For decades, we’ve all been told to drink milk for stronger bones and teeth. Animal milk, most especially from cows, is the go-to source for the mineral calcium.
Unfortunately, science has shown just how damaging cow’s milk can be along with dairy products. If you still have a gallon of milk in the fridge, here are reasons why you should give them up right away:
1. You’ll have stronger bones.
Believe it or not, you don’t need milk to improve your bones. According to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, the more milk you consume, the higher your chances to have hip fractures.
2. You won’t get calcium deficiency.
Contrary to popular belief, calcium is not only found in dairy products. There are other sources – healthy sources – where you can get this mineral, such as in:
- Fruits, including figs and oranges
- Leafy greens
- Nut milk
- Fortified cereals
3. Stomach problems could go away.
Many people are lactose intolerant, which means they cannot digest lactose, a sugar in dairy. As we grow older, our bodies generally stop producing the enzyme called lactase, which is responsible for breaking down dairy. Avoiding milk can help you get rid of your suffering and discomfort right away.
4. You will have lower risk of developing chronic diseases.
Research shows that those who are lactose intolerant have lower risk of developing cancers, including ovarian, lung, and breast, particularly because they don’t consume a lot of dairy. Aside from cancers, you’ll have reduced risk of having diabetes. Most of the milk products we have today are low in fat, but unfortunately, the missing fat is actually being replaced by sugar. You may be limiting your fat and calorie consumption, but you’re raising your sugar intake when you continue to drink milk, particularly low-fat products.
5. You’ll lose weight.
You may have seen those ads where people become slimmer when they drink milk. But there actually is no scientific evidence that this is true. In fact, a study where 12,000 kids were involved discovered that the more milk they drank, the heavier they become.
6. You’ll have clearer skin.
Consuming dairy can stimulate flare-ups. This is why dermatologists recommend avoiding dairy to stop acne, eczema, and other skin conditions. If you have skin problems, you should go dairy-free. The benefits are almost endless: from flawless skin to fairer complexion to less bloating. Plus, you’ll even feel more energetic.
7. Your hormones will become more balanced.
Milk has many hormones in it, including:
Some cows are even injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). With all these hormones in your drink, it is no wonder that your body’s natural hormones become imbalanced. Avoid milk and dairy products to stop taking artificial hormones.
If you find it difficult to give up milk, the easiest thing is to replace it with plain full-fat yogurt. Add this for smoothies or even cereals. Eliminate dairy in your diet immediately to experience the benefits mentioned above.