The Top 13 Reasons why you should avoid Dairy products

The Top 13 Reasons why you should avoid Dairy products

We have been told since the beginning of time about all the health benefits of milk and related products. But let us break the bubble because there is a whole different side to this story. The dairy products you have been consuming all this time are in fact doing more harm than anything good.

Here are 13 reasons why you should stop consuming milk and all the other dairy products right away (Better late than never!)

  1. Milk protein and Diabetes

Beta casein A1, a protein present in milk is directly linked to cause Type 1 Diabetes. The risk develops due to exposure to milk early in the life course, research reveals (1). 

  1. Toxins and Contaminants

Certain compounds may find their way into milk indirectly through dairy animals as residues of pesticides (DDT, lindane, dieldrin, etc.) on feeds/fodder. Several of these compounds get stored in the milk fat and are secreted with it (2). Contaminants may also enter milk directly as a consequence of hygienic or industrial practices (e.g., detergents and sanitizers/disinfectants), or as adulterants as in the case of melamine (often found in plastics and food contact materials and can harm the kidneys and urinary tract) (2).

It is very common for milk to contain residues of pharmacologically active substances (PAS), which have undesirable effects on the quality and technological properties of dairy products and also, more importantly, on your health. A study found the presence of 20 of such active substances from the following categories: antibacterials, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, antiseptic, antiepileptic,  lipid regulator, β-blockers (3).

Apart from the ones mentioned, hormones like estrogen are injected into the animals in order to increase the yield. While some amount of estrogen is also present in the cow’s body which can lead to further passage into the human body. Estrogen is known to have negative impacts on human reproductive health as well as is linked to cause cancers (4).

  1. Dairy fat and Insulin resistance

Fat contained in all the dairy products pose a threat for Insulin resistance, meaning your body resists Insulin, thus leading to high blood sugar levels. It is because Insulin is the only hormone in your body which helps in lowering the blood sugar levels. Saturated fat in these products is the culprit. Fat in any form, dairy or other sources (Vegetable oils, Butter, Ghee, etc) is itself harmful for your health. Our clients at ThriveFNC have observed a great deal of improvement in Insulin resistance by adhering to our protocol of a zero fat diet, i.e., eliminating all sources of visible fat from daily eating. 

  1. Cancer

Consumption of dairy products has been linked with a lot of different cancers. Studies have found positive cases of prostate cancer and colorectal cancer in men consuming milk on a daily basis. High circulating levels of something called’ Insulin like growth factor’ (IGF-1) is believed to be the reason causing cancer (6). A large study done on women found that those who  consumed the highest amounts of cheddar cream cheeses had a higher risk for breast cancer (7). Dairy intake can also lead to development of ovarian cancer. The reason is believed to be conversion of milk sugar (lactose) to galactose, a sugar which may be toxic for the ovarian cells (8). 

  1. Bad fats and heart problems

Dairy products including milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, ice cream are major food sources containing saturated fat. Saturated fat increases the level of bad fat, i.e., low density lipoprotein (LDL) in your body, which is directly linked to cause heart problems (9).

  1. Addictive substances

Using the Yale Food Addiction Scale, designed to measure a person’s dependence on, scientists found that cheese is particularly potent because it contains casomorphins (Casein derived Morphine like substance)- the substance, which is present in all dairy products, can trigger the brain’s opioid receptors which are linked to addiction. Neal Barnard, author of The Cheese Trap, also refers to Caseomorphins as opiates and mentions that these opiates attach to the same brain receptors that heroin and morphine attach to. They are not strong enough to get you arrested, but they are just strong enough to keep you coming back for more.

It has also been found that Casomorphins can destroy pancreatic beta cells, cells which are responsible for making Insulin. This destruction can lead to Type-1 Diabetes. Also, they have the potential to kill your body’s immune cells, subsequently causing autoimmune disorders (11).

  1. Lactose Intolerance

In a recent article published in The Times, 60% of Indian population was found to be lactose intolerant without even realizing about the same. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest milk sugar called lactose. Nursing children make enzymes that break down lactose, but as we grow up, many of us lose this capacity (12). As a result, lactose is not absorbed, but remains in the intestine where it causes symptoms which  include  upset  stomach,  diarrhea,  and  gas (12).

  1. Allergies 

Cow’s milk is among the first foods introduced into an infant and accordingly is one of the first and most common causes of food allergy in early childhood. Various respiratory (wheezing, coughing, asthma) and gastrointestinal (abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) discomforts and rashes on the skin have been observed (13).

Contaminated milk can cause allergic reactions or indirect problems through bacterial resistance to clinical treatments.

