While doing my PT studies, they keep reinforcing that exercise without the correct diet is.. well, pretty much pointless. Like my dear Norwegian Tonje said yesterday, you need to fuel a car to drive it. And for some reason, that comes as a surprise to many. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – you can’t out-exercise a shit diet.
Probs taken with 3 months between each, the first in November 2012, the last one in May 2013.
When I was visiting Norway in June/July (can you believe it’s November already?! I feel as if I was drunk at a Norwegian festival last week) we did tests for my diet. Everything was really good, part from… the dairy. Do you drink a lot of milk?, they asked. No, I said. Cheese? Not that much. Yoghurt? Ehhhhhhhhh, sort of maybe possibly greek yoghurt with apples and cinnamon every day as a snack. Yeah, you have to quit that, they said. Not just once, but several times, was my intolerance to dairy pointed out. So I had to go cold turkey and just end it all. No more greek yoghurt. Yeah I consume dairy now and then still, and it usually makes me feel sick, but it’s never the base of any of my meals.
- Cow-milk does not reduce fractures or strengthen your bones, there exists no scientific proof for it being a benefit – research has actually linked the consumption of dairy to a possible 50% increase in fractures. Countries with lower rates of dairy consumption also have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis, whereas countries consuming the most dairy (Europe, Australia and USA being the worst) have the highest rates of hip fractures in the world. Researchers explained that animal protein, unlike plant protein, increases the acid load in the body. An increased acid load means that our blood and tissues become more acidic. The body does not like this acidic environment and begins to fight it. In order to neutralize the acid, the body uses calcium, which acts as a very effective base. This calcium, however, must come from somewhere. It ends up being pulled from the bones, and the calcium loss weakens them, putting them at greater risk for fracture. Vitamin D is way more important than calcium in terms of preventing fractures (however, calcium supplements alone – aka no dairy, have a proven effect on reducing the risk of colon cancer).
- Dairy is linked to cancer and heart disease. It may, in fact, increase the risk of prostate cancer by 30-50%. In order to increase milk production, cows are given the bovine growth hormone (rBGH) – a man-made or synthetic hormone which increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which promotes inflammation and the higher the level of IGF, the higher the risk of developing cancer. Dairy is also high in saturated fat and cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart attacks (and adds unwanted cellulite to your body).
- Dairy also contributes to other health problems, such as allergies, sinus infections, diabetes 1, acne, ear infections, anemia in children ++.
Science agrees that it is better to obtain calcium, potassium, fats and protein from other potential food sources, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, seafood etc, as our bodies aren’t made to digest milk regularly.
Again, I’m not saying you have to quit anything. I’m not saying you should substitute everything dairy for soy (because too much soy is for sure not good either). But maybe give a couple of dairy-free weeks a go, and see how you feel? I dare bet that you’ll feel a difference once you try dairy again.