Saturdays Snickety Tip #6: Try plant-based milk – it does a body good!
As more and more people realize that their bodies can’t handle the lactose in dairy milk, they are searching for alternatives. Trying something new can be difficult, however. We all have our “comfort zones” and personal taste in food. Buying something that you may not like and then it going to waste is also something that may hold you back from following our tip to try plant-based milk.
There are many reasons why you should try this Saturdays tip so don’t dismiss it just yet…
Why do humans have a lactose intolerance?
Lactose is a normal part of animal milk, including human milk. As babies, our bodies produce lactase, the enzyme needed to break down and properly digest lactose. As we grow older, our bodies stop producing lactase. Why? Because like all mammals, we are meant to nurse from our mothers for a brief period of time. After a certain age, our bodies no longer need to get their nutrients from our mothers milk. We begin getting our needed nutrients from the foods we eat instead. If you’re noticing that this means that our bodies are not meant to digest dairy milk, you’re right! We are the only species on this planet that not only continues to drink animal milk after infancy, but also drinks it from another animal on a regular basis.
If this alone doesn’t get you thinking about how weird it is that humans drink dairy milk, look into how that milk gets from a cow to your kitchen.
The fairy tale of “happy cows, happy cheese” is just that, a fairy tale. Dairy cows live in horrible, unsanitary conditions on huge factor farms. They are treated in ways that would horrify the average person. Look for yourself! There are many videos and images on the Internet that show exactly how these docile animals are treated just so that humans can drink something that our bodies reject because they are not made to digest it.
Now for the tip:
There are a variety of plant-based milks at your supermarket. Many people have heard of soy milk, but that isn’t the only option. Personally, I think vanilla coconut milk is divine on cereal and in my morning coffee. Almond milk is also very popular. Other options include rice milk, hemp milk, etc. The same goes for cheese!
So what if I buy it and don’t like it?
Here is where our tip really comes in. There are other uses for plant-based milk other than drinking it. If you decide to buy one to try and end up not liking it, don’t worry, we have a fix for that! Plant-based milks can be very gentle, moisturizing, and nourishing on skin. Yep, that’s what I said, on skin! And guess what? It’s great for hair too.
Here are a few tips on how to use plant-based milk:
Pour a cup or two into your bath, add a couple drops of essential oils, and enjoy soaking in a skin nourishing fragrant bath.
Make a hair mask by mixing it with natural oils. I recommend virgin coconut oil with either coconut or almond milk. Blend it well and let it cool to obtain a creamy texture. I add essential oils to mine. Cover your hair and sit outside in the warmth of the day for about ten minutes.
Make a gentle face mask! There is no need to mix it with anything for this tip. Simply apply it straight to your skin and let it dry.
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