The dairy industry’s massive public relations campaign dating back to the 1960s has brainwashed most people into thinking cow’s milk is good for you when it, in fact, is just the opposite. Milk products or lacticinia, are a type of food produced from or containing the milk of mammals, primarily cattle. Dairy foods such as cheese, yogurt, sour cream, butter and ice cream are all made with milk.
Animal proteins produce acids when they are digested in our bodies and calcium is an acid neutralizer. So when you consume lots of animal proteins, including milk, it pulls calcium out of your bones to neutralize the acid. The human body is meant to be slightly alkaline, 7.2-7.6; anything lower or higher is not good for your body’s systems.
People who consume a lot of cow’s milk have a higher incidence of osteoporosis and bone fractures. I know women who have actually been told to drink lots of milk for their osteoporosis by their doctors who have really had no courses in nutrition and are simply repeating what they hear in commercials.
Eating a lot of cheese? Just know that if you are, you are adding saturated fat, sodium (salt) and cholesterol to your diet. Dairy also contains a massive amount of growth hormones, antibiotics and steroids that were injected into the 2,000 plus pound animal.
Even if you consume organic, you are still consuming a cow’s natural hormones, which is great for a baby calf but is overload on a human body.
These animals are constantly injected with hormones to cause them to lactate indefinitely. Have you noticed girls reaching puberty faster and males developing enlarged breasts? Also, men are now experiencing breast cancer as well.
And speaking of cancer, I would like to reveal that milk and cheese have also been linked to prostate cancer. And women who consume four or more servings of dairy per day are two times more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
Plant-based foods do not contain cholesterol; however, one serving of milk or cheese contains as much as 30 mg of cholesterol. Dairy contains high amounts of saturated fat and cheese contains 400 mg of sodium per ounce.
Dairy also causes inflammation in the body. I always recommend that anyone who has swelling in their joint or pain to get off dairy immediately, and if possible to go on a vegan diet.
Milk allergies are very common, and some people do not realize that some of their ailments and allergies are coming from dairy. Children can get chronic ear infections, sinus and throat irritation and many are placed on antibiotics instead of being told not to consume dairy.
Dairy can even cause vomiting and anaphylaxis. Some people also suffer from lactose intolerance due to an inability to properly digest milk, which contains lactose. Symptoms of lactose intolerance are gas, bloating, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can get progressively worse as one gets older.
Also, multiple studies found the consumption of dairy products by boys or girls lead to an increased prevalence of acne.
Cows are pumped full of antibiotics because they are kept in filthy farm factories. As I mentioned in a previous article, these antibiotics are transferred to us when we consume meat injected with them or dairy products. No wonder there has been a surge in antibiotic- resistant bacteria.
Milk is also linked to weight gain. According to a study of 12,000 children, the more milk they drank the more weight they gained. Consuming skim milk or two percent made absolutely no difference than whole milk in this study. This translates to adults too! If you are trying to lose weight, get off dairy products.
Some great substitutes are organic unsweetened almond milk or organic unsweetened coconut milk.
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Dr. Valentine is a weight loss consultant, a health consultant and a chiropractor. You can reach her at 855-771-SLIM (7546) or stop by A Slimmer You at 10300 49th St. N, Suite 211. Log on to www.aslimmeryou.us for more information.