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Health Benefits of Going Dairy Free

A lot of people are hesitant about cutting dairy out of their diets – even the ones who are actually allergic or intolerant to it! (I see you, Lactaid-pill-poppers.)

I compiled a few reasons why a dairy free diet is beneficial for your health. I speak from personal experience here and have included some links for further research if you’re curious. Feel free to leave any questions and comments below.

Skin

Dairy is known by many to cause acne and other skin problems. According to Chinese face-mapping, an ancient method of determining what your acne says about your health, the zone between your eyebrows on your nose/forehead is the Allergy Zone. When I went completely dairy-free 5 years ago, I never got another zit in this area. (I am allergic to dairy, after all.) However, dairy causes acne for people that aren’t allergic. There isn’t an exact reason as to why dairy clogs so many people’s pores, but if you’re struggling with your skin, I HIGHLY recommend cutting out dairy for a week or two to see what happens. (You’ll feel good, too!)

More info found at AlituraNaturals.com

Stomach Issues

Millions of people in the world suffer from IBS or some sort of sensitive stomach issues. I promise you, whether you’re lactose intolerant or not, cutting down or cutting out dairy will help you feel better. 

More info found on WebMd.com

Weight Loss

When I first went dairy-free, I lost 11 pounds in 2 weeks. This was due to a variety of factors, one of which was simply not knowing what I could eat anymore. Most desserts, candies, and junk foods in general contain dairy. Cutting out the milk usually helps cut out the extra pounds! (Plus, you won’t starve. Just look at my recipes!)

More at Shape.com

Sinus Issues

There is scientific proof that dairy increases mucus production in your body. Not to be gross, but once I went dairy free, I didn’t get a sinus infection for over a year. (I was used to suffering from 3-4 each winter.) Overall, going dairy free improves your health.

More at NYCFaceMd.com

However, you must keep this in mind: dairy contains certain nutrients that you must consume (i.e. calcium.) I highly recommend visiting a nutritionist or doctor before cutting out dairy completely, or at the very least researching alternative ways to get these nutrients. I always purchase orange juice with added calcium, stock my cabinets with vegan protein powder to mix into smoothies, and snack on nuts constantly. You don’t need milk to have strong bones, but you can’t live off fruits and vegetables and nothing else!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions. I have years of experience with this, and I would be more than happy to help you out!

About The Dairy QueenThe Dairy Queen

Just a New England gal stuck in rural Virginia. Can be found avoiding dairy at all costs. Talents include speed reading ingredient labels and enjoying ice cream via smell. If I could major in Spotify playlist construction and dairy free cooking, I would.

I have been blessed with a dairy allergy and have not touched a cheesy piece of pizza in years. Thus, here we are. I hope you find these recipes simple, inexpensive, and delicious. I have years of experience avoiding dairy, so hopefully my adventures can help you out.

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