Is dairy really bad for you?

Monday, May 1, 2017

By: Dr. Lynn K Wagner

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There’s a lot of confusion about dairy products and dairy allergies versus dairy sensitivities. “Lactose intolerance” is something you hear often in our society.  So, let’s get to the bottom of this whole dairy thing.



Dairy allergy vs. Sensitivity/Intolerance


  • Allergy: Your body’s immune system immediately reacts after eating the food. Symptoms are rashes, hives, itching, swelling, breathing problems. Can be life threatening.
  • Sensitivity/Intolerance: A deficiency in the enzyme “lactase”. This means the dairy isn’t broken down and sits in your guts creating symptoms like gas, bloating and cramping.


How do you know if you have a dairy sensitivity or intolerance?


The best way to know is to completely take it out of your diet for at least two weeks and then reintroduce it.


In my program, Food for Fuel, I help you to do just that.  I will walk you through a phase of clean eating and then help you identify foods that your body may have a sensitivity or intolerance to.  Consider it a reset. 


At the end of the day, it’s you listening to your body and how it feels after you eat certain foods.


Dr. Lynn K. Wagner is a physician with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine BayCare Clinic – she is guided by a philosophy designed to treat the patient as a whole, not just an illness or disease. She also has designed a four-week course called Food for Fuel℠ that aims at repairing your relationship with food and understanding the healing power of what we eat.

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