Dairy has been in our diet for around approx. 9000 years. Historically though, it is not a typical part of our diet and we are the only mammals that continue it’s use after our mothers milk. We typically consume cow and goat dairy. Unfortunately there is a significant portion of the population that has issues with the glucose/lactose that is in the product. These individuals are lactose intolerant which means that they do not have the enzyme to digest milk. Most asian cultures do not have this enzyme and 30%-40% of the worlds population do not have this enzyme. Babies produce this enzyme, but it is supposed to decrease naturally as they grow. This often causes inflammation in the body.
Dairy is 87% water, with milk solids being the rest of it. The solids contain fats, proteins (whey casein) and carbohydrates. It is seen as a good source of vitamins, fatty acids (shorter chain when it is from naturally fed animals). The quality of the dairy is directly related to the quality of the animals that produced it. The more natural the better.
We must remember that dairy is a hormone delivery system. So when we drink our mothers milk it is the perfect food for us. However we are not cows or goats, so the hormone delivery system for them is certainly not tweaked for us humans. That’s bad enough, but then we add hormones to the animals (RBST/HGH) which then is transferred to us. If you are going to use dairy, I would only drink natural/organic dairy.
Dairy production
During the production process dairy goes through a lot of changes. One of the main things that happens is pasteurization. This is heating the product up in order to sterilize it, unfortunately this also kills all of the enzymes and vitamins in the product. Also the protein structure is damaged and changed which makes it less digestable. After all of this the milk requires chemicals to be placed back into it in order to make it more palatable. Vitamin D is also added back in because it was ruined in the pasteurization process. The Vitamin D that is added in is synthetically made though and is hard for the body to absorb.
After all of this the milk is homogenized because we do not like our milk separating on our shelves (which is natural). This means that it is spun and then pumped through a fine filter at a high pressure. Therefore the fat and protein are mashed together so that they wont separate. This however makes the solids so small that when you digest them they go through the digestive walls and leak out into your blood system. When this happens the body thinks that it is an invader and the body must activate it’s immune response system. There is a histamine release resulting in sinus issues (congestion/pressure). Some believe that arthritis could be caused by this and the inflammation caused by this could be the cause of multiple chronic diseases.
Misc study findings
Fermented milk such as yogurt has good bacteria in it which might improve digestion and decrease cholesterol. It also has lots of sugar in it. There have been studies that have shown a link between cancer and heart disease and dairy (nurses study, US physicians study, china study).
When balancing your diet you can look at alkaline/acidic foods. Animal foods in general are acidic, vegetable foods are alkaline. The body is supposed to be more alkaline and when the body is acidic it leaches the calcium out of the bones. There is a link between increased dairy consumption and osteoporosis due to this and also because calcium is not the key to preventing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is an issue not only of bone strength, but also of bone flexibility. Too much calcium and too little collagen will actually make the bones brittle and more vulnerable.
So if you’re not going to get your calcium from milk, just where are you going to get it from? Well, here’s a list for you:
Leafy greens, fish (salmon in particular), Sea Vegetables, Beans, Legumes, Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, Nuts/Seeds (walnuts), stock
When you are making a bone stock you can put a small amount of vinegar into the water. This will help pull the minerals out of the bones.
High acidic food, animal products, salt, caffeine, smoking, refined sugar, pharmaceuticals, Vitamin A and uncooked Spinach has been said to decrease calcium in your body.

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