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. 

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References:

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  10. https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpellmanrowland/2017/06/26/cheese-addiction/#703f0b203583 
  11. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329892140_A1_and_A2_Bovine_Milk_the_Risk_of_Beta-casomorphin-7_and_Its_Possible_Effects_on_Human_Health_II_Possible_Effects_of_Beta-casomorphin-7_on_Human_Health
  12. https://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0101-20612016000200179&lng=en&nrm=iso 
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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.

The Stress Response

The Stress Response

What is Stress?

You might have heard a myriad of definitions/meanings of the word ‘Stress’. But what are we actually talking about when we discuss stress?

Normally, many of us use the word stress to direct the negative experiences of life that make us feel overwhelmed. Merely thinking about it gives us a false impression of its true nature.

However, stress is actually our body’s reaction to the changing and demanding environment around us. It is more about our capacity to deal with change than it is about feeling good or bad. Change is the only constant, they say. Changes happen all the time and stress is in large part what we feel when we are reacting to it. Thus, we can define it by saying that it is a series of emotional, physical and cognitive responses to a change. 

Stress Overload-

The most threatening thing about stress is it can easily creep up on you and you get used to it. Before you even start noticing, it starts affecting you. It starts to feel familiar, normal and eventually takes a heavy toll on your body in the form of what is called ‘Stress Overload’. Hence, it is very necessary to be conscious about the typical warning signs and symptoms of stress overload-

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying

Emotional symptoms:

  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Other mental or emotional health problems

Physical symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds or flu

Behavioural symptoms:

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting)

What are the causes of Stress? Answer- ‘The Stressors’

The situations and pressures that can cause stress are known as Stressors. Scientists at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) classify stress into the following 4 categories-

Physiological (or physical) stressors

These are stressors that put strain on our body (i.e.: very cold/hot temperatures, injury, deficiencies, toxins, pathogens, dysfunctional organs or pain).

Psychological Stressors

These are events, situations, individuals, comments, or anything we interpret as negative or threatening (i.e. : inability to accept uncertainty, rigid thinking and lack of flexibility, negative self-talk, all-or-nothing attitude).

Absolute Stressors

These are stressors that everyone exposed to them would interpret as being stressful. These are objective stressors that are universal (i.e.: earthquakes, a tsunami).

Relative Stressors

These are stressors that only some exposed to them would interpret as being stressful. These are subjective stressors that cause different reactions in different people (i.e.: time pressure at work, traffic, paying taxes, writing an exam).

Briefly said, a stressor is anything that causes the release of stress hormones. 

We’ve seen this stress in every case we’ve worked with- a constant, underlying primordial fear based response to the environment around us. 

How does it impact your health though?

Stress is a complex phenomenon and each individual has his/her own level of stress tolerance.

Exposure to stressors results in a series of coordinated responses often referred to as ‘stress responses’ which are composed of series of reactions in the body including alterations in behaviour, autonomic function, secretion of multiple hormones and various physiological changes in the body. (See images)

*Amygdala- It is the integrative center for emotions, emotional behavior, and motivation inside the brain.

*Hypothalamus- It is a small region at the base of the brain that is responsible for releasing hormones, regulating body temperature, maintaining daily physiological cycles, controlling appetite, managing sexual behavior and regulating emotional responses.

*Adrenal gland- Adrenal glands are composed of two parts(the cortex and the medulla) each responsible for producing different hormones that help regulate metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress and other essential functions. 

*CRH-Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is a peptide hormone involved in the stress response. Its main function is the stimulation of the pituitary synthesis of ACTH, as part of the HPA Axis. 

*ACTH- Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is made in the pituitary gland and  is needed for adrenal glands to work properly and help the body react to stress. ACTH stimulates the release of another hormone called cortisol from the adrenal gland.

*Adrenaline- Released by the adrenal glands in response to stress,  it works by increasing the heart rate, increasing blood pressure, expanding the air passages of the lungs, enlarging the pupil in the eye, redistributing blood to the muscles and altering the body’s metabolism, so as to maximise blood glucose levels.

 *HPA axis- It is short for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. The HPA axis is a term used to represent the interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands It is the body’s second component of the stress response system.

