Most households use a dairy product every day, but milk, yogurt and cheese are perhaps not as essential as you may think. Dr Mark Hyman, ten times acclaimed best-selling author from New York, advises patients on the basis of research and his own experience to rather avoid dairy products. Here are the shocking reasons that will make you think twice next time before loading those dairy products in your basket:
- It could increase your risk of cancer
The science on the link between dairy and cancer is not conclusive, but in 2006 researchers from Harvard published the results of a study about the dairy intake of 100 000 women between the ages of 26 and 46 years. Those with the highest intake of meat and dairy products ran the highest risk of breast cancer (33% higher than among those with a low intake).
- You probably cannot digest it properly
Even if you are not lactose intolerant, a staggering three quarters of us actually cannot properly digest the enzyme in cow’s milk, and this is harmful to our digestive system. Symptoms can often be so subtle that you don’t notice them until you’ve stopped using dairy products. According to Jacqueline Krohn, M.D., a physician in New Mexico milk can cause allergic symptoms of all kinds, such as diarrhea, asthma, ear infections, rashes, and hives.
- It makes you more susceptible to osteoporosis and fragile bones
According to a study recently published in the British Medical Journal high intakes of cow’s milk are associated with an increased risk of bones that break, and also death. Dr. Walter Willett, the second-most-cited scientist in all of clinical medicine and the head of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health, points out that countries with lower intakes of dairy products (such as Africa and Asia) have the lowest prevalence of osteoporosis.
- Milk contains a lot of hormones
Cows are pregnant for almost 300 days a year. Harvard Health says that the longer a cow is pregnant during the year, the more hormones her milk contains. A Japanese study in 2010 found that the testosterone levels of men dropped after they began drinking milk. Dairy products also contain hormones that cause moodiness. Oestrogen and testosterone are our sex hormones and can cause moodiness if they are not in balance with the needs of our bodies.
Researchers studied the link between acne and our diet and found that an intake of especially cow’s milk produces and stimulates hormones that cause acne. According to a review published in a 2013 edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics the high sugar index of dairy products and food is the cause of acne.
Dr Hyman has some hints on how to handle dairy products:
- Get your calcium from other food. A very good alternative is green vegetables, sardines and almonds.
- Try to cut out your dairy products gradually. Perhaps you’re not feeling sick at the moment, but may just feel the difference in your sinuses, headaches, energy levels and weight.
- If you can tolerate dairy products, use only raw, organic dairy products. He suggests using fermented products such as unsweetened yogurt and kefir occasionally.
- Calcium and vitamin D supplements could be good for women.
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