Personal Trainer Portland Oregon | The Truth About Milk

As children we were always told to drink our milk to keep our bones and teeth strong. While milk does contain a good amount of calcium- 300 mg per cup on average- it actually has been proven to have the opposite effect on bones. Recent studies have shown that dairy increases the risk of bone fractures and causes a deficit in calcium stores in the body.Our bodies keep a constant neutral pH to stay in homeostasis and keep organs functioning properly. Certain foods make the body more acidic or more alkaline. Many dairy products, especially pasteurized milk, is a food that makes the body more acidic. When an acidic food is consumed, calcium is pulled from the largest calcium store in the body, the bones, where 99% is stored. The calcium then helps neutralize the acid and brings the body back to homeostasis. The whole process ends in a calcium deficit, regardless of the amount of calcium being ingested with the milk.  “Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age” (American Journal of Epidemiology).There are several other food sources to get calcium, and many even absorb better into the body than milk. Dark green vegetables contain even more calcium than most dairy products. Yogurt and kefir are examples of dairy containing calcium that is acid neutral so the calcium is more likely to be absorbed and retained. Almond milk is a great substitute for milk and is alkalizing.So instead of reaching for a glass of milk for your calcium intake, try adding more veggies to your diet, get more vitamin D, and get lots of weight bearing exercise for strong bones.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214(503) 953-0241