In my previous two posts I reviewed the top four things you should reduce or eliminate from your eating habits. Do you remember? Okay… let’s review:
- Processed Fats: Processed Fats are fats destroyed through cooking at temperatures above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Animal Flesh (yes red meat) and Poultry
- Dairy Products: Milk & Cheese
- Acid Addictions: Caffeine & Sugar
#3 Reduce Or Eliminate Dairy Products
Cows don’t drink cow’s milk…why would you? The medical field and media encourage people to drink milk and eat dairy products because
“It does the body good.” However…this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many people view milk and other dairy products as a means to guard against degenerative diseases, such as osteoporosis. But there may be better ways to get your calcium other than these high-protein, high-fat products.
Recent studies on the effects of dairy products have shown that dairy makes a greater contribution to osteoporosis, kidney problems, and certain forms of cancers. One study showed that cancer was consistently promoted by casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein. Additionally, women who eat diets rich in animal foods excrete more calcium in their urine, providing a negative balance-a high risk factor for osteoporosis.
What is Calcium and why do I need it?
Calcium is a mineral that the body needs for numerous functions, including building and maintaining bones, teeth, blood clotting, the transmission of nerve impulses, and the regulation of the hearts rhythm. Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in the human body is stored in the bones and teeth. The remaining 1 percent is found in the blood and other tissues. The body gets the calcium it needs in two ways. One is through eating foods that are calcium rich, the other way the body gets calcium is by pulling it from the bones. Animal protein increases the acid load in the body which makes blood and tissue more acidic. To neutralize the acid, the body pulls calcium from the bones, thus weakening them.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone in which:
- The amount of the bone is decreased
- The strength of the spongy interior of the bone is reduced
- The surface of the bone becomes thin-making bones susceptible to fracture. Typical fractures occur in the spine, hip and wrist.
What can be done to prevent Osteoporosis?
While treatments are available, there is no cure for osteoporosis, so prevention is the key. To minimize your risk the following is recommended:
- Stay physically active and keep a regular weight training exercise program.
- Eat a variety of whole plant foods.
- Consume the daily recommended amount of Calcium and Vitamin D.
- Avoid animal foods, caffeine and tobacco use.
- Keep salt intake to a minimum.
Top three reason’s to avoid milk
— All mature breast milk, from humans or other mammals, is a medium for transporting hundreds of chemical components, including the hormone, insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Milk consumption increases the circulating levels of this hormone, and increased IGF-1 levels are strongly implicated in prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, premenopausal breast cancer and lung cancer.
2. Mucus Production
— Milk and other dairy products tend to generate excessive mucus in the intestines, sinus and lungs. The extra mucus in the intestines hardens and forms a coating on the inner lining that is relativity impermeable to nutrients. This influences poor absorption, which in turns means chronic fatigue. Milk consumption is also an important factor in nasal dripping ad excessive phlegm in your throat.
— Few adults can metabolize the protein in cow’s milk properly. Up to 10% of asthma cases could be linked to food allergy. Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital, with milk contributing to a large portion of reactions.
Use Other Sources of Calcium
- Soy milk.
- Rice milk.
- Yogurt made with a rice or soy base.
- Sesame seed milk.
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Tips from this article
- Drink rice milk or almond milk instead of regular milk
- Water is better for you anyway… so drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water
- Need calcium? Then eat:
- Collard greens
- Black eyed peas
- Firm tofu
- Fortified OJ
- Baked beans
Master Melella is a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a former National Level Competitor, coach and an avid practitioner. He has been training in the martial arts since 1982 and works diligently to share his specialized knowledge and passion with as many people as he can. He continues to train daily and is under the tutelage of Grandmaster Byung Min Kim where he visits him on a weekly basis advancing his martial arts skills, knowledge of meditation and healthy lifestyle.
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