One of of the first things I recommend my clients remove to support their healing process is dairy. Several studies have shown that dairy can have negative affects on [mental health](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24313887), [allergies](http://www.webmd.com/allergies/casein-allergy-overview#1), eczema, and asthma. Many of us cannot properly break down and absorb lactose or the proteins in dairy, such as casein and whey. I see improvements in clients within just one week of removing dairy products.
What do you replace with milk?
I recommend you make your own nut or seed milk. It is simple and less expensive than buying it. Hemp seed milk is my favorite-- it is rich and creamy and you don't need to strain it with a nut milk bag. It lasts in the fridge for 3-4 days. Try the recipe below and let me know what you think!
3/4 cup hemp seeds (soaked in filtered water overnight)
4 cups of water
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
2 pitted dates
1. Soak hemp seeds in filtered water for at least two hours (ideally overnight) to get them nice and soft. Put in the fridge and cover until you're ready to use them.
2. Strain out water from hemp seeds.
3. Combine hemp seeds,water, salt, cinnamon, and dates in a high speed blender until smooth
4. Pour into glass jars and store. Will keep for up to 4 days.
If you plan on buying alternative milks, below are a few things to consider.
First let’s start with soy--I don't recommend it. Almost all soy in the US is GMO (genetically modified). These crops are grown using Roundup, a chemical that prevents weeds from sprouting up and getting in the way of the growth of the crops. Research shows that Roundup is toxic to your body, creating hormonal imbalances and disrupting the bodies natural ability to eliminate toxins and digest food.
You may be thinking, well I’m good, I buy non-GMO soy milk. Not so much. Even organic soy also contains phyto-estrogens, which increase toxic estrogen in your body. Excess estrogen can result in weight gain, painful periods, cysts, facial hair (for women) and depression. For those of you
working so hard to get your hormones in balance, soy may be tipping the scale.
Almond milk can also be problematic. Blue Diamond was sued in 2015 for selling almond milk containing just 2% of almonds. Many almond milks have additives, sweeteners and preservatives. The main ingredient to look out for is carangeenan, an additive that is linked to cancers in the intestines. In general, look for unsweetened almond nut milks, that are not fortified with vitamins and are free of additives. It is best to buy fresh almond milk or make your own.