Our Better Health

Diet, Health, Fitness, Lifestyle & Wellness


5 Comments

Is sugar killing you?

A recent study found a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

A recent study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine found a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk death from cardiovascular disease. The new study is significant because previous studies have linked higher intake of added sugar with cardiovascular disease risk factors; this new study actually measured the association of overconsumption with increased risk of death, not just risk factors, from cardiovascular disease.  By “added sugar overconsumption,” the authors refer to a total daily consumption of sugars added to products during manufacturing (ie, not naturally occurring sugars, as in fresh fruit) in excess of dietary limits recommended by experts. Past concerns revolved around obesity and dental cavities as the main health hazards.

sugar

The JAMA study noted that among US adults, percentage of daily calories from added sugar increased from 16%  in 1988-1994 to 17%  in 1999-2004 (it decreased to 15%  in 2005-2010). Most adults in the study consumed 10% or more of calories from added sugar and approximately 10% consumed 25% or more in 2005-2010. After adjusting for sociodemographic, behavioral, and clinical characteristics, they compared participants who consumed 10.0% to 24.9% or 25.0% or more calories from added sugar with those who consumed less than 10.0% of calories from added sugar. They found a statistically significant greater number of deaths among people who over-consumed sugar. These findings were largely consistent across age group, sex, race/ethnicity (except among non-Hispanic blacks), educational attainment, physical activity, health eating index, and body mass index. In an invited commentary, Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH said:

Overconsumption of added sugars has long been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, under the old paradigm, it was assumed to be a marker for unhealthy diet or obesity. The new paradigm views sugar overconsumption as an independent risk factor in cardiovascular disease as well as many other chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus, liver cirrhosis, and dementia … The new paradigm hypothesizes that sugar has adverse health effects above any purported role as “empty calories” promoting obesity. … Too much sugar does not just make us fat; it can also make us sick.

The studies rather tame conclusion? Most US adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet. Take that Coca-Cola.


2 Comments

How to Improve Digestive Health

Sick? Overweight? Depressed? Blame It on the Bacteria in Your Belly

Many types of bacteria are fighting it out in your digestive tract, and the winners can determine your risk for a range of health problems. Here’s how to get the right mix.

By Celeste Perron

Your belly is a popular place: As many as 100 trillion microbes call it home. Many of them are beneficial bacteria that process hard-to-digest foods, produce nutrients, and—as we’re now learning—guard against disease. “Studies suggest that these bacteria may protect you not just from food-borne pathogens but also from cold-causing germs,” says Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford School of Medicine.

Yet your gut is also filled with “bad” bacteria that release toxins and are increasingly associated with a range of health problems. “If you have an autoimmune disorder, depression, allergies, or any number of other illnesses, the underlying cause may be an unhealthy balance of gut bugs,” says Mark Hyman, MD, founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Having the wrong mix of microbes may even contribute to obesity.

So how do you cultivate beneficial bacteria and force the harmful ones out? Here’s where new research says to start.

Feed the good bugs.

Intestinal bacteria need to eat, and mounting evidence indicates that beneficial bugs prefer nutrients called prebiotics, which are primarily found in high-fiber foods including onions, garlic, bananas, artichokes, and many greens. Bad bacteria, on the other hand, prefer the sugars and fats found in processed foods. “There are indications that a low-fiber, high-fat diet results in more harmful gut microbes,” says Hyman. A 2010 study compared a group of European children who had a diet high in fat, sugar, and starch, with tribal African children who ate high-fiber, plant-based foods, and found that the Africans had more health-promoting bacteria.

Pick the right probiotics.

You can also tilt your balance toward good bugs simply by eating more of them—in the form of probiotics, which are live bacteria contained in foods and supplements. But if you have a specific health goal in mind, check the bacteria a product contains. “There are different species, and different strains within species, and they all have different functions,” says Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD, executive director of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics. A 2010 Georgetown University study found that the strain Lactobacillus casei (available in the yogurt drink DanActive) reduced the frequency of ear infections and gastrointestinal infections in children, while a 2006 study found that Bifidobacterium infantis (available in the probiotic supplement Align) relieved the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Avoid bacteria-harming drugs.

