Written by Switch Nutrition
We’re raised to believe that milk is essential for a healthy diet. In fact, breastfeeding is literally the first form of nourishment for many infants. But human breast milk is not the same as dairy milk and in many ways, they couldn’t be further apart.
Dairy is also sold as a rich source of calcium and we all know how important calcium is for healthy bone and teeth development. While there may be benefits from consuming dairy, many of them may be outweighed by its indigestibility and inflammatory promoting effects.
Inflammation is a biological mechanism that your immune system initiates to protect tissues from harmful stimuli. These may include pathogens, toxins, stress, wounds, foreign substances, certain foods and more.
Acute inflammation (like a swollen ankle after a sprain) is a healthy part of the healing process. However, when inflammation becomes chronic (long lasting), your body slowly becomes damaged and weakened leading to a host of health conditions.
Inflammation has been linked to -
· Heart Disease
· Sleep Disturbance
· Autoimmune Disease
· Hormonal Disruptions
In this blog you will find out what doctors and the dairy industry don’t want you to know about this NOT so healthy food…
Is lactose the problem?
One could argue that the human body is not designed to drink milk after infancy. More than 75% of humans lose their ability to produce lactase (the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose) after weaning. In addition, the pasteurization process destroys many of the naturally occurring enzymes that help with digestion of the dairy. This results in lactose intolerance which can cause local inflammation, resulting in bloating and gut discomfort.
Even if you don’t experience gut irritability it doesn’t mean that dairy isn’t a problem for you. There may be low-level inflammation that is building up over time.
The World Health Organization still recommends the general consumption of dairy every day for all humans, even though 3 out of 4 of us are not able to digest it properly! This in turn leads to an epidemic of health complaints like acne, eczema, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
What if I drink lactose free dairy?
You would think this might solve the problem, right? Well no! Just as many people are intolerant to the proteins found in dairy known as whey and casein, casein has similar properties to gluten and can be just as damaging to your health. In fact, if you are intolerant to gluten you will likely have issues with the casein too.
Studies conducted on lactose containing and lactose free dairy suggest that people who consume more than four servings per day have higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers, like interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, and other immune factors.Given the connection between inflammation and many health conditions including weight gain, this is not a good sign.
Where do I get my protein if I can’t have shakes?
Well there’s always whole food like -
· Grass Fed Meat
· Wild Caught Seafood
· Free Range Poultry
· Sprouted Nuts and Seeds
· Fermented Tofu
· Sprouted Plant Proteins
However, none of these options digest as quickly as Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) or Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) after training. Truth is, you really don’t want anythingthat requires digestion after exercise… even WPI.
After training you need Amino Acids (simple protein) in your blood stream as quickly as possible to assist with muscle recovery from your intense workout. Unfortunately, most of your blood has been shuttled away from your digestive tract to your heart, lungs and muscle tissue.
This lack of blood and energy around the gut limits your ability to digest even WPI into the absorbable amino acids.
The best solution post workout is to consume aCOMPLETEEssential Amino Acid (EAA) supplement. One that contains ALL 9 Essential Amino Acids. Anything short of all 9 (BCAA’s only have 3 of the 9 needed) is going to significantly reduce your recovery and muscle development.
AMINO SWITCH, not only contains all 9 essential amino acids, but it contains them in the Perfect Human Ratio. This ratio maximises transporter absorption resulting in 99% bioavailability! Just 1 serve of AMINO SWITCH is equal to 30g of WPI with…
· ZERO Lactose
· ZERO Dairy
· ZERO Gluten
· ZERO Soy
· ZERO Sugar
· ZERO Fat
While AMINO SWITCHis not meant to replace eating an adequate amount of protein from whole foods, it is the perfect dietary supplement to use before, during or after exercise. And because it’s virtually calorie free, it’s great when you’re trying to lose weight and you won’t have to restrict your healthy eating habits.
When you consume a protein shake it’s anyone’s guess how much of the amino acids will absorb. It depends on how good your gut health is, your enzyme production, your current inflammatory status, what you’re eating with it, how hard you exercised and how much muscle mass you have.
There are too many unknowns and health concerns associated with dairy to waste your money on whey protein as a post workout shake. An EAA supplement like AMINO SWITCH is absorbed 5 x better than WPI with NO bloating and NO inflammation. Just faster recovery and better results!
Labonté, M. È., Couture, P., Richard, C., Desroches, S., & Lamarche, B. (2013). Impact of dairy products on biomarkers of inflammation: a systematic review of randomized controlled nutritional intervention studies in overweight and obese adults–. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 97(4), 706-717.