Ahh, dairy. Just thinking about melty cheese, creamy ice cream, or a cold glass of milk with warm cookies is enough to get just about anyone’s mouth watering. An added bonus? We’ve been told by people since day one that dairy is good for us, builds strong bones, and is an essential food group for a healthy diet.
However, if someone handed you a beverage that you knew would cause weight gain, bloating, acne, gas, allergies, eczema, and brittle bones, would you drink it? Probably not! Despite the large and growing research showing us that dairy lacks the benefits we were once told and has awful side effects, our government still recommends 3 servings a day and touts dairy as an important part of a balanced diet.
However, research over the past 5-10 years has begun to show otherwise. Dairy products may not be what all we’ve thought they were cracked up to be. Here’s why you should consider either heavily reducing your dairy intake, or eliminating it all together.
So to sum it up, most people should 100% avoid dairy, but if you choose to use dairy in your diet definitely avoid conventionally raised cow’s milk and products which are full of hormones, chemicals and inflammatory compounds. If you suffer from digestive issues, weight gain, diabetes, autoimmune disease, PMS, infertility, skin disorders like acne, eczema or psoriasis, allergies, or any chronic disease you should avoid dairy!
Still skeptical? Try eliminating dairy from your diet for just one week. See how it effects your digestion, skin, and weight and I promise you won’t go back. While an occasional treat of ice cream every now and then certainly won’t ruin all of your weight loss efforts, cutting back could definitely give you the boost you need! Look for grass-fed milk, cheese and butter when you do consume dairy and try sheep and goat products which are even better!