Whenever I suggest cutting Dairy from somenone’s diet, the first reactions are one of two:
A) Are you nuts? It’s a staple to my diet?!
B) How in the world will I get my calcium!
Now there’s good reason for my suggestions, and it’s not to degrade and brittle your bones 🙂
This is actually about your health
“But dairy is good for your health, it’s the best way to get your calcium” – but is it?
Why do we say this and assume this?
You see, most people don’t realize that dairy is actually NOT the best calcium source out there. Foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, sesame tahini, sea vegetables, and sardines or salmon with the bones are actually “gram for gram” more beneficial than dairy!
The best part is, these foods are far healthier as a whole, will keep your calorie intake lower and packs in far more nutrients than milk.
But wait, there’s more!
I could probably end here with throwing this little gem at you, but let’s not forget I brought some powerful facts with me to the table.
We shouldn’t be asking if there’s enough calcium, the conversation should be about our health and how our body handles dairy.
The Most Common Problems With Dairy Intake
This is the no-brainer when it comes to dairy – most of us can’t possibly digest it well! In fact, nearly 75% of the population has lactose intolerance to some degree which leads to a long list of…..unpleasant side effects.
Dairy Stimulates Allergies
There’s been a number of reports that consumption of dairy leads to sinus problems, ear infections and other forms of allergies (aside from intolerance to dairy itself). I can personally attest to clients that I’ve recommended to remove dairy that have seen a difference come allergy season!
Cancer + IGF-1
Dairy consumption increases the body’s level of IGF-1 (insulin like growth factor), which is a known cancer promoter. There’s also links to breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer with dairy consumption.
Vitamin D Overload
In excess, vitamin D is toxic to the body – the reason why this is of concern when it comes to dairy products is because the amount can vary store shelf to store shelf.
Is packing in a ton of calcium REALLY the best way prevent your risk of weak bones? The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study,1 which followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. Proven contribution to strengthening bones has come from resistance and weight based training, reduced sodium intake and increasing animal protein, vegetables and fruits.
So where do you go from here?
We’ve been told for years that dairy is key to our health, but that the ultimate truth? We were also told a high carbohydrate, low fat diet would make us healthy as well – which was the complete opposite.
The best thing you can do is dig into the information and research yourself to make the best decision and make your choice on consuming dairy.
Dedicated to your health and fitness,