There are two important takeaways from the fourth segment of #POPxoSpeakeasy on the 'Business of Beauty' - one is clean beauty and the other is the relationship between dairy and skincare. The latter is what we're going to discuss today.
Take a look around you, people are becoming more conscious of the kind of food they consume, the source where their food is coming from and how healthy is it for their bodies. Some of them are even giving up on meat, fried food, sugary treats and switching to vegetarian and vegan food options. Agree to disagree, the toughest food to give up today is dairy. Most of us can't live without milk, cheese, yoghurt, chocolate and butter. While some believe that giving up dairy aids in weight loss, reduce of bloating and improve one's skin texture, others believe that dairy provides nutrients that include potassium, calcium, protein and Vitamin D.
What's right? What's a healthier food choice? To get to the bottom of this, we've looped in two experts, Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta and Vasudha Rai, to give us clarity and share their POV on dairy products.
Vasudha Rai began her career as a Beauty Writer at Cosmopolitan in 2002. She's also worked as a Beauty Director for Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Women's Health. Vasudha has been writing on beauty for well over 15 years, and to this day, actively contributes to popular publications while running her own blog VBeauty.co.
She's also a certified yoga teacher at The Yoga Studio in Delhi, has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and the author of Glow: Indian Foods, Recipes and Rituals for Beauty, Inside and Out. When asked about her take on dairy, she said, " My view differs from a dermatologist's take on this. I love milk and have been drinking 3 glasses of milk even when I was a kid. I also love dahi and ghee - it suits my skin. The thing is that milk has become highly estrogenic now and if you have estrogen dominance, forget about your skin, it will give you endometriosis, PCOS and could even lead up to breast cancer. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to be very sure of the source of milk. The milk that I drink now is a2 milk. I've been to the dairy and seen what they feed the cows there - it's all about going back to the basics."
Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta speaks with over 10 years of experience in the field of Cosmetic Dermatology, she is the Medical Director of ISAAC (International Skin and Anti-Ageing Centre). Having completed her MBBS from India and Diploma in Practical Dermatology from world-renowned Cardiff University in the UK, she is also a prolific orator and has chaired numerous sessions at National Cosmetology and Aesthetic Dermatology Conferences and CME Programs. Here's her take on dairy, "For a patient with acne, definitely dairy is the first thing I would ask them to strike off. Milk, in general, to be avoided, because the source is unknown, the estrogens, hormones inside and also diary has a very high glycemic index and not many people have an idea of how much dairy they consume on a daily basis. So milk, white sugar, bakery, butter and chocolates, you should avoid if you have acne issues or if you're having PCOD and looking at reducing your weight."
After listening to both Expert's POV on dairy, our Founder & CEO, Priyanka Gill, added, "If you're not dead sure of the quality of milk that you're drinking, it's probably easier to avoid it as the hormones in the milk create havoc within our systems and on a personal note, even my mother is horrified that I don't give my children milk, she often worries that how my kids will grow without milk?"
Which draws us to a conclusion that it's important to be more mindful about the source of dairy and whether it would be worth consuming or not. People react differently to milk, while some people digest it easily, others may face issues like bloating, gas, indigestion, hormonal imbalances and even acne. These are closely linked to the quality of the milk and the ingredients present in the type of milk you consume. A2 milk would be a better choice for you if you struggle to digest regular milk.
If you're looking for milk substitutes, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk and cashew milk are some of the options.
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