The Current State of Dairy
If you’re consuming dairy products, you should be interested to know where your milk is coming from, and the scary realities of milk pasteurization and factory farming.
So, what is pasteurization? Adopted in 1864, the process of pasteurization set out to accomplish two things: Destroy certain disease-carrying germs and prevent the souring of milk (ie give it a longer shelf life). This is achieved by keeping the milk at a temperature of 145 degrees to 150 degrees F for at least half an hour, and then reducing the temperature to not more than 55 degrees F. While this process DOES kill all disease carrying germs, it also removes any and all nutritional value from the milk, turning what was once “milk” into a weird, Franken-food, uber processed, white liquid.
In addition to this nutrient deficiency, milk from factory farmed animals (ie non-organic) is full of antibiotics and hormones that have been linked to many diseases and is taking a toll on our hormone levels. Factory-farmed animals are routinely pumped full of BGH (bovine growth hormone) and fed an unnatural, high-protein soy- and corn-based diet to artificially increase milk production. Most of today’s milk contains traces of up to 80 different antibiotics!
The Benefits of Raw Dairy for Skin
Why consider drinking raw milk? Raw dairy products have gotten a bit of a bad rap in the last 5-10 years. Heck, selling or consuming raw dairy is actually ILLEGAL in some states! But, when milk is taken from healthy & happy cows who get to graze on grass and are not pumped full of hormones and antibiotics, the pasteurization process is actually unnecessary. AND it negatively impacts the nutritional profile of the end product!
Raw Dairy products are high in:
- Fat Soluble Vitamins A, D, and K2
- Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3’s
- Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
- Probiotics: Kefir, Cheese and Yogurt
Another way to reap the probiotic benefits of raw dairy is to drink Kefir. Kefir is created when raw milk is fermented into yogurt. It is through this combination of a nutrient dense liquid and the fermentation process that Kefir is one of the most probiotic-packed drinks on the planet. And we LOVE this stuff because (if you’ve followed us for a while, you probably already know this, but) a Healthy Gut equals Healthy, Glowing Skin!
Commercially available (pasteurized) dairy products are and have been wreaking havoc on our skin for a very long time. If you are experiencing skin issues, try modifying your diet to remove dairy and gluten completely for 30 days. You will be amazed at the results!
If after those 30 days you would like to re-introduce raw-dairy products, give it a shot! While many people find that consuming pasteurized dairy products will cause them to break out and get acne, the same doesn’t happen when the dairy products that they’re consuming are raw! But rather, quite the opposite…Raw dairy products can actually be GOOD for your skin!
Interested in learning more? Check out these credible sources:
Weston A Price: http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/milk-it-does-a-body-good/
Dr Deborah, MD: http://www.drdeborahmd.com/health-benefits-raw-milk