Many of my clients ask “why not milk?”. We grew up with our parents telling us to drink our milk, our doctors tell us how important milk is for our vitamin D and calcium, and if that wasn’t convincing enough Cindy Crawford has graced the inside of many magazines with her milk moustache. I don’t know about you, but if Cindy Crawford is drinking milk, I had better start drinking it too.
The reality is, our pastuerized, over processed milk is not that great for us. Anytime you see the word “fortified” on something its usually a good indication that what is inside is fake and probably not very healthy. There is a reason milk producers have to fortify their milk with Vitamin D and Calcium. It is becuase the process of making milk, ie. pastuerization, has taken all the good stuff out of it. Many then argue that without pasturization all the bad stuff is left in it too. But the reality is, there is more good bacteria in raw milk than bad bacteria. The good bacteria helps us digestive and expel the bad bacteria.
Here is an excellent article on the benefits of raw milk. But as raw milk is illegal to sell in Canada, making it difficult to acquire unless you own a cow, my suggestion is to avoid milk all together. And here is why:
1. Contrary to popular belief milk does not prevent osteoporosis. Milk is basic in nature, but when metabolized by our body it becomes acidic. Our body is constantly fighting to maintain a constant pH level, a little over 7. To do this it uses what is has available, the vitamins, minerals and proteins from our bones and muscle. When our body is too acidic it pulls calcium from out bones to create a more basic environment. This puts us at greater risk of developing osteoporosis.
2. Dairy products are mucous forming and often contribute to allergies. It also contains several allergenic proteins, which can cause bloating, skin rashes and initiate other allergic responses.
3. Milk contains casein, a cancer causing substance. T. Colin Campbells’ The China Study (2005) describes a direct correlation between casein and cancer.
4. Diabetes and heart disease. Dairy products are high in fat and can spike insulin levels, both which are contributors to Diabetes and Heart Disease.
After explaining this, many of my clients then ask, “so, how do I get my calcium and vitamin D”. Vitamin D is simple. Go out in the sun. And not with sunscreen on! 30 minutes of unprotected exposure each day will give your body the Vitamin D it needs, and will not result in a sun burn or skin cancer. The worst thing that could happen is you might have a healthy glow and people be jealous about how great you look.
They are plenty of other dietary sources of Calcium. Almonds, Kale, broccoli, collards, mustard greens, and Bok Choy to name a few.