What is the story with dairy? Most of us were brought up to believe that dairy was a health food. It has calcium after all right? Where did this “wisdom” come from? Let’s look at a brief history of dairy and then discuss whether or not it is truly food for optimal human consumption.
Many cultures have been consuming RAW DAIRY for at several thousand years. Did we always do this? Probably not. However, like grains; we have adapted to consumption of certain foods we may or may not have been designed to eat. One thing you will notice in all “tribal” or “old cultures” is a reliance on techniques used for making these “foods” more edible for humans. They understood that grains, certain nuts/seeds, and certain vegetables had to be worked with in order to allow absorption by the human. Dairy fits into this category as well. That said, there have been several cultures that have THRIVED with raw dairy products. Not just milk. But raw butter, cream, yogurt, kefir, whey, etc. Most notable are northern Europeans and certain tribes in africa. Enter pasteurization. We started pasteurizing our dairy in the early 1900’s. This was an effort to combat the unclean practices that contaminated some of the milk. Pasteurized milk and fried cheeses begin to hit the shelves. There is a big problem with these foods. The enzymes are destroyed in the process. Vitamins are destroyed. What is left? A product that humans have a relatively hard time digesting already becoming more burdensome on the system. We just don’t really have the equipment on board to process this stuff well. What about “milk alternatives” like soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc? Are they better? Maybe so. But they are still not real foods. Ultimately, most milk people buy in stores are processed and pasteurized. So what do WE do about it? PASTEURIZED DAIRY is one of two or three foods to eliminate when looking to jump-start your health. The other two are GLUTEN and UNFERMENTED SOYBEAN products. There is no doubt that these are addicting foods that are hard to “kick the habit” from. Gluten and dairy literally connect with receptors in the brain making it extremely hard to quit. Tell 100 people to give up bread. Tell 100 people to give up broccoli. See how many comply. So what about the GOOD with dairy? There has to be SOME good right? There is.
Raw dairy products have been used for a very long time. Some cultures actually rely on them. In India, they STEER away from beef and are more vegetarian oriented in general. However, they have consumed raw and fermented dairy products as a source of protein/fat for generations. Raw dairy has been used by our country for a long time as well. What are the benefits? Raw dairy has a lot of beneficial things in it as well. Raw butter can be a great source of fat and vitamins. Kefir is valuable as a fermented beverage. Raw milk can be great for people needing nourishment. So what is the best way to find out if dairy is right for you?
Try eliminating ALL dairy (a little butter is fine) for 21 days. If this sounds hard you may ask yourself who is REALLY in control of your body =) After the trial period, try introducing some raw dairy products into the mix. Raw butter is a good place to start. Some people have found goat milk to be more closely related to human breast milk than cows milk. Basically just listen to your body and allow it to guide you. You may have great reactions from certain things and not from others. I have a great reaction from raw butter. Just see what works for you. Cutting out the junk and focusing on the good stuff is always the first step. Happy Hunting.