The Truth About Milk
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We are taught from day one that cow's milk is good for our health. That it adds calcium to our diet which promotes healthy bones amongst other things. What if the reverse was the truth? What if drinking cows milk could actually be pulling calcium FROM your bones leading to Osteoporosis and other problems?
Note: I'm not here to tell you what to do or eat. This all all simply information that I have researched and gathered over the years. It is entirely up to you what you choose to do with it and whether you act on it or research more yourself. Please also read my disclaimer page.
I have always loved milk for as long I can remember. At nursery I was milk monitor for a while where I would distribute a small bottle of milk to my class-mates. This was done in just about every school as far as I know. Since then, I have drunk milk in abundance including drinking a full pint in one go at times.
Why Milk from Cows?
I never really questioned this before but when you think about it, it's absurd!
Humans are the only creature on Earth that drinks the weaning milk from another animal. We are also the only animal that actually drinks milk past the weaning stages of life. Even cows stop drinking it once they reach a certain size!
So why do we still taught to drink it throughout our lives? Money? Commerce? Industry perhaps? How can the food industry "sell us" this information when it goes against independent research and science. Independent research that is not sponsored by the food companies etc.
Cows and the Planet
Putting out health aside for a moment and going off on a tangent, think about the effect the animal food industry is having on our planet. Think about the sheer amount of cow-derived food and products we rely on worldwide on a daily basis:
Now think about how many millions of people around the world use cow products on a daily basis.
Then think how many cows are needed to supply that demand. Where do we keep them all? Sure, you will see fields in the UK for example, where maybe 20 to 30 cows are happily grazing in the sun. However, that doesn't really show the extent of the problem.
We destroy thousands of acres of rain-forests (about 80% to date apparently) to make way for not only the grazing land but for arable land to feed the cows. This has a huge knock on effect on many areas. Too much to go into here. Let's not even mention the torturing, suffering and cruelty.
We need to get back on track...
Milk and Your Health
The reason other animals stop consuming milk after weaning is because they don't have the enzymes to break down the sugar in milk. Many humans are the same (except for those that have developed a tolerance and who have developed and acquired the LTC gene) with Lactose Intolerance becoming a world-wide problem.
When we drink milk, we consume a lot of animal protein. Even I have been a fan of animal protein in the past during my training, dieting and so on. I have always been a BIG meat-eater. However, now in my 50's I am re-evaluating my entire diet and have done for the past few years.
Too much protein in the body can trigger metabolic acidosis meaning you become acidic. When our bodies become acidic, not only can this bring on and help to "feed" cancer, it also effects the bones.
Your body actually pulls calcium from your bones to help neutralise that acidity! This can cause severe effects on bone health later in life. Hip fractures, Osteoporosis and even contribute towards cancer.
Resource: If you want to learn more about this, the book The China Study is the most comprehensive nutrition study ever made. Well worth reading (I have). Great for diet, weight loss and longevity of life.
This is too big a subject to go into in more detail here so I recommend you do your own research hereon in. You can then decide what changes you want to make in your life going forward. I am the first to admit that when I was young I was indestructible! Nothing to harm me hence all the motorbikes, skydiving, smoking, alcohol etc.
When I hit my mid to late 30's, I started thinking more about my health and what was impacting it (good and bad). I also started to research and study more which led me to a complete re-think about what I was doing to myself.
Since then, and now as I reach my mid-fifties, I can honestly say I have never felt better.
None of us know what awaits us later in life so the sooner you start looking after yourself, the better you will feel. Not just now but you will have confidence later on in life knowing that you did the best you could.
Do you want to live long now knowing how active you will be later in live or live longer and prosper, run, jump and have fun into your 80's or 90's?