To Dairy or Not to Dairy – That Is the Question
Dairy from cow’s milk, or from other animals such as goats, remains a controversial topic regarding its contribution to chronic conditions. I am going to unravel the issues here as best I can to help you successfully move forward with your decision of whether to keep dairy in your daily life.
Yea or Nay to Dairy?
Unbeknownst to the general population, there are studies that have determined that most of us are, at the very least, sensitive to dairy products. There is a smaller group of us who are dairy allergic, which can be a life-threatening condition that must not be ignored. Asthma, for example, is one common ailment suffered by dairy-allergic individuals; however, you must keep in mind that this condition is not necessarily only linked to those who are dairy allergic. On the other hand, there is a percentage of us who can consume dairy products with little or no issue, enjoying the benefits of probiotics, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates that dairy provides. Thankfully, for those who are dairy allergic, these can be supplemented or found in plenty of other foods that may be even more beneficial, as they have lower fat and less sugar: dark leafy greens, almonds, soy, and other fortified non-dairy products.
If you find you frequently suffer from digestive issues such as bloating, diarrhea, nausea, heart burn, or constipation, or if you have skin issues such as eczema, hives, or acne, you may be dealing with dairy-related issues. Other frustrating conditions you might experience are sore throats, allergies, post-nasal drip, headaches, and excessive mucus production, which causes chronic ear and sinus infections. In addition, excessive dairy consumption has also been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease, as fat content is high in most dairy products.
Work with a Health Coach
If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned conditions and suspect that dairy may be a contributing factor, the first thing you must do is seek assistance from a naturopath/health coach team familiar with nutrition and its effects on our bodies. Together, this team can make a determination by conducting food sensitivity testing. Before making the decision to eliminate it entirely from your diet, they will assist you in developing an elimination diet to confirm that dairy is the culprit. If removal is necessary, your health coach will help you with non-dairy options and food alternatives to replace the vitamins and minerals you are no longer receiving from animal-based dairy products. A quality health coach will help you make a seamless transition to this new lifestyle, and you will be free of those ailments that have been wreaking havoc in your life.
Kimberly Lawrence was tired of going from doctor to doctor, seeking resolution of chronic pain, illness, and allergies, when she decided to be trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2005. Having healed herself naturally, she now helps clients transform their lives. Call 860.951.1533 for a complimentary consultation and visit: www.positivelybalancedfive.com.