While I personally can't fathom a life without cheese, dairy is the reason behind bloating and indigestion for many. Some believe this is due to the fact that we're the only mammals on the entire planet that continue to drink milk after childhood and that we're not technically supposed to continue doing so into adulthood. But regardless of whether you're lactose intolerant, watched What the Health, or simply want to eat healthier, dietary restrictions are slowly becoming the norm rather than the outlier.
If you're considering cutting dairy out of your diet, here's what you can expect, as originally reported by Prevention:
Your skin could clear up. Since milk is meant to nurture baby cows, it actually contains testosterone-like hormones that can stimulate oil glands in the skin, reports a study from Dartmouth Medical School. In other words, cutting it out could also cut down on breakouts.
You could experience less bloating. It's been written that roughly 75% of adults are a touch lactose intolerant since we're genetically programmed to stop producing the enzyme that breaks down lactose after infancy (when we stop breastfeeding). For that reason, you may stop experiencing the mild symptoms of lactose intolerance, which include bloating and stomach aches.
Your weight may fluctuate. You may lose or gain weight depending on what you replace dairy with in your diet. "Dairy is a rich source of fat and protein in people's diets, and [fat and protein] keep you full because your body digests them more slowly," Rebecca Blake, RD, told the magazine. "You could end up replacing protein and fat with other foods like simple carbs, which can lead to weight gain." Try stocking up on belly-filling foods like nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, beans, and avocados instead.
Head over to Prevention for more, and read up on what happens to your body when you actually heal your gut next.