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How to Determine if Dairy is Right for You

By Genevieve Cunningham

Dairy is a food that is loved by so many. Most people don't want to live without cheese or chocolate milk or any of the other common goodies that fall into the dairy category. It's so delicious and so widely used. But unfortunately, many people's bodies don't really agree with dairy foods, and they don't even realize it! If you're a lover of dairy, you'll want to make sure your body is responding well. If you want to keep eating your favorite foods without consequence, take a look at these ways to determine whether your dairy addiction is right on track or needs some adjustment.

Symptoms of Dairy Intolerance

Most of the symptoms associated with dairy intolerance deal with the gut and digestion. After consuming dairy products, you might experience bloating, cramping, and nausea. The stomach often feels incredibly uncomfortable, but the pain is generally tolerable, especially with medication to ease the discomfort. In more severe cases of dairy intolerance, you may even experience an increase in sinus problems or a rash on the skin. The problem is that the symptoms can range in severity, and many have been dealing with them for so long, they don't realize the actual cause of their issues. 

What You Can Consume Instead

If you suspect that dairy is affecting your body and health, there are alternatives to try instead. If you love milk, you can opt for the coconut or almond variety. These are often much easier on the digestive tract. If you love cheese, simply choose a dairy-free option. In most cases, there are alternative options that can keep your taste buds happy but alleviate the frustrating symptoms that come with dairy.

Don't Forget to Ask the Doctor

It's important to remember that self-diagnosis isn't always the best option. If you suspect a problem, see your doctor for some real, solid answers. Getting the advice of a professional is the best approach to any potential health issue. A professional can properly diagnose your issues, offer advice for continued care, and help you feel healthier and stronger for years to come.

Dairy is so good, but it's not for everyone. Some people respond well to dairy products, and others have trouble with digestion and overall health. Use these tips to watch for a dairy sensitivity in your life, and make a plan to improve your diet and your health in the future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo.

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