Milk! We have been told since we were young to drink our milk. It’s good for our bones! And so, we drank up, ate up, fed on cheese, ice cream, milk shakes, cottage cheese, and more!
It is true that milk has vitamins and minerals and is touted for its rich calcium content. It also contains protein which is needed to build strong bones, but these nutrients are bound up making them highly unabsorbable for humans.
Milk does NOT “do our bones good”!
In fact, a new study published in the British Medical Journal states that hip fractures were the highest in countries with the greatest milk consumption. It also goes on to say that those people who drank a lot of milk had a higher mortality rate and more bone fractures in women and a higher mortality rate in men.
It is now known that consuming dairy products creates higher oxidation levels associated with an increase in aging, cancer and cardiovascular disease and a decrease in muscle and bone mass.
Milk also is highly acidifying to the body, known to increase inflammation which causes many diseases.
Dairy products are difficult for the body to digest and can cause Gerd, heart burn, and other digestive disorders such as lactose intolerance. Dairy is also mucous forming, causing runny noses, and excess phlegm in some people.
The body does not absorb the minerals and nutrients from dairy products well, so one would need to drink a lot more milk on a daily basis in order to get the needed calcium for bone health.
And lastly milk is rich in calcium, but it lacks a balance of the other necessary minerals needed to help the body absorb the calcium. When the body gets too much calcium and not enough magnesium, and other minerals, then calcium builds up in the tissues, and does not get to the bones and teeth where it is needed. This calcium build – up causes other issues, such as heart disease, and deficiency in other minerals creating a mineral imbalance. The body looks for substances to replace the missing calcium and accumulates metals rather than eliminating them naturally. Lead and cadmium are two metals that easily displaces calcium. When this happens, these metals cause other problems, such as brain fog, dementia, fatigue, and energy loss, as well as a host of other symptoms.
There are many delicious whole foods that gives you plenty of calcium and health, and a better balance of other bone-building minerals. These foods are GREENS!
Getting your calcium from plants is best as these are more highly absorbable than grains, nuts or seeds, and dairy. Green plants have two times the bioavailability of milk!
For example, one cup of cooked kale has the same amount of absorbable calcium as one cup of milk.
Another good reason to eat your greens!
As a Mineral Balancing Expert, the first thing I assess with a new client who has bone loss are the minerals.
Interested in getting your minerals checked? First take this quiz to see if you might have a mineral imbalance. Then set up an appointment with me to chat.
Stay tuned for more to come!
“The Calcium Lie II”, by Dr. Robert Thompson, & Kathleen Barnes
“Your Bones”, by Lara Pizzorno, MA, LMT
Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study – PubMed (nih.gov)
Milk and dairy products: good or bad for human health? An assessment of the totality of scientific evidence – PMC (nih.gov)
Milk and Osteoporosis: The Calcium Myth – Switch4Good
Milk and Osteoporosis — Is Dairy Really Good for Your Bones? (healthline.com)
Dairy Industry Creates ‘Calcium Crisis’ To Sell Cow’s Milk – Center for Nutrition Studies