Got milk? or maybe not?

There is a huge myth around cow’s milk. Since I was a child my parents told me that I had to drink at least one glass of milk to keep me strong, I guess your parents said the same to you. However, now as an adult, I started to hear and read all kind of information about drinking milk after certain age, and I make a decision, I decided not to drink cow’s milk anymore. Here are some reasons why I made that decision.

1) Besides humans, none of the other species drinks milk after infancy neither drinks milk from another species. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months.

2) Cow’s milk is the cause number one of food allergies among infants and children, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.

3) Most people produce less lactase, the enzyme that helps with the digestion of milk, when they are younger than the age of 2 years. This reduction can lead to lactose intolerance. About 75 percent of the world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products.

4) A U.K. study showed that people who suffered from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, fatigue, and digestive problems “showed marked and often complete improvements in their health after cutting milk from their diets”.

5) Medical studies indicate that rather than preventing the disease, milk may actually increase women’s risk of getting osteoporosis. A Harvard Nurses’ Study of more than 77,000 women ages 34 to 59 found that those who consumed two or more glasses of milk per day had higher risks of broken hips and arms than those who drank one glass of milk or less per day.

6) Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods  (vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed).

7) Many dairy producers use rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) as way to increase milk production in their cows, resulting in up to 20% more production. However, the hormone causes udder inflammation in cows, which can lead to the contamination of the milk from secreted pus common in udder inflammation.

I know it sounds really hard to think about giving up to milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and all the delicious food made with milk. But I invite you to try to give up diary products, at least begin with milk for only two weeks and see if you notice any changes in your body. I have no doubt that you will. If you do, share with us your experience.

Me? I already gave up on milk. Now I’m trying to do the same with cheese. On another post I’ll tell you which ones has been the effects of no eating cheese.

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