A Quick Guide to Dairy

Dairy is the food group that creates tons of controversy. Depending on who you talk to, you will be told that dairy is good for you, or that dairy is very bad for you. I’m going to tell you that it is a bit of both. Dairy, especially processed dairy, is a relatively new food. The argument against dairy is that it is not supposed to be in the human diet. You may know someone who is lactose intolerant, and for good reason. Although lactose is found in breast milk and needed in for growth support during infancy,  your body does not have the necessary enzymes to digest dairy after infancy. After about the age of four, your body down-regulates the production of the enzymes required to digest lactose. Have you ever had ice cream, a milk shake, or any other product involving dairy and wondering why your stomach was rumbling soon after? This is because your body is having a very hard time passing it through your gut. Lactose also happens to be a sugar which can cause a spike in insulin levels. Lactose can also cause lots of mucus. The effects of dairy can be different for different people, and they can vary according to the form of dairy and how it is processed. Dairy can be processed in many different ways. You can find dairy in the form of whole milk, 2% milk, raw milk, cheese, butter, etc… You might be able to tolerate grassfed butter, but not tolerate pasteurized butter. You might be able to tolerate small amounts of cheese, but not be able to tolerate a glass of whole milk. If you have been eating dairy your whole life, you may not notice these effects, but if you go off of dairy and return to it after a period of time, then these effects will be much more noticeable. If you are not quite sure it, I suggest you try it. Give yourself 30-days of no-dairy and then reintroduce it, and see how you feel. Can’t possibly go 30-days without dairy? Then try going even just 7 days without milk and see if you notice a difference in both how you look and feel.



Luis Castillo