Milk is a word that leads to passionate discussions. Some defend cow’s milk like tigers; others degrade it and do not give it a chance. You would think people are arguing about a dangerous illegal drug.
To defend their position, critics of cow’s milk argue that humans are the only mammals that consume milk in adulthood. This has never convinced me, because except when we humans become aggressive, we do everything different from the animal kingdom.
Firstly, we should keep in mind that milk is a food and treat it as such. Before modern measurement methods divided each nutrient into the smallest possible unit, people relied on traditional knowledge, real-life experience and their own body intelligence to decide whether a food was healthy for them. Similarly, mothers’ intuition about feeding their children has been accepted as the most natural thing on earth.
Don’t get me wrong, research is necessary and very useful, but it is not absolute. It has an accidental by-product, which is that as far as nutrition is concerned, an excessive number of consumers prefer to blindly rely on general recommendations, to become lazy and to forget that an essential part of health is listening to the signals of your body.
Most adults tolerate a glass of organic or high-quality milk quite well per day. However, any amount of milk can cause stomach pain if you insist on drinking it more than your system can take. But isn’t it the same with all foods?
Cow’s milk isn’t the only good source of calcium, which seems to be the main concern. For example, dark green vegetables and hiziki seaweed contain easily absorbable calcium. True vegetarians need 50% less calcium than those who eat meat every day.
If you love dairy, a reasonable compromise is to drink 8.5 ounces or 250 ml of hot cow’s milk per day, at most, and the rest as fermented forms of milk such as kefir. Or you can emulate the Mediterranean which adds milk to their morning coffee and that’s it.
Lactose intolerance and cow’s milk allergy
In the Bible, milk is a recurring symbol of abundance. Today milk flows everywhere, but many adults suffer from lactose intolerance, which is the inability to digest this milk sugar easily, because the body does not produce enough of an enzyme called lactase.
Cow’s milk allergy isn’t as common, but when it affects babies, mothers need to find a healthy milk substitute that gives them peace of mind. To avoid milk allergy symptoms, those who are allergic to cow’s milk protein should avoid any contact with milk.
Sea milk can be an alternative for adults suffering from cow’s milk allergy, lactose intolerance or soy milk allergy. Parents should seek the advice of a doctor. Sea milk is popular in northern European countries, but in North America it is still difficult to find a supplier.
Sea milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk. Its protein composition is closer to breast milk than to cow’s milk. It has a lower fat content, vitamin A and four times more vitamin C. It contains magnesium, potassium, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus and sodium. The Mongols have drunk a lot of fermented mare’s milk and have used it fresh for their salty tea for centuries. This may explain how they survived on only a few vegetables in their diet.
The Belgian farmer who first sold me the mare’s milk was very enthusiastic. He told me that he had been suffering from severe candida for many years and that he had recovered from drinking 250 ml or 8.5 ounces of mare’s milk per day. For a year and a half he traveled to Holland to buy his precious mare’s milk. Eventually he founded a mare’s milk farm and is now successfully selling mare’s milk.
I didn’t have such digestive disorders, but I wanted to taste it. And so I drank a glass of mare’s milk every day for a month. Its consistency is really thinner than cow’s milk and is sweeter and very light on the stomach.
Why not try mare’s milk if you have difficulty digesting cow’s milk or just want to add more variety to your food?