Are you struggling with?
- Cystic Acne
- Digestive Upset
- Bloat After Meals
- Weight Loss Resistance
- Auto Immune Disease
- Hormonal Imbalance
Dairy is one of the top three inflammatory foods!
About 65% of the global, human population struggles with lactose intolerance symptoms ranging from bloat, diarrhea and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) due to the inability to breakdown lactose.
As an infant, children are able to make enzymes that breakdown the lactose of their mother’s milk. However, as we age, we lose this ability. When our gut is unable to process and breakdown lactose, gut permeability, also known as “leaky gut” occurs due to irritation of the intestinal lining and poor nutrient absorption.
Why is this important?
Our gut wall houses 70 PERCENT of our immune system. Healthy gut flora is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and for fighting off illness and disease.
Due to this permeability of the intestinal lining, dairy proteins are able to slip through the GI wall, triggering an immune response due to “foreign invaders” entering the blood stream.
Dairy also adds extra xenoestrogens – “bad estrogen” – to an already stressed hormonal system. This puts further strain on the liver, adrenals, blood sugar hormones and ultimately the full body as it rigorously works on over load to try and maintain homeostasis.
Dairy contains contaminants which range from pesticides, antibiotics and hormones. One can especially find these contaminants in the more commercialized dairy products. Manmade growth hormones such as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) are commonly used by farmers to boost milk production.
In addition to hormones, antibiotics are frequently used to treat the common udder infection (mastitis) in cows. Traces of these antibiotics are found in our dairy products hence the phrase you are what you eat. If you consume products from an unhealthy animal, you too may find yourself in a state of poor health.
Toxins found in dairy such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins build up in the body over time, eventually damaging our immune, reproductive and nervous systems.
Struggling to lose that last bit of fat? Eating whole, nutritious foods, but not seeing the pay off? You may have underlying inflammation. Inflammation makes it almost impossible to rid excess fat. Toxins accumulate in our fat layer. It is important to focus on reducing this inflammation to allow detoxification and natural, long term weight loss.
Most milk is very high in the growth hormone IGF-1. The milk proteins, whey and casein, are known to stimulate this growth hormone (IGF-1) in calves. However, when we intake these proteins from dairy milk, our body translates them to resonate similarly to the hormone insulin, triggering breakouts. Insulin makes androgen hormones more active causes the increased growth of skin cells and sebum production (oily glands).
So Should I Consider going Dairy Free?
You may find it beneficial to remove dairy from your diet for a period of time (about 1-3 months) in order to fully understand how dairy was making you feel.
From what we know about the gut-immune system connection, it is important to consider dairy free as a lifestyle change going forward.
Switching to dairy free options may be a good starting place for you to navigate your way back to health.
Some of My Favorite Dairy Free Alternatives:
- Almond Milk — Almond Breeze or Califia Farms
- Coconut Milk — So Delicious
- Almond Yogurt — Silk
- Coconut Yogurt — So Delicious
- Dairy Free Cheeses — Violife
By Ruby Jusas, Health Coach at Redefining Health Medical
Ruby firmly believes that nutrition can be a prescription. She believe’s in the power of proper food choices enhancing the body’s natural healing processes. Ruby’s love for nutrition is personal to her as it began when she started to feel the symptoms of the Auto Immune Disease, Hashimoto’s. Ruby transformed her lifestyle to aim at reversing this condition and after proper nutrition and nutrient supplementation, she healed herself from the inside, out. “From that point on, I knew this was what I was meant for…”
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Ready for the legal disclaimer? Information offered here is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. As with any health recommendations, please contact your doctor to be sure any changes you wish to consider are safe for you!