There is a lot of talk of eliminating dairy from your diet, especially in programs like Shred10 and Whole30, but is it right for you? Of the major food groups consumed in the standard American diet, dairy products, including milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, sour cream, and ice cream, are among the top five which promote inflammation. It is not the cow’s fault! After all, her milk is the best, most high fat, calorie dense, and protein-rich substance possible to help her calves grow an average of 300 pounds in the first year of life. Is that the effect that you want?? I think not.
The proteins found in milk are specifically designed to nourish those calves in amazing ways, but those same proteins, including whey, BSA (bovine serum albumin), and casein were never designed for the human body. As a result, the human body produces antibodies against these cow proteins, which may, in turn, promote inflammation, occasionally showing up in the form of allergies, asthma, and skin disorders but more often very subtly in the form of chronic, low-grade inflammation. This low-grade inflammation upsets the wonderful environment of the gut and its bacteria and impairs the liver’s ability to do its job to detoxify and cleanse.
There are many alternatives to dairy products on the shelves now, so consider trying out one of the many great-tasting plant-based alternatives such as almond, cashew, or rice milk. You can also find ice cream and yogurt from these alternative sources. Before long you may notice subtle health improvements, such as less congestion, less asthma or allergy problems, and fewer skin problems. My family has switched completely to unsweetened original almond milk and I have noticed much less bloating and gas, while also being a lower calorie option.
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