5 Reasons Why My Family Drinks Raw Milk

Raw Milk

I have never been a big fan of cow’s milk. It always tasted funny to me. I would drink it on occasion but it has never been a common beverage choice of mine.  Since I began my health research several years ago I began reading about bovine growth hormones in milk and dairy products, animals being treated and killed inhumanely and cows being given GMO feed.  Organic milk was a must if dairy milk was to be drinking but myself and my children mostly consumed non-dairy milks: Hemp Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, (NEVER Soy!)

As I have learned so much about how our food effects our bodies and our health I have been moving my family towards eating more whole, raw, unprocessed foods. Foods minimally processed is the best option and I can see it in our behavior, health and livelihood. Most recently I have began to learn about the benefits of drinking Raw milk. I never really had a desire to run out and buy it because I was convinced there couldn’t be much difference. Boy was I wrong! My cousin brought us some and the kids and I tried it and we were immediately hooked! In San Diego raw milk is not cheap. It costs almost $16 a gallon which is pretty crazy. Doesn’t matter, I make room for it in the budget because I know in the long run it’s a good investment. Many people are afraid of that raw milk is unsafe, but actually a small number of people get sick from raw milk. Compared to illness from consuming other food items the risk from drinking raw milk is relatively low. I feel the choice to drink raw milk is a personal decision. This post will share with you 5 reasons why my family drinks raw milk and share with you some info I found while doing my own personal research.

The Truth About Processed Milk

When purchasing processed milk, it is important to get organic milk, preferably from grass-fed cows. Most commercial raised dairy cattle are given high protein, soy-based feeds in substitution for natural grass feeding. The reason is that the alternate feed and Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) create abnormally large pituitary glands so that they produce 3 times more milk than regular grass-fed cows. The cows are generally unhealthy and depend on antibiotics to keep them well. Now, we’ve all heard the old adage “You are what you eat!” Unhealthy cows produce unhealthy milk. The milk is then pasteurized which strips all the valuable enzymes making it harder to digest. The butterfat is then homogenized or removed all together which removes a large number of essential vitamins such as Vitamin A & D. Processed milk then has synthetic Vitamin D, which can be toxic to the liver, added back to replace the natural D that was removed.

Cow’s milk is the number one food allergy in the country. It has been documented as a cause in skin rashes, acne, and recurrent ear infections. This didn’t use to be the case and for hundreds of years. Before milk processing became commonplace, milk was used to build strong, healthy bodies and very few people had adverse reactions from it. Raw milk from pasture fed cows is living food containing beneficial bacteria, enzymes and nutrients. These essentials are destroyed when milk is heated and processed removing the minerals and enzymes that are needed to be absorbed and digested correctly. Processed food does not support life or a well-functioning body and should be avoided.

1. Raw milk contains more nutrients

Raw milk contains a large number of vitamins, nutrients and enzymes that are non-existent in processed milk. The pure unprocessed form is higher in:

  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D.

It is full of all those rich enzymes that are destroyed during the pasteurization process and contains healthy life bacteria, known as probiotics.

Glass of raw milk

2. Raw milk Tastes Better to us

One of the main reasons I never really liked milk was because I guess most milk that I drank growing up was not whole milk. I never knew it, but apparently everyone was buying low-fat or non-fat milk because it was supposedly healthier. To me it tasted like strange and had like a weird light blueish tinge to it. Like milky water. Raw milk tastes much differently. When I took my first sip I immediately thought to myself “OMG THIS is what milk should taste like!” It tasted so pure, whole and just plain yummy.  My kids and I were drinking it every day, and were just loving it!

3. Raw milk is more Easily Digested by the Body

My husband is lactose intolerant and he can drink raw milk without any issues at all. As mentioned earlier, raw and unprocessed milk can be consumed by even those with dairy allergies because it still contains the enzymes and minerals that are needed in order to be digested.

4. Raw Milk is Better for Everyone Involved

As mentioned earlier, raw milk dairy cows often lead much healthier lifestyles than cows who are commercially milked. This means happier cows living and being treated humanely are producing better milk. This is a better environment for the animals as well as the farmers while also providing a better product to consumers. Everyone benefits!

5. Raw Milk Doesn’t Spoil

Normal processed milk goes bad if left out. It will spoil with a rancid smell and must be discarded. Raw milk does not go bad. If left out on the counter overnight the raw milk still has many uses. Jill over at The Prairie Homestead has a great post on 20 Ways To Use Sour Raw Milk. I didn’t realize there were uses for old raw milk so I have been rationing the amount that I buy so that the pricey beverage does not go to waste. Now that I know that it can’t and that there are lots of other ways to use it I will be buying it in larger amounts Baking, Cooking, gardening and even health and beauty products.

