Is milk sucking away the alkalinity from your bones? The simple answer is Yes.
Pasteurized milk (we also know it as Homogenized or UHT milk), is heated up to kill harmful bacteria and making it nonperishable, which might seem sensible in the first place. However, the heating process also kills beneficial bacteria, minerals and vitamins, and damages proteins vital for bone health. So the resulting milk is far from “good for bone growth”, as the industry and milk lobby suggests.
Still, UHT and pasteurized milk is the common milk which everybody drinks. Throughout the United States, common milk was widely promoted to ensure better sales in early 1980s with the slogan mentioning about the presence of calcium which would be useful for one’s bone health. This perception hasn’t ever changed since. But it’s far from truth; milk is responsible for one of the most dreaded bone diseases – osteoporosis.
Fact is, that the countries with the highest consumption of milk per head, which is Northern America and the states of Europe, at the same time have the highest rate of bone Osteoporosis. According to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), “Osteoporosis, or “porous bones, ”is the weakening of bones caused by an imbalance between bone building and bone destruction”. Each year, osteoporosis leads to more than 1.5 million fractures, including 300,000 broken hips.
According to a stats from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, women who drink three or more glasses of milk per day have a 60% more chance of developing a hip fracture.
So what is the Alternative to common milk – Raw Milk!
Raw milk is the opposite of homogenized, pasteurized UHT milk, as it is not heated, it is just fresh and untreated. It might be difficult to get (of course from your local farmer, but in well-stocked organic shops as well) be that is the alternative – as it is alkaline! It does help in getting healthy doses of calcium to the body without lowering the body’s pH value.
All milk becomes acidic and detrimental to your bone structure once it’s been heated up as all big milk manufacturers typically do. The processed milk which you find on supermarket shelves may therefore cause acidosis, which in turn is responsible for osteoporosis irrespective of whether it is a whole or half or skimmed milk.
The best way to overcome this problem is to quit drinking pasteurized milk which you get from supermarkets and replace it with fresh milk. One has to remember: the more acidic foods we consume (and not-raw-milk certainly counts), the more acidic we get, and the more alkaline substances are withdrawn from naturally occurring alkaline sources, and that is from our bones, too.
The conclusion today is: increase the intake of alkaline food and consume green and leafy vegetables to get better bone strength.
Together let us say “No to processed milk” to prevent our bones from osteoporosis!