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Why You Shouldn’t Drink Milk

The Truth about Dairy

According to Dr. Willett, who has done many studies and reviewed the research on this topic, there are many reasons to pass up milk, including:

  1. Milk doesn’t reduce fractures. Contrary to popular belief, eating dairy products has never been shown to reduce fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses’ Health Study dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50 percent!
  2. Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
  3. Calcium isn’t as bone-protective as we thought. Studies of calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing fracture risk. Vitamin D appears to be much more important than calcium in preventing fractures.
  4. Calcium may raise cancer risk. Research shows that higher intakes of both calcium and dairy products may increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 50 percent. Plus, dairy consumption increases the body’s level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) — a known cancer promoter.
  5. Calcium has benefits that dairy doesn’t. Calcium supplements, but not dairy products, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  6. Not everyone can stomach dairy. About 75 percent of the world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products — a problem called lactose intolerance.

  

Based on such findings, Dr. Willet has come to some important conclusions:

  • Everybody needs calcium — but probably not as much as our government’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) and calcium from diet, including greens and beans is better utilized by the body with less risk than calcium supplements.
  • Calcium probably doesn’t prevent broken bones. Few people in this country are likely to reduce their fracture risk by getting more calcium.
  • Men may not want to take calcium supplements. Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may be reasonable for women
  • Dairy may be unhealthy. Advocating dairy consumption may have negative effects on health.

 

If all that isn’t enough to swear you off milk, there are a few other scientific findings worth noting. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently asked the UDSA to look into the scientific basis of the claims made in the “milk mustache” ads. Their panel of scientists stated the truth clearly:

  • Milk doesn’t benefit sports performance.
  • There’s no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss!
  • Dairy is linked to prostate cancer.
  • It’s full of saturated fat and is linked to heart disease.
  • Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance.
  • Dairy aggravates irritable bowel syndrome.

 Simply put, the FTC asked the dairy industry, “Got Proof?” — and the answer was NO!

Plus, dairy may contribute to even more health problems, like:

• Allergies
• Sinus problems
• Ear infections
• Type 1 diabetes
• Chronic constipation
• Anemia (in children)

Due to these concerns, many have begun to consider raw milk an alternative. But that isn’t really a healthy form of dairy either …

Yes, raw, whole, organic milk eliminates concerns like pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and the effects of homogenization and pasteurization — but to me, these benefits don’t outweigh dairy’s potential risks.

From an evolutionary point of view, milk is a strange food for humans. Until 10,000 years ago we didn’t domesticate animals and weren’t able to drink milk (unless some brave hunter-gather milked a wild tiger or buffalo!).

If you don’t believe that, consider this: The majority of humans naturally stop producing significant amounts of lactase – the enzyme needed to properly metabolize lactose, the sugar in milk — sometime between the ages of two and five. In fact, for most mammals, the normal condition is to stop producing the enzymes needed to properly digest and metabolize milk after they have been weaned.

Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.

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6 Tips for Dealing with Dairy

  1. Take your Cow for a Walk. It will do you much more good than drinking it”s milk.
  2. Don’t rely on dairy for healthy bones. If you want healthy bones, get plenty of exercise and supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
  3. Get your calcium from food. These include dark green leafy vegetables, sesame tahini, sea vegetables, and sardines or salmon with the bones.
  4. Try giving up all dairy. That means eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for two weeks and see if you feel better. You should notice improvements with your sinuses, post-nasal drip, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight. Then start eating dairy again and see how you feel. If you feel worse, you should try to give it up for life.
  5. If you can tolerate dairy, use only raw, organic dairy products. I suggest focusing on fermented products like unsweetened yogurt and kefir, occasionally.
  6. If you have to feed your child formula from milk, don’t worry. The milk in infant formula is hydrolyzed or broken down and easier to digest (although it can still cause allergies). Once your child is a year old, switch him or her to real food and almond milk.

Still got milk? I hope not! Remember, dairy is not crucial for good health. I encourage you to go dairy-free and see what it does for you.

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Read More About The HarmFul Effects Of Milk

Health Benefits of Vitamin C “Ascorbic Acid”

The Health Benefits of Vitamin C

The health benefits of Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid include the prevention and cure of scurvy, treatment of common cold, boosting the immune system, lowering hyper tension, cure of lead toxicity, curing cataracts, treatment of cancer, combating stroke, maintain elasticity of skin, healing of wounds, and controlling the symptoms of asthma.

