When I first start making recommendations for clients to move towards an elimination diet, one of the first suggestions that I make is to remove dairy.
- it can raise insulin
- often times creates an inflammatory response in the body (hello, belly bloat)
- it can expose us to synthetic versions of bovine growth hormone (rBGH)
- can expose us to antibiotics that are given to cows
- raises IGF-1
- is addictive (morphine like compounds)
What happens during digestion when we consume dairy?
During digestion, a milk protein, called casein, can be broken down into casomorphins (a casein derived morphine-like protein) that crosses the blood-brain barrier and contributes to the release of dopamine. Dopamine is that reward/pleasure chemical in our body that encourages us to continue the behavior. This is why researchers have referred to dairy products as “dairy crack.”
How impactful can the removal of dairy be?
For myself, I had been consuming some raw dairy and occasional ice cream and not much else for many years. My dairy consumption was already pretty minimal. However, removing it entirely from my diet meant I lost the elusive last 5+ lbs of perimenopause weight I had been wanting to lose for about two years. The first few weeks were tough, but I can honestly say, now that I don’t consume it, it makes my life so much easier. I will occasionally use high-quality grass-fed butter and ghee, but otherwise am 2+ years blissfully not missing dairy at all!
In my opinion, dairy is very addictive and difficult to portion control.
Other commonly found inflammatory foods include gluten, processed sugars, grains, alcohol….. there’s a bit of trial and error with nutrition and elimination diets. You should do what works for YOU.
Click to read this additional resource: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8646/the-dangers-of-dairy.html
What do you think? Are you willing to go dairy-free? Let me know in the comments below.