At the beginning of Lent, we are always stressed at the thought of having to ban certain foods from the menu. But do you know what happens to the body when you stop eating dairy products? It can actually be good for you, and we will tell you why in the following paragraphs. Moreover, the opinion of scientists and doctors will give you extra motivation for the next 40 days of fasting, and who knows… you might repeat this diet in a few months in order to purify your body. The effect is really worth it, so let’s go for it!
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Why are dairy products inflammatory?
Cheese, milk, yoghurt… we all love them! However, they contain saturated fats, which can increase inflammation. To avoid this, make sure they don’t take up more than 10% of your daily menu.
There’s something more. It makes so much sense, but maybe you never thought of it before. Humans are mammals and, like all species in this group, we feed on milk for the first few months of our lives. Then, gradually, we start to introduce vegetables, fruit, and meat into our menu, which leads to changes in our organism. It is an evolution and development of the body that we all go through. In other words, the body stops processing dairy products properly. It’s a natural process. Think about it, have you seen a bear, a wolf, a lion or any other wild mammal consume milk at maturity? You shouldn’t either. This is why so many people are lactose intolerant.
What happens to the body when you stop eating dairy?
When you stop eating dairy products, you will see so many benefits that I am sure you will try again, and not just during Lent. Are you ready? Check out the list below:
- Say goodbye to stomach pain and bloating
When your body can’t digest lactose, you’re likely to experience gas and bloating.
- Forget about headaches
Cheeses often contain tyramine. This is a natural compound, but it contributes to migraines and headaches.
- Improve the health of your skin
By consuming dairy products, you stimulate your body to produce oils that promote inflammation. So if you have acne, this could be the reason. Before you take any medication, stop the milk first.
- Lose weight
Did you know that by cutting out dairy products, you can lose weight? This is all due to lactose, which is a natural sugar. In addition, you will reduce the bad cholesterol in your body.
- Boost your metabolism
Dairy products form mucus and can cause inflammation, even in the thyroid gland. By cutting out dairy products, you will see an improvement in metabolism and energy levels.
What can replace dairy products?
Try raw cashew cheese, which is not only rich in nutrients, but also low in calories. If you like to drink your coffee with milk, try coconut milk. It will also give you extra flavour. Other alternatives to dairy products are rice, oat, almond and hazelnut milk, but always pick those that do not contain added sugar. And if you are wondering what can replace eggs, find out by reading our article on the topic.