Vitamin C or Ascorbic acid is the one of the most effective and safest nutrients. It is a water soluble vitamin. It is the powerful antioxidant for the synthesis of collagen which helps to make blood vessels and body muscles strong. Human body doesn’t have the capacity to generate Vitamin C. Therefore, it needs to receive it through foods and other supplements.

Deficiency Symptoms:
A severe deficiency of Vitamin C can cause scurvy, a fatal disease. The symptoms of scurvy are loose teeth, bleeding and bruising, joint pain and swelling, tooth and hair loss, hemorrhages, inability to fight infections, and mild anemia.

Important Sources:
The important sources of Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid are any citrus fruits such as oranges and grapes. Strawberry, raspberry, cabbage, cauliflower, other leafy vegetables, red pepper, potatoes, broccoli, chilies, watercress, parsley, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, mange tout, and kiwi fruit are also rich sources of this vitamin. The cooking of food at low temperature and for short time is important to keep the Vitamin C preserved.

Benefits:

  • Prevention of Scurvy: Scurvy is prevented by sufficient intake of vitamin C. The symptoms of scurvy appear due to the weakening of connective tissues, bones and blood vessels which include collagen. Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, is required for the production of collagen.
  • Treatment of Common Cold: It enhances the immune system of our body which protects us from cold and cough. It facilitates the absorption of iron and hence strengthens the resistance to infection. It fights with viruses.
  • Lowering Hypertension: People with hypertension are at high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. The supplement of vitamin C intake helps in lowering the blood pressure.
  • Treatment of Vasodilation: Treatment with vitamin C has effectively resulted in proper dilation of blood vessels in the cases of atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, angina pectoris, and high blood pressure. Results have been found that supplements of vitamin C improve blood vessel dilation.
  • Cure of Lead Toxicity: Lead Toxicity is a severe health problem found mostly in children, especially in the urban areas. Abnormal development and growth has been found in children who are exposed to lead. They develop behavioral problems, learning disabilities and have low IQ. It may damage the kidney and increase blood pressure in adults. Vitamin C supplements reduce the blood lead level.
  • Curing Cataracts (Eye Disorder): Cataracts are the most common reasons of visual problems. Decrease in the level of vitamin C in the lens of the human eye has been found with increased number of cataracts. Increase of vitamin C intake increases the blood supply to the visual zones of the body.
  • Treatment of Cancer: Researchers have found that high consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits have a linkage with a minimised risk for the various types of cancer. The studies have shown that increased consumption of vitamin C is connected with the decreased possibilities of cancers of lung, mouth, vocal chords, throat, colon-rectum, stomach, and esophagus.
  • Combating Stroke: Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid helps in reducing the risk of stroke, a kind of cardiovascular disease. A diet full of vegetables and fruits produces good quantity of vitamin C which maintains the appropriate blood pressure level. It also protects the body from free radicals which could be the reason for the stroke.
  • Mood: Vitamin C plays a key role in the production of neurotransmitters, norepinephrine. They affect the mood of a person as they are critical to the proper functioning of the brain.
  • Immunity: Immunity is another important benefit of this vitamin. Vitamin C is widely known for its contribution to the immune system of the body.
  • Wound repair: Vitamin C helps to repair wounds. It facilitates the growth of the connective tissues, which fastens up the process of healing of wounds.
  • Controlling Asthma: It also helps to reduce the symptoms of asthma.It helps to protect against the harmful effects of pollution on human body.
  • Curing Diabetes: One of the chief reasons for diabetes as found by various studies is lower levels of vitamin C. Supplements of vitamin C are beneficial as a cure to diabetes as they help in processing of insulin and glucose.
  • Preventing Heart Diseases: Adequacy of vitamin C is essential for protection of blood vessels from the damage that free radicals can cause to them. This could be a major cause of a heart disease called atherosclerosis. Vitamin C acts as a preventing agent of this heart disease as well as various other cardiac problems.

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The Benefits of Garlic

The Beneftis of Garlic

Numerous trials have looked at the role of garlic supplements in heart disease. Many of these randomized studies showed positive benefits of garlic in heart disease: lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) and triglycerides A few small randomized trials also suggested the benefits of garlic in the prevention of platelet aggregation and thrombosis (the formation of plaques in the blood). Another study also showed that aged garlic extracts lowered blood pressure. Most of these studies are relatively short-term, therefore we do not know if the positive benefits of garlic will last more than 3 months. Please also note that there were a number of studies showing conflicting results.

Some studies looked at the potential benefits of garlic in cancer prevention. Some suggested that garlic inhibited the development and progression of breast, colon, stomach, esophagus, prostate and skin cancers in test tubes and in animals. Read Benefits of Garlic in Cancer.

