Dairy and Inflammation
Before we discuss dairy, let’s briefly define inflammation and what it does to our body. When you hear the word inflammation, you likely associate it with musculo-skeletal injuries like superficial wounds, sprained ankles or painful joints, but it’s much more than that.
Inflammation is a normal part of our immune response, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing. When we consume or get exposed to things that our body doesn’t like, our defenses are are triggered in an attempt to heal ourselves or protect against more negative consequences. This is initially a good thing. Let’s say that we step on a board with a rusty nail in it. The pain and irritation triggers an inflammatory response in order to repair the damage tissue and fight infections. This is when inflammation works for us, but as you’ll see, inflammation is quite ambitious. Like us at times, it tends to over-react.
Fighting infection and disease sounds like a good and normal thing, right? Well, not all of the time. Our body has good intentions, but sometimes, as I alluded, it over-reacts. An over-active immune system can, and often is, a bad thing as it causes chronic inflammation.
What many fail to understand is that hidden inflammation, the inflammation caused by our diet, our stress levels and our lack of exercise can result in conditions like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, depression, cancer, and even autism.
So How Do We Prevent This
The first thing we can do is watch our diet and limit the inflammatory causing foods such as dairy.
Remember the kid from grade school that was allergic to milk? We call that lactose intolerance and surprisingly, about 70% of us are lactose intolerant to certain degree. We may not have an immediate reaction to milk or dairy like that kid in school, but we still have an adverse reaction that can lead to long term inflammation within our body.
So what can we do. If you think about it, dairy is typically not the meal itself, but the luxury item that goes with it. Is your burger really going to be any less tasty if you order it without cheese – probably not. I’m not saying you have to order our pizza without cheese, but pick your battles and limit your exposure.
Just kick the dairy habit all together. It’s adds very little nutritional value to your diet, however, what it does is unnesessary calories and inflammation – neither is good. Again, don’t go crazy and ask for your pizza without cheese, that’s not only extreme, it’s annoying, right? But go burger rather than cheeseburger and ask for your salad without cheese. Trust me, you won’t miss it. Neither will your waistline.
To learn more about the inflammatory content of your food, visit Nutritional Data’s website. The have a great calculation called Inflammatory Factor. It give you a single number that defines the amount of inflammatory contents of hundreds of food items. It’s a great stat.
Below is the Question I Was Asked Regarding Dairy and my HCG 2.0 Protocol
I bought your book, HCG 2.0. I very much agree with a ketogenic diet and also Hcg. I have had success on both in the past, but not at the same time. My question for you is, you do not really mentioned dairy in your book. There is one protein shake I like but before Hcg I would mix it with unsweetened almond milk and heavy cream. Is dairy an issue? Unsweetened almond milk and heavy cream. It just makes my shake more palatable. Please let me know your opinion. My goal is to lose 110 pounds. Do you think it would be unreasonable to try to reach my goal by June or July with multiple rounds?
My Response – Hi Rosemarie. I mention dairy a bit in the section on maintenance, specifically in the section on positive and negative calories. In addition to the additional calories in dairy, it is also very inflammatory. It’s necessary during infancy, but after that, it can be entirely eliminated. Almond milk is a great substitute. I use it myself. My recommendation would be to use half almond milk and half water in your shakes. That way you’re limiting the additional calories. If you give me a day or two I’ll post a more elaborate answer to my blog and send you the link. That’s quite a goal you have. It’s entirely attainable, but June or July might be a bit of a rush. I would recommend doing 30 days on the diet and 30 days off. If you start Jan.1, you’ll be able to complete 3 rounds of the diet by the end of June. If you can lose 25 pounds per round (entirely doable), you’ll be down 75 pounds by July 1. It’s also quite possible for you to lose 5-10 pounds during the months that you’re not on the low calorie phase. Given that, I think it’s possible to be down 90 pounds by July 1. Do you plan on using the InsideOut Wellness drops? If you’d consider documenting your weight loss with youtube videos and before and after photos, I’d be happy to discount the drops for you. Just a thought. Either way, best of luck. I’ll send you the link to the blog when it’s complete. Talk soon.