“Avoiding Dairy Solved My Gut Problems”

Too many bathroom trips sent her looking for answers

(SARA COUGHLIN, REFINERY29) After finally kicking two rapid-fire bacterial gut infections last year, I thought I was out of the woods, but my gut had one more awful trick up its sleeve.

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In the months following my recovery from not one, but two, bouts of clostridium difficile, I noticed that eating anything with dairy in it (yogurt, cheese, even a splash of milk on my cereal) was becoming an increasingly uncomfortable process (read: I was paying more daily visits to the bathroom than I have fingers).

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I confirmed with my doctor that my new digestive issues weren’t a third case of C.diff, and then, on her recommendation, faced the fact that, if I really wanted to get to the root of my problem, I’d have to give a dairy-free lifestyle a try.

For the record: This adjustment was not as rocky for me as it could have been. I was already drinking mostly almond milk (for its taste and longer shelf life). Really, the hardest thing to let go of was Greek yogurt, which I ate every day. Then, of course, there was the occasional cheese plate. All in all, my diet was never incredibly heavy in dairy — I just didn’t want to give it up on principle.

As a health writer, the corner of the internet I occupy is also home to countless articles claiming that the solution to all your problems lies in swearing off dairy — even if you aren’t vegan or lactose intolerant.

No matter what your issue is, the culprit must be dairy. But since there’s really no compelling research to support that, to me, going dairy-free just for the heck of it always seemed needlessly limiting … READ THE FULL STORY AT REFINERY29