Other studies also showed that garlic exhibits antibiotic and antifungal effects.

For a list of herbs and their benefits please visit our herbal directory here – http://www.celestialhealing.net/herbal_guide.htm

Foods that Lower High Blood Pressure [Hypertension]

High blood pressure or hypertension is defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mm of Hg- a systolic pressure above 140 and a diastolic pressure above 90 mm of Hg. Today approximately one billion people worldwide have high blood pressure according to the Healthstats webpage. That translates to about one out of every four adults being affected with hypertension.

The Australian Health Foundation has mentioned that lifestyle modification is an important treatment strategy that should be applied regardless of other indicated treatments for patients with hypertension. A healthy low fat low sodium diet and regular exercise are major factors in managing high blood pressure. Apart from the daily dose of prescribed medicines, below is a list of some medicinal foods that help in reducing blood pressure.

Garlic Lowers High Blood Pressure And Helps To Maintain Cholesterol Levels

Naturopaths routinely claim that garlic is one of the world’s longest used medicinal foods. Garlic was an important medicine to ancient Egyptians listed in the medical text Codex Ebers. The ancient Indian Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita recommends the use of garlic in treating heart disease and blood pressure.

 One of the major breakthroughs in the research of garlic study was the discovery of allicin in 1944 by an Italian chemist, C. J. Cavallito. In their research article, “Effects of Garlic on High Blood Pressure,” Nigel Stocks and Thomas Sullivan have mentioned that the blood pressure reducing properties of garlic are due to its hydrogen sulphide production and allicin content.

Garlic helps in the control of blood pressure. It acts by reducing the formation of clots and thereby reducing blood pressure. It also lowers the blood cholesterol level. Apart from its heart benefits, garlic has antioxidant properties that help in fighting against cancer. It is also one of the commonly used home remedies to fight cold as it improves the immune system.

Saffron Is A Natural Remedy Used in Treating High Blood Pressure

Saffron is one of the world’s oldest and most expensive spices. This exotic herb finds mention in several ancient texts. It is specially mentioned in Bhavprakash Nighantu,an ancient Ayurvedic text for its significant use in treating high blood pressure. Saffron finds many uses in ancient Ayurvedic, Unani and Tibetan medicine in heart diseases, acne and digestive disorders.

According to Dr. George Jacob of Heart Infocenter, saffron contains a chemical called crocetin that helps to lower the blood pressure. It should never be consumed in large quantities as it causes unconsciousness. Just a pinch of saffron can be used while cooking like adding in rice dishes or to a cup of freshly brewed tea.

Tomatoes Play A Key Role In Reducing High Blood Pressure

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a disease fighting antioxidant. It is also found in grapefruits,apricots and papaya. According to recent studies tomatoes are an excellent source for managing high blood pressure and fighting cancer. In the book Tomatoes, Lycopene and Human Health Dr. Esther Parran says “The results of short term treatments with tomato extracts have been encouraging since they help to reduce blood pressure in mild to moderate hypertensives.”

According to an article published in China Daily on February 1, 2001, researchers in Israel found that a daily dose of tomato extract helped lower the blood pressure among 31men and women with mild hypertension. Tomatoes are high in gamma-amino butyric acid(GABA) a compound that helps to lower the blood pressure.

Phytonutrients In Broccoli Help In Heart Disease By Reducing High Blood Pressure

Glucorapharin,a naturally occurring compound found in broccoli sprouts and broccoli may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke according to a new research published in the May issue of the Proceedings of The Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Broccoli plays a key role in the reduction of heart disease risk according to recent studies. Broccoli is rich in phytonutrients. Researchers from the University of Hawaii have shown that phytonutrients help in reducing the blood pressure by significantly reducing the formation of plaques in blood vessels. Phytonutrients are found in other green leafy vegetables like spinach and cabbage and are known for their anti-cancerous properties as well.

High blood pressure can be naturally cured with the help of a Naturopathic Doctor. While medical doctors look to only control the symptoms by treating it with dangerous medications with harmful side effects. To help treat hypertension naturally, regular exercise is extremely necessary for controlling blood pressure and heart disease. Dietary changes like reducing sodium intake and having a healthy low fat diet go a long way in managing hypertension. To help create a natural healing program for High Blood Pressure contact Dr Akilah for a consultation.

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Free Yummy and Healthy Recipes to Lower Hypertension

“The Harmful Effects of Milk” – Don’t Drink Cow’s Milk

You can also read Dr Akilah’s published article about the harmful effects of milk.  http://www.celestialhealing.net/milkpage.htm