Since antiquity whey—the watery part of milk that is separated from the curd in the process of making cheese—has been known as “healing water” by Greek physicians. Nowadays whey powders and protein bars are showing up with more and more frequency.
Whey’s healing action works on the intestines, liver, and kidneys, while encouraging assimilatory and eliminatory functions. Nutritionally, it is rich in lactose, has no fat, contains protein, is rich in minerals and is a good source of vitamin B2.
With the lactic acid present in whey, along with the lactic acid produced by the lactose it contains, when stimulates intestinal peristalsis.
The lactose content of whey inhibits the presence of bacteria that causes putrefaction and encourages the functions performed by the beneficial bacteria. By helping the intestinal flora regenerate, whey has a beneficial effect on the digestive process. When intestinal flora is partially destroyed or imbalanced, the transformation of foods is poorly achieved, which can cause a number of chronic digestive disorders.
Whey has an indirect effect on the liver; it works on it by way of the intestines. The liver is quite dependent on the condition of the intestines, because substances are transported from the intestine to the liver by the portal vein. The liver’s role is to store the nutrients or release them into the bloodstream; it is also to neutralize, purify, and eliminate toxic substances.
Although the liver has a high neutralizing and detoxifying capacity, a daily intake of toxins from the intestines can exhaust and exceed its abilities over time. Whey has been used effectively to treat hepatic disorders and poisoning since antiquity. Thanks to the whey cure, regeneration and stimulation of the hepatic functions are possible by way of the intestines.
Taking whey, which is rich in potassium, is also quite useful in reducing fluid retention.
In general, whey encourages good digestion, which is essential for nutrients to be extracted from foods and made available for the intestines to absorb. The restoration of a healthy and clean intestinal environment presents many of the nutrients that enter the intestines from being destroyed by the poisons caused by putrefaction.
Adapted from The Whey Prescription, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Healing Arts Press, 1998).