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This is What Happens to You When You Quit Dairy

Consider these side effects that may happen when you quit dairy!

Dairy products, or products produced from animal milk, include popular foods like cheese, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir, butter, cream cheese, buttermilk, and other products. In the United States, it is recommended to consume low-fat or fat-free dairy products or other calcium-rich foods like soymilk daily.

However, there are some considerations you want to keep in mind if you choose to stop eating dairy. There can be some side effects of eliminating or reducing dairy from your diet.

1. Feeling Better

For some people, removing dairy from their diet will actually help them feel better. Some people have allergies or intolerances to dairy which can result in a number of side effects. Even though it may not be clinically diagnosed, many people report feeling better about eliminating dairy products from their diet. Some people even feel like their skin improves with reduced intake.

People who have a lactose intolerance or intolerance to dairy products may experience many different symptoms including;

  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting

Choosing low lactose foods or lactose-free dairy products can help some people with milk intolerances still enjoy dairy products. However, if you have a milk allergy, you will need to fully remove dairy from your diet. People with milk allergies will have much more severe symptoms with immediate onset. Symptoms may include the following;

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives or rashes
  • Wheezing
  • Itching or tingling feeling around the lips, tongue or mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
  • Coughing or shortness of breath
  • Abdominal cramps

2. Save Money

Another side effect of cutting dairy from your diet may be saving money! Since some dairy products can be very expensive, by reducing money spent on expensive cheese or yogurt more money be spent purchasing other nutrient-dense foods or into savings!

3. Lose Weight

Many dairy products are high in carbohydrates, fats, and calories. Although they are often high in protein, calcium and vitamin D, some people experience some weight-loss when they reduce high-calorie dairy foods from their diet. This could also be attributed to the fact that people often consume large amounts of calorically dense dairy products like cheese on pasta and pizza. By reducing overall intake of calorically dense foods people may be able to sustain their weight loss.

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