Do you drink raw milk? Have you been wanting to try it but are hesitant? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

Sources

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/04/24/raw-milk.aspx

http://www.drrons.com/raw-milk-health-benefits.htm

http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html

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Homemade Electrolyte Solution Recipe

Electrolyte Solution

Popular electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade are full of refined sugars, artificial flavorings, food dyes and chemicals- including a flame retardant. Yep! You read that correctly, Brominated Vegetable Oil has been patented in Europe as a flame retardant and is used by Gatorade as an ingredient. The company says it has been considering removing the ingredient and is working to find an alternative. BVO is banned in food and beverages in Europe and Japan but has been widely used for decades in the U.S.

With all those unhealthy additives it is a wonder why commercial brand sports drinks are commonly used as a way to replenish the body. Especially when it is so easy to make your own homemade electrolyte drink. And I mean-E-A-S-Y! It’s the perfect way to hydrate and heal the body with real foods and minerals not just after a workout, but also for anyone who is having trouble staying hydrated by water alone. It is especially helpful for women who are pregnant and nursing or to ensure that your little one is getting enough fluids when sick (Pedialyte alternative!). With common household ingredients you can whip up a batch in no time for just pennies!

Homemade Electrolyte Ingredients:

• 2 cups of filtered water (can substitute: Green Tea, Coconut Water, Herbal Teas, etc. )
• Juice from 1 lemon, lime or orange
• 2 Tbs of raw honey or pure maple syrup (B Grade)
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp of Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan salt.
• 100% organic juice (optional)

Add the liquid to a large glass jar (brew tea of using), squeeze citrus juice in, and add the remaining ingredients and stir. If you used honey it may seem that the honey will never fully dissolve. I promise you, it will! Just keep stirring! Another option is to throw everything into a blender and mix everything up that way too. The solution tastes well on its own without juice, but additional juice may be added for flavor, especially for children. The solutions can be served either warm or over ice. You can store the solution in the fridge but it should be consumed in its entirely within 48 hours.

Other ingredients can be included to make other yummy, healthy versions with lots of benefits. Steeping some fresh ginger in water and using as a base is a great way to help kill a stomach bug while offering replenishment to the body. Include a tablespoon of chia for added protein after an intense workout. The different solutions can be served either warm or over ice depending on your taste and the ingredients used.

The most important electrolytes to the body are calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, sodium, hydrogen carbonate and hydrogen phosphate. Losing too many electrolytes results in negative effects on the body. Symptoms of electrolyte imbalance differ from person to person but can include muscle spasms, fatigue, weakness, blood pressure changes and irregular heartbeat. This homemade electrolyte solution is so simple and cost effective, with so many different variations! It is definitely ideal in comparison to store bought alternatives. Next time you are in need of a nourishing and energizing drink try this recipe.

Electrolyte Solution

Fermented Beet Kvass

It’s Fermented Friday and time for another recipe for a newfound health drink that I stumbled upon as I try to make all kinds of homemade, healthy foods and drinks.

I love beets! They are so yummy and earthy tasting, and they have tremendous health benefits, including purifying your blood. They are great in salads, juiced, sautéed with sweet potatoes, and roasted. Having explored through hoards of fermenting recipes the past few weeks I came across a recipe for homemade Beet Kvass. What a fancy name! What is this concoction? I had never even heard about it, yet my love of fermentation and my love of beets were telling my body that this was something I needed to try!

This post will share with you just how easy this is and drinking 4 ounces each morning and evening have shown to lower blood pressure, purify the blood, aid in digestion and detoxify the liver. It is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as copper, potassium and magnesium. It is a great health tonic to add to any diet.

Ingredients:

Beets (3-4) peeled and chopped (save the discarded greens for yummy salad or sauteed with garlic and onion)
3 tbs sea salt
Filtered water
Whey

Place the chopped beets, in a large glass jar (1/2-1 gallon) add salt and cover with water. Cover with either a paper towel or tea towel and secure with a rubber band. Let the mixture sit on your counter for 3 days then bottle the liquid saving the beets, and a few tablespoons of liquid to brew a second batch. Add about a tbs more of salt and add water to cover and repeat the fermentation process for 2 days and bottle. When the beet kvass has been bottled let it sit in a cool, dry place for another day or two to allow for them to ferment for a couple more days. Place the jars in the fridge where they can stay until you are ready to drink.

Basically the brew tastes like salted beet juice. It has a very earthy, salty taste. Mine did not have the same carbonation taste that I am used to in fermented drink, but it was yummy nonetheless and gave me tremendous energy! I feel so great after I have a glass and really enjoy it.

Have you tried Beet Kvass? Please share your thoughts and experience!