Milk, is it good for you?

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I get asked numerous questions from my clients about cow’s milk. Should I drink it? Is it good for me or not?

 

There is a polemic over milk today. The decision is very personal and depends on your bio-individuality (what your body needs to feel good).

 

We are all different and dairy can be your friend or enemy…. In this article you can see the pros and cons, and draw your own conclusions.

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Personally, I believe drinking milk is a very personal decision. There are people who feel heavy and bloated after having milk, and there are others who have no issues digesting it.

 

 Pro’s  Reality
  • Rich in Calcium.
Only 25% of this Calcium is absorbed by humans
  • A source of Potassium, proteins, Vitamin D and other important nutrients
The same can be found in many other foods such as mushrooms, broccoli and bananas
  • Prevents osteoporosis
There are many studies questioning this as, drinking milk causes the body’s PH to become acidic. Our bodies use calcium from our bones to neutralise this acidity, which in turn depletes our calcium levels.

Additionally, in countries where people don’t drink milk as a “healthy habit” like China, they have lower rates of osteoporosis.

 

 

Another common problem today is that cow’s milk contains antibiotics and hormones, and they not very often from grazing. So if you consume milk, make sure that it is organic and comes from cow’s that eat grass.

 

I advise you to try a week without dairy and observe how you feel. Some people didn’t think that dairy affected them much, but when they stopped consuming it, they felt much better. They expressed the following:

 

  • Feeling lighter
  • Better digestion
  • Reductions in headaches
  • Less nasal congestion
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Reduction of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Improved skin

 

Today it is easy to replace milk, and there are many options in the market such as almond milk, pistachio, rice, oats, hemp, coconut, and even lentils’ milk. Be wary though, as some plant based milks are sweetened with sugar, and/or contain artificial thickeners.

 

Therefore look for vegetals milks that are not sweetened and that are as clean as possible. You can even can make them at home. Here are some easy recipes of my favourite milks:

 

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk

If you are going to drink milk, make sure it is of a good quality regardless if it is cow or vegetal milk.

I believe the most important thing is to experience and understand what suits your body.

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