Building a Better Immune System
Do you like cheese, yogurts, butter and fresh milk? Most people, all around the globe would say yes to one or more of these foods. In fact, the more I learn about eating a “traditional” diet, the more I see the immense importance of fresh, raw dairy, and fermented dairy products. One of today’s nutrition buzz words is “Probiotic”. Finally, we have a modern trend that I can get behind. The truth is, every culture around the world, up until about 150 years ago, ate and drank probiotics all the time in the form of raw milk, fresh raw cheeses cultured for weeks or months, and a host of soured milk products like Kefir, yogurt, and sour cream. When these foods are made traditionally from grass fed cows milk, they have an amazing side effect of boosting your immune system and helping you ward off disease. This is by design. And don’t dismiss real butter from the same raw milk. It’s super high in Vitamin A, D, and K. It will not raise cholesterol. That is a myth.
Here’s a partial list of some of the more biologically active ingredients identified in grass fed cows milk that helps explain why it’s such important tool for getting and maintaining strong immunity:
Immunoglobulins IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE, IgD: Large, complex sugar/protein (glycoprotein) molecules (also known as antibodies) used by the immune system to find and deactivate pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.
Transforming Growth Factor Beta: Stimulates growth and repair of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Epidermal Growth Factor: Biochemically regulates cellular growth, cellular division and cell type. Fosters rapid tissue repair.
Glutathione: Powerful antioxidant that offers protection to cells from free radicals.
Interferons: Specialized proteins that inhibit replication of viruses within cells throughout the body.
Interleukins: A large group of signaling molecules that help regulate the immune system.
Oligosaccharides: Groups of 3-10 sugar molecules that protect against pathogens by competing for binding sites on the intestinal epithelium and provide support to friendly probiotic bacteria.
Proline-rich Polypeptide (PRP) or Colostrinin: Anti-inflammatory hormone that helps regulate immune system activity by stimulating the thymus gland.
Transferrin: Immune system glycoprotein that binds free iron, which, in turn, inhibits bacterial growth.
Are you tired or wary of the useless pasteurized milk products in our stores? Aside from a few good yogurts, like Brown Cow and Cultural Revolution, and Kefir from Lifeway, there’s not much worth while in the supermarket cooler. If all you ever do is add yogurt and kefir to your diet, that is awesome and will certainly help. If you want to go all the way and start drinking “the good stuff”, start searching for a source of grass fed cows milk.
It may not be legal in your state to buy raw milk, even from the farm. In Texas it is legal to get it from the farm, or via a milk club (buying together as a group). If you are in the Dallas area, ask me about a local milk club.