Have you ever asked yourself why there is all this hype about "Got milk?" while the consumption of dairy foods in the U.S. ranks among the highest per capita in the world of women who suffer from osteoporosis? The RDA is climbing higher telling us that we now need more calcium from the 1990's version of 800 mg a day up to 1200 mg a day. And why do they have to fortify all the cereals, breads etc with synthetic calcium and we are still calcium deficient? Maybe it is because so many of us cannot utilize the calcium. Why?
Calcium in milk is bound molecularly to the protein ( casein). If your stomach acid is neutralized and you are unable to break down the protein, you cannot get any benefit from calcium.
The immune system. Microphages will envelop milk protein to protect the body and when the amount ingested exceeds that which the microphages can handle, the body will then begin to surround them with mucus. Overloaded=hardened mucus. Ever feel your throat and sinuses gunky after an ice cream cone or a bowl of cereal and milk?
The thick and hardened mucus begins to collect in the body in various ways. It causes mucus plugs in the bile ducts preventing the release of bile. ( bile emulsifies fats and stimulates the bowel movement).
It causes mucus plugs in the liver preventing filtering of the blood and processing of hormones and neurotransmitters.
It hardens into a plaque in the intestine preventing the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine and blocks the peristaltic movement of the large intestine.
It hardens as a plaque in the arteries causing atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure.
And if that is not enough of a damaging response, the cells will take in the mucus from the bloodstream where it will harden inside them. The mucus plaque is also known as fibrin and if left undissolved is the precursor to cysts and tumors.
Milk has the ability to congest and constipate the body more thoroughly than even hydrogenated oil. This is now the perfect condition for disease to develop.
The answer to all this? Do not drink or consume milk products and find alternatives like almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk. Eat almonds, 5 oz a day gives the highest amount of calcium: 355 mg. One cup of tahini has 261 mg of calcium. Three small valencia oranges has 219 mg of calcium. One cup of cooked white beans has 191 mg of calcium, 1 cup of okra has 177 mg, 1 Tbs of blackstrap molasses has 172 mg of calcium. 12 oz of broccoli has 158 mg, 5 oz of raw walnuts has 140 mg, 4 figs dried or otherwise has 124 mg, lettuce greens has 121 mg, carrot juice 16 oz has 114 mg.
Use goat milk products, delicious goats yogurt plain ( Trader Joes) and goat gouda or soft goat cheese. For Italian sprinkling, sheeps pecorino romano cheese. Sheeps Feta in the brine for salads. There are dairy free coconut creamers for your coffee that are delicious, and for your sweet tooth, dairy free ice creams made with almonds or coconut.
Study the Mediterranean menus for choosing food ideas. You don't NEED milk products. You need quality protein, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. Extra virgin olive oil, lemon and fresh seasonings to build taste.
I have made homemade almond milk all my married life. Soak half a bag of almonds in fresh water and refrigerate. Next day, dump the water and add fresh to fill a glass pitcher. In two batches blend in blender, adding a tsp of maple syrup or agave or nothing. After blending, strain and the results are wonderful delicious milky almond milk. Refrigerate and use for the next few days. The almond meal can be used in baking. Get creative and get into the health zone!