Dairy - yes or no?
One question I often get asked; “Do you have dairy in your diet?”
Here are my views and a little more in depth information regarding dairy.
-Humans are the only species that actually go back to drinking milk after being weaned off.
-We not only go back to drinking our own species of milk, but also turn to an animal- usually a cow for milk.
-Dairy may cause numerous allergy-based infections- from ear infections, respiratory or gastrointestinal and skin symptoms. Anyone who suffers from these is recommended to have a strict 2-3 month dairy free period to see if symptoms ease. (-Dr Michael Greger)
-Most milk comes from pregnant cows; therefore carry a lot more estrogen to your diet. Estrogen is another story in itself, I recommend you research it.
-The cows are often fed antibiotics, engineered hormones, pesticides and other chemicals, that flow directly to- you guessed it, your mik. Did you know, unintentional pesticide poisonings kill an estimated 355,000 people globally each year?
- The biochemical make-up of cow's milk is perfectly suited to turn a 65-pound newborn calf into a 400-pound cow in one year. It contains, for example, three times more protein and seven times more mineral content while human milk has 10 times as much essential fatty acids, three times as much selenium, and half the calcium. Some may like cow's milk but drinking it is both unnecessary and potentially harmful.
-Milk is actually a poor source for dietary calcium. Humans, like cows, get all the calcium they need from plants within your diet.
-It is still widely accepted that the calcium in dairy products will strengthen our bones and help prevent osteoporosis, but studies show that foods originating from animal sources (like milk) make the blood acidic. When this occurs, the blood leeches calcium from the bones to increase alkalinity. While this works wonders for the pH balance of your blood, it sets your calcium-depleted bones up for osteoporosis. As explained by John Robbins, "The only research that even begins to suggest that the consumption of dairy products might be helpful [in preventing osteoporosis] has been paid for by the National Dairy Council itself."
-The average adult will consume approx 2 glasses of milk per day (coffees, smoothies, yoghurts etc) this is 300 calories vs. 0 calories of water that your body actually needs for digestion, complexion and bodily function.
With all of these points and research being taken from actual scientific research and Dr’s, for myself and my family it is a first hand choice as to why we live in a dairy free household.
My youngest son Ryder is lactose intolerant, if he drinks milk he breaks out in eczema within the day. For myself, I had chronic tonsillitis, anytime I drunk dairy; I no longer get tonsillitis at all.
Although these are my beliefs, I encourage you all to do your own research and find an answer that sits right for YOUR beliefs. Make an informed decision.