The antibiotics we take to kill pathogens also lay waste to the bacteria in our digestive tract. Research from Stanford University published last September found that taking two courses of antibiotics, spaced six months apart, changed the composition of good and bad intestinal bugs, disrupting the overall balance. Hyman recommends avoiding antibiotics when you can—if you have a virus that antibiotics won’t help, don’t ask for a prescription anyway. He also suggests laying off heartburn pills; although less harmful to gut flora than antibiotics, they alter the proportions of intestinal bacteria as well. The upside is, if you’re already getting the right prebiotics and probiotics, you may be less likely to need such meds in the first place.

Celeste Perron is a freelance writer and blogger in San Francisco.


2 Comments

11 Habits of Happy People

Have you ever noticed that happy people tend to have higher expectations, and also getter better results?  There’s a reason why life flows more smoothly when your happy switch is turned on, and cultivating these habits of happy people will surely put your life on the right track toward becoming a habitually happier, healthier, and whole.

1. Unconditional love

    “The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved, but rather by the one choosing to love.”
– Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare

Loving and loving unconditionally have a few fundamental differences.  You can choose love, but to choose unconditional love means that you see past the imperfections.  You release judgment and accept others as they are and choosing to act in a loving manner always.  Choosing to love unconditionally means that you’re choosing to love in a BIG way.  Bigger than the social and emotional restrictions that hold our love in bondage.

Your unconditional love doesn’t have to be outwardly in all situations either; unconditional love can also be inward. Accepting yourself fully as you are and showing yourself this same unconditional love can provide protection, healing, and the confidence you need to take your next step toward victory.

2. Gratitude

    “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
– Epictetus

We cannot express the importance of gratitude as a habit of happy people.  When you make a habit to think of, and express, everything you’re grateful for, you’ll see that these joyous experiences continue to expand in your life.  Just like the law of gravity, the law of attraction will expand what you focus on – and if you’re focusing on what you’re thankful for, you can certainly expect to be more thankful in the future.

3. Service to others

    “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one’s self.  We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart that goes out of itself, gets large and full of joy. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.”
– Horace Mann

Taking time to be of service shows a great deal of character, especially when you aim to serve without expectation of return.  Giving your time without the need for gain returns something much greater – it gives you the satisfaction of adding value to the world.  Working to help improve a physical, mental, environmental, or spiritual state will not only help improve the world, but will also help build positive karma in your life.

4. Self Care

    “You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.  You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection.”
~Buddha

If your own needs aren’t taken care of, how can you take care of the needs of others?  There’s nothing selfish about setting aside a certain time for yourself each day or week to make sure that your own mind, body, and soul are well and rested.  Here are just a few things we do ourselves to meet our self care needs.  Try a few and/or add your own self care habits in the comments below:

  •     15 minute morning meditation- This is very grounding.  Try it each morning before you get out of bed, or each night before sleep.
  •     Affirmations – Affirmations are key in our lives.  Select affirmations that resonate with you and repeat them in the mirror DAILY.
  •     Reading a chapter of a book – Just 6 minutes of reading can reduce stress by 68%.
  •     A warm soak in the tub – Try adding 2 cups of iodized sea salt with 2 cups of pure baking soda to a hot tub of water – you’ll LOVE it!
  •     Exercise – Staying active not only helps you look and feel better, it also clears your mind of negative, doubting thoughts.
  •     Eat raw, organic fruits and vegetables (you can put them in juices or smoothies, or eat them right out of the garden!)
  •     Buy a new outfit – Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little retail therapy every now and then!  Treat yourself, you deserve it!
Forgive

5. Forgiveness

forgive-people Forgiveness can bring you a renewed peaceful spirit. You’ll find yourself feeling more positive overall and less stressed. You may even experience health benefits like lower blood pressure.  When someone hurts or offends you, negative feelings of bitterness or revenge are created. Don’t let yourself pay the price over and over. Oftentimes the focus on the past and the hurt will keep you from enjoying the wonders of today and the potential of tomorrow.

Good news, although you cannot control their actions or their decisions, you CAN control yours.

