I was talking to a nutritionist as I like to do; I will see eye to eye with a nutritionist if they keep up to date with their information. The nutritionist I was talking to told me she was able to get rid of her asthma through diet. I thought that was awesome so I asked her how exactly she did it. I wasn’t surprised when she said she eliminated dairy products and it went away.
This isn’t anything unusual. Dairy is a very common allergen that causes a lot of people various issues. Here are my top 10 reasons why dairy products are bad for you. Feel free to contact me with any questions and comments below.
1. THE PROCESSING OF RAW MILK
Like all processed foods, there is very little nutrition in dairy. All dairy is processed in some way unless you’re getting it straight from the animal. Homogenization… pasteurization… whatever the process might be.
Processing involves heating the product to a high enough temperature to kill the bacteria in the product. This also kills the enzymes, including lactase and phosphatase. Lactase is the enzyme that metabolizes lactose which is the sugar in milk. The dairy is then fortified with things like calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Phosphatase is the enzyme needed to absorb calcium. This makes the calcium in processed dairy useless. Some dairy products will actually make you more deficient in calcium.
Lactose is the sugar in milk products. As a baby you produce plenty of lactase, which is the enzyme to digest lactose. As you get older you produce less and less lactase making you more and more lactose intolerant. Do you know how intolerant you are to lactose?
Casein is a protein in milk products. About 20% of the population has some degree of intolerance to casein. You might not break out in a rash or hives but you likely will have inflammation and subsequent water retention with slowed metabolism that goes unnoticed. This causes all kinds of problems… So maybe you will notice.
Whey is the other protein in milk products. It’s usually a liquid but gets dehydrated and sold as a protein supplement. A lot of people have some degree of a food sensitivity to whey as well which also causes inflammation and increase in disease and weight gain.
Lectin is a naturally occurring toxin found in plants. This toxin breaks down the lining of the gut causing leaky gut syndrome. Mycotoxin is a metabolite of mold and it is a very powerful neuro-toxin. It gets in dairy because the animal eats grains that have this toxin in it.
Some other harmful products found in dairy are preservatives, anti-inflammatories, natural hormones, anti-malaria drugs, steroid hormones, anti-fungal drugs, pesticides, and other things to enhance flavour like sweeteners.
6. HORMONE IMBALANCE
One of the hormones dairy products will offset is insulin. Dairy products increase insulin which stores energy in cells. In a lot of cases it will be storing the energy as fat in fat cells. Dairy is a great weight gainer, not just because of all the inflammation it causes but also because of the hormone imbalance.
7. SKIN ISSUES
People that have skin issues have gut issues. When people see a doctor about acne or other skin issues, the first thing a doctor might ask you to try is to give up dairy and other foods that cause gut problems and inflammation.
Glyphosate needs special mention. Most commercially raised animals will eat genetically modified products because it’s cheaper. Genetically modified grains are sprayed with Roundup. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. Glyphosate is a great chelator which means it binds to minerals. It will bind to your minerals and deplete you of minerals. Glyphosate was originally trade marked as an antibiotic. Also not good which I will explain in the next reason why dairy isn’t good. Glyphosate also causes leaky gut syndrome.
Antibiotics and estrogen are normally given to cattle to fatten them up. The reason dairy cows are given antibiotics is to treat mastitis. Mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary glands or udder and is usually caused by an infection. Infections are high when an animal is raised in a concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
10. CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS
A lot of dairy cows are now raised in CAFOs. It isn’t just bad for the animal but bad for human consumption as well. CAFOs produce low nutrient animals with high toxin levels. See doctor Mercola’s infographic on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
ARE THERE ANY DAIRY PRODUCTS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU?
If the cow wasn’t fed GMOs, antibiotics, hormones, or any other drugs then maybe. If it was grass fed a clean diet and your body doesn’t react to casein, whey, or lactose you might be in luck. You would have to try for yourself by eliminating it for a month and see how you feel when you reintroduce it.
Yogurt and cheese don’t have lactose. I will sometimes get cheese if the ingredients list says “Unpasteurized milk, bacterial culture, salt.” I get the kind that is imported from Switzerland because I have seen what the cows eat in Switzerland and they eat lush grass on the side of a mountain. Unpasteurized means it is made with raw milk. The bacterial culture eats all the lactose and the salt is for flavour. My body doesn’t seem to react to cheese but I don’t eat much.
The only other dairy product I use is grass fed ghee. Ghee is butter with all the water and protein taken out of it. If it is grass fed it has CLA which is a weight loss supplement. It will also contain butyrate which feeds good gut bacteria and ghee is a great source of healthy saturated fat you can use to cook with on high temperatures.
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