The Dairy Dilemma

Let’s talk dairy and why we are minimizing or eventually eliminating it.

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Did you know that 60% of Americans can’t digest milk? Yup - here’s the article on USA today. Besides many of us experiencing some sort of dairy sensitivity, there's a few more reasons why it may be a good idea to limit your intake. Read on to learn more!

WHY MANY PEOPLE MINIMIZE DAIRY

Congestion + Mucus Buildup 

Dairy has been known to cause mucus buildup within our bodies and congestion which could lead to sinus issues. For those of you that are prone to colds and congestion, it’s a great idea to minimize cheese. If you have ta true love for cheese and just can’t - at least try to minimize it when you get a cold to reduce the amount of mucus buildup.

Casein is the protein found in dairy that is linked to congestion. So even when you’re looking for products that aren’t straight up milk or cheese - be aware of this ingredient on the label.

I’m going to talk more about this in detail once I launch the anti-diet plan..but there is definitely a correlation between consuming dairy and acne. Because milk does contain growth hormones, antibiotics, sugars and fats, it can irritate our skin and cause hormonal breakouts. This study (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738081X10000416) shows that since milk contains testosterone hormones, it could stimulate our oil glands that cause acne.

The Dairy + Acne Connection

Digestive Issues Linked To Dairy

Since many individuals experience a sensitivity to dairy, tummy troubles could be a major buzz kill and side effect of being lactose intolerant and/or having a general sensitivity to dairy. The actual protein that may cause these digestive issues is casein, so even if a product says "dairy free" - you should still check the label to see if contains this protein. 

You MAY Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer

This study shows that male subjects who consumed two or more servings of dairy a day experienced a 34% increase in developing prostate cancer. Some nutrition sources believe that the hormones that are found in dairy are likely the cause. It's believed that the hormones found in dairy increases a hormone growth factor in your blood that may stimulate cancer growth.

But Why Isn't There Enough Scientific Evidence?

Of course, conventional doctors may not agree with the notion that dairy promotes mucus (there's no scientific evidence, but maybe because there have been no studies - I don't know), but many people swear that ditching dairy has cured their sinus problems. So if you are curious, you'll have to test the theory yourself. Try eliminating all things dairy for at least 1 to 2 weeks and see how you feel. It's made a world of difference for me, my nose and my sinuses, so I definitely think it's worth a shot. If you're worried about not getting enough calcium, then head on over to the vitamin + mineral module to see what plant-based sources of calcium you can choose from!

A Few More Resources Discussing Dairy Sensitivity (if you're interested in learning more)

A Dairy
Cancer Study
A Journal On The Negative Impacts of Dairy
Dairy And Weight Gain
Milk And Acne 
Dairy Sensitivity by Dr. Hyman
20 Chemicals Found in Milk
Understanding Dairy
More Milk, More Problems

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