Most of us have been brought up on the idea that dairy is an essential part of a healthy diet, with our mothers always telling us to drink our milk in order to grow up big and strong. But is this really true? And can drinking milk made for animals really be good for us?
To answer this, we’re going to explain some of the benefits you can gain from giving up dairy, proving that it could be doing more harm to our bodies than good…
- Your digestion will improve:
Whether you’re lactose intolerant, constantly bloated or you can never shift that full and heavy feeling, then giving up dairy is definitely for you! Even if you don’t suffer with any of these problems, giving up dairy can massively improve your digestion and overall give you more energy after your meals. You won’t realise the amazing effects on your body until you try it, and trust me you will never want to go back. After all, we are the only species that drinks another species milk, surely that has got to be a give away?
- Your face will clear up:
If you’ve ever suffered with acne, you’ll understand the endless torture of trying different creams, gels and ointments, hoping one day you will finally clear up your skin. For good! What a lot of people don’t realise is the negative effects dairy could be having on their skin. Cows milk is filled with growth hormones, fats and sugars which all agitate the skin, with research proving the correlation between dairy and acne. By giving up dairy, you will find that your skin will feel smoother, clearer and will remain breakout free for longer.
- Weight loss:
Whilst giving up dairy hasn’t been scientifically proven to boost weight loss, it plays a big factor in your daily sugar, carbohydrate and fat intake. Without making any changes to your diet or lifestyle, and as long as you’re not over compensating with another food group, you can easily loose inches off your waistline just by cutting out dairy. Don’t panic though, there are lots of dairy free-alternatives out there, you just need to find the ones that are right for you.
- You will still get the calcium you need:
Now this one will sound strange; bearing in mind all we ever get told is that dairy is the best source of calcium to strengthen the bones and teeth. But this isn’t actually the case. Dairy, although the most popular source of calcium is by no means the best, and there are a variety of other foods we can get our calcium from, without the negative repercussions. These foods include: leafy greens, beans, carrots, nuts, fruits and even some cereals, so there are plenty to choose from to ensure you get this vital bone building material.
- You’ll have more energy and be tired less:
With a dairy-free diet, your sugar, carbohydrate and fat intake will be lower; therefore you’ll be left feeling more energetic and less tired, especially after meals. Research proves after consuming dairy, you’re left feeling tired and sluggish, so removing this from your diet, could give you a new lease of life! With all this extra energy you’ll be surprised how much more you can get out of your day; no wonder most athletics have gone vegan!
- You will decrease your chances of getting cancer:
This sounds drastic, but by taking dairy out of your diet, whether you’re male or female, you can cut your chances of getting prostate or ovarian cancer. Swedish researchers found that for women, drinking more than one glass of milk per day may double their risk of getting ovarian cancer. In terms of men, it was found that those who consumed more than two daily dairy servings increased their risk of developing prostate cancer by 34%. This may scare you, but its better to know all the facts and then make an informed decision. After all, it’s better safe than sorry!
Even if giving up dairy isn’t for you, cutting down your daily intake can make a difference, so give it a try! There are lots of tasty alternatives out there, and one alternative may not be best for everyone. The best way is to try a few, and find the alternative that you and your body prefer. It won’t take long for you to see the real benefits!
If you decide to go dairy free, let us know how you get on, and tweet us the benefits you have seen for yourself!