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

Updated: Mar 31



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 learn to listen to your body, try the suggestions below and 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- since it is less inflammatory. Did you know it is recommended to introduce goat milk to young children before cow milk? Similarly, goat milk can be less disruptive / help to heal an irritated digestive system. Do you have gas, bloating? Pain, discomfort? An autoimmune or inflammatory imbalance? Perhaps warmed goat milk with spices (a traditional Ayurvedic remedy), is something you might try- more below about this!)


  • 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.


Have you tried goat milk as an alternative?





Are you lactose intolerant?


If we cannot train the body to produce the lactose enzymes we need for digestion, our options are to reduce our exposure to lactose and/or eat products that are fermented (so they contain bacteria & enzymes needed for digestion- like yogurt, kefir, cheese, etc.).


If we do neither, undigested foods become a source of inflammation.



Have you tried this?


In traditional medicine it is recommended to simmer / heat milk on the stove to improve digestion- even better add spices that are known to stimulate and assist our digestive system, like cinnamon, sea salt, turmeric, ground pepper, nutmeg, clove, cardamon.. etc.



Samantha