Why You Should Stop Drinking Milk

Why You Should Stop Drinking Milk

A milk-mustache might not be so cute after all. Turns out your doctor may be wrong about milk.
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Let’s keep in mind that humans are not designed to drink milk. We are the only animals that continue to drink milk after infancy. What’s even weirder is that we drink a different animal’s milk. Do we see cats drinking a goat’s milk? No. Kittens (and all other animals) only drink their own milk. We’ve been taught to drink milk because it’s healthy. Well, turns out it’s not so healthy after all. Here are four reasons why you should stop drinking milk immediately.

You're drinking pus

A glass of milk contains many disturbing ingredients, such as bovine growth hormone, feces, and antibiotics. Quite possibly the most shocking of all is that milk has an alarming amount of pus. Yes, the pus in milk is the same type of cells produced inside a zit. How exactly do these cells get in the milk?

Pus is produced as a reaction to bacteria in the udder, one of the most common infections in dairy cows in the United States. Pasteurizing the milk depletes it of a lot of the harmful bacteria’s, however, it doesn’t sweep it clean. The industry uses the somatic cell count to indicate the quality of milk because the number of cells increases in response to bacteria.

While the U.S. doesn’t have the highest cell count limit in the world, it’s far higher than in places like Europe and Canada.



Cows milk isn't meant for humans

A cow’s milk is perfectly fit to turn a newborn calf into a 400-pound cow in just one year. For a human, cow’s milk contains an abundant amount of pointless fat, cholesterol, and calories. All of this creates a huge imbalance in the human body.

The health benefits are misleading

Most Americans drink milk because it’s high in calcium which leads to strong healthy bones. Contrary popular belief, no reputable (or non-biased) scientific study has shown that milk reduces bone fractures. Shockingly, however, recent studies have shown a positive correlation between milk consumption and bone fractures. In places like Asia and Africa, where dairy consumption is lowest, osteoporosis less common. If this isn't enough to cut milk out of your diet, surely it raises suspicion.

SEE ALSO: What Happened When I Gave Up Milk For A Year

It’s a nightmare for the cows

Cows in the United States spend their lives in mud lots surrounded by diseases and their own feces. In the dairy industry, a cow is raised to produce milk over and over again. How does the industry maximize milk production? They repeatedly impregnate cows. This isn't a natural or simple process.

First, they must obtain the sperm. They do so by using an electro-ejaculator for bulls, which is a rather disturbing process. Once the sperm is collected, they confine the cow to a "rape rack", the industry's nickname for the device used to inseminate the female cow. When the cow gives birth, her baby is violently taken away from her (leaving the traumatized calf screaming for the mother, and most times too weak to survive).

The industry does this to prevent the calf from drinking the milk intended for humans. Once the cows can no longer physically produce milk, in exhaustion they collapse and are sent to the slaughterhouse and turned into hamburger meat.

This topic is still very controversial, but in the mean time, there are plenty of other healthy alternatives for milk. Almonds may very well be one of my least favorite things to snack on, but when I tried almond milk I was amazed. In all honesty, it’s far healthier and in my opinion tastes way better than milk. Other easily accessible alternatives that are pus free include cashew milk, hemp milk, and coconut milk. For strong healthy bones, try eating leafy greens like kale, spinach, or okra. For something more filling that’s full of calcium, try fish like salmon, perch, and rainbow trout. Next time you sport a milk mustache, think twice!

SEE ALSO: Why Vegans Are Gross

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.
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I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

Cover Image Credit: Savanah Garcia | Instagram

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5 Class Rules That Crazy, Old And Bad College Professors STILL Enforce In 2019

LET ME PEE IF I NEED TO!

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Syllabus week. We've all been there before.

It's usually more on the relaxed since you are not doing any actual work usually and just going over the teachers rules and expectations.

Five of the rules that teacher put in place in particular irk me.

1.That you are not allowed to go to the bathroom

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After teacher say this they all make that joke about how of course it is an exception if you are about to throw up.

I think that people should be able to go to the bathroom whenever they see fit.

It is a lot easier to pay attention when you aren't holding your bladder and counting down the minute until you can get out.

Some people will argue and say that these people should just pee before class. Well sometimes it just doesn't work that way. You cannot control when you are going to pee.

What if I have my period?

Am I supposed to just sit in my blood so that I do not 'distract' others?

2. That you are not allowed to have your laptops out

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A lot of people take notes on their laptops, so this seems a bit much.

I believe that it should be each student's choice if they want to go to class and mess around on their laptop. If they don't want to learn and pay attention than that is their choice. It is their/ their parent's money that they are wasting,

 3.  That you can not eat in class

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If I am in class from 10 AM to 5:30 with no break, you bet that I am brining in a snack to keep me from getting hungry.

I get that it can be distracting, but how can students focus if they are hungry?

We're sleep deprived enough, don't leave us hungry too.

4.  Taking your cellphones during tests

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Taking your cellphones is a bit much.

I get it ensures no one can cheat but as long as you see everyone putting their phones in their bags, then its not an issue.

I do understand that this can be harder for a large class though to make sure no one cheats, but you still can depend on the honor code.

5.  Assigned seats

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In college this isn't a big of an issue, but in high school I remember this being a super annoying rule.

It takes the fun out of the class if you cannot sit next to your friends and stuff.

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