It’s possible to have a sensitivity to dairy, be allergic, or lactose intolerant. Or, have no ill effects from consuming it at all.
Much of this is linked to your genetic makeup, and it can get pretty complicated. There are those who are a mess when they drink a glass of milk, yet can eat some aged cheese or Greek yogurt and feel terrific.
The point is, if you’re experiencing symptoms, it may be time to play detective and simply notice what happens in your body when you consume certain foods. Sometimes dairy is the bad guy.
Dairy products include milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, whey protein, butter, kefir, half & half, ice milk, sherbet, curds, and more.
Some things to consider about dairy:
- It can increase mucous production—really not good to ingest when you have a cold
- You may experience bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, or stomach cramps if your system doesn’t like dairy
- Acne may be linked to consumption
- Allergy may present as congestion, brain fog, skin disorders such as eczema, and more
- It’s an ingredient in lots of foods that you may not be aware of
- It’s easier to avoid dairy now than it was 30 years ago
If you or someone you love is having issues with dairy, I can help.
My book, “Cookies No Milk, Pizza No Cheese: An Ice Cream Lover’s Guide to Raising Children with Dairy Allergies,” offers real solutions and alternatives to make living without dairy EASY!
Yes, in case you haven’t guessed, the title says it all.
Dairy alternatives were a bit more difficult to find in the 90s than they are today. At any rate, working with folks who have food sensitivities/allergies is a specialty of mine. I have my sons to thank for this training.
Ideally, food makes us feel good, provides nourishment, is delicious—and encourages optimal health.
Sometimes, this is a challenge.
If you’d like to check out “Cookies No Milk, Pizza No Cheese: An Ice Cream Lover’s Guide to Raising Children with Dairy Allergies,” on Amazon, CLICK HERE. Besides containing a wealth of information on dairy allergies, there are funny stories, family favorite recipes, and even a few of my poems.
“People vary in their ability to digest and tolerate dairy, whether because of genetics, age, or digestive health and intestinal microbiota.”—Ryan Andrews