With June being “Dairy Month”, I thought I would do a post on the benefits of going #DairyFree. Whether you’re vegan, have a sensitive digestive system, or interested in gut health, the dairy-free benefits are numerous.
Eliminating dairy from your diet is becoming the most common first step doctors, including dermatologists, recommend when examining and treating patients. From digestive issues, weight gain and acne flare-ups, to arthritis and migraines, being dairy-free can benefit your mind and body quickly.
Did you know that over 70% of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant? Some people may not even know, and continue to ingest dairy. If the intolerance is that low, these people may experience light bloating, stomach cramps, or a pimple here and there as a reaction. But why the intolerance? After weaning (between the ages of 2 and 5 years old), our bodies no longer require milk as our primary source of nutrients and thus lose lactase, the enzyme which helps digest dairy. Being dairy-free could be the difference between food-babies and toned tummies.
It should come as no surprise to learn that cows in the dairy industry are not there by personal choice. In order to produce milk, female cows (like female humans) need to be pregnant or have had a baby recently. Think about the amount of milk you see in grocery stores on a daily basis – that’s a lot of milk. Females cows are used and abused, artificially impregnated, carry, deliver and have their babies taken away from them, ON REPEAT, until they can physically do it no more. Female calves are raised to live the same lives as their mothers, male calves are either raised for beef or slaughtered instantly if they serve no profitable purpose.
Choosing alternatives like almond, soy, coconut, cashew, oat, rice, and others are delicious and cruelty-free! Ask yourself, why would you support this unnecessary violence with the abundance of cruelty-free options available to you?
Ignorance is NOT Bliss – check out this post on small changes you can make now to help our planet.
Going off of the idea that eliminating dairy supports a cruelty-free world, going dairy-free will also benefit the environment. Dairy production creates a substantial carbon footprint, with animal agriculture being one of the leading causes in greenhouse gas emissions. The amount of water that is required to produce 1 glass of cow’s milk is actually quite shocking…roughly 64 gallons shocking. That is compared to the approximate 10 gallons it takes to make a glass of almond milk.
Where’s the Proof?
You may be asking yourself, “If Dairy is so bad for me, why haven’t I heard more about it through the news and media?” Great question! The answer? There’s no profit motive; meaning that while eliminating dairy (and other products) could stretch the longevity of human life, it would also heavily reduce consumerism towards the dairy industry. If we stop buying dairy products, dairy farmers will lose their jobs and not be able to exploit animals. Heartbreaking. Also, eliminating dairy would reduce the amount of sick people in our world. There goes a lot of health-related jobs. You see what’s happening here right? It’s a cycle…and not a good one.
My Top 5 Favourite Dairy-Free Follows
Still not convinced? It is so important to educate ourselves, because the truth is that no one else is going to do it for us. To help though, there are some pretty fantastic and extremely well-educated people, including doctors, that you can follow and learn from on your favourite social media platforms. Here are a few of my favourites:
But, don’t just take my word for it. Follow along and let the evidence speak for itself!
xx The Grateful Brunette