For many years, society has been bombarded with incessant propaganda about the beneficial effects of cow's milk on the human body. Meanwhile, it turns out that the reality is completely different from the one we are constantly fed. The milk we buy in the supermarkets is not the same as our grandparents have bought a long time ago. Milk was known as healthy food because cows were living according to the laws of nature. Natural milk and all fermented milk products are still considered healthy food for people to drink and eat occasionally. However, nowadays cows are fed by special mixtures that are far from natural grass. They are treated incredibly unwell and nothing matters except milk mass production.
Today I'd like to show you all of the reasons to stop drinking cow's milk.
Why adults should not drink milk?
Drinking milk leads to bone breaks
People in Scandinavia love to drink milk. According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, there are much more fractures in Norway compared to other countries, including China, where milk is hardly drunk. Coincidence? I don't think so. Also, recent research shows that dairy products do not strengthen bones in any way. It indicates that milk is causing bone fractures.
Drinking milk increases the incidence of cancer
Drinking milk increases the incidence of cancer, especially ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Hence, adults should not drink milk. Scientists claim that there are more cases of cancer in countries where milk and dairy consumption are higher. It has resulted from the presence of hormones in the milk. These are insulin-like growth factor IG-1, gonadotropin, thyroid-stimulating hormone, ovarian steroids, and epidermal growth factor.
Drinking milk increases heart disease
Adults should not drink milk, because it increases heart disease including therosclerosis and coronary disease. Milk contains casein, a type of protein that produces an incredibly harmful molecule in the body that clogs blood vessels - homocysteine. It blocks the veins and artery and also weakens the connective tissue. Do you know that Finns drink the most milk in Europe and there are the most cases of people with heart disease and diabetes in contrast to China or Japan, where milk is drunk occasionally.
Drinking milk causes stomach problems
In most adults, the production of lactase (the intestinal enzyme responsible for breaking down milk sugar, lactose) stops with age. As a result, drinking milk causes bloating, diarrhoea, and stomach pain. I believe it's a pretty decent reason why adults should not drink milk.
Drinking milk causes acne
Milk contains casein and whey proteins that increase insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and insulin. IGF-1 influences the processes leading to the increased secretion of sebum, resulting in the development of acne.
Cows milk vs humans milk
The basic difference between cow's milk and humans milk is the chemical composition. First of all, cow's milk is high in casein. Calves need it for the proper development of horns and hooves (humans don't need it) and hence they have an adapted digestive system to absorb casein, which produces renin, which digests casein. It is very harmful to humans because it produces a molecule of homocysteine in the human body. It causes blockage of veins and arteries and weakens connective tissue.
What happens when you drink cow's milk
If we drink cow's milk, we also bring more protein and sodium than our body needs. An excess matter that cannot be excreted remains in the body. Unused material turns into mucus or pus, which is an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. Thus, milk and milk products create an infection-friendly environment. According to Chinese medicine, milk has a cooling and moisturizing nature, which also contributes to the slime of the body. It is also harmful to the immune system because undigested cow's milk protein passes from the intestines into the blood. That's why we are exposed to allergies, streptococcal infections, tonsillitis, ear infections, persistent rhinitis, eczema, acne, overweight, bedwetting, anaemia, swelling, chronic fatigue, diarrhoea, and constipation.
Can milk be harmful for women?
Yes, research says that milk can be harmful to women because women suffer more often than men from the accumulation of substances contained in milk. There is a strong relationship between the consumption of milk and milk products, and various disorders of the female reproductive system, such as tumours, ovarian cysts, vaginal discharge, and infections. A connection between menstrual pain and heavy bleeding is also noted. Discomfort decreases or disappears when women stop consuming dairy products.
What to drink instead?
There are a lot of substitutes on the market! No matter if you go to your local shop or supermarket, I am sure you will find some of them. Despite the fact, I love the taste of all of them, I can't stand curdling. Imagine, you get up in the morning, you are very positive. Then you turn on the coffee machine, feel the smell of the coffee that is spreading along with your kitchen. You open the fridge, take the vegan milk, pour it in the coffee and it curdles. Is it something worse? You are not so positive anymore because you need to make your coffee again. Let's avoid it!
My favourite vegan milks that don't curdle:
1. Oat milk
2. Halzenut milk
3. Rice milk
The ones I choose for my porridge, smoothies etc:
1. Coconut milk
2. Almond milk
3. Soya milk
I truly believe we need to find a balance in whatever we eat and do. Food plays a very important role in it. Hence, it is crucial to take a look at the way you nurture your body and mind and get rid of any imbalances. Quitting cow milk and dairy products is one of them. I don't drink it daily, but it doesn't mean I don't eat ice creams or yoghurt from time to time. Remember, balance is key.