What Milk to Consume

This is a very common question, most would consider organic milk sold in stores as healthy milk. You should know that “organic milk” really means almost nothing special, it may mean there are no antibiotics or hormones in the milk but it does not mean the milk is good. Why? because it is heavily processed and it still comes from cows that did not eat grass and ones likely confined indoors.

Milk that has been pasteurized, homogenized, reinforced, heated, skimmed is simply adulterated milk that should be avoided. Adulterated milk (modern day every day milk) has been shown in studies to be linked to acne and hair loss. Milk, especially cow milk that has been adulterated causes scalp itching, inflammation and with continuous use could cause insulin resistance and a myriad of diseases related with that. Many people are lactose intolerant as well.

Raw milk from older breeds like the Jersey or the African (A2 cows) contain the amino acid proline in the beta-casein protein while in the younger breeds like the Holsteins (A1 cows) the proline amino acid has mutated and as a result causes many of the allergic reactions in people.

This is important because beta-casein also contains an amino acid called BCM-7, which is a powerful opiate linked to negative health effects. The proline that exists in A2 cows has a strong bond to BCM-7, which helps keep it out of the cows’ milk. The histidine in the newer A1 cows, however, has a weak hold on BCM-7, which allows it to get into the milk, and also into the people who drink the milk. The theory goes that by drinking milk from A1 cows, which are the predominant cows used for dairy products in the United States, you’re exposed to BCM-7 and BCM-7 has been linked to:

  • Neurological impairment, including autistic and schizophrenic changes
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • An impaired immune response
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Heart disease…

Read more on this at “The Bovine – In response to Mercola’s Article on Raw Milk: http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/mercola-advocates-raw-milk-discusses-a1-a2-beta-casein-in-connection-with-autism-diabetes-heart-disease-etc/

So what is better milk?

The superior nutrition, safety and digestibility of raw dairy products over their pasteurized and homogenized counterparts. The health problems which are frequently attributed to consuming dairy products are as a result of over-processing and improper treatment of dairy animals–grain feeding, synthetic growth hormones, animal parts in the feed, etc. etc.

Raw dairy products from healthy, exclusively grass-fed animals are very high in nutrients and these nutrients are much more available to the human body.

You have many options, raw (grass-fed) cow milk is one. Another is raw goat’s milk, it is closer to human milk and digested easier.

What about non-dairy milk?

You could use some, rice milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk and coconut milk. But you must know that water used in these milks is not reverse osmosis water (thus contains the industrial waste Fluoride and other added harmful chemicals and synthetic vitamins). Avoid soy milk (and all soy products).

Non-dairy milk bought in store usually will be pasteurized unless you, or the seller make it themselves. Pasteurization causes the fat to be destroyed by heat. Coconut milk is probably the best option here since it can be cooked since it is heat stable, but naturally it is better raw.

Of all the non-dairy milks, coconut milk is by far the best choice and is the one I switched to drinking.

Should I ditch dairy?

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Many find getting raw milk time consuming that they ditch drinking milk all together. Others simply cannot stomach cow or goat milk, even raw.

There’s one thing you could try before giving up on dairy, that is fermented milk, it’s known as Kefir. Try raw cow kefir, kefir is not milk and is digested easier thanks to the fermentation process. I’ve heard of lactose intolerant people reporting being able to drink Kefir as well.

Pasteurization

Pasteurization and ultra-pasteurization suck. Sadly, almost everything sold in stores nowadays is pasteurized or even worse ultra pasteurized, things like: milk, orange juice, other juices, vinegar, wine, maple syrup, honey, cream, beer etc.

Pasteurization elicits an immune response, causes a high glycemic index in foods, destroys beneficial bacteria and enzymes, destroys so many of the vitamins and nutrients that these products have to be re-enriched with nutrients that are synthetic.

Experiment

The only way to know if your body likes milk is to try some. If you have been loosing hair, suffering from acne, bloating or blood sugar issues then you should avoid pasteurized dairy milk. Try raw grass-fed cow milk, try raw goat’s milk, try cow raw grass-fed cow kefir or goat kefir. See how your body likes these, if you are able to get these milks in your state.

Having said that, there’s the view that humans were not meant to drink even human milk from a healthy female as adults, so why would these adults want to drink any kind of milk, human, goat, cow etc?  A contradicting view states that milk provides many beneficial nutrients.

It comes down to you experimenting with milk, see how your body reacts to it or to the lack of it. If you find that milk causes “any” issues (indigestion, bloating, oily skin, rash on scalp, shedding, sleep issues.. ) ditch it. If you have to drink a milk, then coconut is here to the rescue.

Why?

Perhaps another consideration here is to ask yourself why do I drink milk? if your answer is “cereal” then I advice you to reconsider. Most cereals are harmful fake food laced with synthetic vitamins, made of corn, and have a very high glycemic index.

I used to be addicted to cereal. Now I don’t eat any.

A lot has been written on raw milk and its benefits, and the drawbacks of pasteurization, and the dangers of cereals, this article only skimmed the top of this topic.

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  1. Daily Diet | World Hair Research Says:

    [...] drink/eat pasteurized milk and it’s products. Article: What Milk to Consume [...]

  2. admin Says:

    I have found studies linking sebum and acne to dairy and indirectly to hair loss months ago.. as a result I was dairy-free for about 4 months (except for minute amounts), then for 2 months I experimented with eating raw cheese daily and taking whey protein from raw milk hoping not to experience an oily face and scalp, but I did get these despite using raw milk products. I have not had milk almost a year, the last time i had it was raw or fermented.

    I’m again now dairy-free, I decided to cut down on cheeses, and will no longer use whey protein. I also do not drink milk. Kefir might be fine but it is hard to come by. I use coconut milk instead.

    Along with an oily scalp and face, I think I experienced lactose intolerance symptoms, which surprised me because I did not know I was lactose intolerant; by eliminating then reintroducing cheese along with whey at the same time I did notice the symptoms.

    I am dairy-free again now for a couple weeks, I will try the cheese without the whey soon and see if the symptoms (oily skin and stomach disturbances) come back.. The why i used had no artificial flavor or sweeteners, it did have lactose though and did taste sweet because of it.

    I have noticed an oily scalp in the past 3 years off an on with eating raw cheese, that was a suspicion, now I can say I am almost certain of it. I’m eager to trying this again, eat cheese and see how things go. Will share with you what happens.

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