6. Compassion

    “Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.”
– Martin Lowenthal, Opening the Heart of Compassion

Having compassion brings out an important human element.  Showing recognition and respect for all situations can not only solve many of the world’s problems, but can also bring people comfort, knowing that they are cared for, loved, and recognized as equal.  Show compassion for others and where they are in life.

Although their situation may not be desirable to you, it’s where they are – and if they’re going to get closer to where they want to be, they need caring support from people just like you.

happy-people

7. Humor

As the old adage states, “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s true and happy people know it. They laugh often and even at themselves sometimes. Laughter can create a lightness out of a heavy or negative situation. One good belly laugh is all it takes too; humor is contagious. One funny, happy person in a group can create a roomful of happy people.

Humor doesn’t just make you happy, but healthy too. Studies show humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boosts your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.

    “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you can have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
– Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D

8. Responsibility

Taking responsibility for your thoughts, words, actions, and reactions can ultimately bring you more happiness in life. If your intention is to create a more positive world for yourself and those around you, it’s up to you to have the thoughts, moods, and actions that will create that positive world.

If however, you analyze your current situation and see a negative consequence being created as a result of your moods/actions/reactions, taking responsibility for that will make you adjust your sails to strive toward a better outcome.  Release the fear of judgment and create responsibly, the Divine never loses count of your true intention.

9. Persistence

    “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Focus on what you want and build yourself to be that person through positive affirmations, intention, and action.  When we pursue something of great value with an undying spirit, the Divine knows this and will deliver.  It may not come all at once, or through the avenue you expect, but persistence will grant the achievements that create happiness.

happy-people-solutions10. Focus on the Solution

    “Happy people focus on solutions.  Unhappy people focus on problems.”
– Chris Butler

Releasing focus on problems is relieving yourself of the negative focus. Great problem solvers, and many millionaires exist because they don’t see a need to focus on the problem as much as the solution for it.  Life is full of possibilities and solutions when you believe and focus on them.  Life is also full of problems when you focus on them.  Where will you put your focus?

11. Honesty

You may get away with dishonesty at times, but as mentioned earlier, the Divine ALWAYS keeps count. For every thought, word, or action you express, an equal energy will be returned to you.  If honesty is what you portray, you will gain respect, trust, and honesty in return.  With dishonesty, a barren and lonely environment that is devoid of happiness is sure to ensue in time.  You may not see the effect of dishonesty right away, but it will erode you from within.  The option to repair however, is always available. You can begin practicing honesty RIGHT NOW to build a better, happier tomorrow.

(BONUS) 12. Optimism, of course! 😉

Positive thinking is key to happiness. Happy people have practiced turning negative thoughts or experiences into positive ones. Seeing the glass half full, living a life full of positive habits, and learning to turn on your own “happy switch” consistently will turn your life around in ways you’ve never imagined.

 


Leave a comment

10 Ways To Beat Chronic Fatigue

By   Toby Morrison   January 15, 2013

Although there is no set cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, there are things you can do to help beat it.

I suffered from Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) at the age of 15, struck down by glandular fever and overtraining. Four years later, I recovered and then founded the CFS Health Centre as I felt the need to give other people with CFS the support and guidance I didn’t have. I’ve subsequently helped hundreds of patients recover from CFS.

Here are my top 10 tips to beat CFS:

1. Don’t pretend you’re fine. Accept where you’re at with your health.

This is a key component of coming to the realization that you need to make changes to your lifestyle and your health for the better. Pretending that you are fine and pushing through is not the answer your body is looking for.

2. Scale back your activities.

Depending on where you are at with your recovery, you need to modify and manage your lifestyle better. Sometimes doing less is more, especially when you are unwell. If you are working fulltime and burning out, or running every day only to be bedridden for weeks, it’s time to modify what you’re doing and take it down a notch.

3. Remember: you are what you eat.

Food is fuel, what we feed our body with is giving us the energy to function in day to day life. Without water and food we cannot survive and thrive. Keep it simple and consistent. The body loves consistency. Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drink plenty of water and choose healthier food options that gives you the fuel you need to be optimal.

4. You have a choice whether to think good or bad, so pick a positive attitude.

We can make something a negative or a positive. My business teacher used to say to me attitude makes altitude. She was right. Work on changing your thought patterns from bad to good no matter the circumstances. Being a victim will only make you feel sad and leave you feeling worse for wear. Just remember there is always someone worse off then you right now.

