What’s the Scoop on Dairy?

There tends to be a lot of confusion about whether or not dairy causes inflammation in your body. And it doesn’t help that there are plenty of mixed messages from different nutrition experts out there too!

So, the question remains...should you eat it or not?!

Here’s the Scoop on Dairy

Put very simply: dairy can cause inflammation in your body if you are allergic or intolerant to it.

But how do you know if you’re allergic or intolerant?

The best way to test this is to eliminate dairy from your diet for 30 days, and then add it back in again. If you have a negative reaction when you reincorporate it into your diet, like sinus congestion, a skin rash or digestive trouble, that implies that you may have an intolerance to dairy.

If after this 30 day test you find out you do have an intolerance to dairy, I recommend keeping it out of your diet to quell the fires of inflammation, which can fuel illness and cause other negative conditions in your body.

Also, if you know or suspect you have IBS, leaky gut syndrome, or SIBO it is best to avoid dairy, as it tends to exacerbate these digestive conditions.

However, if you have done the elimination test and believe you are not sensitive to dairy, then feel free to enjoy it in moderation from quality sources!

Praising and Demonizing Dairy: What Really Matters

It’s true that the holistic health world demonizes dairy as something that increases inflammation and needs to be avoided, but peer reviewed medical literature just does not support that claim.

On the other hand, dairy is not the miracle food that the USDA and industrial dairy business would like us to believe. Their ubiquitous, mustachioed “Got Milk” ad campaigns lead us to think it’s absolutely necessary for health, and for building strong bones...but that’s simply not the case.

Here’s the bottom line: quality matters...a lot!

Read more here about the difference between industrial dairy products and raw or fermented, full fat organic dairy. If you are incorporating dairy into your diet, here's a healthy way to do it!


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