Humans are the only species that drink milk past infancy. And we are the only species to drink the milk of another animal – that grows to be 1500 pounds!! If you are still drinking cow’s milk, it’s time to ask yourself two questions: #1 – Are you a calf? #2 – Are you aiming to grow to 1500 pounds? I’m guessing that’s not a long term goal! Dairy milk is specifically designed to nourish a baby cow with all of the nutrients it needs to grow into a healthy, 1500 pound adult cow. The same is true for human breastmilk – it is perfectly designed to nourish a developing infant. The proteins in dairy milk are much larger than in human breastmilk, and are very difficult for humans to break down effectively. This tends to make the body identify dairy milk as an invader to the system, and is acted upon as though it must create a defensive response. This reaction leads to dairy sensitivities and allergies that wreak havoc on your immune system long term.

Common Misconception: But if I don’t drink milk, where will I get my calcium?

The dairy industry has done an excellent job marketing milk as the go-to substance to fulfill your daily requirements for calcium, to “protect your bones”. There have been studies that show that after drinking milk, there is a higher content of calcium circulating in your blood stream than before you drank the milk. However, what these studies fail to illustrate is the source of the calcium that is in the blood. Milk creates a very acidic residue inside the body that must be buffered immediately by an alkaline balance, to maintain a healthy pH inside your body. Your body’s response to this acidic effect caused by ingesting milk is to release calcium stored inside your bones, to buffer the acidic levels and bring them back to a safe reading. So, yes, after drinking milk, there is more calcium in your bloodstream, but only because your body had to release it from its own stores inside your bones.

Common Question: So where will I get my calcium?

Where do cows get their calcium? Greens! It is must easier for your body to break down and assimilate nutrients from fruit and vegetables than it is to break down dense, heavy foods like meat and dairy products. Broccoli, Bok Choy, Kate, Lettuce, Almonds, Hazelnuts and Figs are a great source of calcium that your body can easily use.

Important Tip:

If you are worried about your bone health and calcium levels, what you really should focus on is magnesium! The majority of adults are deficient in magnesium, and this can cause serious health issues. According to Dr. Mercola, having excessive amounts of calcium in the body, while having a deficiency in magnesium, can lead to heart disease, problems with your heart muscle spasming and sudden heart attack. Be sure you are getting enough magnesium by eating your green leafy veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, and avocados. With Sources from: http://www.dairymoos.com/how-much-do-cows-weight/ https://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-musculoskeletal-disorders/osteoporosis/prevention/calcium/calcium-content-common-foods http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/03/magnesium-drinking-water.aspx https://draxe.com/is-milk-hurting-or-helping-your-bones/

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