Fatigue

5. Force yourself to relax.

90% of sufferers are high achievers and over doer’s. They don’t even know what rest means. I was the same, but CFS taught me the importance of rest and relaxation. Not everyone is into meditation. If you are, great, if you find it hard to sit still and be quite, try and find something to do that is calming and relaxing on your mind and body.

6. Be patient: healing takes time.

Be patient and look for the small improvements along the way. Don’t overdo it and try to change things overnight as this will only lead to failure. Be kind to yourself, be your best friend.

7. Be grateful for the things you do have in life.

I used to feel sorry for myself all the time, I remember walking down the street saying to myself why me, why do I have CFS, why can’t I run, etc. as I was in this negative thought, a man in a wheelchair went passed me, he looked up a smiled at me. I turned around to realize that the man in the wheel chair did not have arms or legs. From that day on, I wrote down 10 things I was grateful for each week. Having arms and legs became apparent.

8. Exercise. 

Exercise done in the right way can be of great benefit for our physical and emotional wellbeing. Graded exercise therapy (G.E.T.) is where you perform daily exercises that are low intensity and low impact.

Everyone’s fitness levels vary and when your suffering from chronic fatigue exercise can seem impossible. Forget about hitting the gym for now or going for that long run you used to be able to do. start with something small. It could be as simple as walking one minute per day. As you feel that 1 minute is getting easy, bump it up to 2 minutes and so on.

Small, steady increments should be made to program when your health maintains, meaning you don’t feel any worse than what you did before doing the exercises. Avoid high intensity workouts as this will only lead to crashing and being bedridden, the “Push/Crash Cycle.”

9. Goal setting – SMART.

Set specific, measureable, achievable, REALISTIC goals. It might something small like drinking 8 glasses of water in a day. Or something bigger like aiming to get back to school or work within a month. Set small goals to start with and commit to them. This will give you direction and more importantly keep you focused on your priority to better health.

10. Get Support – Suffering from CFS not only affects you physically but emotionally too.

I suffered with anxiety throughout my recovery from CFS. It is okay to be sad and feel down. It is also okay to ask for help and support from family, friends or health professionals. Talking to someone about how you feel can take the weight off your shoulders. We are all human. A little bit of love and care doesn’t hurt anybody.

 


3 Comments

Peanuts: Nutrition Facts And Health Benefits

Posted in Nuts by admin on 20 May 2014  

Peanuts are salty and delicious pleasure. Ideal for appetizers while watching a sports game or a great substitute for potato chips while watching a movie. Besides being delicious, it can be very healthy.

  •     Regulate the level of sugar in the blood

For stable blood sugar throughout the day, eat peanut butter. It is recommended this product to eat for breakfast.

  •     Increase concentration and memory capability

Thanks to vitamin B3 that contain peanuts, helps the brain to function normally and increases concentration and ability to remember.

  •     Peanuts reduce cholesterol
Nuts

Although the belong in the category of products that contain high amounts of calories and fat, recent studies have shown that peanuts can act preventively heart disease and lower cholesterol and triglycerides without weight gain.

  •     Contains vitamins

Peanuts are rich in vitamins B1, B3, 3, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese. It also contains bioactive compounds that act as antioxidants and protect against many diseases.

  •     Contains ‘good’ fats

Peanuts are rich in so-called “good” fats that positively affect heart health and overall health.

  •     Reduce appetite

Besides peanuts reduce appetite, affect and increased secretion of PYY hormone that stimulates the feeling of satiety.


Leave a comment

10 Smart Studies that Help Unlock the Mysteries of Intelligence

The benefits of being smart are hardly a mystery.

Clever people have all kinds of advantages in life: they have better educations, better jobs, earn more and even live longer.
Naturally, then, if you could set your child’s intelligence, you’d probably opt for smart (although maybe not too smart).
Still, being smart is more of a mixed blessing than many imagine.
Here are ten studies that provide vital insights into the psychology of intelligence.


