Raw Milk mixed signals. Help me decipher them please.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 07, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I recently (almost 2 weeks ago) started adding Raw (grassfed) Milk to my diet. I have it first thing in the morning. This is the only thing I have changed with my diet. I notice that I feel more energetic and feel satiated longer into the afternoon. I also think my skin is looking a little smoother as well (but the weather just got nice here, so it could be a little sun tan that is tricking me). I have experienced no cramping or gas. BUT, I have noticed a clear stomach bloat, and some reduced definition in the abs.

The only thing I can attribute this to is the milk. Will my body adjust, or is this a sign that I just shouldn't drink the milk?



on June 08, 2011
at 02:52 PM

Thanks guys. All the replies were very helpful.

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on June 07, 2011
at 06:20 PM

If you did not drink much milk in the past, it can take a week or two to "get used" to it (your body learning how to digest it). I kind of had the same experience, I eat a fair amount of dairy, mainly cheese and yogurt, but recently got a source of raw milk. The milk is delicious, so I have started to drink 6-12 ounce glasses of it every now and then. At first I noticed some digestive discomfort, but that has gone away. Now I can have it whenever I want.

I now find that raw milk tastes WAY better than supermarket milk, and have trouble finishing a glass of supermarket milk. I find raw milk to be easy to digest, and my kids, who have never been big cow's milk drinkers and get stomach upset from supermarket milk, have no problem with raw milk. This is somewhat of a relief since it is a great source of nutrients for them.



on June 07, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Or you could ferment it into kefir or yogurt. All the nutrients are still there, minus most of the lactose and plus tons of very alive, probiotic bacteria. I understand that sometimes lactose causes bloating and if you're sensitive to the sugar it could trigger the insulin response.

I find that raw milk works well for kefir, but if you can get the skim for that (or skim it yourself and enjoy the cream by itself!). Not that I'm against fat - no sir no way - but the fat tends to make the kefir (haven't tried the yogurt) rather 'gloppy' and hard to strain.

In my house I'm the only one who drinks kefir (my wife thinks it will poison her), so raw milk doesn't get used fast enough and goes bad too quickly. So I now just get 1% as organic as I can but not raw. Maybe some other time...

I'm a big fan of kefir, in case nobody has noticed :-)


on June 07, 2011
at 02:56 PM

It depends. Some people think it's all the new microbial strains you're introducing to your gut that creates the bloat. I thought this too but it never went away and later I was allergy tested and dairy showed up in the allergy test.

Just try it out for a couple weeks and if the gas never goes away, then it's probably not the best thing for you. Then perhaps you can just strain off the cream and use that instead, or you can ferment it in to kefir and that'll eat up 99% of the lactose as well.

Personally I can't have any of it so I use ghee but a little self experimentation never hurt anyone.


on June 07, 2011
at 04:32 PM

The 'stomach bloat' is from the increased SODIUM 'from' the milk as well as the carbs in it. You will be fine.



on June 07, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Introduce just a little at a time. Give your body a chance to adjust. Build up over a couple of weeks, starting with just a little bit of milk.

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