We’ve all heard the old saying that dairy is good for your overall health, but is it really all that it’s cracked up to be? Milk is great if you are a calf, but humans might actually benefit from consuming less of these products.

 

Why Do Humans Eat Dairy?

We didn’t start off this way, but the milk industry has pushed hard for these products to be part of the food pyramid in recent years, and their massive public relations campaign has seemed to work!




 

Many cultures do not consume milk, cheese, or other products from animals. In fact, much of the world finds these sorts of products contribute to intolerance or stomach pains. Still, they are pushed on society as being an integral part of a balanced diet. The real truth is that these products might be doing a lot more harm than good.

What Does It Do to Your Body?

Milk-related animal products have long been extolled for their tremendous amount of calcium. They are said to contribute positively to bone health and reduce breaks and fractures over the course of our lives. Although these products do contain some calcium, they are not superfoods that will keep you from experiencing broken bones.

 




The downsides might just outweigh the upsides, as well. Many people are lactose intolerant and have major issues processing these products. Over time, lactose intolerance can become a serious, chronic issue. You can get your calcium from other sources, like kale or spinach, that have far more nutritional benefits.

What Does It Do to Your Skin?

These products can wreak havoc on our skin, and they have been linked to oil production and plenty of acne. Teenagers who start their days off with a full, frosty glass of cow’s milk might see the effect of their choice show up on their faces later in the day.

 

 




Additionally, the hormones given to most dairy cows can transfer into our own bodies, leading to hormonal changes and other kinds of problems that we definitely don’t want. If you want clear, gorgeous skin, stay away from milk and milk-related products!

Delicious Alternatives

If you love the taste of milk, cheese, or yogurt, but you don’t want the side-effects, you have some options! There are many tasty treats on the market made out of soy, rice, coconut, and almond milk, and they taste just like the real thing or better. You can find them at commercial grocery stores all over the country, and they are available at all different price points so you don’t have to break the bank to eat well and take care of your body.



Get Rid of the Dairy

It’s okay if you don’t want to cut out all of these products right away. Start by making some smart swaps and see how your health, wellness, and appearance improve over time. Many people don’t even miss milk once it’s out of their diet, but they certainly appreciate the effects skipping diary has on their overall health.




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