Milk is for Baby Cows

"Milk does a body good"

"Milk gives you strong bones"

"Got milk?"

"Milk is high in calcium"

Milk has been advertised as the drink that will make your bones stronger, keep you healthy, and help you to grow. Has no one ever thought to themselves, "Huh, milk is made for 100 lb baby cows.. I wonder why that would be a good supplement for humans"? 

Human breast milk contains: (per cup) 171 cals, 2.5g protein, 11g fat, 17g of carbs, 79mg of calcium.  Cow's milk contains: (per cup) 146 cals, 8g protein, 7.9g fat, 11g of carbs, 276mg of calcium If our bodies needed all of the nutrients in cow's milk why didn't human breast milk come equipped with it?

According to saveourbones, 

Many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. What an irony this is! Here’s how it happens. Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is – you guessed it… in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.

To make matters worse milk has been known to increase bone fracture risks. Drinking milk from a young age puts children at risk of having osteoporosis and soft bones later in life. The 12 year long Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that those who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. This is a broad study based on 77,761 women aged 34 through 59 years of age.

According to saveourbones, milk has a positive potential renal acid load (PRAL) which triggers a protective biological reaction to neutralize all the damaging acidic protein before it reaches the kidneys. The body is designed for survival, so it sacrifices bone density to protect the kidneys and urinary tract because the latter are essential to survival. And the most readily available source of acid neutralizer is in the bones. So what happens? Calcium is pulled from the bones to put a damper on the acid load. 

Not only does milk leach calcium from your bones it also can contribute to risks of breast cancer. Dairy cows are given hormones that are called bovine growth hormones to increase milk production. This synthetic hormone increases levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in human cells. What is wrong with IGF-1? According to Dr. Furhman, a family physician and nutrition researcher- In adults, a high IGF-1 level is linked to accelerated aging and an increased risk of cancer and premature death.

We are not meant to drink milk our entire lives. There is a reason you ween your baby off of breast feeding and move them onto solid foods. We are the only mammals that are drinking milk through out life, even though we don't need it. I recommend using nut milks, rice milk, soy milk, or any non-animal milk to ingest. Is risking your bones really worth one bowl of cereal in the morning?

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