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How to Detox From Dairy

author image Jody Braverman
Jody Braverman is a health and fitness professional and writer in Seattle. She has been a personal trainer and yoga instructor for almost a decade and is passionate about movement and helping people lead active, healthy lives.
How to Detox From Dairy
Dairy can cause serious allergic reactions in some people. Photo Credit Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

There are scores of health issues related to cow's milk -- the growth hormones and pesticides used to produce milk. In fact, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, cow's milk is the number one allergic food in the United States. You've heard of lactose intolerance -- the inability to digest milk -- but there are also allergies to milk that can result in diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency anemia, skin rashes, atherosclerosis and acne. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or other unexplained illness, detoxifying the body from dairy products may be the answer.

Step 1

How to Detox From Dairy
Eliminate all dairy from your diet. Photo Credit AD077/iStock/Getty Images

Eliminate all dairy products from your diet for at least one week, including milk, cheese, yogurt and any other products made from or containing dairy products from cows or other sources, such as goats. Check labels for hidden dairy ingredients, such as cheese in packaged crackers.

Step 2

How to Detox From Dairy
Use dairy substitutes like soy yogurt. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Use dairy substitutes like soy, almond, rice, or coconut milk and products such as yogurt and ice cream that are made with these substitutes.

Step 3

How to Detox From Dairy
Clear dairy residue by eating things such as brown rice. Photo Credit andy_Q/iStock/Getty Images

Clear dairy residue from the intestines by eating "clean" for the duration of your dairy cleanse. This means consuming only foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, and whole grains like steamed brown rice. You can include some fresh fish or lean poultry in the diet if necessary, but refrain from eating meat as meat can have similar effects on digestion as dairy.

Step 4

How to Detox From Dairy
Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. Photo Credit Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day to help flush dairy from your system. Drink more if you exercise or live in a hot climate.

Step 5

How to Detox From Dairy
Get 30 minutes if moderate exercise per day. Photo Credit Rafal Olkis/iStock/Getty Images

Get 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. Exercise helps boost your digestive system and will encourage smoother passage of matter through the intestines.

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