8. Positive: Less Bloating

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If you are lactose intolerant, giving up dairy products may provide you with relief from bloating. Lactose intolerance refers to a body’s inability to manufacture the enzyme lactase, necessary for digesting lactose in milk or other dairy products. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, other symptoms of lactose intolerance may include diarrhea, gas, nausea, and stomach pain. You can purchase tablets or drops containing lactase to enable you to consume dairy products. However, removing dairy products from your diet can also provide relief from the discomfort of lactose intolerance.

7. Negative: Decreased Gut Health

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Completely removing dairy from your diet may have a negative effect on the beneficial bacterial flora of your gut. Foods such as yogurt, certain cottage cheeses, and kefir are dairy products that contain helpful probiotics, which keep your gastrointestinal system running smoothly. To maintain a healthy gut microbiome when you have given up dairy, try foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, and pickles. Salad dressings made from apple cider vinegar contain prebiotics, which also support healthy gut bacteria.

6. Positive: Clearer Skin

Skin Health

Some individuals find that giving up dairy clears up their acne. An article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reports on a link between the consumption of skim milk and increased acne in teenagers. While skim milk may increase your risk of acne, consuming whole milk does not seem to have the same effect. This may be due to the increased presence of whey proteins in skim milk. Organic milk may carry a decreased risk of acne, as hormone-treated cow milk may be more likely to trigger the inflammation of acne.

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