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What milk should I be using?

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At KSFL we advocate YOU becoming your own
food and health detective.

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By removing toxic and common foods that cause inflammation,
allergies and intolerances you can start to see how these foods
affect your body, health and mood.
If you are struggling with fat loss, bloating, IBS type
issues, skin problems, asthma, migraines and headaches,
consider taking dairy out of your diet for a
week and see how you feel?

Cutting out milk

Substitute your cows milk for almond milk
and see the difference.

I have suffered from eczema and asthma all of
my life and removing dairy many years ago
was one of the best things I have done.

If I drink it now almost immediately my skin
starts to boil, rashes appear, I feel sickly and bloated
PLUS my breathing changes and I need my inhaler.

What about Calcium and Osteoporosis ?

Osteoporosis.
We see ads and media that constantly remind
us to drink our milk to ensure we’re getting enough
calcium so we won’t get osteoporosis.
It’s not that simple.

John Robbins in Healthy at 100:
The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples writes:
Americans consume more cow’s milk and it’s products per person than most populations in the world.

So Americans should have wonderfully strong bones, right?

Unfortunately not.

A recent study showed that American women aged fifty and older have one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world.

The only countries with higher rates are in Europe and in the south Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) where they consume even more milk than in the United States.
These researchers explained that animal protein,
unlike plant protein, increases the acid load in the body. An increased acid load means that our blood and tissues become more acidic. The body does not like this acidic environment and begins to fight it. In order to neutralize the acid, the body uses calcium, which acts as a very effective base.

This calcium, however, must come from somewhere. It ends up being pulled from the bones, and the calcium loss weakens them, putting them at greater risk for fracture.

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Avoid autoimmune diseases.

Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus may be related to cow’s milk consumption various studies have shown.
Get rid of congestion.

Dairy products are mucus forming,
leading to congestive problems of the sinus,
throat, bronchi and lungs.
Respiratory or lymphatic conditions, including colds, the flu and mumps, can be impacted by the ingestion of dairy foods.

Safeguard iron absorption.

Cow’s milk tends to interfere with iron absorption as it has virtually none of its own. In fact, it’s so low in iron that you’d have to drink gallons of it to get an amount of iron equivalent to that in one serving of any green leafy vegetable.

Eat your greens rather than drink your milk for calcium.

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Prevent or clear up food allergies.

Dairy products are the leading offender in food allergy problems.
If you think you’re helping yourself by using the lower fat versions have a rethink.

Low fat and semi skimmed milk
are actually more allergenic than high-fat dairy products.

This is due to higher levels of protein in the low-fact versions.
It’s the protein that induces allergic reactions in humans.
So, what can you drink instead?

Here are some great alternatives:

 

Almond Milk

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Almond milk is a milk substitute made from finely ground almonds and water, strained to remove skins and sediment.

Almond milk has been in use since the Middle Ages, when it was used in cooking as a substitute for cow’s milk.

It contains magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium, fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorous, calcium and vitamin E.

If you have a Vitamix you can make your own Almond Milk
by washing almonds then grinding them in your Vitamix.
Almond milk’s higher nutritional value means that it has more health benefits than rice milk. The high levels of antioxidant vitamin E in almond milk make it effective in the prevention of cancer and can slow the signs of aging.

Because almond milk is lactose and casein free,
it’s appropriate for the lactose intolerant and those with gluten allergies.

Vegans and vegetarians are also fine to drink it
contains no animal products.

The negatives? Less protein so won’t fill you up as much. You may not be able to have this if you have a nut allergy, check with your GP.

 

Coconut Milk?

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Coconut flesh is grated and soaked in hot water, then the coconut cream rises to the top and can be skimmed off. The remaining liquid is squeezed through a cloth to extract the coconut milk.

Coconuts are rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

Coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. If you are not keen on almond milk, this could be the one for you.

Coconuts provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids in, one called lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms.

 

The negatives? The majority of coconut milk brands are packaged in cans. These cans are lined with bisphenol A or BPA to prevent corrosion. This isn’t great so try and go for the coconut milk in a carton. Coconut milk could be an irritant if you have IBS. Also be careful and check the label for any added sugars.

Soy Milk

It is always good to check the ingredient list to make sure it is organic. Soy milk,  is made from soaking, grinding and boiling soy beans with water. Soy is high in essential fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

The negatives? On KSFL we don’t like to promote soy milk due to it being a “fake food” full of synthetic ingredients. Studies show it can disrupt hormones, high levels of physic acid as well as reports that 90% of soy is genetically modified.

We say stay away unless it is the only one your are allowed with your dietary requirements.

 

Rice Milk

Rice milk is the most allergy-friendly of the non-dairy milks. Rice milk is made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup and brown rice starch. Manufacturers often add thickening agents to commercial rice milk.

Rice milk is also often filled with with niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and iron.

The negatives? BE CAREFUL as Rice milk may be sweetened with sugar or vanilla and it is full of carbohydrates-  not good for weight loss. Rice milk isn’t appropriate for our KSFL detox and may not work for you on maintenance either.

Overall, your best bet is almond milk.

 

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