“But my momma told me to drink my milk!?”
Is milk really necessary for an effective weight loss plan?
Do we have to drink milk every day to get a sufficient amount of calcium?
The answer to both of these questions is NO. We do not need to drink milk as part of a healthy weight loss plan or to obtain a healthy amount of calcium each day.
Consider the following facts:
1. Americans drink the most milk of any other country, yet we still have the highest rate of osteoporosis.
2. Pasteurization kills off all the necessary digestive enzymes in the milk (This is why so many people are now lactose intolerant).
3. Pasteurization makes the major part of the calcium contained in milk insoluble. This means that 50% of milk’s calcium is unusable by the body
4. Milk sugar (lactose) converts into sugar your body uses very quickly, leading to blood sugar highs and lows and an up and down energy rollercoaster ride for you.
But how can any of this be true? Milk is supposed to ‘do a body good’?
Well, it does. But… milk is only intended to be consumed in its natural state – unpasteurized. Many states in the US and most organic farmers REFUSE to drink pasteurized. Hmmm… maybe they know something we don’t…
Plus, consider this: Most cows are being given growth hormone to keep them producing massive amounts of milk. This, in turn, makes them sick. So have also have to be given antibiotics. These get into their blood stream and then into the milk they produce. Who drinks this chemical-laden milk? We do!
So now the big question is: “How am I supposed to get enough Calcium?” Well, since most of the Calcium in milk isn’t absorbed by the body, it sure isn’t from drinking pasteurized milk.
More calcium is absorbed from foods such as green leafy vegetables, broccoli and salmon. This makes sense that more calcium come from greens since cows preferably eat grass and they have a lot of calcium inside their bodies.
If reducing your risk for Osteoporosis is your goal, do the #1 activity that prevents this debilitating disease: Exercise! Weight training exercise has been shown to be the best way to prevent osteoporosis. Putting small stresses on your bones via strength training helps to re-build them stronger.
No one, and I mean no one, should be neglecting some exercise into their life.
Here are my tips on drinking the right kind of milk, calcium and preventing osteoporosis:
1. If you drink dairy on a regular basis, try to find a source for raw, or unpasteurized milk. www.realmilk.com is a great resource for this.
2. If the thought of raw milk scares you, purchase the next best thing: certified organic milk products. They will be free of antibiotics and hormones.
3. Since most of milk’s calcium is not absorbed by the body, make sure to get your calcium from these other sources, too: leafy green veggies, broccoli, sardines (with bones) and salmon.
4. Commit to a strength training routine on a consistent basis. Not just for your muscles and for the way you look in the mirror (although this does help) but for your bone’s sake.
Milk and dairy do NOT have to be a staple in your diet in order to absorb adequate amounts of calcium and achieve an ideal level of health. You can establish and maintain a healthy way of eating, reach your weight loss goals and feel great each day without drinking milk.
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