People are usually surprised when they hear raw milk can heal digestive issues – milk has gotten a bad reputation for causing lactose intolerance and all sorts of tummy issues.
But when hearing about these claims, I always have to remember that they’re talking about pasteurized milk. Comparing pasteurized to raw is like comparing apples to oranges. They’re two completely different foods.
Pasteurization heats milk to such a high temperature that it warps a lot of proteins and changes them into something our body doesn’t recognize.
Our body knows what milk proteins are – but pasteurized proteins? They are totally different, so our body goes on attack mode trying to get rid of the pasteurized proteins in our gut, wreaking havoc and causing all sorts of issues.
So can raw milk help heal your IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, candida overgrowth, and more?
It just might be what your body needs!
Here are 4 reasons why raw milk is such a powerful gut-healing food:
You may not have realized that raw milk is a living food – it’s full of beneficial bacteria that would normally be killed during pasteurization. These probiotics are usually nonexistent in our modern American diet and they’re often what your body needs in order to heal.
Probiotics help heal your gut in a few ways – they kill off bad bacteria that could be causing problems (such as in candida overgrowth or bad bacteria causing diarrhea/constipation), they help heal your gut by producing anti-inflammatory chemicals, and they help you digest your food.
Bonus – raw milk contains sugars that bacteria eat, called prebiotic fibers, so when you drink raw milk, you’re not only getting a dose of live probiotics but they’re also able to live in your gut longer than probiotics from a pill!
Raw milk is naturally full of all the enzymes you need to digest it completely. So often when someone says they’re lactose intolerant, it’s because they’re drinking pasteurized milk that does not contain the enzymes our body needs to digest milk.
Enzymes are needed for every step of digestion – from the moment we see food to when it’s in our stomach – without enough digestive enzymes, it’s easy to become constipated/diarrhea, develop IBS or nutritional deficiencies, develop candida or bacterial overgrowths, and more.
One of my favorite parts of drinking raw milk is the thick line of cream that rises to the top of the jar!!
Don’t skim this off – instead, shake up the jar to mix the cream into the skim milk because without the fat, you’re missing out on a lot of nutrition!
Fats are very soothing and healing for our gut, so whenever you have digestive issues, getting enough healthy fats is super important (such as raw cream/butter, pastured pork lard, coconut oil, etc).
There’s tons of chemicals in milk that make it very anti-inflammatory. It’s full of antioxidants, CLA’s, omega-3’s, and a long list of chemicals that get harder and harder to pronounce 🙂
Inflammation is usually at the root of any digestive issues and in order to fully heal, you have to eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods like bone broth, probiotic foods, healthy fats, etc.
Raw Milk FAQ’s:
How much raw milk do I need to drink to heal?
It truly depends – when my family first started drinking raw milk 10+ years ago, it was the only thing we changed in our diet. We just started drinking 1 glass a day and beat eczema, allergies, tummy troubles, etc.
But if you have been struggling for many years and your situation is very severe, you may need to drink more than 1 glass a day.
And if that’s not enough, you would probably benefit from drinking kefir. Kefir is a homemade fermented milk drink, kind of like drinkable yogurt, but with 10 times the amount of probiotics.
If you’re interested in making your own kefir from raw milk, you might like this article:
Can I drink raw milk if I have issues with dairy?
Out of the thousands of raw milk customers I’ve served over the years, maybe 1 or 2 people haven’t been able to digest it.
Remember, pasteurized dairy is nothing like raw dairy. Raw milk has all the enzymes, fats and probiotics in it that your body needs to digest the milk so nearly everybody can drink raw milk without any stomach complaints.