Part 2 Healthy exceptions to milk and alternatives.
Are There Healthy Exceptions to Milk? - Dairy Part 2
In part 1 - I talked about problems from conventional pasteurized and homogenized dairy is for everyone including those who are not lactose intolerant. Understanding what makes you tired, gassy, achy, depressed, lose sleep or any other unnatural disruption outside of getting energy and mental clarity from what you eat are all important messages for you to override anything that you hear is healthy for you.
1 cup of raw pasture raised organic raw milk has been shown to have even more probiotics in it than commercial yogurt.
Raw milk is said to offer benefits for skin, hair and nails, immunity, reduced allergies, bone density, weight loss and muscle gain. It contains minerals Fat Soluble Vitamins A, D, and K2, Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3’s. CLA fights cancer and helps reduce body fat.
Eating raw also eliminates the dangerous effects of Pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, the effects of pasteurization and homogenization, as I talked about in part 1. And it also has probiotics but especially when used for raw organic homemade Kefir or yogurt, (not commercial) and raw organic Cheese.
Other alternatives to drinking milk are:
Coconut milk – which I make myself rather than pasteurized commercial brands.
and you can see my video on how to cut open coconuts and make it yourself,
Alternatives I don't like
Rice Milk - I don't like rice milk because of the empty carbs but also high heavy metal content
Soy Milk - I don’t like soy milk for many reasons such as it’s mostly GMO, full of pesticides, phytic acid and endocrine disruptors and more. I don’t eat any soy products unless they are properly fermented and organic but you can see my video on the dangers of soy.
For an ice cream supplement
I also have a video on a banana ice cream that everyone loves and in the blog associated with this video I’ll have more great dairy free recipes that are super healthy.
For a detailed List of what is dairy products and what ingredients dairy is in see this blog: http://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-free-grocery-shopping-guide/dairy-ingredient-list-2
Questions to ask your dairy Farmer if you are buying raw milk:
1. Do you EVER feed your ruminant animals (those with 4 stomachs, cow, goat, sheep) ANY grain? If the answer is yes, then look elsewhere.
2. Have you tested ALL of the milk cows for Bovine Leukemia and do you have a Leukemia free herd? We need to quantify here, if all of the adult animals have been tested and are free of the disease, then the offspring should be free of Leukemia also and do not need to be tested.
3. Is your dairy cow herd and bull A2/A2? If not, what percentage is A2/A2? Do you have plans to switch to A2/A2? What is your time frame?
4. Do you annually test for TB?
5. Do you annually test for Brucellosis or does the Texas Animal Commission come out at least 2 times per year to test your bulk milk tank? If the Texas Animal Commission does not come but one time per year or tests a small sampling of milk and the farmer does not test their all of their cows annually, we would not recommend buying their milk.
6. Do you have a license and is the state testing their milk for pathogens or is the dairy farmer testing their milk for pathogens at least once a quarter at a private lab?
7. Do you use hormones?
8. Do you test each quarter of each cow every 7-9 days to assure a low somatic cell count in the milk to keep any potentially infected milk out of the tank?
For more see this blog here - http://www.homemademommy.net/2012/11/sand-creek-raw-milk-dairyfarm-tour.html
(kefir is acid neutral unlike milk)
1. Fights Cancer – Consumption of fermented foods has been shown to kill several different types of cancerous tumors in animal studies. The Journal of Dairy Science, for example, published a study that evaluated the immune cells in mice and discovered that regular kefir consumption helps stop breast cancer growth.
2. Supports Detoxification – kills aflotoxins
3. Boosts Immunity – University College Cork in Ireland compared Lactobacillus probiotic preparations, and compared them to conventional antibiotics in three animal models that are similar to humans. They discovered that, “In all three animal diseases we observed a positive effect in that the animals were significantly protected against infection.”
In fact, the researchers discovered that probiotics worked as well as or even better than antibiotic therapy in not only eliminating the infectious agent, but in resolving symptoms!
4. Builds Bone Density – A 2014 study published in the journal of Osteoporosis International found that consuming kefir benefits bone density and can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The researchers found kefir works by increasing the absorption of bone building minerals of calcium and magnesium.
The probiotics in kefir improve nutrient absorption and the dairy itself contains all of the most important nutrients for improving bone density including phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K2.
5. Heals IBS and IBD – Because of the high doses of probiotics including the strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium kefir is also an effective natural treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. A study published in a Canadian medical journal found that probiotic rich foods, including yogurt and kefir, can help heal IBS and reduce bowel inflammation.
6. Allergies and Asthma – In a recent study published in the Journal of Immunology, kefir was found to have both positive effects on allergies and asthma. In the study, kefir significantly suppressed inflammatory markers of interleukin-4, T-helper cells and IgE immunoglobulins. The researchers stated that kefir has strong anti-inflammatory properties that could prove useful in the prevention of asthma.
7. Improves Lactose Intolerance – It may sound crazy, but yes fermented milk products like kefir can help people with milk-related lactose intolerance. To grip your brain around this, you have to keep in mind that fermentation changes the chemical make-up of foods and, as in the case of fermented milk, kefir is relatively low in lactose.
Additionally, if you struggle with lactose problems, you may want to try adding kefir to your diet in small amounts because a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that, “Kefir improves lactose digestion and tolerance in adults with lactose malabsorption.” As a disclaimer: although I have found most people do very well with goat’s milk kefir a small percent of people may still have issues with dairy.
If you have had lactose intolerance, my advice is to try it first by placing a small drop of the kefir on the inside of you arm or wrist and let it dry. Then wait 24 hours and see if you have any inflammation. If you do, then steer clear of it. But if not, then try adding just a drop or two to a beverage or some food and see if you have any reaction. You can then increase the amount until you are certain that you are not reacting to it.
As with any food or diet, make sure to listen to your body.
NOTE: If you have had an allergic reaction with any dairy, then I would seek advice from your doctor or natural health practitioner on how to test your allergies without ingesting the kefir.
Coming up in part 3 I talk about whether or not you should eat cheese and what are the best and worst ones for you. I think the answer will surprise you.
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Milk – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/03/full-fat-cheese-milk-yogurt.aspx
benefits of raw – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/04/16/raw-vs-organic-milk.aspx
Milk – naturalhealthwarriors.com/everything-you-thought-you-knew-about-milk-is-wrong/
Milk and bone loss –
Benefits of saturated fats – https://price-pottenger.org/journals/big-fat-surprise-why-butter-meat-and-cheese-belong-healthy-diet
pasteurization and homogenization — https://draxe.com/pasteurization-homogenization-101/
kefir benefits – https://draxe.com/kefir-benefits/
butter – https://authoritynutrition.com/is-butter-dairy/
raw milk axe – https://draxe.com/raw-milk-benefits/
cancer – http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/
non dairy creamers – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/17/non-dairy-creamer-chemicals.aspx