By now, its common knowledge that non-organic cows milk is one of the worst choices you can buy at the store due to the excess hormones, antibiotics, steroids, pesticides and who knows what else it all contains. The food industry has tried to mislead us into believing that organic cows milk (and its products) comes with pure innocence and is made from cows that graze gracefully and happily in fields all day with the cleanest of air, water, fresh grass and more. Regardless that most none of this is true, cows milk is still one of the worst health food choices you can make for many reasons, no matter what kind of cows it comes from. The main reason is for how it affects your hormones.
All cows that produce milk are pregnant, organically raised, fed, etc. or not. It makes no difference that their milk doesnt have added hormones considering that alone, cows milk contains over 60 different hormones without anything being added to it. Now, while all of us have different hormone situations going on, there is no logical research that says we need to take in added hormones from another mammal.
Why Ditching Dairy is Important for Your Hormones:
Cows are pregnant nearly 300 days of the year and Harvard Health shares that the more times a cows has been pregnant during that year, the more hormones she produces through her milk every time. Cows were not made to stay pregnant 300 days of the year and they develop infections due to this high demand for production, not to mention may be subject to further disease and bacteria when antibiotics arent used (such as in organic farming practices).
So, what about a cows hormones so detrimental to our own health?
Here are some things to consider:
1. Insulin Issues
One of the primary reasons dairy is linked to acne is that it raises insulin in the body. All dairy contains IG1, or insulin-growth factor. It raises our levels of insulin, which causes blood sugar swings that lead to acne. Acne is strongly influenced by hormonal changes, which is one reason so many teenagers struggle during puberty. Why would we put ourselves through that anymore than necessary? No matter what kind of dairy you choose, youre taking in excess insulin growth like factor. Sadly, its promoted as a healthy option for body builders looking to bulk up, but over time, its not a healthy choice and will likely cause insulin problems that lead to overeating, sugar cravings, and poor blood sugar control.
2. Mood Swings
Dairy also contains hormones that can lead to mood swings. Estrogen and testosterone are our sex hormones, and when they get out of balance according to our bodies needs, we suffer mood swings as a result. Dairy milk promotes excess estrogen in the body due to it containing estrogen from female cows. At the same time, milk naturally contains androgenic properties, so it raises testosterone in the body and can cause bulking quickly. Its absolutely chock-full of all these hormones we dont need scurrying through out bodies. Think about it this way: the dairy you consume contains hormones from the female cow and the male cow that were used during impregnation. That doesnt sound so healthy or appetizing, now, does it?
Dairy milk accounts for about 80 percent of estrogen consumed through the human diet, along with the fact that milk from pregnant cows (which is how all milk products are produced) contains about 33 times as much estrogen as milk from non-pregnant cows.
Mood swings inarguably happen due to swift hormone fluctuations and women arent the only ones to suffer. Men can too, which is one reason dairy isnt a healthy choice for anyone looking to have a healthier, happy and more stable mood. How about some tastier, much healthier mood foods instead, all hormone-free?
3. Cancer Causing
The jury is in: milk causes cancer in any form, organic or not. Check this out: Harvard Health studies show that dairy milk and cheese products led to testicular cancer in men ages 20-39and has been found to affect breast, colon, and prostate cancer heavily as well. And then theres the casein protein found in milk that has also been linked to cancer. Even without hormones or even lactose, casein is a detrimental protein to our health and should be avoided however possible.
Help Your Hormones: Ditch Dairy
Sadly, the food industry would have you believe you need to consume milk to be healthy, but we know thats not the case. Quit believing the lies around cows milk and have some other calcium-rich options instead, all free of these scary hormones.
Looking for other reasons to ditch dairy? Here are 5 signs to look out for and also see our easy tips for making your own milk without one stitch of dairy!