As a girl whose favorite food is a grilled cheese, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I decided to go dairy free after completing the Clean Program. Before the cleanse, I noticed that I didn’t feel good after eating heavy servings of dairy, and when I reintroduced it post-cleanse, my stomach h-a-t-e-d me. And when I really thought about it, it makes total sense that my body has trouble processing something that’s really meant for another animal’s babies! Although it’s hard to resist certain dairy products (hiii cheese), I know that my body runs better without it. In case you’re thinking of making the change, here’s what I’ve noticed:
Health Benefits of Going Dairy Free:
One of the biggest benefits you’ll likely see from cutting out dairy is an overall improvement in your skin’s health, especially if you have skin dryness, eczema or psoriasis. Although I didn’t have one of these specific skin issues, within a few weeks of going dairy free, I noticed my sporadic facial acne disappear, and I had a more bright, youthful glow. Since dairy can cause inflammation in your body, and acne is caused by inflammation, it’s no wonder my skin is happier.
Apparently, dairy can wreck havoc on allergies—who knew? Turns out it’s because dairy contains ingredients that increase your phlegm and mucus production, which in turn increase all that sniffling and congestion. Milk, cream, and softer cheeses are the dairy products that affect allergies, so those are the ones to shy away from if you’re allergy prone.
This was an unexpected change for me to see, since I never thought eating dairy could impact my energy levels. Dairy products are naturally high in a certain amino acid (tryptophan), which actually promotes tiredness—again, who knew?! Since dairy is also harder to digest than other foods, it causes your body to use up more energy. Though it sucks at time, energy > cheese.
Dairy is acidic by nature, which means it disrupts your body’s acid-alkaline balance. When you remove dairy from your diet, your body will be more in balance, leading to better digestion and less bloating. This was one of the first things I noticed when I cut out dairy—I felt less puffy everywhere, and let’s just say my bathroom activities are a lot…easier.
Have you been thinking about going dairy free? If you’ve already gone dairy free, do you have any tips to make it easier?