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This is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Eating Dairy

Dairy foods are a controversial subject these days. Yes, they have shown to benefit bone health and they contain a great source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D. However, many experts believe dairy can be harmful and should be avoided at all costs.

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Sandra Paterra, certified health counselor, explains that when you give up eating dairy, “you will be eating less lactose and less sugar.” This is especially important for individuals who suffer from lactose intolerance. “Many people cannot digest the lactose and are sensitive to it, therefore suffer with digestive issues,” she adds.

Remember, if you do decide to stop consuming dairy, you have to make up for the loss of dairy’s nutrients in other ways. Take a calcium supplement for strong bones and reduced risk for osteoporosis; and go outside and expose yourself to the sun to reduce your risk for vitamin D deficiency.

You will start to feel less bloated

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“Lactose intolerance stirs up a variety of digestive symptoms in people, some only mild symptoms others major,” says Paterra. For an individual who suffers from lactose (natural sugar) intolerance, consuming dairy can lead to bloating. This is because the undigested sugar goes to the large intestine and mixes with the bacteria there, ultimately causing swelling of the stomach.

You will live longer

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The high content of lactose in milk has been linked to oxidative stress, which in turn affects the risk of mortality. According to a study in thebmj, for each daily glass of milk you drink, your risk of death increases by 15 percent. Researchers concluded that women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day may be twice as likely to die over the next two decades, compared to those who consumed less than one glass a day. *See: Tricks to Add Years to Your Life

Your digestion will improve

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Dairy is renowned as an acidic food, it also contains lactose. It may disrupt your body’s acid/alkaline balance. Paterra explains that “many people cannot digest the lactose and are sensitive to it; therefore [they] suffer with digestive issues.” After removing dairy from your diet, your digestive system will improve and overall digestion will become more effective.

You may have fewer headaches

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Do you suffer from frequent headaches? If your answer is yes, you may want to consider the amount of dairy you are consuming. You may be suffering from food allergy-induced inflammation – dairy can trigger the symptoms of your allergy, causing a headache. Stop consuming dairy for a few weeks and see if you begin to have fewer headaches.

Your skin will be clearer

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We all know, milk helps stimulate growth, but it also contains hormones that can contribute to breakouts on the skin, Paterra explains. According to research “it contains anabolic steroids as well as true growth hormones and other growth factors. The presence of 5α-pregnanedione, 5α-androstanedione, and other precursors of 5α-dihydrotestosterone add to the potency of milk as a stimulant of acne.” Stop eating dairy and say goodbye to your concealer for good.

You will think clearly

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It has been shown that dairy may lead to cloudy, fuzzy thinking. It doesn’t help your brain, in terms of cognition. Cow dairy specifically may be a source of folate antibodies which can gum up receptors responsible for transporting this critical nutrient to the brain, according to a study.

Sinus congestion and other congestion will clear

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“Casein, the naturally occurring protein in dairy products, can promote the formation of mucus, and thicken existing mucus, causing congestion,” says Paterra. That being said, avoid dairy at all costs when you are sick, or just completely remove it from your diet altogether to avoid sinus congestion.

You will possibly lose some weight

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Believe it or not, dairy consumption is linked to weight gain. Paterra explains that if you don’t overeat other foods when you eliminate dairy, you will be eating less sugar – “yes, sugar in dairy” – and you may drop a few pounds.

Your asthma symptoms may disappear

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If you suffer from asthma and you stop eating dairy, you may notice your symptoms slowly disappear. Evidence suggests dairy can cause chronic stress, which in turn weakens the immune system. Removing dairy from your diet will reduce your body’s stress, leading to lung improvement.

Reduced cancer risk

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Some research suggests that there could be a link between dairy intake and the risk of developing ovarian and prostate cancers. According to The Telegraph, in 1993 Jane Plant developed breast cancer for the fifth time; she was told she only had months to live. Plant decided to switch to a dairy-free, Asian-style diet while she was undergoing chemotherapy. Within six weeks, the lump on her neck vanished and within a year she was in remission.

You will have more energy

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Dairy products such as milk and cheese have been shown to contribute to chronic fatigue in individuals with dairy sensitivities. Your body works hard to digest the foods that you eat, which is why it’s important to consider going dairy-free. Paterra explains that the “body doesn’t have to work so hard to break down the dairy products” – for individuals on a dairy-free diet. When you stop eating dairy, your immune system will no longer have to fight against it, ultimately resulting in more energy.

Reduce your risk for disease

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Once you stop eating dairy, you begin reducing your risk for various chronic diseases, some of which include cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. But one of the most serious conditions is cancer. “Dairy product consumption has been linked to increased risk for prostateand breast cancers, according to pcrm.org.

Your senses will be heightened

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Casein is a protein found in dairy, and has been linked to sinus pressure and mucus production. Eliminating dairy from your diet can stop your runny nose and congestion, therefore heightening your sense of smell.