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1. It has lots of hormones
Dairy cows are kept on sex hormones for their entire lives, so they can produce milk the entire year-round.
When you drink milk, you also consume the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which can affect your own normal hormonal function.
2. It increases the risk of cancer
Exposure to estrogen in milk increases the risk of cancer.
A Harvard study of women age 26 to 46 showed that those with the highest intake of dairy also had the highest risk of breast cancer.
For men, multiple studies have showed a strong link between milk consumption and prostate cancer.
3. It may actually make your bones weaker
Milk has long been associated with strong bones.
But a study by the British Medical Journal showed that women who drink three or more glasses of milk a day have a 60% increased risk for a hip fracture.
Other studies show milk may increase women’s risk of getting osteoporosis.
4. It gives you acne
Milk produces and stimulates hormones linked with acne.
Dairy products and products with high glycemic levels are the leading acne-causing foods.
5. You’re probably lactose intolerant
You may not have had a formal diagnosis, but 3 out of 4 people lack the enzyme for digesting cow’s milk.
One study reported 33% of people suffering from either migraines or asthma.
Having their conditioned improved significantly after removing milk from their diet.