Cow’s milk contains 30 different proteins, of which Casein constitutes 80% share. The allergic reactions upon milk consumption are thought to be because of this milk protein, termed as cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) (14).

  1. Effects on infant and child health

Cow Milk (CM) allergy can be one of the things that can impact infant and child health. Besides, Colic is an additional concern with milk consumption probably due to either Casein allergy or Lactose intolerance. Colic is a process in which an infant has inconsolable outbursts of crying for more than three hours per day, more than three days per week, for longer than three weeks. Possible treatment options include restriction of any form of milk or dairy product consumption by the breastfeeding mother (15), as the allergens can be passed on from breast milk to the baby and further aggravate the problem.

  1. Not-at-all-healthy-bones

To assume that weak and brittle bones are due to calcium deficiency is like assuming that infection is due to penicillin deficiency. In fact, these impotent bones are not due to calcium deficiency but rather due to excretion of too much of what you already have. This breaking down of Calcium is due to overconsumption of proteins. Dairy products, as we all know, contain good amounts of proteins and excess protein tend to leach out calcium, in order to buffer the renal acidic load as caused by proteins (17).

Also, it has been found in an ample number of studies that milk compounds like beta-casein and D-galactose can negatively impact bone health due to their capability of causing inflammation (18). Also in another study, it was concluded that milk consumption did not prevent fractures (19). This can possibly be due to the fact that several other nutrients play an important role in the cascade of strengthening the bones. (Vitamin D, Vitamin K along with Calcium).

  1. Dairy and skin problems

Dairy products, especially milk allergy, can manifest as Eczema along with other symptoms. Psoriasis is a condition in which there are dry, itchy, scaly patches on the skin and is thought to be caused by immune system problems and infections. Dairy products can be triggers for this skin problem because of their capability in causing inflammation as well as infections.

  1. Dairy products and infections

Developing countries like India face greater challenges as a result of incorrect processing or storage of dairy products. Being rich in protein, dairy products represent a transmission hazard for a large number of pathogens and can be responsible for outbreaks of  infections like brucellosis, listeriosis, tuberculosis, etc (20).

  1. Common sense

Besides humans, no other organism drinks milk beyond their natural age of weaning or drinks the milk of another species. Any type of milk whether it is A1 or A2, pure and farm fresh or organic, it does not suit the nutritional needs of humans, so it’s no wonder that consuming it and its derivatives causes us so many problems.

Our recommendation. Ditch the dairy. 

Confused about what to eat? Reach out to ThriveFNC on +91 77966 92504 and Click Below for a FREE consultation regarding any of your health concerns.


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About the Author

Ria Jain is a Nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She works as a Research Associate at Thrive Functional Nutrition Consulting. She firmly believes that a healthy outside starts from a healthy inside. She is constantly researching the subject and keeps the rest of us at Thrive updated with her latest findings in the field. Her articles on Thrive’s blog are an expression of her research findings.

A Dangerous Food Additive to watch out for!

A Dangerous Food Additive to watch out for!

Watch out for the ingredient carrageenan.

Carrageenan is considered a harmless food additive by the US government. Unfortunately medical research has proven otherwise. Carrageenan is known as Irish Moss and is actually a seaweed. Most people would assume that this food additive would be nutritious considering it is a sea vegetable. On a positive note this sea vegetable is high in iodine, sulfur, trace minerals and vitamins.

But it is important to know that the bad far outweighs the good when it comes to the consumption of carrageenan.

In over 40 studies, carrageenan was found to create ulcers and cancers in animals. It easily triggers inflammatory disease in the human colon as well. And many researchers believe that it promotes not only irritable bowel but breast cancers and more.

It changes detoxification in sulfur pathways (needed for hormones, toxins, etc.,), and may even be responsible for DVT (deep vein thromboses or blood clots in the lower legs).

Chemists have discovered that carrageenan suppresses gamma interferon, a cytokine crucial for tumor and infectious control (like hepatitis), as well as control of inflammation and autoimmune disease, arthritis, and more.

Finally carrageenan has been found to be part of the cause of the epidemic of diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and more.

The average intake of carrageenan for most individuals is 100 mg a day.

Where do you find carrageenan?

It prevents separation in foods containing milk or chocolate, and improves the texture of not only foods, but cosmetics and even toothpastes, room deodorizers and pesticides.

It’s commonly found in cottage cheese and ice cream to infant formulas, dietetic beverages and low-fat meats and yogurts. For decades it was used as a thickener in puddings.

So the take-away is read the labels on the foods and products you consume and stay clear of anything that has carrageenan listed.

