Another interesting thing is that most people say they drink milk for the calcium, but they don’t realize that while it is a good source of calcium, the excess amount of protein—which is often too much for a person’s body to actually process—causes the calcium to leak out of the bones instead of the popular belief that it causes bones to absorb the calcium properly. The US has one of the highest dairy consumption in the world, and also the highest instances of osteoporosis, and the consumption of milk is also linked to a higher risk of bone fractures, and drinking milk is NOT associated with bone health. Drinking milk is also related to cardiovascular disease, breast and prostate cancer (ovarian was already mentioned), diabetes, and vitamin d toxicity, as well as other issues like acne, stomach bloating, psoriasis,
Oh, and also, there is also a moral approach to this. The conditions dairy cows live in, such as being fed unnatural diets that include other animals, which is harsh on their stomachs that aren’t built to consume so much high-protein diets, because their natural diet doesn’t allow them to produce as much milk as their owners want them to, and that goes along with the hormone info on the infograph. They’re subjected to having their calves taken from them within hours of birth, and having very short breaks between pregnancies to produce more milk. Cows on dairy farms have a lifespan of five years—that’s 25% of the lifespan of a cow living in a natural setting.
I’ve used unbiased sources for links for this, but I just want my own opinion in here to say that, since dropping things like meat, dairy, and gluten from my diet, not only has my physical health improved, but my mental health has as well. There haven’t been many studies on the link between diet and mental health unfortunately, but sites like Elle and Mayo Clinic agree that your diet has a definite impact on your mental health, and my doctor has told me going at least dairy free would help my depression and anxiety, and it DEFINITELY has, but hey, that’s just my opinion. :)