Do Kids Really Need Dairy

Colic is every new mother’s worst nightmare. Its frequency has been linked to the ingestion of cow’s milk and dairy products during pregnancy. The notion that the calcium in milk is good for the teeth and bones, has been soundly debunked as a proverbial ‘old wives’ tale’.


Plied with antibiotics and commercially created feed, milking cows are kept producing because they’re fed hormones. Those growth hormones and the antibiotics administered due to the impacted weakening of their immune systems, all find their way into the milk and dairy products that we consume. The sad but very real result is that it has brought a veritable epidemic of allergies and of lactose intolerance in its wake. So, the burning question is, do our kids need dairy? What the facts reveal may change your opinion forever.


Kids Consuming Dairy Products Present with Compromised Health Issues

Breathing disorders, asthma, intestinal upsets, digestive discomfort, bronchitis, runny noses, frequent colds, ear infections, fatigue, behavioural problems and worst of all, obesity can be laid at the door of dairy consumption. Pasteurization, of course, kills at least half of the vitamin C present in milk and homogenization adds insult to injury by breaking up the fats to prevent them separating from the milk as cream. This process has been linked with hardening of the arteries, which if kids are given dairy, begins at whatever age they started consuming it.


Cow’s milk and its dairy products are often fortified by adding vitamins A and D, which the ignorant consumer often believes is ‘healthy’. Not so, in fact! Taken over the daily recommended dose produces toxic reactions and kidney stones, hypocholesterolemia, eye damage and urinary calculi. Hard facts but better we know than continue in ignorance.


Better Calcium Sources Than Dairy

The truth is that, while dairy products bear calcium, many factors weigh in on its availability and retention. Being of animal origin, calcium’s effect is altered in the human organism. Dairy products have been shown to cause the human body to leech calcium from its bones and also increase urinary excretion of any ingested dairy calcium due to their phosphorous and sulphur-containing amino acid and sodium content.

So, where can we source calcium that our bodies can readily absorb and use? The same place as cows get it – green, leafy vegetables. Being aware to feature dark, green leafy herbs and vegetables even just in one meal a day negates the ‘need’ for trying to eke calcium out of dairy products. Natural sources of calcium are readily recognized by the body and are absorbed and used as they were meant to be. Other good sources of calcium are nuts, beans and sesame seeds. Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds on rice and upgrade it to a calcium-rich food.


The Calcium Challenge

Try eliminating all dairy products for a six-week period, substituting the nutrition from other recommended sources and see the difference in your children. The runny noses will stop, the achy tummies and the regular colds. See what else may have changed in behaviour too. We’ll let you be the judge of whether you’ll ever put the ‘compulsory’ glass of fresh milk on the table with your meals.


A final word, if we ever still feel the need to supply our kids with added calcium, NEVER give anyone cheap over-the-counter supplements sourced from limestone and the like. The body cannot absorb what it recognises as rock. There are PLANT-BASED calcium supplements available which are readily absorbed by the body – the best-known source to date is that which is derived from seagrasses.


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