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Moove Over: Here’s why you should consider cutting out dairy

Incorporating any change to your diet, whether it’s big or small, can be a daunting task. As your body has essentially become accustomed to consuming and digesting certain products, eliminating them from your diet can seem irregular. One product we’ve seen more and more people remove from their diet is dairy, and here’s why you should consider doing the same. Remember to always consult with your doctor or nutritionist before starting a new eating plan.

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The difference between dairy-free and lactose-free

While they may sound similar, these two labels are not interchangeable. Lactose is a natural sugar that can be found in dairy products hence the lactose-free label, whereas dairy-free is exactly what it sounds like; it has no dairy. 

The Why 

Whether you’re lactose intolerant, have a milk allergy or use dairy as your go-to, consuming dairy on the regular can have some unpleasant effects on your body. According to many reputable sources and health experts, cutting out dairy from your diet is also a great way to help reduce inflammation and balance your hormones.

The side effects

  • Dairy products have been known to cause constipation due to an inflamed digestive tract.
  • Dairy products can cause gas and bloating.
  • For some people, consuming dairy can result in acne.
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Reap the benefits

Whether you’re converting from a dairy to a non-dairy diet or simply looking to make the occasional switch, here are a few benefits you could potentially experience when cutting out dairy. 

  • Get the glow – Cutting out dairy can reduce acne inflammation.
  • Shed the pounds – Depending on how well you adjust your diet, removing excess saturated fats and sugars found in dairy could promote weight loss.
  • Bye-bye bloating – If you’re prone to bloating, eliminating dairy from your diet can make a significant difference. 
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The alternatives

Remember, there’s no need to rush your transition. The more gradual it is, the easier it will be to maintain your health and lifestyle. However, if you’re keen on diving right in, here are a few plant-based products that are worth introducing into your diet. 

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Whatever your move is, whether you’re looking to expand your plant-milk options or simply looking for a more affordable alternative to your current range, you can shop these products and more at BodiCafé.

 

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