Effects of long-term stress

The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems perform their regular activities.

However, long-term or chronic stress is challenging. Under constant stress, the body does not receive a clear signal to go back to its normal functioning.

Over time, continued strain on your body from stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.

How to cope up with this stress?

Stress is a fact of life, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You cannot avoid stress, but you can learn to manage it so it doesn’t manage you. 

When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress. Rethink your stress response to stress as something helpful. 

A study revealed that stress makes you social. The hormone Oxytocin is released that fine tunes your brain’s social instincts. Oxytocin is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps in healing your heart from the stress induced damage. 

Moreover, our body has a built-in stress resilience mechanism known as Human Connection. When you reach out to others under stress, you release more oxytocin and your response to stress becomes healthier and you recover faster from it.

At Thrive’s here’s what we do to help people perceive  and respond to stress better

  1. Fixing your deficiencies of nutrients essential for your adrenal glands to function well.

During a stressful event, your adrenals are overworked and are constantly pushed to release Adrenaline and cortisol along with other hormones.

Some specific nutrients like complex carbohydrates, proteins (tryptophan, phenylalanine and tyrosine, theanine) Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Magnesium, and Selenium play a very important role in reducing the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in the body and also the stress chemicals that activate fight and flight response(6). 

These nutrients play a very specific and important role in stress management. Hence, fixing the deficiencies of these nutrients is an essential step towards ensuring an optimal adrenal health.

  1. Bringing down both pathogen and toxin load from your body

Toxins and photogenic load as physiological stressors in the body can cause hormonal imbalances,  improper functioning of your enzymes, displacement of structural minerals, and can damage your organs(7). It is very important to look for these toxins and pathogens and flush them out of your body.

  1. Incorporating adrenal healing protocol

Chronic stress and adrenal dysfunction floods our body with excess adrenaline, which eventually begins to impact other organ systems. Our adrenal healing protocol is designed to give your body the right mix of glucose and mineral salts your adrenals need for optimum function. 

  1. Correcting organ dysfunctions

Stress brings about physiological changes almost throughout the body. All your organs strive to cope up with the stress. Overtime, stress can cause some organs to not function properly. Hence, it becomes necessary to make sure that your organs are working to their fullest capacity.

  1. Meditation

Meditation helps you to calm down and focus your attention. It produces a deep state of relaxation and helps you to eliminate negative and jumbled thoughts, causing enhanced well-being. It primes you perceive and respond to stress better. 

  1. Learning to breathe

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. It is impossible to be stressed and anxious while you are breathing deeply. 

  1. Finding your tribe

We as humans were meant to exist in a tribe, to work together towards the greater good of the tribe out of feelings of mutual love, trust and connectedness. In return, as a whole, the tribe always had your back. It’s the loss of this collective that makes everyone stay on their guard. 

The best way to resolve your stress though is by finding the root causes for the same which is  something we are exceptionally good at. If you’ve been struggling with stressful episodes, and would like to learn more about how we can help you.

Call us on +91 77966 92504 to learn more or click below for a free consultation

References:

  1. https://www.gulfbend.org/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=1229
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  6. https://www.longdom.org/open-access/nutrient-and-stress-management-2155-9600-1000528.pdf
  7. https://naturemed.org/how-toxins-cause-disease/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/
  9. https://www.uakron.edu/armyrotc/MS1/14.pdf
  10. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-symptoms-signs-and-causes.htm
  11. https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2255

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.

Puberty, PMS, Menopause: 3 things you could do to make it pain and struggle free

Puberty, PMS, Menopause: 3 things you could do to make it pain and struggle free

PMS

If you are a woman reading this, you need no introduction to the subject. If you are a man reading this, then you aren’t too much of a stranger to this subject either, unless you’ve been living on Mount Athos

For 80%  of all menstruating women, that time of the month when your uterus makes it’s presence known loud and clear is a not a laughing matter. More than 150 symptoms have been attributed to PMS! The symptoms are so common that the medical community considered discarding the term “PMS” and accepting the symptoms as normal! This attitude trivializes the daily significance of PMS for the millions of women women who suffer from it.

