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Got Milk? You Shouldn’t: The Dangers of Artificial Hormones in Dairy Products

Our world is surrounded by companies and corporations encouraging us to drink milk. Advertisements brag about containing 100% real cow’s milk, movie stars sport milk mustaches with “got milk?” plastered next to them, and schools offer an assortment of milk as the suggested drink for lunches. So waking up in the morning and pouring a large glass of milk to start the day is a good thing, right?

Wrong.

Have you ever considered what dairy does to hormones inside the body? Chances are, probably not. Most people don’t. Exogenous estrogen is injected into dairy cows, which in turn ends up in everyday dairy products. That’s right- every glass of milk, piece of cheese, or scoop of ice cream contains artificial estrogen, which raises estrogen levels and dramatically lowers testosterone levels.

This shows a problem for both males and females. According to University Health News, as men’s testosterone levels decrease and decrease, they become prone to sexual dysfunction, fatigue, and loss of muscle mass. In addition to the physical consequences, the hormone change causes both men and women more prone to depression.

Depression isn’t the only side effect of artificial hormones on women. An article by My Vita Wellness Institute shows that an excess of estrogen in females can result in bloating, nausea, headaches, blood clots, water retention, and abnormal vaginal bleeding. The most concerning, however, is that high levels of exogenous estrogen can lead to higher chances of breast cancer.

Artificial hormones have shown a large effect on children. According to esteemed doctor Joseph Mercola, puberty in girls used to occur at a much later age than it does today. In the 19th century, menstruation began at the average age of 15. Nowadays, however, due to artificial dairy hormones, signs of puberty are showing as young as seven years old. These signs include the budding of secondary sex characteristics such as pubic hair and breasts. Menstruation begins now at the average age of twelve. Although seven year olds may be physically maturing, they are in no way mentally or emotionally mature enough for the changes happening in their bodies.

Mercola states that in addition to this, early puberty is linked to depression, alcohol use, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. Earlier loss of virginity, sexual promiscuity, higher risk of STDs, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other cardiovascular diseases also hold a higher potential.
But if this estrogen is the same as natural estrogen, how does this happen? Simple answer, it’s not the same. Artificial estrogen is merely similar to the chemical structure as natural hormones. These foreign hormones interfere with natural hormone receptor sites, which can affect the brain’s quality of function and raises the risk of dementia.

We know that the main incentive to drink milk is to gain strong bones, as advertisements have so clearly and often stated in pompous propaganda. Dairy might strengthen bones, but at what cost? Besides, there are many ways to strengthen bones while eluding from dairy. Vitamin D is extremely effective, and pairing sunshine with Vitamin D tablets can strengthen bones immensely. Another option is lifting weights. Strength and muscle mass in turn result in bone density. If lifting isn’t your thing, there are plenty food options to strengthen your bones, such as greens (especially leafy), nuts, and omega-3s (found in wild-caught salmon and other varying fish).

Still not ready to give up milk? That’s alright, there’s another solution- go organic! Yes, it’s more expensive, but it steers clear of harmful artificial hormones. Organic milk comes from cows that are purely grass-fed and are free from estrogen injections. So by drinking organic milk, you’re not only helping yourself, but you’re also helping the cow live a much more comfortable, natural life.

It takes strength to change and ignore the boisterous ads and pushing from society, but it does pay off. When you choose organic milk or any dairy-free option, you’re helping your body, your mind, and your lifespan. When you choose dairy with artificial hormones, remember what you’re sacrificing- physical health, mental health, and energy, and remember what you’re perpetuating- chances of depression, general illness, and cancer.

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