I have osteoarthritis. How much milk should I consume every day to get my required dose of calcium?

My advice: none. If you have arthritis or any other health concern related to loss of calcium in the body, stop consuming milk or any other dairy products. One cup of milk has 300mg of calcium and it is easy to see how it should be linked to increasing our overall calcium intake in the diet. But we need to realise what milk does to us once we consume it. Every food that we consume leaves behind a residue on getting digested. It is either acidic or alkaline. This affects our blood pH levels.

Our body functions best at an alkaline pH. When the pH level becomes even slightly acidic, we attract a host of inflammatory issues including cancer.

Milk and other products leave behind an acidic residue, which makes our blood pH acidic. Our body responds to this by leaching out calcium from our bones to make the blood pH alkaline again. So technically, all the calcium you put into your system, gets leached out. Milk has lactose, milk sugar that also causes spikes in sugar levels, which does not make it the best choice for people struggling with insulin resistance, diabetes, PCOD, stubborn weight, among others.

There are better ways to get calcium – through nuts, seeds, green vegetables, black sesame seeds, fruits like oranges and grape fruit. Stepping up your protein intake through the day will also help in better absorption of calcium.

Also, making sure you have sufficient vitamin D levels will ensure 100 per cent absorption of calcium from food sources.