Dairy contains a protein called casein which many people don’t tolerate well and find hard to digest. It also contains lactose, a type of natural sugar found in milk. In order to break down and absorb lactose, our bodies need an enzyme called lactase which is produced in the small intestine. Some people are intolerant to lactose as their bodies don’t produce enough lactase. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, diarrhoea, gas and nausea.
Removing dairy from your diet will reduce inflammation and acidity in the body and support your immune system. Eat a balanced whole food diet and replace dairy with plant foods such as nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables and legumes. Homemade nut and seed milks are a great alternative to cow’s milk.Substitute with dairy alternatives like nut and seed butters or coconut yoghurt. Nut and seed milks(almond or cashew) are a fantastic source of nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and omega 3.