Do you ever notice that after drinking milk or eating dairy you immediately experience indigestion, cramping, or even diarrhea? If so, you are not alone. In fact, most people are unable to digest milk once they pass childhood. Why is this the case? Because the enzyme renin needed to break down the protein component of milk, and lactose which breaks down the milk sugar, are produced very little if at all after the age of about 3.
When I used to drink a lot of milk I would notice that the next day I’d wake up feeling very congested with tightness in my chest. This is because milk causes mucus formation as the body attempts to detoxify itself. What does that mean? Basically that milk products when eaten cause the body to detoxify itself in the form of respiratory elimination such as: a cold, asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Do you suffer with asthma or chronic sinusitis? Eliminating dairy out of your diet can help really make the difference in how you feel.
What about all the calcium and protein in milk? Well, sorry to break the news to you, but all the advertising of milk and it’s calcium it provides is just that…a marketing strategy! Pasteurizing milk by heating it renders its calcium inorganic, meaning it alters its’ molecular structures. Thus, the calcium is UNUSABLE and TOXIC as well. As for the protein component, the pasteurizing process causes the milk protein to toughen and clump together, making it less available for the body to use. The inorganic and unabsorbed calcium in the body actually calcifies in the soft tissues of the body causing many other diseases. An interesting fact about milk and calcium…The countries with the highest cases of Osteoporosis are the milk drinking countries…not a coincidence.
That being said, where can we get calcium from? Well, when following a plant-based diet eliminating processed and refined foods the body is able to assimilate the nutrients from it. Which foods are good sources of calcium? Every plant food has calcium, but green leafy vegetables, oranges, figs, nuts such as almonds and seeds, are especially good sources. Almond milk or seed milk(i.e. pumpkin or sunflower) are great substitutions for milk and you can make them fresh, and delicious right in your own kitchen. It doesn’t get any better than that!