Should You Go Dairy-Free?

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Should you go dairy-free? As usual, the answer is “it depends”. On the upside, dairy is delicious & it’s no contest that things like ice cream & pizza are indeed tastyAF. On the downside, dairy tends to not agree with a lot of people – we see it manifest in everything from skin breakouts to worsening of periods, to gas & bloating

Lactose intolerance is fairly common, & occurs when someone cannot properly break down lactose (the main sugar in milk products). Left undigested, the sugars hang out in the gut after consumption & ferment – leading to symptoms like bloating, gas, diarrhea, etc

Another consideration to keep in mind is that dairy can contain a protein known as A1 Casein. While some have no issues with casein consumption, others aren’t so lucky as the body converts A1 casein into a metabolite known as BCM-7. The immune system is triggered to create inflammatory cytokines, leading to increased inflammation & also a reduction in glutathione (a natural inflammatory)

Not sure if you have a casein issue? You may have had reoccurring ear infections or tonsillitis as a kid or as an adult, you may be struggling with eczema, asthma, sinus infections, hay fever, etc

Foods That Contain Dairy:
⚡️Milk, cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, whey, casein

Potential Benefits of a Dairy-Free Diet:
⚡️Improved digestion (decrease in gas, bloating, fluid retention, etc)
⚡️Improvements in menstrual cycles & PMS symptoms
⚡️Reduction in inflammation
⚡️Clearer skin

BUT: It’s worth noting that enzymes needed to break down milk products are non-resilient.

What this means is that if we stop eating dairy & milk products on the reg, our body STOPS producing the enzymes necessary to break them down. So be careful if you decide to remove dairy, as you may run into issues trying to eat it later

Best practice? Consider making dairy a “every once & a while” food – Meaning maybe have a serving 1x/wk or so (just so your body continues to make enzymes for it). That being said, if dairy doesn’t give you issues, probably no need to remove -Just buy high-quality milk products (A2 milk, grass-fed yogurt, etc)

Tips on Going Dairy-Free:
⚡️Swap milk for almond, coconut, cashew, or goat milk in your coffee, yogurt, smoothies**
⚡️Swap regular yogurt for coconut/almond milk yogurt
⚡️Craving ice-cream? Search Pinterest for “nice-cream recipes” (“ice cream” made from frozen bananas)
⚡️Order guacamole with your chips in place of queso
⚡️Just skip the cheese on your pasta, burgers, tacos, etc
**AVOID SOY milk, however, as soy milk contains phytoestrogens that may mimic estrogen-like action in the body

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