09/10/2011 09:55 am ET Updated Nov 10, 2011

Days 5 & 6: Use Dairy Alternatives

For the next two days, stop or seriously limit consuming dairy products.

This includes milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, butter and non-dairy creamers.

Though cow's milk may be the perfect food for baby cows, it's not necessarily great for adult human beings.

There are over 60 hormones in an average glass of milk. The process of pasteurization eliminates many of the beneficial components of milk, and homogenization creates fats that are foreign to most human digestive systems.

Dairy Sensitivity

Classic symptoms of dairy sensitivity and allergies are mucus production, respiratory problems, digestive symptoms (such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation), fatigue, joint pains and skin problems from rashes to acne.

Most people have heard of lactose intolerance, which affects 10 percent of adults. Another less known problem is difficulty digesting casein from cow's milk. When casein is not properly digested, it gets into your blood, and the immune system reacts, causing inflammation.


I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk or hemp milk instead of cow's milk. And sheep's milk feta or goat cheese are a better option than cheese from cows, because they're much easier to digest.

Rice milk and almond milk are both great alternatives to accompany your morning tea.

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Lipman and the Be Well Team
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