We conclude our series of blog posts about foods you should avoid with dairy. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to read my previous posts on Why you Should Avoid Sugar and Why you Should Avoid Gluten.
Although humans have been consuming dairy for a long time, more and more people are becoming allergic or sensitive to it. Why is that? Unfortunately, modern farming and processing techniques have turned milk into something that many people are having reactions to.
Most animals that produce dairy products that are available in grocery stores are pumped full of hormones, antibiotics and other drugs to keep them from not getting diseases. This is also done to make them produce as much milk as possible. Because we consume dairy products from these animals, we are consuming those drugs as well.
Like gluten, even if you have a low-level reaction to dairy, if you are having that 3-4 times a day over decades, it will eventually cause serious problems in your digestive tract and other areas.
Additionally, milk is homogenized and pasteurized, which is basically heating the milk up to kill off bad bacteria, but it also kills off the enzymes in milk that are good for us, leaving a product that lacks many of the benefits real milk contains.
Additionally, we have been told that milk makes our bones strong. However, the truth is that milk consumption is one of the highest in America, but we also have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world. If you think you need milk for the calcium, almond milk actually contains much more calcium than regular milk does. The argument that you need milk to have strong bones is nothing more than clever marketing.
The truth is, it is very difficult to find dairy products that are clean. Instead, try to avoid dairy products altogether. There are a lot of nut- based milks and cheeses that are healthy for you, just be sure they don’t include sugar in them as well. I suggest almond milk or coconut milk as good alternatives for dairy milk.
If you are unsure as to whether you are allergic to dairy, there are a lot of different tests you can take to determine if you are allergic to it. You can also try cutting it out of your diet for 3-4 weeks and see how you feel.
Then, as you reintroduce it into your diet, also see how that makes you feel.
Avoiding dairy can have an incredibly large impact on your health. I have one patient who was mildly allergic to dairy for years and never knew about it. She suffered chronic sinus infections and never knew why. Since she cut dairy out, she hasn’t had a single sinus infection, and it’s been nearly 3 years.
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