For at least 5% of all menstruating women, the symptoms of PMS are so severe that they are incapacitated on a monthly basis. For many women, even moderate PMS can interfere with work and can disrupt everything from parenting to social relationships. In addition, if PMS symptoms weren’t enough, for most women menopause has become something to dread. Plus, now that little girls as young as 8 and 9 are hitting puberty (which isn’t normal, but more on that subject in another blog post), that’s far too many years of you being your held hostage by your biology right from puberty up until you hit menopause.  PMS

But is it really your biology holding you hostage? What’s really going on? Most theories blame your hormones, inflammation, prostaglandins, neurotransmitters etc making you believe that you really have no control over what’s going on in your body.

Symptoms such as depression, diarrhea, bloating, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and mood swings are often blamed on PMS. That blame is inaccurate. These symptoms, like the supposed symptoms of menopause (night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, dizziness, weight gain, digestive issues, bloating, incontinence, headaches, moodiness, irritability, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, trouble concentrating, memory issues, insomnia and other sleep disorders, vaginal dryness, breast sensitivity, joint pain, tingling, hair loss or thinning, dry or cracked skin, and dry or brittle nails), are actually from underlying health conditions such as a sensitive central nervous system, IBS, heavy metal toxicity or chronic viral and bacterial infections. 

These symptoms become more apparent at this particular time in your cycle because the menstruation process takes up 80 percent of your body’s reserves. The 20 percent left over cannot manage the health conditions that your immune system normally keeps at bay. This is another prime example of how far conventional medicine is from understanding women’s health. Rather than pointing to the reproductive system as the reason for a woman’s suffering at her time of the month, we should look at it as a messenger. Rather than drowning the signals in painkillers, steroids, immunosuppressants and antibiotics we need to support both the immune system and the reproductive system with healing foods and herbs.

Your uterus is a maker of life. It sustains life for 9 months.Cute Uterus It’s a space where a living being has to be nurtured and protected. Your uterus is a fierce protector of life. This is its primary role. Does it make any sense at all that a healthy and natural life process should be causing so many problems? 

Over the last few decades thanks to an overload from the environment, we have been overexposed to radiation, toxic heavy metals, mutated versions of viruses and bacteria and chemicals like DDT. These are invisible intruders in our lives, and are the root cause of the chronic illness epidemic that we are witnessing in our times. We are exposed to these and absorb these over our lifetime. These can even be passed down generation to generation and can get stored in our internal organs like the brain, the gut, the liver, pancreas and even the uterus. These cause your underlying health dysfunctions, the ones that become so apparent during PMS and menopause. Your biology is not holding you hostage.It’s in fact sending you signals that there are intruders in your body that need to be dealt with.  Your depression, diarrhea, bloating, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and mood swings are all indicators that something deeper needs to be fixed.

What triggers the pain though?

Abdominal PainWell, the space in our abdominal and pelvic cavity is actually quite cramped. Every organ fits in there snugly and there’s no empty/ extra space. When any of the above factors triggers lymphedma or fluid retention, this excess fluid starts putting pressure on everything around it, there really is no place for your internal organs to go. This pressure itself makes everything uncomfortable. The nerves in your abdominal and pelvic cavity are being touched by this pressure and start sending pain signals to your brain, and that is what triggers the pain. To relieve yourself of the pain and discomfort, here are 3 things that you can do reduce your pain and suffering. 

1. INCLUDE the following foods in your diet 

Wild blueberries, Asparagus, Avocados, Apples, Spinach, Black grapes, Cranberries, Cruciferous vegetables, Leafy greens and Cucumbers

These will boost your immune system and support your reproductive system

2. ADD the following herbs and nutrients to your daily routine

Lemon balm, Red clover, Nettle leaf, Licorice root, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, B-Complex, Vitamin D3, and Plant based Omega-3’s

3. EXCLUDE the following foods from your diet

Dairy, Wheat, Eggs, Corn, Canola Oil, MSG/ Natural Flavors/ Preservatives, Refined Sugar, Processed Foods

These foods not only cause inflammation, but also feed pathogens leading to a higher toxic load on your system.

If you struggle with issues you’ve always thought of as PMS, reach out to me to explore what could really be causing your symptoms and let’s address that true cause. Periods should be easy. You needn’t go through the pain. You deserve a stress-free menstrual cycle.