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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.

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- the sugar found in milk.

Fermented dairy products contain enzymes and bacteria so can be easier to digest. Foods like yogurt, kefir, cheese, etc. Small exposures can train the system to produce lactase enzymes, therefore correcting gas and bloating.

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 (or coconut milk) is warmed with spices or cooked into ghee to help heal an irritated digestive system.

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!


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