Hate to break it you you, milk lovers, but it's time to put that glass of milk down. For good.
Milk is meant for consumption by babies and children. Not for adults. And to get even more specific, cow's milk is nature's customized elixir for baby calves. This news flash may be difficult to digest, but your body does not want you drinking milk anymore.
The fact is, we're just not meant to drink milk. 60 percent of adults are lactose intolerant. Lactose is the sugar found in milk that most people can't digest properly because the small intestine can't produce enough of the enzyme called lactase to break it down.
And you would know if you were lactose intolerant within 30 minutes to two hours after dairy consumption. The unpleasant symptoms are all too familiar: Stomach cramps, flatulence, and diarrhea.
Milk is crucial for calves, but they are weaned once they grow eight times their 100 pound birth-weight. After they're weaned, calves never drink milk again.
We shouldn't be drinking something that has three times the amount of protein than human milk and is necessary for the development of another species.
Cow's milk is not only high in calories, but it's also high in saturated fat. If you insist on having ice cream and cheese, you're putting yourself at all kinds of risks.
Milk can lead to heart disease, which is a leading cause of death in America. According to the 2012 World Health Organization report, three out of the five places that had the highest life expectancy were found in Asian countries. That's because people don't consume dairy in Asia.
Another detriment to drinking cow's milk is that it actually increases calcium loss in your bones. Milk is an acidifying animal protein that sets off a chain reaction to the body's pH during consumption. The calcium stored in our bones actively neutralize the milk's acidifying effects, which unfortunately compromises our bone density.
So, all that calcium we think we're getting through milk is having the opposite effect, eventually leading to problems like osteoporosis and bone fracture risks.
So what are the alternatives? Find out on the next page.