IS MILK HEALTHY? WHAT ABOUT MILK ALTERNATIVES OR IF YOUR LACTOSE INTOLERANT?

Updated: Nov 8, 2020



Why goat milk?


Goat milk is still 'dairy', however it is known to be less irritating on the human digestive system.



Is milk healthy?


In my opinion, milk is kind of like a superfood! Thus why it is produced for a baby..


It contains a great spectrum of vitamins and minerals (especially useful are those fat-soluble vitamins not available to us in plants), healthy fats and protein. The downfall? We pasteurize it, which unfortunately damages some of the nutrients along with the enzymes that benefit our digestion and immune system.


Even still, if our body is able to digest it, it is a liquid source of easy energy & nutrition.


If our body is unable to digest it, then it can be a source of inflammation- so listen to your body and perhaps try the suggestions below to figure out if goat, cow, another, or no milk is right for YOU.



Why goat milk may be a healthier alternative ..


  • The goat industry is less exhausted, in my experience, products tend to be better quality and affordable

  • The structure of the protein in goat milk is smaller and easier for our body to breakdown- making it less inflammatory. I took a course on holistic pregnancy and early childhood care. did you know it is recommended to introduce goat milk to young children before cow milk?

  • Goat milk is naturally lower in lactose

Our body naturally produces less and less lactase enzymes as we grow older, (unless we have adapted otherwise). This is why we notice people tend to get upset by dairy at an older age.


Are you lactose intolerant?


If we cannot train the body to produce the lactose enzymes we need for digestion, our options are to reduce/eliminate our exposure to lactose.


Fermented dairy products contain enzymes and bacteria so can be an easier to digest choice, so products like yogurt, kefir, cheese, etc.


I have blogged about this before, undigested foods can become a source of inflammation, 'ama' so keep this in mind if you are consuming dairy but having a bunch of pain, inflammation and/or stomach/gastric upset.



Can dairy heal?


In Ayurveda, dairy is used warmed with spices or cooked into ghee to help heal an irritated digestive system, however for people who don't tolerate dairy, coconut milk or a plant-based milk is another option. The idea is to use a liquid that contains healthy fats to extract the nutrients from the spices.


Do you have gas, bloating? Pain, discomfort? An autoimmune or inflammatory imbalance? Perhaps warmed milk with spices, is something you might try, just choose the milk that works best for you.


To make soothing milk remedy: slowly heat milk on the stove to a simmer. Use full fat milk, and if you can find unhomogenised, this will be milk that has been through one less processing step. Add spices that are known to stimulate and assist our digestive system, like cinnamon, sea salt, turmeric, ground pepper, nutmeg, clove, cardamon, even cocoa... Sweeten with raw honey after it has been taken off the simmer. Alternatively you can sweeten with cane sugar, maple syrup, agave, or leave unsweetened!





Samantha