We’ve all seen the various commercials and magazine ads on how drinking milk gives you strong bones, how it “does a body good”, etc…and we’ve probably had our parents tell us when we were growing up to make sure we drink our milk for those very reasons.
Unfortunately, drinking milk is far from good for us. In fact, if you suffer from acne, it’s probably one of your worst enemies. While there are so many reasons why dairy is bad, I’ll try and keep it to the most relevant ones. 🙂
First of all, the hormones in milk (even organic milk has hormones, just no added ones) increase oil production, which we know can cause breakouts. It is estimated that there are at least 60+ hormones in an average glass of milk, and this includes organic, and even raw.
The thing is, cow’s milk was never intended for human consumption. It was intended for baby calves to help them grow up to be 700-1,000 pound cows. That’s not only a lot of nutrients for a human to be consuming, but also a heck of a lot of growth hormones. Yikes!
Dairy is also an inflammatory food, and since our lactase production reduces after about the age of 2 (lactase is the enzyme that breaks down milk sugar), our bodies treat milk the same way it treats a virus or an infection by creating inflammation. So, since skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema are inflammatory skin conditions, milk is not their best friend.
Another reason why dairy is unhealthy is that it is highly acidic in our bodies. In order for us to be optimally healthy, our bodies need to be in a more alkaline state. When we drink milk, in order for our bodies to regain its alkalinity, it takes minerals from our bones, such as calcium. Statistics have shown that the countries with the highest dairy consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis (United States, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom). So, the whole drinking milk to get calcium spiel is a big fat lie. 🙁
Honestly, the best sources of calcium come from the same place that animals get theirs – plant foods. Greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds are all extremely healthy, not to mention skin friendly alternatives. Also, there are so many delicious milk substitutes that are loaded with calcium, magnesium and vitamins and minerals, such as almond, hemp, and coconut milks.
With so many options, there is bound to be one that will make both you and your skin happy. 🙂
Peace and love,