Think about the last 3 times you ate. Ready for this? Each of those meals or snacks probably had dairy in them. I mean I picked up a rice cracker the other day and the box said it contained milk. What?!!? I didn’t realize how dairy was literally EVERYWHERE until I cut it out of my diet. Dairy was always a part of my starting lineup. At least it was until I learned that it was a hidden culprit behind a lot of health issues.
How It All Started
A few years ago, I found out I had rosacea. Best way to explain this skin condition is that it’s blushing on steroids. One of the most embarrassing moments of my life was when I got called on in class and didn’t know the answer. My cheeks turned so red you wouldn’t even believe it. I finally got sick of constantly having tomatoes as cheeks and turned to google. I was shocked when I found that dairy can actually make rosacea worse because it’s super inflammatory. That, my friends, is why I hopped on the dairy free train. So if your face looks like Jim Harbaugh after a fumble, maybe it’s time to cut back on the cheese sticks.
Down the Rabbit Hole
The interesting info I found while researching dairy and rosacea made me want to dive even deeper into what other effects dairy has on our bodies. If you know anyone who struggles with arthritis, you know how painful it is to live with. I learned that dairy can create major problems for arthritis. Research shows that dairy can inflame your joints and worsen this miserable condition. It’s so painful that they only way to manage it is to start popping Advil like M&M’s. Cut back on the dairy and trust me, your joints will thank you later.
The Real Heart-Breaker
As you grow up, the last thing on your mind is heart health. Try telling a 16-year-old inhaling cheese fries and chocolate shakes to be careful about heart disease. Recent studies show that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S each year. This is enough people to fill the biggest college football stadium 6 times over! Dairy is generally high in cholesterol which makes it one of the first things people cut out of their diet when improving heart health. Let’s do ourselves a favor; put a closed sign on the dairy shelf, and keep our arteries open for business!
What started as a little research on rosacea made me realize that dairy is also behind some very serious health problems. Clearly our bodies have some major problems with dairy if our skin, joints, and hearts are all affected negatively by it. If you want to check out a diet that promotes living dairy-free, we recommend Whole30 (linked below). And remember - Next time you reach for those mozzarella sticks at the game, grab a hot dog instead!