Let's Briefly Talk c a l c i u m
Commercial cows milk was one of the very first foods eliminated on both of our health journeys. The main reason being its lack of nutrition, and that it contains regulated amounts of blood and pus from the cows' over worked and infected udders.
The most interesting point for us however, is the myth of dairy milk being a high source of calcium. A general response when mentioning we don't consume cows milk is that we then are associated with being calcium deficient and more susceptible to diseases such as osteoporosis. This actually could not be further from the truth.
Statistics indicate that countries with the highest consumption of dairy products are actually the ones with the higher rate of osteoporosis.
Commercial milk is also homogenised. For those not familiar with the homogenisation process, it is where water molecules and fat molecules are bound together giving the milk its consistent, white texture. Calcium molecules are water based molecules, when we homogenise the milk we now surround these water molecules with fat molecules. Fat molecules are difficult to break down once consumed, thus making the calcium harder if not impossible to absorb. Certain brands also contain synthetic forms of calcium to compensate for the cows malnourished diet.
Have you ever wondered how cows attain their calcium in the first place? Grass is actually their source of calcium, they don't miraculously attain it out of thin air. This means all dark greens are a great source of calcium, with parsley being one of the richest sources.
After switching to a plant based diet and giving commercial cows milk the flick, my teeth have become so much whiter and healthier. It's said that teeth are the gateway to our bones, so why not reconsider or at least experiment with your sources of calcium? -Nik