1. The myth of a single intelligence

Some have argued that the idea of intelligence as a single thing is a myth.
According to a recent study of over 100,000 participants, IQ is actually made up of three components (Hampshire et al., 2012).
Analyzing the results, they found that IQ split up into short-term memory, reasoning and a verbal component.
In other words: some people could have strong short-term memories but be poor reasoners. Or: some people could be good with language but have poor short-term memory.
Your overall intelligence is a result of how these three subsystems work–and they might not all be at the same level.


2. Intelligence linked to mental illness

Being intelligent isn’t all gravy.
Studies now suggest a link between intelligence and mental illness that may go back into our evolutionary past.
The increased intelligence of Homo sapiens was originally a result of gene mutations. The cost of these gene mutations, however, may have been an increase in mental illness (Nithianantharajah et al., 2012).
The human brain may be the most advanced and complicated object in the universe, but some people pay a heavy price for this gift.


3. Smarts can transcend poor start in life

It’s well-known that being smart helps you get ahead, but what about if you’re smart and disadvantaged? Will your background keep you from achieving?
A study of 12,868 Americans found that while a better background helped people start off with a better job, it was smarts that helped them progress from there (Ganzach, 2011).
Yoav Ganzach explained:
“Your family can help you launch your career and you do get an advantage, but it doesn’t help you progress. And once you start working, you can go wherever your abilities take you.”


4. Clever but worried

They say that ignorance is bliss, and ‘they’ may well be on to something.
That’s because people of high intelligence are more prone to anxiety than those of moderate intelligence.
Indeed, anxiety may have co-evolved with intelligence–worrying may have given early humans a survival benefit in the ancient past (Coplan et al., 2012).
It’s just a pity that it’s left intelligent people with higher levels of anxiety disorders.ideas

5. New ideas

Set against the higher levels of mental illness and anxiety, is the fact that more intelligent people are more likely to come up with new ideas.
Historically, that might mean rejecting superstition and finding new ways of organizing society.
One study argues that this explains why more intelligent people are more likely to be atheists and more likely to be politically liberal (Kanazawa et al., 2010).
This study found that young adults who described themselves as ‘very conservative’ had an average IQ of 95, while those who described themselves as ‘very liberal’ had an average IQ of 106.


6. Motivation can trump IQ

Although intelligence can be a wonderful asset to have, it doesn’t guarantee success.
Take maths, that bastion of nerd achievement. It’s true that being intelligent will give you a good start, but for real achievement you’ve got to be motivated.
A German study of 3,520 children found that after they got started at maths, their intelligence became less important than their motivation to succeed and how much they studied (Murayama et al., 2012).


7. Intelligence is in the eyes

Literally, that is.
A study by Shalev et al. (2013) has found that people who have wider blood vessels at back of the eye have higher levels of intelligence.
This is because retinal blood vessels are similar to those in the brain. So, wider blood vessels here may mean a better supply of oxygen to the brain.
This finding could even be important in diagnosing and treating brain diseases:
“Increasing knowledge about retinal vessels may enable scientists to develop better diagnosis and treatments to increase the levels of oxygen into the brain and by that, to prevent age-related worsening of cognitive abilities.” Shalev et al. (2013)


8. The intelligent sleep later

This is no longer a feeble excuse for hitting snooze.
Evidence has now been published that people who are more intelligent tend to go to bed later and get up later (Kanazawa & Perina, 2009).
The study examined the sleep habits of 20,745 adolescent Americans and found that on a weekday the ‘very dull’ went to bed at an average of 11:41 and woke up at 7:20.
In contrast, the ‘very bright’ went to bed at 12:29 and got up at 7:52. At the weekend the differences were even more pronounced.
We don’t know the nature of the connection from this study, but perhaps bright people find it more difficult to get to sleep because of all the worrying they’re doing.


9. Are smart people less racist?

Well, smart people certainly sound less racist. They know what they are supposed to think and say.
But, when they are tested on actual political policies, their views turn out not to be as enlightened as they might like.
These findings are based on a study by Geoffrey Wodtke, who explained:
“…although nearly all whites with advanced cognitive abilities say that ‘whites have no right to segregate their neighborhoods,’ nearly half of this group remains content to allow prejudicial real estate practices to continue unencumbered by open housing laws.”
So it seems smart people are better at concealing their views.


