From broken bones to fatigue, dairy can be the primary reason for some of your health problems. And you may have not even thought to blame milk. So, next time you’re preparing your shopping list, you may want to consider this.
We, at Bright Side, have listed the symptoms for you to review while considering your relationship with dairy. At the end of our article, don’t forget to go to your fridge for a little cleansing.
1. You feel tired most of the time
Milk contains opiate molecules which makes you feel asleep. But scientifically speaking, that doesn’t mean it’ll make you sleep well. Since it’s hard to digest, it tires your body out by trying to produce energy to break it down, which disrupts your sleep cycle. To sleep better, you can try eating tryptophan-rich fruits and vegetables like broccoli, sweet potatoes, bananas, or apples.
2. You have acne
Several studies show that skim milk increases the severity of acne among teenagers and young adults. According to other research, dairy can also be blamed. Having an influence on hormones like insulin and IGF-1, low-fat milk may be affecting your skin health negatively.
3. Your digestion is not smooth
A study suggests that 65-70% of world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance. Even if human milk has a higher amount of lactose comparatively speaking, cow’s milk is harder to digest for us. Complaints like bloating, nausea, gas, and diarrhea on a regular basis may be telling you to quit drinking milk.
4. You have aches that seem to come out of nowhere
Since milk is highly acidic, it causes inflammation, which hurts your joints and muscles, according to this study. If you’re exercising and having a hard time recovering from sore muscles, try decreasing your dairy consumption.
5. You experience brain fog
Brain fog isn’t a disease, but a symptom. It causes memory problems, the inability to focus, and mental vagueness. Even if there are several other reasons, excessive dairy consumption can also be a trigger for brain fog due to the high casein rate in milk which causes a false satisfaction feeling. A lot of research suggests that decreasing your milk consumption can help fight depression.
6. You have allergies and other skin conditions
Due to the similar early symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, and colic, a milk allergy can be confused with lactose intolerance. While 5% of children have a milk allergy, it can also be developed later during adulthood. Eczema may also flare up because of dairy. Try removing dairy from your diet and see if your condition improves.
7. You have high cholesterol
The cholesterol in the bloodstream comes directly from your diet. 100 g of regular cow’s milk contains 10 g of cholesterol, according to the USDA, which makes it dangerous to ingest in large amounts on a daily basis.
8. Your bones fracture or break easily
Calcium is fundamental for bone development and bone health, especially during childhood. However all dairy products -or animal proteins in general- are acidic, which decreases the intake of calcium. A study suggests that women who drink 3 or more glasses of milk per day have higher risk of fractures.
9. Your body is resistant to medicine and you don’t recover quickly
Although milk itself is not to be blamed here, the antibiotics that are given to cows may be affecting your health indirectly, a study shows. On the one hand, the medicine is vital for the animals’ health, but on the other hand it causes the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. While probiotics are our friend, this bacteria is quite the opposite. To get over a sickness faster, you may want to think about your dairy consumption.
Have you experienced any of these symptoms recently? Share your takeaways with us to raise awareness!
Illustrated by Alena Tsarkova for Bright Side