As many of you may know, I detox twice a year. This means I give up dairy (among other things) for 21 days in order to reset my body to feel great again. Almost daily I counsel my patients on the importance of eliminating (or at least reducing) dairy products to give yourself a break and clean out the body. Dairy (like some animal proteins such as red meat and pork) can be taxing on the liver and digestive tract, so a regular break is often an amazing kick-start to better health!
Most people are sensitive without knowing it
Dairy products (most commonly cow’s milk) are one of the top 5 food sensitivities that we see on test results. Sure, some people have a feeling that dairy is a concern for them (gas, bloating, etc.), but others have no idea (since a food sensitivity reaction can occur up to 3 days after eating the particular item!). Only when you take a break for a few weeks do you start to see that changes that a dairy-free diet gives you. Until then, you’re probably going to continue to wonder exactly how much it’s affecting your health.
It messes with your hormones
Most conventional (non-organic) milks, cheeses and yogurts are made from dairy that has been treated with antibiotics and hormones (yuck!). So if you’re working hard to try to rebalance your own hormonal system, staying far away from these foods will most certainly help your body get re-balanced.
It keeps you from losing weight
Since dairy products are a common food sensitivity AND they often contain traces of added hormones, they are one of the top inflammatory food groups out there! When your body is inflamed (and toxic), you hold on to extra fat and water weight in order to compensate. Many of my patients who have done the 21 Day Whole Body Detox have dropped 3-5lbs in the first week after eliminating dairy—that’s all toxic water weight my friends!
Some dairy is better than others
Many of my patients often ask, “is all dairy bad?”, and to that I answer, ‘no’. There is definitely a spectrum when it comes to these foods, and some are definitely better choices than others (however, even though some items in this category are ‘better’, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a complete break from all dairy once in a while—you should!). Simply put, organic, fermented dairy is always best (yogurt, kiefer), and preferably from sheep or goat milk instead of cow’s. If you are considering cheeses, again, always choose organic when possible to eliminate excess hormone effects. Personally, I never recommend dairy milk for anyone, so for this category, switch to a non-dairy source like almond, coconut or rice varieties. Most have added calcium & other vitamins so no need to worry!
There you have it! I hope you’ve found this information on dairy’s impact on YOUR health to be helpful.
When are you going to start your dairy-free trial??