It is still summertime for us in Florida. Also hurricane season is in full swing. I chuckle as I watch water and canned supplies fly off the shelves at the grocery store. Not because I don’t think people should prepare for a possible hurricane, but that it is a great excuse to stock the pantry and cabinets with junk food! It is not like we are going to starve to death if we don’t have power for a few days. I imagine since we don’t have “snow” days in Florida, our “hurricane” days equal the same experience. So we just prepared for Hurricane Erika, which fizzled into alot of rain. I watched the weather forcasters excitingly predict the possible harm. The governor of Florida declared a state of emergency. The frenzy began and then diminished. Now our state of emergency is a state of increased obesity, diabetes and heart disease, because now the state of Florida has to eat all the junk food they bought to survive the storm! I guess I should just consider it job security!
One Degree of Change #27: Try raw milk!
So if the hurricane knocked out our power and the commercial diaries in Florida couldn’t produce milk, what would you do? Try raw milk of course. If you remember a few degrees of change ago (One Degree of Change #23),
I talked about commercial milk and the standards by which it is produced. It is so interesting that the FDA allows high fructose corn syrup and trans fats in our food, but they have a fit when a local, organic farmer is selling raw milk. Most people have never even tried raw milk. As a kid, a grew up in Dayton, Ohio. I had a school friend whose family owned a dairy. I would wish every night that on Thursday, she would ask me to spend the weekend. That meant we got to get up early Saturday morning and do the milking chores. She hated it, I was so excited I could hardly sleep! But it was all worth it to milk the cows by hand into the stainless steel buckets. I admit to drinking several weeks worth of the creamy, rich nectar. My mom feed us Carnation Instant milk that she would make the night before and put it in a gallon milk jug. We never knew the difference, but after that first weekend at the dairy farm, mom’s gig was up!
So what are the benefits of raw milk? Here are 10 benefits of drinking raw milk from healthy grass fed cows.
- It is an incredibley complex whole food.
- It is complete with digestive enzymes, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties.
- It is chock full of both water and fat soluable vitamin complexes.
- It has a wide range of minerals and trace elements.
- It has all of the eight essential amino acids we need and do not make ourselves.
- It contains more than 60 enzymes.
- It contains CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which is an Omega 6 Fatty Acid that has positive effects on insulin resistance, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Numerous studies show that raw milk is effective in decreasing allergy, eczema and asthma symptoms.
- Protects against infection, diarrhea, rickets, tooth decay and TB.
- Over 80% of patients that were advised to be lactose intolerant were able to drink raw milk.
Of course, just like anything in this world, you must take care to get a great source of raw milk. Know how the cows are fed, if they are given antibiotics and how the milk is collected and stored. The sources are out there. Locally in Florida we have access to both cow and goat milk. Go to this website: http://www.floridarawmilk.com/ and get some information for yourself.