Milk Substitutes Since It Doesn't Do The Body Good by Dr. Sara Detox Toronto Naturopath
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The Truth About Milk

June 29, 2016

Today, I’m sharing the truth about milk.

If I was asked to describe milk fifteen years ago, I would have said that it’s an excellent source of calcium for strong bones.

But, after studying nutrition for over a decade, it’s time to share the truth about milk.

Milk is a well-marketed, slightly acidic, phlegm-producing beverage.

The dairy industry has done a phenomenal job marketing cow’s milk as an essential part of a healthy diet, but what does the research show?

Once breastfeeding comes to an end, consumption of milk should as well.

Humans receive little nutritional benefit from drinking cow’s milk.

There is no need for adults to drink it daily.

If you’re a dedicated milk-drinker, you’re probably asking “how does a person who doesn’t drink milk get enough calcium?”

So, in today’s article, I’ll be sharing the truth about milk and answering this question.

Let’s debunk the common belief that “Milk Does a Body Good.”

The Acid/Alkaline Balance In The Body Is Important

Perhaps you’re no stranger to the acid-alkaline health movement. Chlorophyll, green juices, and cleansing smoothies are rich in nutrients and are alkaline.

Researchers continue to publish evidence that common foods consumed in our diet are acidic and promote inflammation.

Foods that have a low pH (acidic) may increase cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disorders, and diabetes.

The truth about milk is this.

Milk increases the acidity of urine.

Natural fruits and vegetables create a more alkaline pH in the body.

The research shows that alkaline urine pH is a good sign, especially if you are looking for increased lean muscle mass, reduced body fat percentage, increased energy, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced cortisol (the stress hormone), and better immunity.

Human Survival Depends On pH

The pH of blood must be within the alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45 for survival and the body will do what is necessary in order to maintain this range.

While your body is working hard to buffer the effects of an acidic internal environment, bones lose important minerals. And the risk of developing osteoporosis increases.

But wait a second; isn’t milk supposed to build strong bones and reduce osteoporosis?

Doesn’t it supply energy and important nutrients?

Unfortunately, most claims made by the dairy industry are false.

They are nothing more than myths that have managed to become mainstream beliefs, resulting in millions of milk lovers around the world.

The power of good marketing never fails to impress me.

In the 21st century, the saying has changed to, “Alkalinity Does a Body Good.”

So this week, talk to your Naturopathic Doctor (ND) about easy methods to measure urine pH. There are plenty of natural solutions to neutralize an acidic environment in the body.

It’s never too late to increase your intake of detoxifying fruits and vegetables that are high in alkaline minerals like potassium and bicarbonate.

Set an example for others.

Spread the truth about milk. It’s over-rated and alkaline dark greens such as spinach are a much better source of calcium that actually “Do The Body Good.”

 

Dr.Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and is the Spokesperson for Renew Life Canada. She is a leader in the health and wellness industry and is regularly featured as a sought-after expert on television programs and in health publications. Dr. Sara carries over 15 years experience and her private practice and work in the community is focused on digestive health, detoxification, and clinical nutrition.
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