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Is Milk Good For Adults?

December 22nd, 2014 | by Events Staff
Is Milk Good For Adults?
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When I provide my healthy eating plans for customers, many are shocked to see it does not contain dairy, especially milk. But within a few weeks the number of messages and e mails I get saying how well people are feeling is incredible.

While we’ve been conditioned to believe milk is the epitome of healthy drinking, it’s really a gamble. It can be highly beneficial or highly detrimental. Physicians emphasize the importance of plenty of milk for young bodies, and dairy products have long been a part of the standard food pyramid (taught to our children and therefore, perpetuated). Shoppers have options, and now need to be educated and picky about their daily milk intake.

Milk from many animals, particularly cows, has long been a regular food staple for many, but not all, cultures. It provides other food sources such as cheese, yogurt, and butter and is a source of protein, vitamin D and calcium. On the flip side, it’s also a trigger for lactose intolerance.

Lactose is a sugar usually digested in the intestinal tract. Many people lack or lose the ability to digest lactose and will suffer from significant bowel cramping, bloating or even loose bowels upon consuming dairy products. This problem can be overcome to some degree by replacing the lost enzyme as an oral supplement.

Dairy is one of the most commonly reported allergies. Even when not seen as a specific allergy, milk is frequently not tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract. This is a problem that can extend beyond lactose intolerance. For many, milk can cause bloating, constipation and even reflux. Clinically, milk may also be linked to increased eczema, worsening sinus problems, migraine headaches and joint pain.

Milk is considered a mucus-producing food and is clinically thought to aggravate congestion.

Milk cows are given growth hormones to increase their milk production and antibiotics to decrease infections. These materials become contaminants in the milk and their impact on the human body is not entirely known.

Look for containers that clearly state that the cows used to produce the milk were not given any hormones or antibiotics. The term “organic” can be misleading. Organic milk may mean no hormones in one case and no antibiotics in another, or that the cows were fed organic grain. Even large consumer companies such as Kroger and Starbucks are offering hormone-free dairy products.

You should also choose milk from grass-fed cows. While most cows will graze on grass at some point in their lifetime, many will be shifted to some other feed source to increase their size and milk production. Cattle rely on an internal system that is uniquely adapted to the processing of grasses as their major food source. Other types of food, such as corn, will fatten up the cow and make them less healthy. This carries over to both the meat and the milk. Cows fed exclusively grass will themselves be healthier and produce healthier milk. I buy all my meet from grass fed chicken and get my calcium source from my protein drinks and never feel bloated since I changed my diet three ago (along with the elimination of white carbohydrates)

So my top tips for this week:

  • Stop drinking lattes, stick to healthier options like green tea.
  • Listen to what your body is telling you about milk consumption, especially if you are bloated.
  • Try a protein powder drink as an alternative source of calcium.
  • Are you lactose intolerant? If so, ask yourself why.

For more information on healthy eating and exercise contact me at nonevans.com

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