Most of us have grown up drinking milk and yet cow’s milk is one of the most common causes of allergies.
About 65 percent of us, isn’t that a staggering number, has a reduced ability to digest lactose and suffer from a variety of issues when they have dairy – stomach bloating…….respiratory problems……digestive issues……skin problems…..and increased inflammation. A lot of that has to do with dairy increasing mucus production……urghhhh we definitely want to avoid mucus!
So, understandably more and more people are seeking out dairy-free options and there are plenty. We’re not talking artificial substitutes either, there are loads of plant-based options to choose from that still provide calcium and other vital nutrients.
So to have a go at being dairy-free you stop eating milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, custards, ice cream, sorbet, whey and casein (KAY-seen).
What you can try instead are goats milk, this is still dairy but has much lower levels of lactose. Then there’s coconut milk……..almond milk………and kefir. Kefir and similar products are actually dairy but are fermented but the fermenting process changes the chemical make up making it much friendlier to our bodies.
You can have a lot of fun making your own nut kinds of milk. It’s a really simple and rewarding process and I’ll do a Tweaklet on how to make them soon.
I am not lactose intolerant but I do suffer from bloating and with some respiratory issues when I overdo dairy. I certainly feel a lot better when I keep it to a minimum and even better when I cut it out for periods of time. Why not try experimenting with not having dairy and just see if you notice any difference in your body.