As you may know from reading this post, I am not a huge fan of milk – at least not the pesticide/hormone residue-ridden milk that comes in cartons from the supermarket. Unfortunately, the advertising agency behind milk has done a good job into duping the world that drinking milk is the ONLY way for our bodies to get enough calcium which is complete and utter hogwash!
Okay so let’s dispel these confusing myths about calcium and milk.
- Myth #1 – If I don’t get enough calcium, I could end up with osteoperosis.
- Truth #1 – Osteoporosis is defined by “a loss of minerals from bones”, not “a loss of calcium from bones”. Bones consist of more than 12 minerals and osteoporosis is triggered by a lack of all of these, not just calcium.
- Myth #2 – If I take calcium supplements, I will decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis
- Truth #2 – Excess calcium (ie taking calcium supplements and eating calcium-rich foods) can lead to “bad calcification” which coupled with mineral deficiencies can cause osteoarthritis, diabetes, plaque-covered arteries, kidney stones and more.
- Myth #3 – Milk gives me much-needed protein
- Truth #3 – Milk is made up of 80% protein and 20% casein. Casein is a protein and bizarrely is used to make adhesives, plastics, paints, oh and cheese…
Dairy products are acidic and very mucus-forming. Mucus is a clear, slippery substance that the body makes to protect the surfaces of membranes meaning that it coats anything you ingest, except for vegetables. This causes a problem as it engulfs any toxins you take in, making them sticky, thick and cloudy in order to “trap” them and escort them out of the body. (Think of what happens when you get a cold – you get bunged up due to the excess mucus).
To cut a long story short, the more mucus you have in your body, the more it builds up and promotes the growth of negative microforms (bad guys that create ill-health). The mucus begins to coat the colon wall, increases the transit time for food passing through and gradually creates one big gooey mess which can lead to heartburn, wind, bloating, ulcers, nausea, IBS, constipation and more. The bad guys can then make their way into the bloodstream and begin to negatively impact how the rest of the body works invading cells, tissues and organs. Unchecked these little mites can burrow deeper and damage the central nervous system, skeletal structure, lymphatic system and the bone marrow. Clearly, this is not an ideal situation and certainly not one that is going to have us bouncing out of bed in the morning feeling peachy!
No wonder so many people are increasingly developing dairy intolerances. Oh and did I mention that dairy products can increase cancer risk, especially ovarian and endometrial. ( I assume this is due to the alarmingly high hormone residue present within it.)
Here are some more interesting facts on milk;
- Truth #1 – Dairy consumtion is on the increase, as is osteoporosis
- Truth #2 – We are the ONLY species drinking milk past infancy
- Truth #3 – We are the ONLY species that drink milk from another species. Yuck
- Truth #4 – Dairy is the largest industry in the world bringing some serious cash to the economy, so why would the government want us to know the truth? The longer we live, the more money they have to pay out!
So if you’re wondering where you can get your calcium and protein from, read on.
ALL green leafy vegetables and grasses contain extremely high amounts of calcium, as well as iron, magnesium, vitamin C and many B vitamin’s. Examples of these would be celery, avocado, kale, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, green beans, almonds, hazelnuts and sesame seeds.
As for consuming enough protein, the star of all stars for this is the hemp seed (which is actually not a seed but a fruit!) And what a superfruit! Hemp seeds are among the most nutritious foods you can eat. They are a fantastic source of EFA’s (essential fatty acids – which we must obtain from our diet as our body is incapable of producing them), as well as containing a high percentage of biologically available protein!
Thanks to our heavily-processed Westernised diets, the majority of the population are chronically low in omega-3 fatty acids which are responsible for healthy cell structure, brain and liver function and more. You can read more about EFA’s and why it is so important to have a balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 here. Hemp seeds are also abundant with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A and potassium. This alone makes hemp a truly fantastic superfood but there’s more. Hemp seeds contain ALL ten essential amino acids which provide the body with the all-important protein-building blocks.
So what can you do with hemp seeds? Well, you’ll want to buy them shelled and either eat them as they are, sprinkle on salads, add into cookie or cake mixture, smoothies or make hemp milk.
Hemp milk does have a distinct taste which isn’t as palatable as almond or brazil milk so I add a few other things to make it tastier. Give the below recipe a go and see for yourself how easy and delicious home-made nut milk is!
- 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 banana
- 2 medjool dates (pitted) or 1-2 tbl agave nectar to sweeten
Combine all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix, taste-test, add more date/agave if need be and enjoy!