Article published with compliments from Functional Medicine University

5 Steps to Survive- when the air you breathe is killing you

5 Steps to Survive- when the air you breathe is killing you

Delhi Air Pollution

Over the last week we’ve been hearing numerous stories of friends, family members and loved ones of Thrive Tribe getting impacted by what’s happening to the air in Delhi. With crop burning and Diwali crackers, the air in Delhi and surrounding areas is now a poisonous mix of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, cadmium and other chemicals and heavy metals. 

How do these affect your health?
Particulate matter(PM) is a complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets. These when inhaled affects both the heart and lungs, numerous studies have proven the negative impact of PM on your heart and lung health. 
Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s are carcinogenic in nature and can trigger genetic mutation at a cellular level
Carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, sweating, restlessness, visual distortion, nausea and even loss of consciousness
Sulphur oxide and Nitrogen oxide are both irritants and can irritate mucus layers in your eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract which explains why everyone’s eyes are burning

Apart from this, this air can also impact your cognitive ability- your ability to think and work productively. Your brain needs oxygen to function optimally, and when you are breathing poisons instead of oxygen it starts creating symptoms like excessive irritability, anger, and loss of productivity. 

Of course, this (the Gas Chamber called Delhi) is a monstrosity that we have created and it teaches us there really are no limits to human stupidity.

However, now that the problem is created and damage is being done, here are some solutions from Thrive to help you get through this situation and allow your body to heal. 

STEP 1 Create as much clean breathable air around you as possible Create clean Air


  1. Invest in a good quality air purifier at least for your bedroom– this is where you spend the longest time and sleep is when your body is naturally in a recovery mode. Ensure that you are breathing clean air in this room. Get a H12 or H13 HEPA filter with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 2 at medium speed. Ensure it has a carbon filter that weighs at least 500 gms. Pick one that has a noise level below 50 DB at medium speed with a washable pre-filter. If it has sensors to indicate Air quality then that’s even better. Keep the air purifier on for as long as there are people in the room. 
  2. Bring in indoor plants, they are a gift from this planet to us. They remove pollutants by absorbing harmful gases and VOC’s and create clean air for us. The best ones to get are Money plant ( Five 8 inch pots per person), Areca Palm (Four shoulder high plants per person), Snake Plant (Six plants per person), Bamboo (Four shoulder high plants)
  3. Avoid lighting agarbattis, using candles and room fresheners and loose powders- these add to indoor air pollution
  4. Wear a good quality air mask when outdoors

Step 2 Ensure you eat food that heals and regenerates your body Fresh fruits and vegetables

  1. Please ensure you buy as much organic produce as possible
  2. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables- and we mean really colorful

– dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and arugula
– yellow orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, bell peppers, 
– all fruits, with extra special focus on fresh/ frozen berries. 
– eat as much raw as you can
– Lots of amla/ gooseberries- has extremely bio-available Vitamin C
– eat sprouts

3.  Have Coriander- Parsley chutney, both these herbs pull out heavy metals and toxins from your body. Please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for the recipe

4.  Avoid animal products, especially dairy in all forms. These are loaded with toxins and hormones that are anyway bad for your health. Plus animal protein creates inflammation in the human body even in a healthy environment.And it’s really high in fat which overloads your liver (your primary organ for detox). So do yourselves a favour and avoid all animal products if not forever then at least until the air clears up a bit.

5. Avoid excess fat in your diet– refined oils, ghee, too many nuts and seeds. There are two reasons for this, one- the liver is the primary organ involved in fat metabolism and in a normally functioning system this is what the liver is supposed to do- process fat. But when you are overexposed to toxins and poisons from your environment then the liver takes on the burden of having to remove these toxins from your body and dietary fat at a time like this can clog up the liver and create a build up of toxins in your system. Secondly, heavy metals can get oxidized into harmful oxidative molecules in the presence of fat, these then cause cellular damage that results in disease. 

Step 3: Supplement with nutrients that support respiratory and cardiovascular health and act as antioxidants in your body. Supplements

 Which ones?

  1. B-12
  2. Zinc
  3. Vitamin C
  4. MSM
  5. NAC
  6. Magnesium

 Please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for which ones for dosages and brand recommendations

Step 4: Bring in the healing power of herbs and herbal teas 

Herbal Teas

  1. Nettle leaf tea
  2. Lemon balm tea
  3. Thrive’s Healing tea- This is an incredibly healing tea, please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for the recipe
  4. Lomatium root

Step 5: Practice breath work

If you have a regular breath work practice like Pranayam, you could continue with it. IF you don’t have one, then this one by Soma Breath is absolutely incredible. Click here for a link to the Breath meditation

Implement these 5 steps, and we guarantee you will breathe a little easier despite the pollution. If you need to learn more or need help with specific symptoms, please reach out to us and we’ll be more than happy to help.