Growth hormones in milk may trigger acne by stimulating oil production. If you are struggling with eczema or acne ditch the dairy and you will see yourself.

5. Plants have calcium

1 cup cooked kale has the same amount of absorbable calcium as 1 cup cow milk. But you know, you won’t get all those hormones and antibiotics.. For me the choice is easy.

Here are some plants that are high in calcium:
– broccoli
– kale
– spinach
– okra

As you can see there is more disadvantages than benefits from eating dairy. Milk is easy to substitute with plant milk (almond, coconut). Cheese is the best to exclude from your diet. But if you crave pizza or cheesy pasta, you can use vegan cheese, which you can get in almost any bigger grocery store. Vegan cheese, sausage, burgers and other substitutes are good alternative at the begging of your dairy free diet journey. Remember that they are highly processed and not healthy (they should not be eaten too often). You want to base your diet on fresh veggies and fruits to maintain healthy body.

Those articles might be helpful:
Plant Based – where do I start?
Plant Based Snacks
Were caveman carnivores?

References:
Should dairy be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet?
– Forks over Knives, Summer 2017
– Raw Food for Dummies by Cherie Soria and Dan E.Ladermann
Vitamin and mineral requirements in human nutrition

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