Is There Anything Wrong with Dairy?
Have you ever wondered about dairy, and how it affects your body? There are thousands of articles online about dairy but they all day different things. Some are posted about the US and some are posted About Canada. Not to mention the incredibly complicated studies that seem impossible to read and follow.
First off, I want to commend Canada for stepping up to the plate when it comes to hormones and antibiotics use around milk. The US does not have the same standards, and I strongly recommend against drinking milk or consuming dairy from the US.
What are some things I should know about dairy?
Dairy is not the best form of calcium.
Shocker I know. There are so many more whole foods out there that have more calcium as well as Vitamin D, minerals, and other nutrients that it takes to be properly absorbed into the body. Whole foods such as:
- White beans.
- Some fish, like sardines, salmon, perch, and rainbow trout.
Calcium needs Vitamin D to be utilized properly. Meaning to be able to be absorbed into our bones. Milk has some vitamin D in it, but guess where it is found? In the fat! So drinking full-fat milk is going to provide you with at least some natural form of vitamin D. With the increase of Rickets (- a Vitamin D deficiency disease in children) and other Vitamin D deficiency, it was determined to add it to our milk. However, it is a Synthetic form. Which doesn’t get broken down, and utilized as effectively as natural forms.
When you are consuming an abundance of calcium that is not being absorbed properly it gets filtered to your kidneys. This can cause a build up and crystallization which will develop into kidney stones.
Dairy can cause inflammation.
This one may or may not be a shocker to you. Dairy is actually slightly lower on the Ph side. Which mean that it can be acid forming. If your body is already very acidic (which you can test using Ph Strips) it can actually cause leaching of calcium from the bones to help neutralize the acid. Which is kind of counterproductive. Also if your body is acidic the calcium that you have consumed may not be absorbed properly.
Dairy is mucus forming.
This has been known for years. I remember as a child when I was sick and full of mucus my parents would never allow me to drink milk or consume dairy as it would cause more mucus. This can actually hinder your digestion as well. It will cause a mucus layer around your stomach making it difficult for your stomach acid to form properly.
The mucus also can lead to sinus and ear problems. This was the number one sign with our child that he had a dairy sensitivity as he had so many ear infections and constantly congested.
Dairy contains 2 forms of proteins.
A lot of people don’t know that. But to have an allergy or an intolerance to something it would be the proteins that you would have the issues with. Casein and Whey are the 2 proteins. You can have issues with 1 and not the other. However, If you have an issue with gut permeability this can cause both proteins to be in the bloodstream causing more of an issue.
There are many articles on how dairy can affect your hormone levels. It is said because of the fact that dairy comes from the reproductive system of a cow (or any animal) there are higher estrogens. This can lead to an imbalance of hormones in the body, and could possibly lead to estrogen dominance, and acne issues. Please note that in Canada, The Dairy farmers do not use Growth Hormones.
It is Processed.
To a degree, the milk is a processed item. When you process anything the nutrients start to decrease as well as the live enzymes that help break down the food naturally. However, with that being said, it is illegal to sell raw dairy in Canada. – When it comes to Raw dairy the facts and information change.
I have talked about this before and ensuring your food comes from a good source. When you have cows that are able to graze and walk the fields and do not have the use of antibiotics (unless medically necessary) the nutrient value of the dairy and the meat that will be produced from that cow will be significantly higher. Rather than a cow that has been locked up in a barn not being hooked up to a machine for most of the day. This is the case for most of the dairy cows that our milk does come from.
Approximately 2.5 percent of children younger than three years of age are allergic to milk.
Signs and Symptoms of a Dairy Allergy or Intolerance¹
- Loose stools or diarrhea, which may contain blood
- Abdominal cramps
- Bloating & Gas
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Colic, in babies
- Itching or tingling feeling around the lips or mouth
- Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
- Coughing or shortness of breath
If you are concerned about the amount of dairy in your diet, or if you are concerned that you may have an intolerance or an allergy to dairy I would recommend you speak to a professional. You MD, NPD, or RHN to better help you. Are you Concerned about yourself as the Busy mom? Or your Child?