10. Smarter societies are happier

Are smarter people happier? Overall, probably not.
Studies which have looked for a connection between how happy people feel and how intelligent they are have mostly found no connection (e.g.Veenhoven & Choi, 2012).
However, when you look across nations, those that are, on average, smarter, are also happier.
So being smart might not benefit people’s happiness individually, but it may help contribute to everyone’s happiness.
 


3 Comments

Do you think the government should be supporting dairy?

Diana Herrington    June 22, 2014

Do you think the government should be supporting dairy?

Tons of unhealthy dairy junk food gets through the new junk food guidelines set up by the government! These guidelines try to deal with the declining health and poor diet in the United States. The government ends up propping up the dairy industry because the dairy industry has convinced everyone that all milk and dairy products are nutritious.

Public health advocate Michele Simon has created a stir with her detailed report:  ‘Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods’. She highlights how there has been a big shift from plain milk to dairy products filled with sugar, fat, and salt.

Here is an example of what her report says:

  • “About half of all milk is consumed either as flavored milk, with cereal, or in a drink;
  • Nearly half of the milk supply goes to make about 9 billion pounds of cheese and 1.5 billion gallons of frozen desserts–two-thirds of which is ice cream;
  • 11 percent of all sugar goes into the production of dairy products.”

Today, most milk, cheese, yogurt, and milk products are not healthy foods because they are full of sugar and saturated fat. It is possible this sugar and fat are major factors in the obesity epidemic, especially among children.

Does that sound at all healthy?

What’s worse is how the government is supporting the dairy industry with its National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Program. The government runs a “dairy checkoff program.” It collects 15 cents for every hundredweight of milk sold or used in dairy products. The money is then used to promote milk and cheese. It is paid for by dairy farmers through checkoff fees, but run by the USDA.

There is no way that the “checkoff” program is here to promote childhood health. Here are a couple of examples of what it really is doing:

  • This USDA program helped Taco Bell introduce its double steak quesadilla of 750 calories, full of saturated fat and 78 percent of the recommended daily allowance of sodium. Taco Bell then achieved a 4 percent increase in dairy sales.
  • Dominos added more cheese and benefited from a $35 million partnership with the dairy checkoff program.
  • You would almost expect the dairy industry to promote its junk food as healthy. On the other hand, the actual U.S. government supporting these products is shameful!

The big question is: how important are dairy products for the health of children and adults?

Research indicates milk is not all it has been hyped up to be.


The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine reviewed this research in its Health Concerns about Dairy Products. Those concerns included:

1. Bone Health

Research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones, neither the bone integrity in children,nor to decrease the  fracture risk in adults. (Harvard Nurses’ Health Study). The link between dairy calcium and healthy bones is not there.

2. Cholesterol

Dairy products (cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt) contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to the diet. The cholesterol content of three glasses of milk is equal to what one would get from 53 slices of bacon.

3. Cancer

Dairy products have been linked to higher risk of Prostate cancer and breast cancer.

4.  Lactose Intolerance

Symptoms of lactose intolerance include gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and flatulence due to the lack of the enzyme lactase to digest the milk sugar lactose. Lactose intolerance is more common than we realize95 percent of Asian-Americans, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African-Americans, 53 percent of Mexican-Americans, and 15 percent of Caucasians.

5. Contaminants

Milk is full of naturally occurring and synthetic hormones which can affect normal hormonal function.

6. Milk Proteins and Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is linked to consumption of dairy products in infancy. American Academy of Pediatrics found up to a 30 percent reduction of type 1 diabetes in infants who did not have cow’s milk protein for the first three months of their lives.

7. Health Concerns for Children and Babies

Feeding a baby cow’s milk is not recommended. Up to 28 percent of infants suffer from colic during the first month of life.  Breastfeeding mothers can have colicky babies if the mothers consume cow’s milk.

Also, food allergies are common in children who have been given cow’s milk.

Why Bother With Milk?

The Physicians Committee suggests something that we at Real Food For Life strongly agree with … that you  can easily get your nutrients, including calcium from eating lots of vegetables, fruits, gluten free grains, and nuts and seeds.

Leafy vegetables that contain vitamin K, like kale, spinach, broccoli and cabbage also contain calcium!