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If you’re like so many other people (an estimated 60% of the population), dairy may not sit very well for you. An easy way to tell is by how you feel about an hour or two after you consume dairy. If you’re not bloated, have a stuffy nose, or have any stomach discomfort, you’re probably ok. You may also not be lactose intolerant, but could just be sensitive to dairy. I know I fall into that category, but definitely feel that by doing the work of healing my gut over the years and sticking to the highest quality of dairy, I can tolerate it much better now. The type and quality of dairy you purchase can make a big difference. Stay with me!

I used to have a face covered in acne and dropping dairy for several months definitely helped with clearing up my skin. Keep in mind, though, that just eliminating one food group isn’t magically going to fix your skin. It takes a combination of efforts and lots of nourishment to give beauty-from-the-inside a chance to shine. If you have hormonal or skin issues such as acne and eczema, or have leaky gut, hashimoto’s, or other thyroid issues, it is not a bad idea to drop all diary for a while to find out if these clear up. If you are ok with consuming dairy, I recommend that you try to consume raw, organic, and grass-fed dairy. Here are the problems with conventional dairy:

Many conventional-raised cows are treated with antibiotics, since they get sick so often. This wreaks havoc to the human gut. The FDA now prohibits antibiotics in all dairy products. Many conventional-raised cows are also treated with hormones and rBGH, which have been linked to cancer. Conventional cows do not consume grass (at least not exclusively) and grow up on a diet of GMO grain and corn, which is not what their digestive tract is used to. The nutrient density of conventional dairy is greatly diminished by the processes of pasteurization and homogenization. Pasteurization is the process of heating the milk to very high temperatures to kill off bacteria. This unfortunately also means that the good bacteria (which you would want in your gut) are killed off.

Homogenization is the process of shaking the milk so that the cream does not rise to the top. This is done for consistency of the product. The problem with both of these preparation methods is that the good bacteria, vitamins, and probiotics are destroyed. The milk is no longer a healthy fat and now has diminished calcium and enzymes. The benefits of raw milk are that it’s not pasteurized or homogenized, contains higher levels of vitamins, probiotics, calcium, and enzymes, and reduces inflammation in the body. You will find that raw dairy products often come with a health warning due to the bad bacteria that have not been killed off.Because of this, you won’t be able to find raw milk in grocery stores, but you could find some at local farms. Raw cheese tends to be safer to consume and is recommended for the beneficial gut bacteria, especially in goat’s cheddar or sheep’s cheese. I personally LOVE raw goat cheese cheddar and pecorino romano cheese. I eat both occasionally and do just fine stomach and skin-wise. The key for me is moderation.

When shopping, look for the following dairy:

Raw milk, cheese, and other dairy products. If those are difficult to find, your next best option is:

Organic and grass-fed milk and dairy products (from pasture raised cows). The same rules apply to yogurt, with the additional problem of added sugar, gums, and other additives that are often found in yogurt products.

Alternative milk options include rice milk, oat milk, pea milk, oat milk, almond milk, and many others. The key to picking a great option is to look for a brand without alternative fillers, gums, and inflammatory oils. If you’re avoiding grains, almond milk will be your best option. Try it and see if you notice a difference in how you feel after consuming an alternative option.

Here are some other dairy and non-dairy brands I like:



What’s your take on dairy? Do you think it works well for your hormone health?

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