Planning to adopt a dairy-free diet? These are some of the benefits

Dairy-free diet may improve digestion while reducing inflammation in the large intestine, keep away dysentery as well and prevent bloating. Photo: iStock/grafvision

Some people do not consume dairy products due to allergies, lactose intolerance, concern about dairy farming methods and their impact on the environment and also due to ethical reasons. However, if you have no such issues stopping you, dairy products can be a quality addition to your diet. They are rich sources of vitamins, protein, calcium and many other essential nutrients. Studies show that milk products help reduce unsaturated fats, sugar and salt in food items. At the same time, avoiding dairy products also has its own set of benefits, which are:

Improved digestion
Experts say that milk products keep away problems related to indigestion. However, when the lactose in milk is not broken down, it may lead to bloating and gas. As per the data released by the US National Library of Medicine, more than 6% of the world's population find it difficult to digest milk or milk products. Dairy-free diet may improve digestion while reducing inflammation in the large intestine, keep away dysentery as well and prevent bloating.

Reduces thyroid problems
More than 75% of people who suffer from thyroid-related issues may be sensitive to some of the proteins that are seen in milk products. They may be lactose intolerant too. Avoiding milk and milk products may keep away severe inflammation and reduce thyroid receptor count.

Reduce body weight
Following a dairy-free or low-dairy diet will help reduce weight. There is lactose or natural sugar in milk, plain yoghurt and other milk products with added sugar. Most milk products that are available in the market have added sugar in them. Such products should be strictly avoided in case you are trying to lose a few extra kilos.

Brain fog
Besides lactose, dairy products also contain a protein called casein. This might cause allergies in the brain which then lead to confusion.
Skin health
Dairy products may trigger pimples, especially in people with oily skin. It might even increase the oil production in the skin. Milk and milk products are storehouses of calcium which is essential for maintaining bone health. Completely avoiding dairy products from your diet may cause calcium deficiency and other health problems. In case you follow a dairy-free diet, make sure to consume calcium and other nutrient supplements. Besides, food items like tofu, soybeans, figs and sunflower seeds that are loaded with calcium and other essential nutrients should be included in your regular diet. Green leafy vegetables and plant-based milk and milk products too are amazing sources of calcium.

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