Are you thinking of eliminating dairy? Well this post might help you make up y our mind. Dairy is a major component of the average human’s diet, whether it’s in the cup of coffee and toast you have to begin your day, or in the pizza you eat with your friends at your games night.
Dairy products are milk and all milk based products. Popular dairy products include: milk, butter, yoghurt, ice cream, cheese, casein and whey. However, there are many products that include hidden dairy products (that’s why it’s super important to read labels). Some products that you probably didn’t know have dairy in them are hot dogs, potato chips, tuna, tomato sauces, vinaigrette, even chewing gum!
While it is true that dairy offers some nutritional value like vitamin D, calcium and potassium, a dairy-free diet does not deprive your body of these nutrients as they can be found in many other foods. Milk is originally produced by mammals for the purpose of feeding their offspring. It is a rich source of protein and growth hormones formulated to help a baby develop from infancy. Eliminating dairy from your diet can help reduce bloating, balance hormones and make you feel generally more upbeat and lighter.
Considering going dairy-free? Keep reading to see more benefits of a dairy-free diet that might convince you.
- Healthy Gut: If you are lactose intolerant (about 7 out of 10 people are), embracing a dairy-free diet protects you from the immense discomfort. Dairy has been proven to trigger Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as well as other digestive conditions. Being on a dairy-free diet can provide relief from nausea, bloating, cramps, gas, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
- Help manage insulin levels: The consumption of dairy products raises insulin levels. Therefore, dairy consumption is not recommended for those who need to avoid excess insulin exposure, such as those with diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and other serious metabolic disorders.
- Might prevent Cancer: Dairy is primarily produced by cows. These cows are often bred under horrible conditions and seen as income generating machines, which means that often, farmers give cows growth hormones and antibiotics so that they will produce more milk. This seeps into the milk they produce, which we then consume. The contaminants embedded in milk products contain harmful chemicals that affect the body adversely.
- Reduces Bloating and Inflammation: The excessive gas is as a result of insufficient protein digestion, as well as the lack of ability to digest carbohydrates and sugar fully. Embracing a dairy-free diet can reduce incidents of bloating.
- Clearer skin: While there might be a lack of substantial evidence to prove this, it has been observed that people with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis have reported an improvement in their skin conditions after eliminating dairy.
Going dairy free is easier than you think! You also do not have to eliminate dairy all at once. What is most important is that you are taking steps to make your diet more healthy.